RobinHood Ransomware

RobinHood Ransomware

RobinHood is a very dangerous cryptovirus from the Ransomware type and the reason it has been created is to make money for its authors through a very nasty blackmailing scheme. The threat uses a complex encryption algorithm in order to render the files in the infected computer inaccessible and then asks for a ransom to be paid in exchange for their full decryption.

The security experts inform that the virus is spreading through different infected online message attachments, spam emails, malicious ads, torrents and sketchy sites. Therefore, there is a high chance to land such an infection if you are not careful during your web surfing or if you don’t have reliable security software on your computer (and sometimes, even if you do). One click on one of the numerous transmitters of this malware may oftentimes be is enough to activate the malicious payload and, unfortunately, there are usually no visible symptoms which can alert you to the malawre’s presence until all the files get secretly encrypted. The very moment the virus gets inside the computer, it immediately starts to scan the system for video and audio files, images, databases, archives, documents and other personal files and encrypts them using its complex code. The victims typically notice that there’s a cryptovirus inside their computers only after the Ransomware has completed the encryption process and has placed a ransom-demanding notification on their screen. RobinHood demands that a certain amount of money is paid in BitCoins to a certain cryptocurrency wallet within a given deadline. If the victims don’t follow the instructions given in the notification, they are threatened to never get access to their information again. The hackers who are in control of the infection promise that a decryption tool will be sent to those who fulfill all the ransom demands and instructions. It’s not a good idea, however, to trust the cyber criminals because there is no guarantee that they will actually do what they have promised in the blackmailing note. So, instead of giving them your hard earned money, our suggestions is to remove RobinHood from your computer with the help of the guide below and explore some alternative methods of recovering your information.

What should you do when faced with the RobinHood Ransomware encryption?

The cryptovirus creators advise you to follow their instructions and pay the ransom they demand as soon as possible in order to restore your files. In their attempts to convince you that this is the only way to deal with the Ransomware, they may use threats, different persuasive tactics and even give you to test-decrypt one or two files. Yet, many security specialists, including our “How to remove” team do not recommend trusting them because not only may you lose your money in vain if the hackers decide to just disappear and not send you a decryption key but also the active cryptovirus may encrypt more newly-created or downloaded files in the machine. Therefore, instead of following the ransom demands, you are advised to focus on removing RobinHood and then maybe try some alternative methods of recovering your data through means other than the ransom payment. For that, you will have to first locate the infection-related files by scanning the system with trusted security software and take all the necessary steps to safely remove it. If you don’t know where to start, follow the instructions given in this post, especially if the virus blocks your antivirus or if you do not have such a program. After that, check out the recovery section and see if you can save some of your data without paying the ransom.


Name RobinHood
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 [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

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Remove RobinHood Ransomware

RobinHood 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).

RobinHood Ransomware


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

RobinHood Ransomware

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.

RobinHood Ransomware

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:

RobinHood Ransomware

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:

RobinHood Ransomware

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.

RobinHood Ransomware

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!

RobinHood Ransomware 

How to Decrypt RobinHood 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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