OphionLocker Virus – Removal Instructions

OphionLocker is one of the newest variants to spring up out of the “ransomware” family of malware. Ransomware is a type of malware that holds a victim computer’s data hostage for demand of money. OphionLocker holds a victim computer hostage by usually infecting and encrypting important files on it. This particular program is capable of scanning the infected computer for files and then encrypting them so that they can’t be opened or used. Files that OphionLocker targets include many different types of Office documents, text files, image files, music files, and more. Once the files have been encrypted, they are given .clf file extensions so that they can’t be opened or decrypted by any other program.

The OphionLocker malware demands a ransom in exchange for decryption keys to unlock the affected data. Because decryption is extremely complex, many PC users have made the mistake of paying the demanded ransom (either in Bitcoins or USD) in order to restore their computers to normal. The OphionLocker ransomware authors pressure victims into paying as soon as possible in order to avoid higher prices for decryption keys. OphionLocker is programmed to run on startup, and it can only be removed with very specific and stringent care.


OphionLocker is distributed in similar ways as other malware. Security loopholes and spam are often used as a means to push the infection to other computers. The OphionLocker is easily identifiable by its appearance. It not only begins displaying warning messages to the user about their files being encrypted, but it also changes the desktop background to a new wallpaper branded with the CryptoLocker logo. Decryption keys for the OphionLocker ransomware are stored on remote servers, so attempting to locate it on the infected computer is useless.

Ransomware like OphionLocker often warns that a user only has a specified amount of time to purchase the decryption key before it is deleted. Once the deadline passes, the decryption key can still be purchased, but this time for a much higher price. It is never recommended that you send or wire money to cyber criminals that created the OphionLocker virus. No matter how important your files are, you likely will not receive a key, and you will only be supporting the behavior and contributing to its continuation in the future.

OphionLocker Virus

OphionLocker Virus Removal Instructions

The virus removal instructions we have outlined below has been proven remove the OphionLocker virus.

** PLEASE NOTE: If the OphionLocker Virus is on a computer running “WINDOWS 8” see the Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions

Remember: you must be on the infected computer when performing these 3 easy steps to remove the virus.

STEP 1: Start the computer in Safe Mode with Networking
a. Before starting this step, it is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you write down our 24HR Toll Free tech support phone number incase you run into any issues or would like any additional help with your PC.

If you need help, this is the number to call!

b. To begin, go ahead and turn off the infected computer and wait roughly 20 seconds, then turn it back on.

c. Next Immediately as the computer begins to turn on, press F8 many times. Pressing F8 allows you to access the Advanced Options Menu. You should see an image like the one below.

Selection the option Safe Mode with Networking

d. Next use your arrow keys and select the Safe Mode with Networking option. Press enter when you have selected that option and the computer will begin to boot into safe mode.

STEP 2: Download the OphionLocker Virus Removal Program
a. Now it is time to open the “Run Command” box.

b.On your keyboard, push and hold the “Windows” key, then press the “R” key. See keyboard diagram below.

Keyboard Shortcut Diagram

c. After you have pressed the “Windows” and “R” key, the Windows Run Box will open. Type the following and press OK:

iexplore http://www.spywarehelpcenter.com/remove

Windows Run Box

After clicking OK, your computer will connect to the internet and download our recommended virus removal program called Spyhunter.

STEP 3: Installing the OphionLocker Virus Removal Program
a. When you see the download box, click the “Run” button. The picture of the download box is below.

Spyhunter Download Box Click Run

b. Now you should be downloading a program called “Spyhunter 4” this program has been developed by a company called Enigma Software. Through their extensive work on Malware research they have developed one of the worlds most successful Virus and Malware removal programs. This program offers easy “point and click” virus removal for OphionLocker.

c. After this program runs the scan, you should see a list of “threats” found on your computer. These Threats can be very harmful and may ruin the computer if not removed. To remove these threats click “fix Threats” and then “register” the program to permanently remove the OphionLocker virus and any other threats found.

*** After registering Spyhunter4 we highly recommend restarting the computer. Then we would like you to make sure everything is working properly. You should notice that the OphionLocker virus has been completely removed. If it has not been removed or the computer is not working 100% to your liking call us immediately at 1-888-895-6053 and one of our techs will help get it working properly again.

Need further assistance? Call us toll free and one of our friendly technicians will kindly walk you through the virus removal process.

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