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.BeethoveN File Virus (Restore Files)

This article will show you how to remove the BeethoveN ransomware infection from your computer and restore files that have been encrypted with .BeethoveN file extension added.

The .BeethoveN file virus which was detected at the beginning of June 2017 has been reported to cause numerous issues on the computers that have been infected by it. The primary purpose of this virus is to encrypt the files on the compromised systems with the aid of AES and RSA encryption algorithms. After the encryption by this virus has completed, the ransomware infection drops a ransom note to notify the victim that he or she must pay a hefty ransom to get the encrypted files back to original. In case your computer has been infected by the .BeethoveN file virus, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name BeethoveN Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts the files on the computers that have been infected by the virus. Asks for a ransom to be paid to get the private decryption key.
Symptoms Files are encrypted with the .BeethoveN file extension added to them. The virus then drops a ransom note, named BeethoveN.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.BeethoveN File Virus Infection

For this virus to be situated on your computer, it should be as a result of clicking on an object which you should not have opened. The cyber-criminals are very clever in relation to that and aim to perform multiple different activities to convince inexperienced users to open their infected objects. The infection objects are usually either malicious web links or malicious files. For more information on the malicious file types which may be dangerous to your computer, please check the related article below:

Related:Most Popular Windows File Types Used by Malware (2017)

These files or web links may be sent to you via spam messages on online chat services. They may also be sent via deceptive e-mails presenting the files as legitimate invoices, documents or other objects. Over 80% of the ransomware viruses have so far infected victims by e-mail.

In addition to e-mail other methods of infection also include the uploading of the infection files on suspicious sites as fake setups, license activators, key generators and other malware.

.BeethoveN Ransomware -Analysis

Once the .BeethoveN file virus has already infected your computer via it’s malicious virus loader, the infection file connects to the following malicious hosts:

  • soltec6d5qinsppi.hiddenservice.net –
  • www.download.windowsupdate.com –

After it has already connected to the hosts, the .BeethoveN virus downloads it’s malicious executable directly on the Desktop of the user PC, the file is named BeethoveN.exe.

Along the primary malicious file of this virus, a file with the list of all the encrypted files is also dropped on the desktop, named FILEUST.txt:

In addition to this, the .BeethoveN ransomware also opens it’s ransom note screen which has the following content:

All your personal files have been encrypted. You can find a list of them in FILEUST.txt on your desktop ♪
They have been encrypted with military grade AES-256 bit encryption, combined with RSA-2048 bit encryption. This encryption is impossible to break without the private key ♪
The unique private key for your files is stored on our servers, however it will be deleted exactly 168 hours after the encryption process finished ♪
Unless you have recent backups, there is no way to recover those files which have been lost without the private key ♪
To get the private key (and recover your files), you must pay a ransom, which you can do from our website ♪
After you make the online payment, click Decrypt Files and we will verify with the server that the payment was successful. The private key will then be downloaded from the server and be used to automatically decrypt all your files ♪
Please visit xxxx:// in your web browser and login with the ID below to decrypt your files ♪
It is recommended that you do not shutdown your computer until you have successfully paid for and decrypted your files. In the event that this program is closed, you can find a copy on your desktop named BeethoveN.exe which you can use to decrypt your files

In addition to those activities, the .BeethoveN file virus may also situate multiple different files in the %SystemDrive%, delete shadow volume copies and modify Windows Registry Entries

BeethoveN Ransomware’s Encryption Process

For the encryption of .BeethoveN file virus to be conducted, two of the most powerful encryption algorithms are used.

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) cipher to encrypt the files.
Rivest-Shamir Adleman (RSA) to further encrypt the headers of the files and generate a unique private and public decryption keys for each of the encrypted files.

The files which this ransomware virus attacks to encrypt are the important documents, audio files, videos and other files associated with often used programs. The .BeethoveN file virus is very careful to avoid system files of Windows, so that it does not break the OS. After the encryption process has been completed, the files seem corrupt and cannot be opened by any software. This is because blocks of data from them are replaced with data from the encryption algorithm.

After encryption the .BeethoveN file virus adds it’s distinctive file extension to the encrypted files, making them appear like the following:

Remove BeethoveN Ransomware and Restore .BeethoveN Encrypted Files

Before beginning the removal process of this ransomware virus from your computer, we’d advise you to back up the files on an external drive, just in case.

Then you can proceed with removing the virus, preferably by following the removal steps below. In case manual removal may be difficult for you and you are unsure that you have fully removed this virus, experts often advise using an anti-malware tool to perform the removal automatically and protect your computer in the future.

For the file recovery, there is no direct decryptor for this virus at this point, however there are some alternative tools which you can try to use while a decryptor is released. The methods are in step “2. Restore files encrypted by BeethoveN Virus” below.

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About the BeethoveN Virus Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this BeethoveN Virus how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the BeethoveN Virus ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.


1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware

Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove BeethoveN Virus from Windows.

Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BeethoveN Virus


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 BeethoveN Virus 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 BeethoveN Virus 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 BeethoveN Virus 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.

Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for BeethoveN Virus 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.


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


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.


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

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by BeethoveN Virus.

Ransomware infections and BeethoveN Virus 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 recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of BeethoveN Virus from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall BeethoveN Virus and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 BeethoveN Virus:

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 BeethoveN Virus. 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 BeethoveN Virus. 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 BeethoveN Virus 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 BeethoveN Virus. 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

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for BeethoveN Virus:


SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by BeethoveN Virus.

Ransomware infections and BeethoveN Virus 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 recommended 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.

BeethoveN Virus FAQ

What is BeethoveN Virus ransomware and how does it work?

BeethoveN Virus 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 BeethoveN Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.BeethoveN Virus 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 BeethoveN Virus 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 .BeethoveN Virus files?

You can't. At this point the .BeethoveN Virus 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 .BeethoveN Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by BeethoveN Virus 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 ".BeethoveN Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .BeethoveN Virus 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 BeethoveN Virus 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 BeethoveN Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .BeethoveN Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like BeethoveN Virus 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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