How to remove Halloware virus and restore encrypted files

Halloware ransomware virus

Halloware ransomware already penetrated thousands of machines in different parts of the world via most effective way: fraud e-mails with viral attachments. Also, hackers use exploits to get into the PC, but they are speedily fixed. After the infection, the virus checks the hard disc, determines the quantity of files for encryption and their rough cost. Currently, any modern ransomware knows how to cypher image, audio, video and text info in all popular formats. Ransomware cyphers all folders, but those that could be business records go first. All software on hard drive will be safe because scammers are interested only in information. The process is made through famous encryption algorithms, and it is so complex that that decipherment of files without a key is impossible. This is the ground for impressive efficiency of ransomware in recent years: an ordinary PC operator, even having a pretty good experience in suchlike things, will never get back the files, and will have no way out except paying the ransom. The sole manner to recover files is to hack the scammer's website and retrieve the master key. Also there's a chance to get these keys due to flaws in viruse's program code. The corrupted files get (Lucifer)old_file_name title, and virus asks for 40 $ to decrypt information.

This item is dedicated to Halloware ransomware which gets into users' systems around the world, and encrypts their files. In this item you will find important information about Halloware's essence, and how to eliminate Halloware from your system. Except that, we will tell you how to get back the cyphered data and is it possible.

The computer knowledge is highly important in modern world, because it helps customer to protect the machine from computer viruses. Unfortunately, most people realize the significance of computer literacy just when ransomware penetrates their laptops. It's very easy to decrease the chances of getting ransomware by following these regulations:

    • Take notice to the dialog boxes. If the PC is penetrated by Halloware, it will attempt to delete the shadow copies of the files, to decrease the possibility of restoration. Anyway, deletion of copies needs admin rights and confirmation from the user. The second of thinking before confirming the checkbox might save your information and your money.
    • Keep an eye on the condition of your laptop. File encrypting is a intricate act that uses a lot of computer resources. If you detect a sudden fall in computer performance or notice a weird process in the Process Manager, you need to shut down the machine, launch it in safe mode, and run the antivirus. This, in case of penetration, will save a lot of your files.
    • Carefully inspect your emails, specifically those messages which have attached files. The most efficient model of fraud letters is the notification about prize gaining or package earning. The second most efficient kind of these messages is a "business letters". summaries, lawsuits, Invoices for products and services, complaints and similar important documents cannot be sent accidentally, and the receiver should know the person who sent it. In most of the cases it is a fraud.

Ransomware uninstalling is not the happy end - it's just a first move in the long road until the complete file restoration. If you delete virus, you will not return the information immediately, it will need multiple actions described in the "How to restore encrypted files" section. To eliminate any malware, user needs to start the computer in safe mode and run the scanning through antivirus. High class ransomware can't be uninstalled even with help of antivirus-software, and have other effective types of security. The very efficient ransomware defensive manner is the deletion of files in case of data decryption or ransomware deletion attempt. To avoid this, follow the tips under this paragraph.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner


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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

If you fulfilled all conditions, described in previous part of an entry - it's time to decypher the information. In fact, this is not about decryption, because the encrypting methods owned by fraudsters are too complex. There are the some chances, but usually file restoration takes lots of time and money. If you choose the manual information recovery - take a look at our article, which shows all the easiest ways.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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