Hc7 Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Dec. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Hc7 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Hc7 Ransomware file can be recovered.

Getting infected by ransomware can be both very dangerous and very traumatic. On the one hand people and businesses lose access to potentially vital data, and on the other – it’s a clear violation of one’s privacy and personal (or professional) property. Not to mention that in some cases the cybercriminals behind the viruses of this type impersonate legal authorities and scare users into believing they themselves have committed some wrongdoing. One of the latest ransomware viruses that’s been released is called Hc7 Ransomware and it encrypts the files on the computers it infects with a very sophisticated algorithm. In doing so, it blocks the affected users (or anyone, for that matter) from accessing them in any way, shape or form. After that, the hackers proceed to demand a ransom payment in return for restoring the files to their prior state. At this point, if you have also been infected with Hc7 Ransomware, you may be feeling frustrated and you are probably searching for an effective course of actions that circumvents the ransom payment. And we are happy to provide you with one, just below this article. We have prepared a detailed removal guide, which you can use to delete Hc7 Ransomware and possibly also recover your encrypted files.

How ransomware works and what you can do about it

Viruses like Hc7 Ransomware have a great advantage over most other malware types because of the way they operate. Unlike Trojans or worms, this malware type is relatively non-intrusive, believe it or not. It uses encryption as its main weapon, which is in itself actually not a harmful process. We use encryption on a day-to-day basis, when browsing the internet. In fact, it’s what we rely on when exchanging sensitive information with other computers or servers, like when we purchase things online. We need encryption to keep this information safe and shielded from prying eyes. And it just so happens that the majority of antivirus programs out there do not see encryption as a malicious process, so they will do nothing to stop it, while the ransomware is executing it. And that is the unfair advantage.

Hc7 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

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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 Hc7 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!

In addition to that, you probably don’t remember there being anything that would have tipped you off about Hc7 Ransomware’s presence on your PC. And that’s another hallmark trait of this malware category: stealth. They often have no symptoms at all and they can be silently encrypting your files one by one right under your nose, only to surprise you with the ransom note when they’re finished. To be entirely truthful, though, sometimes there are certain signs that may give them away, such as a significant slowdown of your computer. This is especially possible on older machines or computers with weaker processing power and large amounts of data stored on them. But even then you would need to be rather observant to even suspect that there might be a virus at work.

And last but not least, the fuel of this terrible blackmail scheme happens to be money. Surprise, surprise. More specifically, money in the form of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. Bitcoin and similar cannot be traced to the hackers, so they feel perfectly protected from the authorities or anyone who would want to track them down. And when people keep paying them money in the hopes of having their files restored, they just have all the necessary motivation to keep on developing viruses like Hc7 Ransomware and unleashing them on unsuspecting victims. As a matter of fact, this can easily be the most rapidly growing malware category out there, each year breeding millions of more variants than the year before.

For this reason we tend to advise our readers to exhaust their alternative options of dealing with ransomware first, before opting for the ransom payment. As pointed out, you can use our removal guide below as one of them. It will certainly aid you in getting rid of Hc7 Ransomware, which is by no means a small thing. But in addition to that it may also help you recover your encrypted files from system backups. We cannot promise that this will necessarily be the case, but it won’t hurt to try. Furthermore, there are also plenty of other alternatives, like using a decryptor tool or contacting a ransomware specialist.

SUMMARY:

Name Hc7
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.

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