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What Is Ehiz Virus

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Ehiz virus is a ransomware-type of threat for Windows. It aims to encrypt your files, banning you from opening them and adds the .ehiz file extension plus the _readme.txt ransom note. The end goal of this ransomware is to extort you into paying a lot of money in return for access to your files again. According to experts, this virus uses the AES algorithm which changes the file structure so that you cannot open it via any program and pay the criminals in BitCoin to get the files to work.

Read this article if you want to learn how you can remove Ehiz ransomware effectively from your computer and try to restore your files and make them usable once again.

Ehiz Virus Summary

Name Ehiz Virus also known as Trojan.GenericKD.35978248, Trojan.Win32.Stop.j!c, Trojan.Ransom.Stop, Trojan.Ransom.Stop, A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HIMQ, Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Stop.qq – VirusTotal
File Extension .ehiz
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms This variant of STOP ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .ehiz virus extension to them.
Ransom Demanding Note _readme.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Torrent Files
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Ehiz Virus – How Does It Work?

Just like the latest variants of STOP Ransomware .igvm, .fdcz and .enfp, the Ehiz variant may also infect your computer via two main strategies.

One of the infection methods used by Ehiz ransomware is to send you the malware file via e-mail, likely uploaded on Google Drive, Dropbox or in a .7z, .zip or .RAR archive. The file may seem like a document that is very important, like:

  • Invoice files.
  • Flight tickets that are fake.
  • Fake receipt files.
  • Work or bank-related documents.

Once the victim downloads and opens the file, malicious macros may be triggered and the infection with the Ehiz virus is immediate.

Another very often reported infection strategy in relation to this virus is programs that are downloaded by the victim from some shady sites. Such executables most often end up being:

  • Cracks for games or apps.
  • Keygens (key generator activators).
  • Patches or updates for DirectX and other drivers and codecs.
  • Software activator files.

If the victim does not have good anti-malware protection, infection with these is immediately as soon as the file is downloaded and ran.

When Ehiz virus infects your computer, it may leave some of its files in the following Windows folders:

  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %AppData%
  • %Local%

Ehiz virus also drops its note file, which contains the extortionists’ instructions for ransom payment. The note is called _readme.txt and has the emails of the criminals:

STOP ransomware virus ransom message

.ehiz Files

The files, that are encrypted by this variant of STOP ransomware are most likely of the below-mentioned file types:

  • Backup data.
  • Video file types.
  • Archives.
  • Document data.
  • Image file formats.
  • Database files.
  • Audio file formats.

What the Ehiz virus does is it scans for the files and then creates copies of them that are encrypted and likely deletes the original files, generating an asymmetric decryption key that is known only by the cyber-criminals. This key could be either an online or offline decryption key and if it is offline, then your chances of file decryptor working are much higher.

Delete Ehiz Virus and Try to Restore Data

Ehiz virus can be removed effectively if you follow the removal instructions beneath. Be advised if you follow the manual removal, you do have to have at least minimal experience with malware removal. This is why for the best removal, security experts always recommend that you turn to the automatic solution and scan your PC using anti-malware. Such professional software is designed to detect any malware on your machine and delete it automatically from it, removing all of its modules in the process.

For the file recovery, we have set up some alternative file restore methods below. They are made specifically to help you recover as many encrypted files as possible, but they are no substitute for a decryption program. This is why we will keep updating this article if a free decryptor for this variant of the virus is released soon, so make sure to check it from time to time and back up your files.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Ehiz Virus from Windows.


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

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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 Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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.

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Step 4: Scan for Ehiz 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.

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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 Ehiz Virus.

Ransomware infections and Ehiz 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 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 Ehiz Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Ehiz Virus 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 Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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
/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 Ehiz Virus.

Ransomware infections and Ehiz 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 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.


Ehiz Virus FAQ

What is Ehiz Virus ransomware and how does it work?

Ehiz 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 Ehiz Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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 .Ehiz Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Ehiz 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 ".Ehiz 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 .Ehiz 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 Ehiz 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 Ehiz Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Ehiz Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Ehiz 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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