.Horse Ransomware


.Horse is a ransomware infection that is very harmful and can keep various digital files hostage. Virtually any operating system can be compromised by .Horse and the malware can encrypt the information stored in it.

.Horse Ransomware

Once the .Horse Ransomware has encrypted all of your files you will find this message in a .txt file.

Viruses based on ransomware are terrible malware pieces used for extortion purposes. In this article, we will focus our attention on a new threat called .Horse, which is a representative of the ransomware cryptovirus subcategory. This infection can secretly encrypt the files that it detects on the infected computer, and then demand a ransom in exchange for decrypting them.

The .Horse Ransomware

One of the key things which makes the .Horse virus so destructive is that users cannot identify and stop the operation of the ransomware until it completes its mission and that is virtually in all cases of infection. This is because most security programs typically fail to identify the process of encryption of the .Horse virus as malicious.

.Horse does not destroy files, remove or damage anything on the PC. Many antivirus programs, however, seek precisely such actions and may not consider an ongoing file encryption process in the background as something harmful. Unfortunately, this enables ransomware viruses to execute the hidden file encryption process without interference and, after this process is completed, they automatically generate a message requesting ransom on the computer of the victim.

If this cryptovirus has secretly infected your system, you will probably need some assistance in order to cope with the attack and the catastrophic consequences that might have followed. That’s why we’ve published some useful information on the options you may choose from in the event that .Horse has locked your data. Below you will also find a detailed removal guide and a professional removal tool which can help you remove the infection, as well as some tips on how to recover some of your files without paying a ransom to the hackers.

The .Horse file encryption

The .Horse file encryption is a complex code that keeps your files inaccessible. The hackers behind the .Horse file encryption demand a payment (in Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency) in return for a decryption key that can undo the applied file encryption.

Unfortunately, the safety of your machine and your data is not guaranteed in any way until the ransomware infection is removed. In many cases, fulfilling the hackers’ ransom demands leads only to money loss as the crooks disappear without sending any decryption solution in return.

This is why many security professionals, including our “how to remove” team advise the victims of threats like .Horse to seek alternative file-recovery solutions and to remove the malware with trusted security tools. As soon as they do so, they will be able to start using their computer as before and will be able to connect  backup sources and other devices that may help them restore some of the encrypted data from copies.

Of course, new ransomware infections like .Horse may be difficult to deal with if you are not a professional. That’s why below we have published a detailed removal guide with step-by-step instructions and some file-recovery suggestions, as well as a reliable removal tool for self-help.


Name .Horse
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

.Horse Virus Removal

.Horse 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.

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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.

    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.

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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:

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    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:

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    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.

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    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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!

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    How to Decrypt .Horse 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!


    About the author


    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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