How to remove PyLocky virus and restore lockedfile files

If you fell a victim of a ransomware and have grounds to suppose that it’s the PyLocky ransomware – in our item you will find useful information. We provide plain and effective tips on PyLocky elimination and potential manners to recover the spoiled information.

What is PyLocky

Ransomware is a scarecrow of mankind, and everyone knows that if you cannot access the files and there's a ransom note – the things are going bad. It is a true, by the way. Ransomware threat is the ugliest thing that might happen to you in the Net as a common user has no resources to remove it. The single case when you can overcome an encrypting virus is if you aren't facing a real virus, but an imitation, that blocks your display and tries to lure your money. In all other events, if ransomware was developed and protected in a proper method – you can just trust that virus researchers can deal with it. If fraudsters failed somehow, and there are some vulnerabilities, that allow you to recover data – you'll find an answer in the following item.




Let's find out, what is ransomware? It is driven by a completely legal encryption system that ciphers all files on customer’s workstation, so you can't use them in any manner. Of course, a key is also encoded with another manner. Usually, these manners are AES and RSA, which have demonstrated themselves the very hard-to decrypt and fail-safe. The mentioned manners and the tools based on them are freely available in the Net, so web-criminals just have to invent techniques of protection, to restrict an admittance to a ransomware, and make the safe update and control scheme. Some encrypting programs may act in standalone mode, and fraudsters know of another "client" only when he turns to them and sets off his money. Other ransomwares are work in another manner, and transmit reports to hundreds URL's, to confuse the malware-fighters and maximize the work needed to beat a ransomware.

Bypassing the ransomware’s type, the AES and RSA algorithms are overly complex to decipher them directly. It it requires centuries to carry out all required operations on a modern device or, possibly, 2-3 decades if you will use an industrial gear. There are two basic methods to defeat a ransomware: to hack it, or hack its database, to get a master key. In some cases there is a switch, allowing to cease virus' activity completely or to leave unscathed a particular computer. If some parson discovers such switch for this ransomware, or publish a decryptor, we'll give you complete info in this article.


Here you can see some things to check, before giving in and expecting for a decryptor. As it is said in previous paragraphs, swindlers make failures, and certain peculiarities of your Windows might support you to restore information.


  • A backup is the sole completely effective manner to restore the data, but you should get rid of a virus first. Ensure that the virus is gone totally, since if it isn't – all data will be encrypted one more time, with those that were kept on a flash drive.
  • If your Windows record doesn't have admin authorization – it's your fortunate day. The thing is that the OS duplicates all data prior to their elimination or alteration. Those copies are known as the Shadow Volume Copies, and the malware has the methods to delete them. If you're using the regular profile – the system requests for a authorization at the exact moment PyLocky goes to remove shadow copies. In case you've seen such request and ignored it – your copies are fine, and could be used to restore the data.


If both of written above hints didn't help and there is no chance to restore your data – you should uninstall the ransomware from the machine and wait until a decryptor will be developed.

How to remove PyLocky

Unfortunately, there’s no chance to entirely elude an automatic mode. PyLocky is very cunning and there is a chance miss some elements and then suffer from it (for instance, when you connect an outer drive with your saved files to a not-really-clean PC). It knows how to lurk pretty good, and you literally can't get rid of it completely by hand. According to this, we’ve created an effective removal directions which can suit all your needs. It consists of several by-hand stages and one optional anti-viral tool step.

Removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide: how to decrypt files on MAC.




Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 6. Scan computer with antivirus

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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot

How to restore lockedfile files

If you cleared your device of the ransomware, it's time for the file restoration. As we said earlier, if you use an administrator account and you granted the virus an access to the computer – there is no method to get back the information aside from the backups. If you don't remember this – you still have a chance, but you will need peculiar recovery tool. We suggest you to use ShadowExplorer and Recuva tools. They're easy to download on their official pages, with thorough guides.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel

Decrypt files. Step 1


  • Click System and Security

Decrypt files. Step 2


  • Select Backup and Restore

Decrypt files. Step 3


  • Select Restore files from backup
  • Select checkpoint to restore


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