Horsedeal Ransomware


Horsedeal is a file-encoding ransomware infection created to blackmail web users for money. Horsedeal demands a ransom from its victims in order to provide them with a decryption key for the files it has encrypted.

Horsedeal Ransomware

The Horsedeal Ransomware will encrypt your files

An infection with a ransomware virus such as Horsedeal, Adame, Ryuk can often result in permanent data loss. That’s why there are a lot of people who worry about how to recover their information and how to safely remove this malware from their system. Fortunately, not everything is lost and some of your data might be recovered if you don’t rush to pay the ransom to the hackers behind the ransomware. Here, we will provide you with some alternative file-recovery suggestions and a step-by-step removal guide for Horsedeal with instructions on how to remove the virus and all files related to it. Since this procedure may require some computing experience can be time-consuming to complete, you are advised to use a professional removal tool in a combination with the manual guide. If this is the first time you are facing a ransomware, we also highly recommend that you start by carefully reading the details in this article before moving to the steps below.

The Horsedeal Ransomware

The Horsedeal virus is an online infection designed for money extortion. The purpose of the Horsedeal virus is to secretly invade a computer, scan for a specific list of files types and encrypt the ones found on the computer all with a strong encryption algorithm.

Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to reverse the encryption algorithm that a ransomware such as Horsedeal can apply to the targeted files. Typically, the only way to reverse this process is to apply the corresponding decryption key. This decryption key is unique for every victim and is kept for a ransom by the hackers who control the infection. Sadly, even the crooks who’ve created the dreadful ransomware infection cannot guarantee that the generated key will work flawlessly. As a result, many victims who decide to pay the ransom in order to recover their files get decryption keys that are not working as planned and cannot recover the encoded files. Many others never obtain a decryption key because the hackers vanish once they receive the money. Therefore, the risk of losing money and not getting your files back is always present.

The Horsedeal file decryption

The Horsedeal file decryption is a method that, in theory, should recover the encrypted files. In reality, however, the Horsedeal file decryption is not guaranteed even if the victims pay a ransom to the hackers.

Therefore, we usually advise our readers to try alternative methods of fighting the Horsedeal ransomware. One of them is to extract data from system backups, as suggested in the removal guide below. Another method is to connect your personal backup sources to the computer. Finding a working free decryptor is another alternative. A database of such free decryptors is posted and updated regularly on our website, so make sure you check it out. Before you give a try to any of these file-recovery methods, however, you have to make sure that you have removed the ransomware virus from the system in order to prevent new encryption to the recovered files.


Name Horsedeal
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.
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Detection Tool

Horsedeal Ransomware Virus Removal

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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 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!

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How to Decrypt Horsedeal 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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