HC6 Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Dec. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove HC6 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any HC6 Ransomware file can be recovered.

In the following passages we will be answering these questions: 1. What kind of software category does HC6 Ransomware belong to? 2. How are such programs distributed? and 3. What are their potential negative consequences for you and your device? What’s more, we will be explaining in details the likely ways to handle such malware in our Removal Guide, the one attached for free to make it easier for you to deal with this infection.

To begin with, the majority experts in this field claim that HC6 Ransomware is a form of the most malicious form of software ever developed: Ransomware. Though such malware itself has some subcategories, the most common and threatening one is the file-encrypting Ransomware, and the exact program we are discussing here, HC6 Ransomware, is indeed a member of this subgroup. Shortly speaking, this in fact means that all the data located on your drives (and other device storage spaces) is in real danger, because the viruses from this category can access the most regularly used ones and encrypt them all. Typically, after that you get a really scary notification that informs you about the horrid ongoing infection you have caught.

Ransomware can be divided into:

  • The file-locking Ransomware we have discussed before. You have already read above that the viruses from this subtype are used for file encryption and ransom-demanding harassment. Perhaps, this is indeed the worst kind of Ransomware you can ever become a victim of.
  • Ransomware that targets your mobile devices. Whatever portable device you own – a tablet, a phablet, a smartphone or a laptop, you may get contaminated by this kind of Ransomware. Maybe it is a positive thing that in such a case, no files will get locked up, just your screen will be blocked. The ransom-demanding alert will after that cover your entire desktop/ screen, and you will be unable to access any icon or shortcut located there. This is the reason why the scammers will request that you pay a ransom in exchange for unblocking your screen.
  • Moreover, as you might expect, the screen of your desktop PC could also get attacked by Ransomware in the way these viruses affect your mobile devices. The good thing is that no files get encrypted, however, you will still be incapable of reaching them because of the ransom alert covering the icons/ shortcuts.

HC6 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.

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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:

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 HC6 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!

Is there anything really efficient against HC6 Ransomware (and generally fighting Ransomware)?

There is no app, program or removal guide that is considered completely effective when it comes to encrypted files and Ransomware contaminations. The only tip we can share with you is to always copy your data and keep its copies on other separate disks or drives. That way, through backing up you are going to indeed minimize the risks of getting harassed into paying any ransom by any criminals. Also, we sincerely suggest that you refrain from paying the requested ransom since there is really no point in risking your money, especially knowing that your encoded files are already in danger. Do not personally fund the scammers who have sent this horrible threat after you. Just the opposite: try to ensure that you have attempted everything else there is in order to remove the infection before completing the ransom payment. Once again, we would like to remind you that no one can ever guarantee you a full and safe decryption of your files even provided that you do pay the hackers. We recommend that you give our Ransomware Removal Guide that is attached to this article a chance. We can’t promise that your data will be saved, but it is definitely important that you have the virus removed. Therefore, it is still worth checking out.

Some more safety advice:

In addition to copying your data and keeping the copies, another thin that might prove to be really effective is always avoiding the possible sources of this malware. Make certain that you stay away from the likely Ransomware sources:

    • Emails coming from unfamiliar senders: For example, such contaminated emails might be sent to your Spam Folder. But they could just as easily land in your Inbox. If any email looks particularly suspicious, avoid it.
    • Pop-ups, banners and other ads you may come across on the web: Every single pop-up ad you see while exploring the Internet might be contagious.

SUMMARY:

Name HC6
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.