To decrypt files infected with Dragon (.locked) ransomware, please use the official and free tool offered by Emsisoft website.
Dragon ransomware is described by malware researcher as a type of computer virus that encrypts files on the infected system and simultaneously adds a .locked extension into them. According to reports, this virus appears to be a variant of Aurora and can be executed selectively via geographical location. Surprisingly, Dragon virus will not execute if it detects that the victim is located in Hong Kong, China, or Taiwan.
Aside from this geographical exception, Dragon ransomware operates normally as other crypto-virus currently in the wild. It is clever in selecting which file to encrypt using an advanced technique. Obviously and similar with most ransomware type, Dragon’s objective is to deny user’s access to their own data and exploit this situation to demand money transfer in exchange for private key and decryption software. As shown in the screenshot image below, the pricey tool costs more or less US $3,000 if converted from 0.3 Bitcoin.
Fortunately, victims of this specific Aurora variant do not have to settle with cyber crooks, as there is already available free Dragon decryption software. We give credits to the hard work of Emsisoft and malware researcher Michale Gillespie for producing this recovery application in no time. Proceed to the recovery section below to download the tool and start restoring all .locked files to previous original format.
Ways to recover files encrypted by Dragon Ransomware
Dragon ransomware is part of Aurora malware and therefore, we are suggesting you to use Emsisoft Decryptor for Aurora. Using this tool is effective in recovering files that are encrypted with Dragon ransomware. You can download the tool from our Ransomware Decryption Tools archive.
Note: Be sure to remove Dragon ransomware first before you carry out the recovery process. Otherwise, the presence of virus will just keep on encrypting same files.
Dragon ransomware Removal Procedures
Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.
Step 1 : Reboot Windows Into Safe Mode With Networking.
First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Dragon ransomware from loading at start-up.
NOTE: You will need to PRINT or BOOKMARK this procedure, as we have to restart the computer during the removal process.
1 Remove all media such as Memory Card, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer.
2 Boot Windows computer into SafeMode with Networking.
Instructions for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a) Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b) It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode with Networking.
Procedures for Windows 8 and Windows 10
a) Before Windows begins to load, press Shift and F8 on your keyboard.
b) On Recovery interface, click on 'See advanced repair options'.
c) Next, click on Troubleshoot option.
d) Then, select Advanced options from the list.
e) Lastly, please choose Windows Startup Settings and click on Restart. When Windows restarts, you will be send to a familiar Advanced Boot Options screen.
f) Select Safe Mode with Networking from the selections menu.
Step 2 : Detect and Remove Dragon ransomware with Anti-malware Tool
3 Once the computer boots into Safe Mode with Networking, download the Removal Tool and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.
4 When finished downloading, locate and double-click on the file to install the application. Windows' User Account Control will prompt at this point, please click Yes to continue installing the program.
5 Follow the prompts and install with default configuration.
6 Before the installation completes, check prompts that software will run and update on itself.
7 Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompted to update the program before doing a scan. Please download needed update.
8 When finished updating, the tool will run. Select Perform full scan on main screen to check your computer thoroughly.
9 Scanning may take a while. When done, click on Show Results.
10 Make sure that all detected threats are checked, click on Remove Selected. This will delete all files and registry entries that belongs to Dragon ransomware.
11 Finally, restart your computer.
Note: If Dragon ransomware prevents mbam-setup.exe from downloading. Download the software from another computer. Renaming it to something like 'anything.exe' can help elude the malware.
Step 3 : Additional Anti-virus and Anti-rootkit Scans
Ensure that no more files of Dragon ransomware are left inside the computer
12 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. Save it to your desktop or any location of your choice.
13 Once the file is downloaded, navigate its location and double-click on the icon (NPE.exe) to launch the antivirus program.
14 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept.
15 On NPE main window, click on Advanced. We will attempt to remove Dragon ransomware components without restarting the computer.
16 On next window, select System Scan and click on Scan now to perform standard scan on your computer.
18 When scan is complete. All detected risks are listed. Remove them and restart Windows if necessary.
Alternative Removal Procedure for Dragon ransomware
Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
During an infection, Dragon ransomware drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.
To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.
Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
a) Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files' field, type rstrui.
b) Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.
Open System Restore on Windows 8 and Windows 10
a) Hover your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and wait for the Start icon to appear.
b) Right-click on the icon and select Run from the list. This will open a Run dialog box.
c) Type rstrui on the 'Open' field and click on OK to initiate the command.
If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore. Click here to see the full procedure.
Is Dragon ransomware Dangerous?
Yes, Dragon ransomware can badly affect your computer and slow down its performance and usability.
Can I Remove Dragon ransomware from my Computer?
Yes, Dragon ransomware can be removed by downloading our recommended antivirus software and scanner.
How Easy is it to Remove Dragon ransomware Virus?
Nearly all paid antivirus scanners and removal tools should help remove the Dragon ransomware virus from your computer.
Once I remove Dragon ransomware do I still need antivirus?
Yes, new viruses such as Dragon ransomware are created everyday and the only way to stay 100% protected is to use antivirus on your device.