This page aims to help you remove How_recover Virus. These How_recover Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
If you are reading this, unfortunately you are under the spell of the How_recover Virus – a verified ransomware as you have probably understood by now. The unfortunate reality of most of your files being locked away with an unknown extension and as a result being inaccessible and the accompanying message that you should pay a certain amount of money so your information would be released is certainly disheartening.
Do not lose hope though, there are things to be done for people in your position and paying this ransom should the absolutely last resort thing to do. We will elaborate on that point a bit more in the article section below.
What is Ransomware?
Let’s begin with some words about what you will be dealing with here. Ransomware is the name of the type of malware characterized by the restrictions it enforces on an end user’s files by accessing his or hers system first, normally with the help of a Trojan virus. Keep that in mind as How_recover Virus is probably not your only problem, although it is probably the biggest and scariest one at the moment.
For the last five or six years there has been a steady and disturbing increase in the prominence of this type of treats. What initially was only popular in Russia, quickly gained ground all around the world. Make no mistake – this is a millions of dollars annually operation.
Generally this threat could be one of two types:
- Encrypting ransomware is when you really have your most accessed non-system files encrypted with a key, thus making it impossible for the user to open or alter them. The bad news is in the case of How_recover Virus you are facing the real deal.
- Non-encrypting ransomware which is essentially when the creators of this form of virus have not in fact encrypted your files but trivially restricting the access to your desktop with images, often of the pornographic variety. This is a lot easier to deal with, especially if you remain calm and not overreact due to the initial shock of the discovery.
Should you pay the demanded ransom?
That’s probably the most important question that you have been asking. If you are looking for a short answer – no, you should not. Of course it is always an individual decision and it is fact not easy to dismiss this course of action lightly. We are going to try and explain the reasons why this should be only done as a last resort and only if you are desperate to get your information and no other solutions seem to do the trick.
First and foremost never forget that you are dealing with people who are by legal definition cyber criminals. There is absolutely no guarantee that if you pay them they will keep their promise and send you a decryption key in return. Very often instead of getting your files back you will be extorted for more money in a never ending vicious cycle. Another possible drawback that has probably not crossed your mind is that by paying the ransom you will be involuntarily funding an industry that is in its core a cyber terrorism.
Of course keep in mind that there is no way to be 100% sure that the methods we advocate would get your files back, in fact this is very much depending on how much time has passed since the initial encryption. Rest assured though – what we will be describing in a minute is absolutely safe and in no way will lead to the deletion of your files, which is often a scare tactic employed by the criminals.
|Symptoms||Your files have been locked away, evidenced by a strange extension.|
|Distribution Method||Look for a Trojan Horse. Scan your computer, the How_recover Virus might not be your only problem.|
How_recover Virus File Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to allow you to see Hidden Files and Folders. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. How_recover Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a malware, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to. There’s a good chance How_recover Virus is hiding somewhere in here.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER!
Dear reader be advised that the next part of the removal guide is very important for the successful removal of the ransomware virus. At the same time it is equally important to avoid even the tiniest of mistakes as you will be asked to manipulate important system files. Any error might lead to severe damage to your system and even complete device breakdown.
Only continue if you are feeling absolutely confident. If not please consider downloading and installing a professional How_recover Virus remover instead.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- Type regedit in the Windows Search Field. Search for the ransomware (try typing its name) in your registries and delete anything with that name. But be extremely careful – if you delete the wrong thing here, you can damage your system.
- Type %temp% in the Windows Search Field and delete all the files in the folder you are transported to.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with How_recover Virus
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully, barring actually giving in the to the demands of the people who created the virus – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected.
There are two options you have for this:
The first is to do a full system restore. This can take care of the file extension for you completely. To do this just type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Shadow Volume Copies.
Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive (C or D usually) you want to restore information from. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.
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