Hades Locker Ransomware Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Hades Locker Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Hades Locker file can be recovered.

A new Ransomware threat has recently been discovered and its name is Hades Locker. This malware is spreading online in various ways and applying a strong encryption to the files of all infected computers. Users, who have been affected by the threat, reached us with a request to help them remove Hades Locker and eventually restore some of their encrypted data. And that’s where our removal guide comes in. In this article, we decided to reveal the specifics of this new ransomware and give some free assistance to its victims. Even if you are not infected, you may still find it useful to learn how to protect your computer from such threats and avoid them in the future. So, stay with us to find out more.

Hades Locker – another malicious addition in the Ransomware family.

Hades Locker is a cryptovirus with a handful of malicious abilities. It can lock your computer or specifically targeted files by applying a complex encryption to them. This way, it prevents your access to your data and you are unable to open it or use it in any way. Unlike other viruses, however, its aim is not to corrupt it or delete it from your hard drive. It actually keeps the data encrypted as a hostage, until you pay a certain amount of money as ransom. The hackers behind this Ransomware actually promise to send you a decryption key, which can unlock your files, once you pay the required sum. Unfortunately, this is a criminal scheme that is growing rapidly in popularity and is quickly turning into a preferred “business model” for many cyber criminals, who earn huge profits from the victims that agree to pay.

How does Hades Locker distribute itself?

When it comes to distribution, you will be surprised how sophisticated and creative the hackers could be. They usually use various delusive techniques to mask Hades Locker as a seemingly harmless file, email attachment, spam message, fake link or an ad. What is really bad about this Ransomware is that it rarely comes alone. In fact, it usually gets delivered to the victim’s system with the help of a Trojan horse, which creates a system vulnerability that enables the malware to sneak inside without any visible symptoms. Just a click on a compromised file or misleading content is enough to activate the infection and, unfortunately, users may not realize it until it is too late and the encryption has already taken place on their machine. Only after the damage has been done a disturbing ransom note appears on their screen, informing them about the harmful encryption that Hades Locker has applied. This ransom note contains a message from the hackers, where they ask for ransom (usually in Bitcoins) and state a deadline or even threaten to delete your files if the money isn’t paid quickly enough.

How can you deal with Hades Locker?

There are two general options you have, once you are infected with this Ransomware. You either decide to surrender to the hackers and pay the ransom, while hoping that they would give you the decryption key, or you take the initiative in your own hands and try to deal with the threat yourself. Both options don’t guarantee you will be able to completely restore your data, but still, you may eliminate greater losses if you choose wisely. We feel obligated to warn you that in case you decide to pay the ransom, there is a huge chance you may lose your money. The hackers behind Hades Locker may use various stress tactics and emotional attacks to make you pay as quickly as possible, but in fact, they don’t give you any guarantee that you will really get what you’ve paid for. In most cases, such criminals are only interested in getting your money and then they are more likely to disappear than send you the decryption key. This way you will not only be left with your data encrypted, but you will also experience some financial loss. At the end, you will still need to remove Hades Locker from your computer on your own and seek for other options to restore your files. The removal guide below will help you do that and also give you a few suggestions on how to extract data from your encrypted computer without the need to risk your money. Giving it a try won’t do your machine any harm, but it may help you minimize your losses, and most importantly clean that malware from your system.


Name Hades Locker
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms  It silently sneaks through your system vulnerabilities without any visible symptoms.
Distribution Method Very sophisticated distribution. Mostly found in spam emails, fake links and attachments, misleading ads and Trojan horse infections. 
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Hades Locker Ransomware Removal



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).


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 files infected with Hades Locker

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

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