ScreenLocker ransomware virus – what is it?

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ScreenLocker it’s a rare representative of dangerous and harmful viruses, called ransomware horses. When getting into the system, they are trying to make a series of destructive activities and may even cause a hardware issue on the infected PC. But it is not so obvious that usual adware infection and ScreenLocker sometimes can hide on your PC without your knowledge. So, security experts strongly recommend every computer user to scan his system once per week at least to be sure that PC is OK:


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But what should you do if this awful ransomware has already penetrated into your system? When installed, ScreenLocker immediately will change a system settings and registry with the aim to allow its malicious processes start. ScreenLocker always leaves the backdoor to hackers, steals the login and banking data, collects user’s contacts to send malicious emails to their friends. This way ScreenLocker multiplies and spreads throughout the world wide web from friend to friend. So, if you don’t want to infect your kith and relatives, you should cure your PC from the ScreenLocker infection right now.

There are two ways to remove annoying ScreenLocker completely and effectively. If you are an advanced user and strongly believe in yourself, you can try to follow our manual removal guide. It is much harder and takes your time, but you will be proud of feeling yourself a real security buddy. But to be honest it is not a trivial task, so if you don’t want to waste this beautiful day racking your brain, please take advantage of the automatic removal tool which we recommend for this adware effectively elimination.

ScreenLocker ransomware manual removal steps:

Step 1. Delete ScreenLocker from the system.

To delete ScreenLocker application from your PC, you should use “Uninstall the program” tool depending on your operation system.

Windows XP: Start —> Control Panel ––> Add/Remove Programs. Choose the “ScreenLocker” in the list of installed programs by a right-click and press “Remove”.

Windows 7: Start ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Just the same actions: right-click on the “ScreenLocker” in a software list and press “Uninstall”.

Windows 8/8.1: Right-click on Start ––> Quick Access Menu ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Choose a “ScreenLocker” among a listed here programs, right-click on it and then press “Uninstall”.

Step 2. Reset your browser settings.

It is necessary to reset browser settings after the deletion of the program from the list of software installed on your PC. For this, use the following tips depending on what browser are you currently using:

  • Google Chrome Browser: Settings —> Show advanced settings. Click on “Reset settings” in the bottom of the page.
  • Mozilla Firefox: press “Refresh Firefox” button in the right top corner.
  • Opera: delete “Operapref.ini file” in folder “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\” on your computer.
  • Internet Explorer: Tools —> Internet options —> click on the “Advanced” button and then press “Reset”.

ScreenLocker ransomware automatic removal guide

If something went wrong or you just want to see the fast result, please use the help of professional malware eliminator – GridinSoft Trojan Killer. Moreover, even you have managed to remove ScreenLocker from your computer and browser, we recommend you to download this tool and use it as a free antimalware scanner to see whether any other malicious program has penetrated into your system. Please note, that Trojan Killer is a shareware program with a 15-days trial period with limitation of the threats number. If it find more than two infected items in your system, they can be removed only when you upgrade the program to the full registred version.

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After downloading is completed, please install it and run the full scan. Yeah, it will take a time, but security experts always recommend to choose a full scan as your first scan, especially if you suspect that your PC could be infected. Take a look at the screenshots below: it will help you understand what’s going on.

Step 1. Run a full scan of your system

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Trojan Killer allows you to choose the type of scan

…and go drink coffee until the end of it! 🙂

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Here you see the list of the detected items, which can be harmful

At the end of the scan, the program will offer you to move all malicious items to the quarantine. Just do it clicking on the “Apply” button and set your system free from the ScreenLocker infection!

Step 2. Reset your browser settings using an appropriate tool:

Reset Browser Settings
Find “Reset browser settings” button on the Trojan Killer tools tab

Check all browser boxes, which might be infected with the ScreenLocker, on a settings tab:
Delete Adware from the browser
On this tab you can specify what exactly you need to reset

Then just press the “Reset” button. Voila! It is a good idea to restart your computer after all this manipulation and check if these annoying ScreenLocker pop-up ads leave you in peace:

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Step 3. Celebrate your victory!

Either you choose the manual or the automatic removal solution, congratulations! You won this battle with unfair malware developers. Your computer is clean now, so you should be proud and do something nice for yourself as a gift. Foam bath or tickets for the game? It’s up to you! 😉

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