Bhtw Virus

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*Bhtw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.


Bhtw is a piece of Ransomware that is designed for encrypting your computer’s most frequently used files. Bhtw operates as a tool for extortion and, once it has placed its encryption on your files, it asks for money to decrypt them for you.

The Bhtw ransomware will leave a _readme.txt file with instructions

Like every other form of Ransomware, Bhtw also manifests by encoding files, then harassing the victim users by demanding a ransom payment from them. All of this group’s programs are very dangerous for your device and have very unpleasant effects. They not only make your data inaccessible but also threaten you to never be able to access your files again if you refuse to pay the required ransom amount.

The Bhtw virus

The Bhtw virus is a Ransomware infection that is found most often within spam emails, contagious attachments, and malicious ads. The purpose of the Bhtw virus is to secretly infect a computer and encrypt the files stored on it so that a ransom can be demanded for their decryption.

Bhtw virus
The Bhtw virus will encrypt your files

Any suspicious e-mail may practically be a source of malware of this kind. However, the Ransomware may get distributed also in cracked software installers, malicious ads, infected links, and torrents. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about being infected with a threat like Bhtw, Ahui or Ahgr is that, immediately after getting inside your PC, it begins to render your digital information inaccessible through encryption. This information is carefully selected after careful scanning of all your drives and discs. At the end of the file encryption process, a ransom note is displayed on your screen. That message provides you with ransom payment instructions and a deadline after which the recovery of your encrypted files is said to not be possible.

The .Bhtw file decryption

The .Bhtw file decryption is a challenging process that may not always be successful but, if performed correctly, it can recover the files that .Bhtw has encrypted. In general, the .Bhtw file decryption is possible after the application of a decryption key which is exchanged for a ransom.

If Bhtw has infected your PC and has prevented you from accessing some information that you really need, you may choose between two options. The first one is to pay the ransom money that the hackers behind Bhtw request. This course of action, however, is very risky both for your money and your files because nobody can guarantee that after you pay the hackers will really provide you with the promised decryption key. They may disappear as soon as they receive the payment and may leave you with empty pockets and empty hands. The other option is to choose not to pay, but this also does not provide any guarantees about the future of the encrypted data. If you go down this road, however, you will at least have a better chance of removing Bhtw and have a clean and safe computer. Our removal guide can be used as a guidance that can show you the steps to remove the ransomware. We have also included some file-recovery suggestions that don’t involve a ransom payment, so it might be worth giving them a try.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
Detection Tool

*Bhtw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

Remove Bhtw Ransomware


Over the course of the next few steps, it is possible that you will need to restart your computer several times in order to thoroughly remove all traces of Bhtw from the system. In order to have quick access to the removal instructions, it is recommended that you bookmark or open this page on another device before proceeding.

Important: Before commencing the ransomware removal process on your computer, make sure to restart your computer in Safe Mode first. Alternatively, you can visit this page and follow the instructions provided. As soon as the system has successfully rebooted into Safe Mode, you can return to this removal guide and complete the remaining steps in the removal process.



*Bhtw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

Getting rid of a ransomware infection, such as Bhtw, can be difficult because this malware may silently run one or more harmful processes in the background without necessarily displaying any visible symptoms that can be used to identify the infection. However, the removal of a ransomware infection is possible. If you notice any malicious processes operating in the background, you should end them as soon as possible. This is the most effective approach of getting rid of such an infection.

By pressing the CTRL key, the SHIFT key, and the ESC key on your keyboard at the same time, you can launch the Windows Task Manager. Afterwards, go to the Processes tab and check if there are any potentially hazardous processes currently operating on your computer. The ransomware may try to pass itself off as a normal system process in order to escape being detected and stopped.

However, in general, you should know that a malicious process can consume a substantial amount of memory and CPU power, which can serve as a warning to you whether the process is unwanted. Unfortunately, since it is difficult to determine whether or not a specific running procedure is hazardous simply by looking at it, it is recommended that the files related with the process in question be scanned using a professional scanner. You can access these files by right-clicking on the suspicious process and selecting Open File Location as shown on the image below:


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    If the virus scanner discovers that a file is contaminated or contains harmful code, the first thing you should do is end the process that is associated with the file that is being checked. To end the process, go to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, right-click on it and select End process from the options.

    Feel free to use the scanner given on this page to scan any processes that you feel are hazardous until you are convinced that there is nothing malicious that is running on your computer.


    If you suspect that your computer has been hacked, please follow the steps given below:

    Press together the Windows key and the R key on your keyboard, then carefully copy and paste the line below into the Run box and press Enter on your keyboard:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    Your computer’s screen should display a file named Hosts in the form of a Notepad file as a result of your action from above. Once you see it, locate Localhost in the text. If you’ve been hacked, a number of questionable-looking IP addresses will be found under Localhost:

    hosts_opt (1)

    You should report suspicious IP addresses in the comments section so that we can look into them and warn you if they need to be removed.

    Another place to look for possibly harmful entries related with Bhtw is the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box. Ransomware, such as Bhtw, may include starting components in your system setups in order to ensure that it can begin executing its malicious agenda as soon as the machine is booted up.


    Fortunately, you can manually configure your computer’s settings and startup programs by typing msconfig into the Start menu search field and pressing Enter. After that, go to the Startup tab and look for anything out of the ordinary, such as startup items with an “Unknown” manufacturer or items with peculiar names. Remove the checkmark from the box next to any entries that you suspect are part of the ransomware to prevent them from being activated. Finally, you can save your changes by pressing the OK button located in the lower right corner of the screen.


    *Bhtw is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

    After you complete the steps above, we highly recommend you to run a scan on your computer’s registry to see if any ransomware-related entries have been installed, and remove any potentially harmful items that you find.

    Pay attention during this step because removing files and directories that are not associated with  Bhtw  may cause significant damage to your system and the software that has been installed on it. We recommend that you use a professional malware removal program, such as the one available on our website, or another reliable application that specializes in malware removal, in order to minimize any risks of involuntary system damage.

    If you still choose to follow the manual removal steps, you can launch the Registry Editor by typing Regedit in the Start menu search field and pressing Enter to launch the Registry Editor.

    To search for malware, press down the CTRL and F keys simultaneously and type the name of the ransomware in the Find dialog box that appears on your screen. Next, press the Find Next button to search the registry for any files with the same name as the one you entered.

    Once you have removed any potentially harmful entries from the registry and you are sure that it is clean, you can then use the same Start menu search field to search for the following locations: 

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    Look for suspicious-looking folders and files that have been created around the time of the ransomware attack and remove them if you find any. Keep a watch-out for anything else that might be related with the ransomware and conduct some research before eradicating the files completely.

    It is important to remove any temporary files created by Bhtw by deleting them all from the Temp folder to ensure that they are no longer present on your system. Or, you should select everything in Temp and erase it, as this will be the most effective solution.


    How to Decrypt Bhtw files

    Decrypting encrypted data may need a whole different approach depending on which malware variant is being used against you. The extensions of the files that have been encrypted can help you to determine which variant of the ransomware has infected you. 

    Nonetheless, in order to have a reasonable chance of successfully decrypting any data, you must first check that any files associated with the ransomware have been completely removed from your system. Professional anti-virus software, such as the one available through the links on this page, can be used to remove Bhtw and other malware from your computer.

    New Djvu Ransomware 

    The STOP Djvu ransomware variant is the most recent of the Djvu ransomware variant to infect computers and networks. This malware encrypts files by attaching the .Bhtw suffixes to their filenames, which makes them appear unreadable. According to the information available at the time of publishing of this article, the only files that can be decrypted are those that have been encrypted using an offline key. When looking into whether a decryption tool can assist you in recovering your data, here’s a link to one that you might find useful:


    To download the STOPDjvu.exe decryptor you can load the URL that has been provided above and select the Download button from the page.

    Once the file is on your computer, select “Run as Administrator” and then press the Yes button to launch the decryptor. It will take a few minutes to go through the license agreement and the brief instructions, after which you will have to click on the Decrypt button to begin the process of decrypting your information. Please bear in mind that, due to technical restrictions, it may be impossible to decode data encrypted using unknown offline keys or online encryption. 

    If you still have issues with removing Bhtw, you can download and run the anti-virus software linked on this page, or you can run any suspicious-looking files through the free online virus scanner. In addition, if you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments section below, and we will try our best to respond as quickly as possible.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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