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Hell Radiation Ransomware Removal – Restore Files

This article will aid you in removing the Hell Radiation ransomware effectively. Follow the virus removal instructions given at the end.

Hell Radiation ransomware is the name of a cryptovirus that has been found recently. After encryption, your Desktop background will change with instructions leading you to the ransom note. In the note it is demanded that you pay around 300 US dollars to a specific Bitcoin address, to allegedly return your files. No new extension is appended to the encrypted files, but they are encrypted and unopenable. Read on and find out what ways you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameHell Radiation
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and it places a ransom note with payment instructions.
SymptomsThis ransomware virus will encrypt your files without putting a new extension to them, still deeming them unable to be opened. Then it demands that you pay a ransom of around 300 US dollars to a Bitcoin address.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Hell Radiation Ransomware – Distribution

Hell Radiation ransomware could be distributed in more than one way. However, the way that is the most widespread is via a payload dropper file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware. Samples have been spotted by malware researchers and you can preview one of them sent for analysis on the VirusTotal service right here:

The Hell Radiation ransomware might be using other ways to distribute the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Internet could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum section.

Hell Radiation Ransomware – Description

The Hell Radiation ransomware is a cryptovirus, which has been recently discovered by malware researchers. Interestingly enough, the ransomware actually has two names – Hell and Radiation. Ambiguous, but both names are used – one on the wallpaper and the other on the ransom message screen.

After the Hell Radiation ransomware encrypts your files, it will not append any new extension to the encrypted files but still make the unable to be opened. It then changes your Desktop background and places a ransom note with instructions inside your computer system.

Hell Radiation ransomware could be set to make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, like in the example given below:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

Files that are associated with the ransomware, some of which it creates after encryption are these:

  • ChaseBot.exe
  • RADIATION.bin
  • RADIATION.txt
  • memes.jpg
  • decrypt.exe
  • decrypt.txt
  • decrypter.exe
  • public.me
  • private.me

Your Desktop Background will be changed to the following one:

The background states the following:

Ugh.. oh! Your Files Are Encrypted!
To retrieve your files
Please Refer to decrypt.exe and decrypt.txt
These files can be found on your desktop
#Hell Ransomware Made by KingCobra

The ransom note will be placed inside a file called decrypt.txt. The message from that note is revealed in the below screenshot:

The message states the following:

Q: What’s wrong with my files?
A: Ooops, your important files are encrypted.
It means you will not be able to access them anymore until they are decrypted.
If you follow our instructions, we guarantee that you can decrypt all your files quickly and safely!
Let’s start decrypting!
Q: What do I do?
A: First, you need to pay service fees for the decryption.Please send $300 worth of bitcoin to this bitcoin address BTC 1CryptcfFKJJES1Gh5zAoFtmnPYLCRcMmY
Next, please find an application file named Decrypter. It is the decrypt software.0k follow how to pay the instruction!
(You man need to disable your antivirus for a while.)
Q; How can I trust?
A: Don’t worry about decryption if you make transaction via bitcoin to specific server our give you how pay instruction to bitcoin Address BTC 1CryptcfFKJJES1Gh5zAoFtmnPYLCRcMmY

The above message has another variant with a window interface as seen below:

That message is the following:

Note your files are encrypted with AES + RSA encryption. This is not normal. In order to get your files back send 310$ to the bitcoin address below. There is no other way to decrypt your files. Any attempt to remove the ransomware may result in deletion of files and loss of data! Only Bitcoin is accepted. For more info on how to buy bitcoin click the button below.
Bitcoin Address: 1C6pQvfm4SfLuLZzLZsJUSKsxtSRCR23nR
How to Buy Brtcoin

Check Payment
Decrypt

It also has instructions on how to obtain Bitcoins:

And you can see these instructions in text down below:

How to buy bitcoin
First Step: Get A Wallet
First you’ll need a bitcoin wallet – an app that lets you receive, hold, and spend bitcoin.
Any one can work like http://coinbase.com
IF you want to keep this simple skip to the next step
Second Step: Buy some bitcoin
Once you’ve set up your wallet app, you’ll need to buy some bitcoin.
Bitcoin exchanges are available all over the world allowing users to convert any currency into and out of bitcoin. Every country and
region is different, so you’ll want to do some research before choosing an exchange.
Some exchanges that does most times not require an ID for verification are paxful which can be found at http http://www.paxful.com another
is https://localbitcoins.com.
Many other places also sell bitcoin.
Third Step: Make the Payment
Making a bitcoin payment is fast, convenient, and extremely secure.
To make a payment, you won’t need to enter any sensitive card information.
Instead, you’ll simply send the payment from your bitcoin wallet.
So put in our address and send the bitcoin. We are legit and can be trusted. This is not a typical ransomware through which you do not
get your files back.
We would also like to remind you that, there is no other way to retrieve your files! Any “decrypter” or “antivirus” product simply is a scam
and does not and will not work. It is really hard to crack a strong cipher bke RSA + AES.

So, you are demanded to pay around 300 US dollars to 1 of 2 Bitcoin addresses. Not only is that confusing, but also, you might get unlucky and send to an older one and the ransomware creators ask you to pay to the other address as well. Do NOT contact, nor pay these cybercriminals and you should not even think of doing that under any circumstances. By paying, you can only motivate them to indulge in similar criminal acts in the future, and is strongly advised against. Besides, it is not guaranteed you will receive your files back.

Hell Radiation Ransomware – Encryption

There is no official list with file extensions that the Hell Radiation ransomware seeks to encrypt and the article will be duly updated if that changes. The encryption is believed to be a mixture of RSA and AES.

The Hell Radiation cryptovirus is more than likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the above-stated command is inputted into the command prompt of the Windows operating system, that will make the encryption process more effective, as one of the main ways for file recovery will be gone. Keep reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your data.

Remove Hell Radiation Ransomware and Restore Files

If your computer got infected with the Hell Radiation ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided 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 Hell Radiation from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Hell Radiation

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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 Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation.

Ransomware infections and Hell Radiation 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.

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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 Hell Radiation from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation:

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 Hell Radiation. 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 Hell Radiation. 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 Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation. 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 Hell Radiation.

Ransomware infections and Hell Radiation 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.


Hell Radiation FAQ

What is Hell Radiation ransomware and how does it work?

Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Hell Radiation 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 Hell Radiation 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 .Hell Radiation files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Hell Radiation 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 ".Hell Radiation" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Hell Radiation 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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