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What should you know about Unlock26 Ransomware?

Unlock26 is a virus that encrypts your files and demands a ransom for the decryption key. This virus is part of a group of viruses known as STOP (DJVU) ransomware, which are some of the most common and destructive types of ransomware. Unlock26 is particularly dangerous because it uses very strong encryption, making it nearly impossible to decrypt your files without the key.

How does Unlock26 encrypt your files?

This ransomware uses a strong form of encryption known as AES-256. This type of encryption is virtually impossible to break without the decryption key. When it encrypts a file, it will append the “.unlock26” extension to the end of the filename. For example, “sample.jpg” would become “sample.jpg.unlock26”.


Once it has encrypted your files, Unlock26 will display a ransom note that demands you pay a ransom to receive the decryption key. The ransom note will also provide instructions on how to contact the attackers and make the payment.


Someone typically spread this malware through email attachments or malicious websites.


This ransomware was first discovered on May 26th, 2019. At that time, there were only a handful of Unlock26 samples discovered. However, since then, the number of Unlock26 samples has grown exponentially.

How to prevent Unlock26 Ransomware infections in the future?

To avoid getting infected with this virus and other types of malware, it is important to be very careful about what emails you open and what websites you visit. You should install a powerful anti-malware program and keep it up-to-date. Additionally, it is important to regularly back up your files so that you can recover them if a virus ever encrypted them.

How can you remove Unlock26?

To remove it, you will need to use a powerful anti-malware program. We recommend using only professional removal tools because Unlock26 is a very sophisticated virus and ordinary anti-malware programs might not be able to detect and remove it completely.


This virus is extremely difficult to remove manually, and attempting to do so could result in further damage to your computer.


It is important to note that even if you can remove Unlock26 from your computer, your files will still be encrypted and you will not be able to access them without the decryption key. For this reason, it is generally not recommended to try to remove the ransomware unless you have a backup of your files or you are confident you can decrypt them yourself.


Once Unlock26 has been removed, you can then use a reliable data recovery program to try to recover your encrypted files.


SalvageData data recovery software is a powerful tool that can help you recover your encrypted files. It offers a free evaluation so you can scan your computer and see what files it can recover before you decide to purchase the full version. Try it now to see if it can recover your Unlock26-encrypted files.

Public decryption tool

Unfortunately, at this time, there is no public decryption tool available for Unlock26.


However, researchers are constantly working on developing new decryption tools, so a tool may be released in the future.

Ransom amount and payment method

The Unlock26 Ransomware demands a ransom of $980 in Bitcoin. The attackers provide instructions on how to purchase Bitcoin and make the payment. They also threaten to double the ransom if it is not paid within five days.


We want to remind you that even if you do pay the ransom, there is no guarantee that you will receive the decryption key and be able to decrypt your files. We believe that paying a ransom only encourages attackers and funds their future activities.

For these reasons, we recommend against paying the ransom and instead focusing on recovering your files through other means.

Contact a data recovery service

SalvageData is the leading data recovery service provider in North America, with over 15 years of experience. We have successfully recovered data from all types of devices and media, including hard drives, SSDs, servers, RAID arrays, and more.


If you have lost access to your files due to Unlock26 or any other type of malware, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Our team of certified data recovery experts will work with you to find the best solution for your needs.


To learn more about how SalvageData can help you, please visit our website or contact our customer support team.



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