Restore Files Encrypted by CryptoLocker Virus

Jean updated on Nov 17, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

Using system restore feature to restore your CryptoLocker virus infected Windows to a previous healthy state point. This is how you're likely to decrypt files encrypted by CryptoLocker ransomware. Or, try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore files that were hidden or deleted by CryptoLocker virus, when system restore is not enabled.

When CryptoLocker kidnapped your files on your computer, relax. It's just bluffing. You can simply bring them back with the following 4 steps:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Remove CryptoLocker

1. Disconnect your computer from the network...Full steps

2. Run antivirus software to clear CryptoLocker...Full steps

3. Restore lost files removed by CryptoLocker...Full steps

4. Perform System Restore if files not found...Full steps


About CryptoLocker Ransomware

It can be a catastrophic disaster if your Windows computer was intruded by this type of ransomware called CryptoLocker, which propagated mostly in the form of seemingly innocuous email attachments. It's always late when you detect the intrusion, as many of your files had been encrypted by the ransomware virus. Do you know how many types of files will be affected soon after CryptoLocker attacked your computer? UP to 80s! And the most known types are .doc, .docx, .wps, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .pst, .pdf, .jpg, .jpeg...

Remove CryptoLocker & Decrypt Files Encrypted by CryptoLocker Virus

We've sensed the danger of CryptoLocker virus, so it's urgent to find a way to remove it off from our computer and decrypt files. As all the ransomware's blackmail mechanism, spending money from tens to hundreds even to thousands of dollars would possibly get the virus removed, however, not able to restore the encrypted files as it advocates.

What is the other possible way to remove CryptoLocker from your computer? How to recover files deleted or encrypted by ransomware virus?

#1. Disconnect Network Connection to Prevent Further Infection

If your computer has been infected by CryptoLocker, disconnect from your wireless or wired network right away to prevent further file encryption.

#2. Run Antivirus Software on Your PC, Clear CryptoLocker Virus 

No matter you've lost files by virus attack or get files damaged by CryptoWall/CryptoLocker, it's all recommended that you should apply some anti-virus software to clean up and wipe out all virus, malware, ransomware, etc from your PC.

#3. Restore Hidden and Deleted Files after Clearing CryptoLocker Virus

EaseUS file recovery software is good at virus file recovery, and it has helped recover files infected by shortcut virus, locky virus, and .crypt files infected by ransomware in many ways.

This CryptoLocker virus encrypts files by first making a copy of the files, encrypting the copy, and then deletes the original. So, you should feel no hesitated to restore the original files for the first attempt.

  • Select the infected hard drive and click "Scan".
  • Run a scan to find all virus hidden and deleted files.
  • Preview and recover data.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the disk partition or storage device where you lost files and click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. This program will quickly start a scanning process to find lost files. When the process accomplishes, you can double-click files to have a preview before selection.

scan deleted files

Step 3. Choose the files you want. Then click the "Recover" button to get them back. You should save the data to another safe spot in your PC/storage device, not where they lost.

Restore lost data from drive which was infected by virus

#4. Perform System Restore if File Recovery Failed

If EaseUS data recovery wizard failed to bring back the encrypted files, you need to do a system restore from Shadow Copy, File History or a third-party backup and recovery software, or restore the previous version of a document or file before CryptoLocker encryption, by right-clicking the encrypted file and choose properties.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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