Halloware Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Halloware Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any (Lucifer) file can be recovered.

Halloware is a recently detected Ransomware infection, which has been programmed to infiltrate the users’ computers, encrypt the files, found there and keep them hostage until a ransom is paid. If the victim wants to restore their data, they must obey the hackers’ demands and pay a fat amount of money in a cryptocurrency in order to receive a decryption key. The basic principle the hackers’ rely on is fear and frustration. They usually press the victims with short deadlines and threaten that the encrypted data will be kept locked forever if they don’t fulfill the ransom instructions. Unfortunately, many people, who get attacked by this Ransomware get panicked and in a desperate attempt to save their valuable data, they agree to the hackers’ conditions. However, this is exactly what one should not do, if malware like Halloware breaks into the system.

Halloware Ransomware

In the text below, we will speak about the alternative methods, which could help you handle such an infection and avoid the ransom payment. At the end of this article, there is a free removal guide with instructions on how to detect and remove Halloware. Additionally, there are some tips that may potentially help you restore some of your data without paying a penny to the hackers. Despite our best efforts, though, there is no guarantee that the provided methods will work for all the infected computers. Ransomware viruses are some of the most sophisticated and difficult threats that one could encounter, and dealing with them may not always be successful. However, submitting to the hackers who stand behind such threats is not a smart move and our “How to remove” team will do its best to help you protect your PC and eliminate the malicious consequences of the Ransomware infection with every possible method.

Halloware Ransomware Removal


 

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!

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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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:

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:

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 Halloware 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!

How Ransomware operates

Compared to other forms of malware, Ransomware threats such as Halloware operate in a unique way. There are a number of features that make these infections so problematic and harmful. First of all, Ransomware can infect you without any symptoms. One wrong click on a well-camouflaged malicious transmitter such as spam message, ad, misleading link, harmful email attachment or infected installer can land you Halloware in no time. Secondly, most of the convenient antivirus tools that web users use may fail to detect the threat on time. Since the encryption process does not corrupt or delete anything in the system, there is nothing that could trigger the virus definitions of the security program. The malware only converts the files into unreadable copies, without causing actual harm, therefore the antivirus may let it complete its malicious file-encryption absolutely uninterrupted. In most of the cases, the victims come to know about the infection when a ransom note gets displayed on their screen.

The ransom notification

When the damage is done and all the targeted files are encrypted, the Ransomware discloses itself and the blackmail scheme begins. A scary ransom notification provides the victim with instructions on how to purchase a decryption key if they want to regain access to their data. Various threatening scenarios may be employed by the hackers in order to receive the ransom payment faster. However, panic is your worst adviser in such a situation. Paying the money is in no way a guarantee that the blackmail is finished. The hackers may increase the ransom or simply disappear with the money without sending you any decryption solution in return. A much smarter approach to the situation is to seek for alternatives. Indeed, the file encryption may not be reversible without a decryption key, but it won’t hurt if you try to recover some of your files via backups or some free decryption tools that might be available on the web. We have also listed some recovery tips in the instructions below. However, before you proceed to your data-restoration attempts, it is of utmost importance to remove the Ransomware from your system. Halloware is a very nasty threat that may encrypt everything you manage to recover if you don’t remove it completely from your system. That’s why we strongly advise you to first try our guide and only then consider opting for something else. Make sure you carefully follow the instructions and in case of doubt, scan your PC with the professional Halloware removal tool.

SUMMARY:

Name Halloware
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.