Hive Ransomware

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Hive is a Ransomware cryptovirus that demands a ransom payment from its victims to release their files from its secretly placed encryption. Hive reveals itself on the victim’s machine with a notification requesting a cryptocurrency payment in return for a file decryption key.

Hive Ransomware
The Hive Ransomware ransom note

In this article, you are about to read how to deal with Hive and how to avoid paying the ransom it demands. For this purpose, we have prepared a special removal guide with steps on how to detect and remove Hive form your system, as well as a section with some suggestions on how to recover your encrypted files without contacting the hackers behind the Ransomware.

Of course, we should inform you that we cannot guarantee that our instructions will be effective in all cases. After all, the Ransomware infections like this one and NeerPiiq are a very complex form of malware, and the effects of their attacks may not always be reversed. However, we still recommend that the victims of threats like Hive seek alternative solutions, such as the removal guide below, before considering the payment of the ransom as an option.

The Hive Ransomware

The Hive Ransomware is a virus threat that extorts money from its victims by blackmailing them to pay a ransom for the decryption of their personal files. The Hive ransomware typically demands a money transfer to a cryptocurrency wallet and provides a message with strict instructions and a deadline.

The so-called malvertisements and false pop-up messages could be common sources of Ransomware infections. They can be secretly loaded with an infection like Hive and distributed along with other random pop-up warnings, fake system notifications, banners, and attractive commercials that appear on your screen during your web browsing sessions. Also ,in many cases, a contamination with Ransomware may occur when the users click on malicious email attachments or infected links, or when they download and install compromised software from torrent and shareware sites. Sadly, your security software may not notify you about the Ransomware’s file-encryption activity that will start upon clicking on the malicious transmitter. The reason is, the file-encryption is, inherently a data-protection process and does not corrupt or destroy the targeted files. It only locks them and keeps them inaccessible unless you apply the unique corresponding decryption key.

The Hive file decryption

The Hive file decryption is a process through which the files encrypted by the Ransomware become accessible again. The activation of the Hive file decryption process requires the application of a decryption key. To obtain it, the victims have to transfer some money to a the cryptocurrency wallets of the hackers.

Hive file
The Hive file ransomware

Sadly, it may not be possible to recover the encrypted files without the key. This may lead you to think that the ransom payment may be your only option. However, we are here to inform you that there are some methods which could potentially help you retrieve your files without contacting the hackers and paying a ransom. Before you give them a try, though, it is very important to remove Hive from your system. If you fail to do so, the Ransomware may once again encrypt everything you manage to recover, including your backup sources or any devices you connect. That’s why you shouldn’t skip the removal steps from the guide below.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsVery few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution MethodFrom fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
Detection Tool

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Remove Hive Ransomware


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).



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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. 


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. 

    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.



    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.


    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 Hive 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!


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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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