Blackrouter (BlackHeart) Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)


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If the access to your personal files has recently become blocked and you are currently unable to access them, then you have most likely had your PC infected by a Ransomware virus. Infections of this type are notorious for their ability to render either the files or the screen of any targeted machine locked and keeping them that way until the victim makes a ransom payment. In this particular article we are about to tell you more about Blackrouter Ransomware – this is a malicious program that belongs to the Ransomware cryptovirus subcategory. The cryptoviruses are one of the two main types of malware, the other one being the screen-lockers. While the screen-locker Ransomware infections tend to lock the user’s screen by placing a big banner on it that won’t go away until the ransom is paid, the cryptoviruses use encryption on the files of the user in order to make them inaccessible and then use that as a leverage for the following blackmailing. Normally, the cryptovirus sub-category is considered more problematic as its representatives tend to be way more advanced when compared to their screen-locker counterparts. Unfortunately, as we said above, Blackrouter Ransomware is a cryptovirus type of Ransomware and if you currently have this nasty virus on your PC, then it might be really difficult (and not always possible) to deal with such an infection. However, in order to provide our readers with potential alternative solutions, we have done our best to come up with a detailed removal guide for Blackrouter Ransomware which guide also contains steps focused on file-decryption and recovery. We cannot promise you that completing the steps from the guide will get your files back for sure but we firmly believe that giving them a try is a much better course of action than going for the ransom payment so keep that in mind.

Why not simply pay?

Many of you who are currently struggling with Blackrouter Ransomware might be asking themselves this same question. After all, if the requested sum isn’t that high and also if the locked-up files are really important it might actually not be such a bad idea to simply make the payment and get it over with. Well, in the end it is up to each and every one of you to decide for yourselves how to approach such an issue. However, we ought to tell you that making the payment doesn’t always equal getting your data files back to their accessible state. The reason for that is because in many instances the hackers do not keep their promise to send you the decryption key for the sealed files which is normally the only way to regain access to them. This means that you might pay and still not get your data back. Since this is a very real possibility, we cannot advise you to make the requested payment. Instead, what we’d recommend you do is try the guide from this page or seek some other alternatives but only consider the payment option if you have really tried everything else and it hasn’t yielded and also only if the files are really worth the risk you’d be taking by paying.


Remove Blackrouter (BlackHeart) Ransomware


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

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

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

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.

Step3

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:

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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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Blackrouter Ransomware 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!

What makes Blackrouter Ransomware so problematic and difficult to deal with

One of the main reasons for the success of Ransomware cryptoviruses has to do with the encryption process used to make each targeted file inaccessible. Unlike other malware types that seek to harm one’s PC system or spy on the user, a Ransomware’s encryption doesn’t technically do anything harmful – it simply secures the files against “unauthorized” access. In regular circumstances, the data files would be accessible to their owner and locked to anyone else. However, Ransomware infections revert that and use an otherwise harmless and even useful data protection method against their victims. However, as there is no actual damage done to anything, there are pretty much no visible symptoms of the infection and also most antivirus/anti-malware are unable to detect the virus.

Distribution of cryptoviruses

The most common ways viruses like Blackrouter Ransomware reach user’s PCs are through spam letters with infected attachments, pirated software from sketchy and unreliable sites, malvertising ads that trick the user into interacting with them and Trojan Horse virus programs that can backdoor the Ransomware inside any targeted machine. There are other possible methods for distributing an infection like Blackrouter Ransomware but those are the most common ones. To avoid them, we advise you to stay safe online ad be careful what content you interact with. Also, getting a good antivirus could help you with potential Trojan backdoors coming your way. Another important security rule to keep your files safe is to back them up using a separate device or a cloud service (or both!).

SUMMARY:

Name Blackrouter
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most Ransomware viruses lack visible symptoms which makes them one of the sneakiest forms of malware.
Distribution Method Illegal sites with pirated content for download, shady web messages/spam emails, malvertising, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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