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7ev3n-HONE$T Virus – The Return of the Ransomware

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7ev3n ransomware has been updated with a brand-new variant. Now it bears the name 7ev3n-HONE$T and asks less money for payment. To remove this virus and see how you can try to decrypt your files, you should read the article to its end.

The ransomware again encrypts files by adding the .r5a extension to them. Ransom instructions for paying are also updated, and there is an option to give only half the sum for half of your files back.

Threat Summary

Name7ev3n-HONE$T
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files and demands less money for their decryption than before.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with the previous extension of the ransomware – .r5a. There are new instructions, which include promotions to try to make users pay up.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks
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7ev3n-HONE$T Ransomware – Spread

The 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware could spread via few ways. Probably the most effective of these ways is by using spam emails that have malicious attachments. Opening the attachment will infect your computer. Malware code may be inside the email’s body, and just opening the email might be enough to get infected.

The virus might spread through other ways, such as social media and file sharing networks. They might distribute 7ev3n-HONE$T with attachments and files. The files or attachments can hide the virus, but pretend to be useful. Do not click on anything, especially if you have landed on an untrusted website.

7ev3n-HONE$T Ransomware – More Information

7ev3n-HONE$T is the new name of the ransomware virus. You can read about its past variant – 7ev3n Ransomware. If your computer got infected with it, the virus will try to evade detection and hide as some other program. The initial variant of this ransomware used the following names:

  • UAC.exe
  • A13-1.exe
  • System.exe

The latest update might try to disguise itself as other processes. To boot everytime the Windows OS loads, the ransomware makes two registry values in the Windows Registry. As before they are both connected with the System.exe file, although other process names might be at play as well. The registry entries are the following:

→HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/

and

→HKLM/Software/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon/Shell

7ev3n-HONE$T will create multiple copies of the text file with the ransom note, much like its predecessor.

This is a warning message that appears on your screen:

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Here is what the newer ransom warning message states:

HI, YOUR PERSONAL FILES WERE ENCRYPTED BY 7ev3n-HONE$T
All your photos, media, documents, databases, MS Office and other important files were encrypted with strong algorithm.
References as an aid to take correct decision: (click on the link for opening)

Decryption price 1.0 bitcoin (400 USD)
Unique bitcoin address for payment was generated only for you:
File decryption process is completely automated! The process is “PAY – DECRYPT”.
1. The list of encrypted files are available by click on “VIEW”.
2. You are able to decrypt 3-5 files free of charge. The choice is random. Therefor click on “TEST DECRYPT”.
3. You are able to decrypt the half (50%) of the files, therefor pay 0.6 BTC (240 USD) to unique address specified above the program will randomly choose the half of the files and decrypt them. Since then you can pay additional 0.6 BTC (240 USD) and the program will decrypt the rest of the files. If you pay the total amount (1.0) at one you get 20% discount.
4. Confirmation of one transaction takes 30 minutes or less. The process of files decryption and self-deleting is automated. Decryption process takes 1-3 hours based on the amount of encrypted files, decryption speed is 7 Gb / hr.
5. To get keys and start decrypting process after payment, please ensure that your internet-connection is active!
6. If you don’t know that are bitcoins, how to purchase and use them click on “How to Pay”.

Don’t try to delete the program, any delete actions will be resulted in irrecoverable loss of your files. Don’t try to change file names and their extensions. Don’t enable Antivirus of Firewall software. The only way to recover access to your files is to pay for decryption process. Encryption algorithm is invincible. There are no third programs for this algorithm decryption and there would not be any.

Attention! you have to pay within 72 hours. If the payment is not performed, private key will be destroyed and files will be lost.

7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware will search for files to encrypt. Here are some of the file extensions it can encrypt:

→.jpg, .js, .mdb, .odt, .pdf, .doc, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .xml, .docx, .html, .php, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .sql

Surely, there are more files the ransomware can encrypt. The file extension that is appended to all encrypted files is once more .r5a.

The 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware creators try to be honest as the new sum for paying the ransom is just 1 BitCoin or 400 dollars. And that’s the preferable sum for most modern ransomware types. There are promotions for you to pay a bit more than half the money ($240) for half of your files unlocked, or paying the full sum within the first 72 hours and getting a 20% off ($300 total).

We advise NOT to pay the ransom as nothing can serve as a guarantee that you will get your files back or even if the virus makers will contact you back.

Shadow Volume Copies may also be erased from the Windows operating system. So, after removing this virus, you should see the 3rd section of the instructions guide provided below to see how you can try to restore your files.

Remove 7ev3n-HONE$T Ransomware and Restore .r5a Encrypted Files

If you got infected by the 7ev3n-HONE$T virus, you should have a little bit of experience in removing malware. The virus could keep spreading and continue to lock more files, so it is recommended for you to follow the step-by-step instructions below:

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove 7ev3n-HONE$T from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove 7ev3n-HONE$T

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall 7ev3n-HONE$T and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by 7ev3n-HONE$T on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by 7ev3n-HONE$T there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for 7ev3n-HONE$T with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by 7ev3n-HONE$T.

Ransomware infections and 7ev3n-HONE$T aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of 7ev3n-HONE$T from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall 7ev3n-HONE$T and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to 7ev3n-HONE$T:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to 7ev3n-HONE$T. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to 7ev3n-HONE$T. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove 7ev3n-HONE$T via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as 7ev3n-HONE$T. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by 7ev3n-HONE$T.

Ransomware infections and 7ev3n-HONE$T aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


7ev3n-HONE$T FAQ

What is 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware and how does it work?

7ev3n-HONE$T is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.7ev3n-HONE$T Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of 7ev3n-HONE$T is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .7ev3n-HONE$T files?

You can't. At this point the .7ev3n-HONE$T files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .7ev3n-HONE$T files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".7ev3n-HONE$T" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .7ev3n-HONE$T files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .7ev3n-HONE$T files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like 7ev3n-HONE$T ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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