Blackhunt Ransomware

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Blackhunt is a cryptovirus that demands ransom and can secretly encrypt a variety of user files without any notice. Victims of Blackhunt are greeted by a ransom notification on their screen that asks them to pay a ransom in order to receive a decryption key for their files.

Our “How to remove” team has created an in-depth removal guide to assist all the web users who are in need of coping with this dangerous infection. If you are one of them, on this page, you will find detailed directions that can help you remove Blackhunt from your machine. You will also find tip for file recovery that do not require you to pay ransom to the anonymous hackers behind this malware.

The BlackHunt Ransomware warning.

The Blackhunt virus

The virus Blackhunt is an infection of the ransomware class that cybercrimianls use for money extortion. When you get infected with the Blackhunt virus, it instantly infiltrates your hard disk to detect and encrypt the files that you use the most. Other threats similar to this one are the HsHarada Ransomware and the NoEscape Ransomware.

Once inside the computer, the cryptovirus turns the detected files into unreadable bits of data that no software can open or recognize. New file extensions can also be added at the end of the encrypted files to make it more difficult for the victims to decrypt them.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to detect the ransomware before it completes its agenda because its file-encrypting process can go unnoticed by most antivirus applications. Only the ransom note that appears on the screen at the end of the attack informs the victims about the malicious outcomes. The note usually includes a message from the hackers and payment instruction. In return for your money, the crooks promise to give you a unique decryption key, which can decrypt your files. The fraudsters typically ask for a payment in Bitcoins, as this is an untraceable cryptocurrency that allows them to remain anonymous.

The Blackhunt file encryption

The Blackhunt file encryption is a complex code that only a special decryption key can reverse. Users who want to obtain the Blackhunt file decryption key are typically required to pay ransom to the hackers who are behind the ransomware infection.

The victims are not left with many options to recover their information. They either have to meet the hackers’ requirements and pay the requested ransom or they have to find a way to successfully remove the infection and try to restore their files without a decryption key. Sadly, none of the options can guarantee 100% success. But the worst among them is for some unscrupulous cyber criminals to be given money for blackmailing users for access to their information. There are many victims with bitter experience who agree to pay the ransom only to lose their money and never obtain a decryption key. That is why we suggest finding some other file recovery options such as restoring some of your records from your device backup, external disk backups or copies kept on a cloud storage. Before that, however, it is important to clean the machine and remove the ransomware traces if you want to use your computer and be able to store new or recovered data on it after the attack.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
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Remove Blackhunt Ransomware


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

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

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt Blackhunt files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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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