SpyLocked Removal Instructions (Update)

SpyLocked, or also known as SpywareLocked is a malicious rogue, which has a whole bag of tricks which serve its malevolent plan – to mislead you into purchasing the fake full version of SpyLocked.

Figure 1. Spylocked screenshot

Phony anti-virus programs, which resemble the real products in layout, and try to sell their phony full versions at a solid price, are called rogues. New rogues appear every day, and it becomes very difficult for the average user to differentiate between the legitimate applications and the fake ones, because they are very similar at first sight. Rogues always have some clever name – like SpyLocked or System Check, and seemingly feasible interface.

SpyLocked is distributed via malicious Trojans, which come disguised as video or audio codecs that you are prompted to download and install in order to gain access to a given video or audio file. If you are misled into downloading the codec, the Trojans immediately get settled into the system and download SpyLocked.

After its installation, SpyLocked performs a series of tricks which aim at scaring you into believing that there are various malware pieces in your PC. This is a lie via which the rogue aims at making you pay for its full version.

To start with – fake scans. SpyLocked starts scans of your system every time and again, without asking for your authorization. After each scan, it displays a counterfeit list of infections. The only real virus in this list is the very Trojan which has downloaded it. All the rest of the viruses are made up to frighten you. The rogue counts on the possibility that your fear may push you into buying SpyLocked’s full version, which is advertised after each scan as capable of removing all the viruses found by SpyLocked’s trial version. The truth is that there is no trial or full version of this product. It is all one and the same scam, which has been created by hackers in an attempt to gain profit by unsuspecting victims.

Fake security alerts are another deception-weapon used by SpyLocked. It makes them pop up extremely frequently. The bogus warnings are created to look very scary. Most of them claim that there are too many viruses in the PC, others state that there are attempts of identity theft and some even try to convince the user that a remote attacker (hacker) has managed to gain access to the computer. Below, you can see one of the less scary examples of SpyLocked notifications:

System has detected a number of active spyware applications that may impact the performance of your computer. Click the icon to get rid of unwanted spyware by downloading an up-to-date anti-spyware solution.

The alerts may look legitimate, and they come from Windows taskbar, but this does not mean the information, included in them, is accurate. Apart from being irritating, the counterfeit scans and warnings also slow down the computer’s performance palpably and hinder your work on the PC.

To put it in a nutshell, if SpyLocked manages to find a way inside your system, the best way to treat it is to remove it immediately with the help of a legitimate anti-virus program.

We will constantly update the instructions to combat against Spylocked and its variants. Please feel free to post comments if you have any questions or suggestions regarding Spylocked. This is a great community and I am sure that you would find the answers. Good luck! (New variant is also known as VirusProtect) (New variant is also known as Trojan.Win32)

Although this virus was seen 4 years ago, researchers found that newly discovered malware strains have the same fingerprint as the old SpyLocked rogue.

Manual Removal Instructions:

Stop SpyLocked Processes:
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