.Lotep File Virus Ransomware Removal (+Restore .lotep files)

.Lotep is another recently found variant of STOP Ransomware family. It is targeting Windows PC users and encrypting their files using powerful algorithm. If this virus infects your computer, it will probably just disable your security related programs like anti-virus and firewall. It will make your system vulnerable and you will not be able to remove this threat. After that it will encrypt your all your data including videos, images, audios, documents, pdf etc. and then add its own .lotep extension to the end of all your files. It is just a type of malware you don’t wanna have on your computer. It will completely mess with your system, files, programs everything and make your life miserable. Its clearly very irritating that suddenly you are not able to access any of your files. This nasty .Lotep File Virus will leave ransom note on your computer demanding ransom money to give you decryption key.

.Lotep Files Virus : Threat Analysis

 Name Lotep Ransomware, .Lotep file virus, .Lotep extension virus
 Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
 Extension .Lotep
 Family STOP (DJVU) Ransomware
 Ransom note _readme.txt
 Ransom Amount $490 to $980 (in Bitcoins)
 Description Lotep Ransomware encrypt your files by adding .Lotep extension to file names and demands a ransom to give decryption key
 Symptoms You will not be able to access any files on your system. You will find Ransom note in each folder demanding money.
 Distribution  Spam Emails, Email Attachments, bundled freeware, porn or torrent sites
 Detection Tool Download Automatic Removal Tool
 Data Recovery   ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro

If you have checked your computer files, you will find out that .Lotep Virus Ransomware will not let you access any of your files. They will give you some time to pay the ransom to buy the decryption key. If you will see your files they all carry .lotep extension which clearly indicates that your system is infected and your files are encoded. So now if you want to decode your data you need that particular decryption key generated specially for your system. If you will try to decode your files using anyone’s else decryption key then it will not work. Hackers behind this nasty .Lotep Ransomware are very smart and cunning. They lure into their trap and make you believe that you have no other option rather paying the extortion money. They also offer free decryption of one file to earn your trust and convince you to pay the money. Check this ransom note :


Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
*Redacted for security reasons*
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

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As you have already figured out that after .Lotep File Ransomware attack you can only open that “_readme.txt” which is the ransom note. Apart from this one file, you will not be able to access any of your data. If you are thinking of paying ransom money to get your files back then it is clearly the worst choice. Even after you pay the money, it is not sure that you will get your files back. That decryption key could also bring more threats and viruses without your knowing that can leads to even more problems. It is also very important to understand that this virus dozen other variants like .dalle, .horon, .truke and many others. So if you once pay money to hackers they will probably want some more and attack your system again with some other name or other variant. We surely advise you to take immediate steps in order to save your PC and recover your files but never pay ransom money.

If you are so worried about recovering .Lotep files then you should firstly think about removing this virus. Once you remove it, you can recover your files using any backup that you have stored on external hard drive or cloud drive. If you don’t have any backup then you could try shadow file recovery method. Apart from this you can also try free STOP Ransomware decryptor which only works for the offline keys but who knows you might be in luck. If all of these methods don’t work then you can also try professional data recovery software to see if it can recover your files.

Also Read : Remove Dinoraptzor.org Redirect Virus From PC

How To Remove .Lotep Files Virus

The first most important thing for you is to remove this nasty Ransomware infection from your computer. It is a nasty malware infection which can keep creating new problems until you remove this threat completely from your machine. It can re-encrypt your files again if anyhow you manages to recover your files. Apart from this it can also bring other threats and malware on your system without permission. If you wait much longer, it will make several harmful changes to your system settings and registry which can make it more difficult to get rid of this nasty .Lotep Files Virus. So you are advised to backup all your encrypted files on a cloud drive and then delete this nasty malware from your PC. It is a highly advanced and sophisticated malware infection due to which you will need to a powerful Automatic Malware Removal Tool to remove this infection. You can download this software from the below button.

Download Automatic .Lotep Files Virus Removal Tool

Alternative Data Recovery Option

If the shadow file explorer was not able to recover your files, then you can use professional data recovery software to recovery your files. ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro software is a highly advanced and powerful data recovery suite. It can recover lost or permanently delete files. You should try the free version of this software to scan your PC. If the software can detect your files, then you will need to pay the recover all your files. But in this case you are not paying ransom money hackers. The Malware Removal Tool and Data Recovery are much more cheaper option than paying ransom money.

  • First you need to download the Data Recovery Pro Software.
  • After installing the software launch the program and click on Start Scan to run full scan of your PC.

Recover file encrypted by .Lotep Files Virus

  • When software detect all your files, then click on Recover button to get your files back.

Recover file encrypted by .Lotep Files Virus

Manually Remove .Lotep Files Virus

 Part 1 – Start PC In Safe Mode With Networking 

  • Press “Windows Key + R” buttons together on your keyboard.

  • Run box will appear, type “msconfig” and hit enter button.

  • System configuration box will appear on your screen.

  • Go to boot tab and select Safe boot then hit enter button.

 Part 2 – Kill Malicious Process From Task Manager 

  • Press “Windows Key + R” buttons together on your keyboard.

  • Run box will appear, type “taskmgr” and hit enter button to open Task manager.

  • Find malicious process related to .Lotep Files Virus and right click on it then click End process.

Block .Lotep Files Virus in Task Manager

 Part 3 – Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Control Panel 

First you should check the Control Panel of your computer and remove any unwanted program that you have not installed by yourself. It might be possible that .Lotep Files Virus virus is listed in Control Panel with any other random name to avoid its removal.

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Windows Vista/7

  • Click on Start menu and select Control Panel.

  • Select Uninstall a program option under Programs menu.

  • Find and remove all unwanted and malicious programs.

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Windows 7

Download Automatic .Lotep Files Virus Removal Tool

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Windows 8/10

  • Click “Windows + R” button together to open run box.

  • Type Control Panel in the Run Box then click OK.

  • Select Uninstall a program option under Programs menu.

  • Find and remove all unwanted and harmful programs.

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Windows 10

 Part 4 – Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Browser 

Remove From Google Chrome

  • Open Chrome browser > Click on Menu > select More Tools > Choose Extensions.
  • Find and remove malicious extension from chrome.

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Chrome

Remove From Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox > Click on Menu > select Add-ons.
  • Find and remove malicious add-ons from Firefox.

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Firefox

Remove From MS Edge

  • Open Edge browser > Click on More option > select settings > Choose Extensions.
  • Click on unwanted extension and hit uninstall button.

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Edge

Remove From Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer > Click on Gear icon > choose Manage Add-ons.
  • Click on unwanted extension and press disable button.

Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Internet Explorer

 Part 5 – Remove .Lotep Files Virus From Registry Editor 

  • Press “Windows Key + R” buttons together on your keyboard.

  • Run box will appear, type “regedit” and hit enter button.

  • Windows Registry editor will appear on your screen.

  • Find and remove .Lotep Files Virus related keys.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msmpeng.exe “Debugger” = ‘svchost.exe’

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msseces.exe “Debugger” = ‘svchost.exe’


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Uninstall\”virus name”

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect” = ’0′

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “xas”

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\.Lotep Files Virus

 Tips To Prevent Malware Like .Lotep Files Virus In Future 

  • You should use a powerful and reliable anti-virus program and scan your computer regularly.
  • Check Windows Firewall security and turn it on for the real time safety form malware and viruses.
  • You must avoid visiting to malicious, porn and torrent websites to stay safe online.
  • Avoid downloading any free or unknown program from any unreliable website or link.
  • Say a big No to download cracked software, themes and wallpaper, screensaver similar products.
  • Do not click on any misleading advertisement that flash on your browser when you go online.
  • Keep your Windows OS and other software up to date to avoid vulnerabilities.
  • Download updates and software patches only from official and trusted websites.
  • Always create a system restore point when you PC is running fine for security purpose.
  • Keep backup of all your important files and data to avoid any kind of data loss situation.

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