Infected with WildFire Locker? Need to decrypt your files?
What is WildFire Locker
WildFire Locker is virus, that uses asymmetric AES-256 encryption to lock important files and documents on victims machine. It asks ransom for file decryption. Ransom amount is about $/€299, however, if it is not paid within 7 days amount will increase to $/€299. Ransomware adds extension .wflx to every encrypted file and also creates file “HOW_TO_UNLOCK_FILES_README_(victim’s ID).txt“, that contains instructions to unlock those files. WildFire Locker also creates .bmp file and sets it as desktop background. This image also contains short instructions for making payments. At the time of writing this article there is no working decryptor to recover the files, however, we will update the article as soon as solution appears. Currently, only way to restore your files is use backups (if you have ones) or use Windows standard features. On this page we created this tutorial to remove WildFire Locker and decrypt files with .wflx extension using available free decryptors and manual steps.
How WildFire Locker infected your PC
WildFire Locker distributes using standard methods (malicious email attachments, torrent (P2P) networks, fake invoices). WildFire Locker uses TOR network for receiving ransom, which makes it very difficult to trace the attacker. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police, as user in this network are often anonymous. Encryption starts in the background. Way to protect your computer from such threats is to use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.
First of all don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer, before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the WildFire Locker virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of WildFire Locker:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
How to decrypt files infected by WildFire Locker (.wflx files)?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky that can decrypt .wflx files. It is free and may help you restore .wflx files by WildFire Locker virus. Download it here:
You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .wflx files.
Decrypt .wflx files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of WildFire Locker remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged (in our case – WildFire Locker by WildFire Locker). This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Restore .wflx files using shadow copies
- Download and run Shadow Explorer.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
- Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov