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Haters Ransomware 2017 (Restore .haters Files)

This article has been created to help you remove the .haters file ransomware and restore files that have been encrypted by it on your computer.

A ransomware virus that displays a pop-up, named Form2, has been reported to use the .haters file extension to the files encrypted by it. The virus infects via multiple methods and it’s primary purpose is to extort the victim to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to restore access back to the encrypted files. We suggest reading this article to learn how to remove the Haters ransomware infection and restore files encrypted by it.

Update! Decryption instructions for the .haters file virus are now available. Simply follow the same instructions from this article.

Threat Summary


Haters virus

Short DescriptionEncrypts important files on the infected computer asking a ransom to be paid for their decryption.

SymptomsFiles no longer openable with an added .haters extension and the ransom note file, named Form2
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

Haters Ransomware – How Does It Infect?

For the infection process of Haters ransomware to be successful, the cyber-criminals behind it may use multiple different software and tactics:

  • Web injectors.
  • Fake update setups or fale installers..
  • File joiners to combine legitimate documents with malicious code.
  • Spamming software and pre-configured list of e-mails or websites to spam.

These techniques may result in spamming the software via web links posted on various online locations, including social media, web forums and commends on blogs as well as other websites.

Another spam with which Haters ransomware is most likely involved is the e-mail spam messages sent out to unsuspecting users. Such e-mails usually may either contain a legitimate web link that either redirects to a malicious website or a malicious attachments in them. The content of the e-mails is cleverly masked so that they include deceptive messages to convince the victim into either clicking the web link or opening the e-mail attachment.

Other methods by which the .haters file virus may be distributed are via being uploaded on torrent websites as a fake installer, key generator or license activator.

Haters Ransomware – Activity

After it is on your computer, the .haters file ransomware may begin to sitate it’s malicious payload. It consists of a file, named CryptoCerber.exe and may also have other additional files along with it. Those files may have different file names and be located in various Windows folders:

The first activity of Haters ransomware may be to modify various aspects of the operating system. One of those is to get the malicious CryptoCerber.exe file to run. This may happen if the following Windows Registry keys are modified, which allow it to be automatically executed on system startup:

  • 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

The .haters file virus may also perform various modifications on the shadow copies of a given system, more specifically input command that delete them:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

.Haters Ransomware – The Encryption

The Haters ransomware may look for the following file types to encrypt them:


After the ransomware infection has completed encrypting files, they no longer become able to be opened. The files also have the .haters file extension appended after their original one and may appear like the following:

Remove Haters Ransomware and Restore .haters Files

It is strongly recommended to follow the instructions below in order to properly remove Haters ransomware from your computer. In case you feel unsure to remove this virus manually, do not worry. Experts always advise users to perform the removal of ransomware viruses, like .haters automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware scanner.

After the malicious files of Haters ransomware have been remove and your PC is protected, it is time to think about how to restore the encrypted files. One method to do this is if you check the alternative tools we have suggested in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Haters” below. They may not be 100 percent guarantee to recover all the data, but at least some of it may be restored.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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