LockBit Ransomware Recovery

Has LockBit ransomware encrypted your data? If so, it may be an emergency, but it’s important to stay calm. Learn more about the Lockbit ransomware, decryption, recovery, removal and statistics. You can also contact our awesome emergency response team of cybersecurity ransomware data recovery experts 24/7 and get a FREE and immediate assessment of the damages.

We handle cases for all sizes of organizations, worldwide. All operations are managed remotely by our team of highly specialized technicians. We can help you in recovering your data through a fast and efficient ransomware removal and remediation process.

Lockbit Ransomware

What should I do if and when my data has been encrypted by Lockbit?

  • Disconnect your system from the network immediately. For more details, please visit our complete guide to Ransomware Response.
  • It is better NOT to talk with the attackers, as they are skilled at taking advantage of inexperienced negotiators.
  • Report the crime to the relevant law enforcement authorities. For a list of relevant offices, see our directory.
  • Ensure that the affected machine is shut down. If left on its own, Lockbit may continue encrypting your data in the background.
  • Talk to the experts. Get HELP now!

BeforeCrypt is a licensed and registered Cyber Security firm and we’re here to help you with Lockbit ransomware removal. We have lots of experience in this field, so we know how difficult this situation is. Thanks to our expertise and knowledge, we can recover 100% of your encrypted data in the vast majority of cases.

Lockbit uses military grade encryption technology to hold your organization hostage. Any attempts at recovering the data with a quick fix are unlikely to work. BeforeCrypt is Europe’s leading ransomware recovery firm, and we can help you get back online as quickly as possible.

Keep calm! Contact us now for a free consultation and learn about your options!


The groups that operate Lockbit ransomware are known for targeting large organizations. The gang is known to customize ransom demands based on the annual revenue of their victims.

The average Lockbit ransom amount is somewhere around $33,000. Ransoms are usually paid in Bitcoin. Most quick-buy methods of purchasing Bitcoin via methods like PayPal or credit card will also apply a fee of up to 10%.

Downtime resulting from Lockbit ransomware is often longer than with normal ransomware attacks. The manual process of communicating with the attackers can further delay response time.

For many organizations, downtime is the most expensive part of a ransomware incident. Another negative side effect of a data breach can be damage to your reputation.

Your goal should be to get your systems back to a productive state as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to call in experts who know the ins and outs of Lockbit ransomware to complete the removal and restoration process immediately.

In our experience, a successful ransom payment usually results in getting a working Lockbit decryptor. Decryptor tools do take work to maintain, however, so not all attackers have working tools.

It’s important to know which gang you are dealing with. Some attackers are careful to maintain a good reputation, and always provide working Lockbit decryptors. Others are known to be scammers, and will never provide a decryptor after receiving payment.

The most common attack vector for Lockbit ransomware is phishing.

NameLockbit Virus / Lockbit Ransomware
Danger levelVery High. Advanced Ransomware which makes system changes and encrypts files
Release date2019
OS affectedWindows
Appended file extensions.abcd .lockbit
Ransom note"Restore-my-files.txt"
Contact email address[email protected], [email protected], chat in Tor website
Known scammersnone


Lockbit Ransomware Note #1: .txt Notice

This is an average Lockbit ransomware note. (With slight redaction in the interest of public safety)

All your important files are encrypted!
Any attempts to restore your files with the thrid-party software will be fatal for your files!
There is only one way to get your files back:

1) Through a standard browser(FireFox, Chrome, Edge, Opera)
| 1. Open link http://loc——–.top/?A——————— (Redacted for public safety)
| 2. Follow the instructions on this page

2) Through a Tor Browser – recommended
| 1. Download Tor browser – https://www.torproject.org/ and install it.
| 2. Open link in TOR browser – http://loc———–wk.onion/?A—————– (Redacted for public safety)
This link only works in Tor Browser!
| 3. Follow the instructions on this page

### Attention! ###
# lockbit-decryptor.top may be blocked. We recommend using a Tor browser to access the site
# Do not rename encrypted files.
# Do not try to decrypt using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
# Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price(they add their fee to our).
# Tor Browser may be blocked in your country or corporate network. Use https://bridges.torproject.org or use Tor Browser over VPN.
# Tor Browser user manual https://tb-manual.torproject.org/about

There is almost always a .txt file in every encrypted folder. The text file usually has the name “Restore-My-Files.txt” and contains all the necessary information to contact the Phobos Ransomware attackers to try and get your data back. It’s usually safe to open this file, just be sure the file extension is .txt. At this stage, the main risk you face is that the attackers will use scare tactics or threats to try to extort more money. Another common tactic is demanding double or triple payments. In our experience, the use of professional negotiators consistently results in lower payments. Having experts handle negotiation, decryption, and improving security after the incident is the best option for most organizations.




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Lockbit is a relatively new strain of ransomware, and to the best of our knowledge, there are no existing Lockbit decrypt tools. You can check for free, publicly available decryption tools here.

In most cases, the only way to obtain a working Lockbit decrypt tool is through negotiation with the attackers. Depending on the history of the gang that is behind the hack, it may be possible to get a functional decryption tool by paying the demands of the attackers. Believe it or not, some gangs actually try to maintain a reputation, and are consistent in delivering decryption tools when payed. Other hackers can be less reliable, however. Some will demand a second or even third payment after being paid the first time. In some cases, they don’t provide any decryption tool at all or provide a faulty decryption tool.

We actively research the active ransomware gangs in order to understand how they operate, the risks of dealing with them, and the probability of success. Knowing the history of a gang can help to negotiate with them more effectively. Using this methodology, we have succeeded in negotiating down ransom demands by as much as 80%.

If you want to learn more about Lockbit ransomware itself, please visit the Lockbit ransomware variant page. To consult with our team of experts to better understand your options, fill out the Ransomware Data Recovery form. If the situation is urgent, you can also contact us by phone on our emergency line any time. Our emergency contact numbers are on the top of the page.

The only way to know precisely how much ransomware response will cost is to contact us for a free consultation.

Ransomware response cost varies according to the type of attack, how much data is affected, the number of computers infected, and your local environment (computer performance, servers, operating systems). The response includes removal of the ransomware, negotiations with attackers and transferring payment if necessary, restoring data, patching the vulnerability that led to the attack, and preparing all documentation for legal compliance and insurance claims. The course of action our clients choose also affects the overall cost. 

The minimum cost for small companies generally starts around several thousand euros, including the cost of the ransom. However, if at all possible, we strongly recommend avoiding paying the attackers. Paying the attackers encourages them to harm more people. However, if it is not economically feasible, we handle fully legally compliant payments to attackers. The overall expense depends a lot on the ransom amount demanded, and how successful negotiations are. We maintain a database on ransomware gangs to negotiate more effectively. In some cases, negotiations can result in a significant reduction in the ransom payment.

We have a greater than 98% success rate.

In the case of most of our clients who have cyber insurance, their coverage pays the cost of our services, as well as the ransom, if necessary. 



  1. Professional ransomware response can significantly decrease downtime. We deal with hundreds of cases every year. Through our years of experience, we have developed a streamlined process that brings our clients back online as fast as possible. In the event that a ransom has to be paid, purchasing the necessary cryptocurrency can take days. The process of resolving a ransomware attack without prior experience can take many hours of research. Most of our cases are completely resolved 24-72 hours after we begin the recovery process.

  2. Avoid dealing with criminals and ensure legal compliance. Most companies don’t feel comfortable dealing with cyber-criminals. It can add another layer of stress in emergency. We maintain files on different groups of hackers in order to maximize security and effectiveness of negotiations. We also ensure that all communications and transfers comply with applicable laws and regulations to protect our clients against potential legal problems. 

  3. Cryptocurrency transfers. It is always better to avoid giving into the attacker’s demands. If backups and normal recovery methods fail, however, there may be no other choice. Most ransomware attackers demand payment in Bitcoin. We guide you through the whole process of creating a crypto currency wallet and buying the crypto currency with you. Therefore we have different cooperation partner in order to prepare your wallet and do the transaction as quick and easy as possible for you. 

  4. Ensure data integrity and security. As specialists in the field of ransomware incident response, we are always refining industry best practices for data recovery. We have robust, standardized procedures for backing up encrypted data, restoring data, and removing viruses to ensure that there is no data loss or damage.

  5. Easy Insurance Reporting: All of our clients receive a detailed incident report with all information required by cyber-insurance and for law enforcement purposes. Thankfully, cyber-insurance often covers the cost of cyber-extortion as well as professional ransomware response services. Completing all paperwork correctly from the beginning can speed up the process of filing a claim and recovering lost funds.
  1. Backup, Backup, Backup! In most cases, a fresh and secure backup of data can prevent ransomware attack from succeeding. For this reason, many attackers put in a lot of effort to find and encrypt backups. The best backup will be air-gapped, meaning physically disconnected from your main network. It is also important to have a regular backup schedule with robust security procedures. 

  2. Install a Next-Gen Antivirus. Next generation anti-virus software combines a classic signature-based antivirus with powerful exploit protection, ransomware protection and endpoint detection and response (EDR). Mcafee, Fireeye, and Sentinel One are all examples of antivirus software with these features. 

  3. Install a Next-Gen Firewall. A Next-Gen-Firewall is also called Unified threat management (UTM) firewall. It adds a layer of security at every entry and exit point of your company data communication. It combines classic network security with intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, gateway antivirus, email filtering and many other features. 

If you can afford it, having staff or hiring a dedicated service to monitor network traffic can also help to detect unusual activity and prevent ransomware attacks. Ransomware attackers usually do a lot of surveillance on a network before attempting a hack. This “reconnaissance” phase has certain tell-tale signs. If you can catch these early, it’s possible to detect the attacker early and deny them access to the network. 

If you get hit by ransomware, a professional ransomware recovery service can help to identify and patch security gaps. 

In emergencies, we can start with the ransomware data recovery immediately. Since our support team operates 24/7, we can reduce your downtime to a minimum by working non-stop to recover your data.

Need fast help with Lockbit ransomware recovery? Contact us now and get instant help from ransomware experts

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