How to remove H34rtBl33d virus and restore encrypted files

If you fell a victim of a ransomware and have grounds to suggest that it is the H34rtBl33d program – here you'll find useful info. We propose plain and safe advice on H34rtBl33d removal and potential manners to get back the wasted data.

What is H34rtBl33d

Ransomware is a roadkill of mankind, and we all know that if you cannot view your information and there's a ransom note – it’s time to worry. It’s a true, unfortunately. H34rtBl33d infection is the most dangerous threat that you might face in the Net since a common person literally can't delete it. The only case when you can beat ransomware is when you’re not facing a real virus, but a fake, that blocks the screen and attempts to trick you into paying a ransom. In all other events, if a virus was created and maintained in a right manner – you should just expect that specialists can beat it. If fraudsters failed somehow, and a malware has any vulnerabilities, that give you an ability to get back information – you'll find a cure in the following article.

 

Virus adds d3g1d5 extension to the encrypted files.

 

 

Virus type does not really matter, as the AES and RSA algorithms are overly complicated to hack them directly. It will take thousands of years to execute all needed calculations on a usual machine and, maybe, 3-4 decades if you will use an industrial gear. We know only two basic methods to beat a ransomware: to hack it, or break into its server, to find a master key. Rare ransomware examples also have a switch, allowing to cease ransomware's operation totally or to leave unscathed the infected machine. If someone finds such breaker for this virus, or publish a decryptor, we will provide you with full info in this article.

So, what is ransomware? It consists of a totally legal coding system which ciphers all files on customer’s PC and makes them worthless without a key. Of course, a key is encrypted too, but with another method. As usual, these algorithms are AES and RSA, which have proven themselves the very hard-to decrypt and fail-safe. These methods and the programs based on them are freely available on the Internet, so scammers only have to add security mechanisms, to block an admittance to a ransomware, and make the safe control and update pattern. Some viruses might work on their own, and scammers know of a new "client" not before he contacts them and transmits his ransom. Other encrypting viruses are very active, and send reports to hundreds addresses, to puzzle the researchers and throw them off virus’ track.

 

There are some methods to check, prior to yielding and looking for a decryption tool. As we said earlier, scammers make failures, and certain specialties of your Windows can assist you to recover data.

 

  • If you've made a copy of your system, stored on an external drive – you can remove H34rtBl33d and load it. Make sure that the ransomware is removed completely, as if it’s not – all information will be encrypted again, with those that were kept on a flash disc.
  • If you do not employ the system via an admin entry – today’s your lucky day. The matter is that your system duplicates all data prior to their removal or alteration. Those files are called SVC, and H34rtBl33d knows how to remove them. If you are using the user's account – the operating system asks for a permission at the very moment H34rtBl33d goes to erase SVC. If you've seen such window and declined it – your copies are secure, and you should download a specific software to get back the information.

 

If both of written above hints didn't help and you have no way to recover the information – you better remove H34rtBl33d from your PC and wait until a decryptor will be developed.

How to remove H34rtBl33d

Unfortunately, there’s no possibility to completely avoid an automatic mode. The ransomware is very stealthy and there is a chance miss some remains and then regret it (it may happen if you line up an external data storage with your backups to a not-completely-cleared computer). It knows how to conceal pretty well, and you just won’t have a chance to uninstall it totally by hand. Here's your uninstall specification which can assist you to solve this issue. It consists of some manual phases and one extra AV program stage.

Removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide: how to decrypt files on MAC.

 

 

 

Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1

 

  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2

 

 

  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode

 

Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1

 

  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2

 

  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3

 

  • Press Ok

 

Step 3. Remove virus files

 

Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %APPDATA%
  • %ProgramData%

 

Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder

Hosts_file_location

 

  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:

Hosts_file

 

Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot

How to restore files

As you cleared your device of H34rtBl33d, it's time for the info recovery. As you know now, if you logged in from an admin entry and you permitted the virus a pass to the system – there is no way to recover the files aside from the previously saved copies. If you that didn't happen – you have feeble chances for data recovery, but you will need especial recovery software. We suggest you to use Recuva or ShadowExplorer programs. They're simple to find on the official pages of their developers, with thorough instructions.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel

Decrypt files. Step 1

 

  • Click System and Security

Decrypt files. Step 2

 

  • Select Backup and Restore

Decrypt files. Step 3

 

  • Select Restore files from backup
  • Select checkpoint to restore

 

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