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Remove HiddenBeer Ransomware (.beer Extension)

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This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with HiddenBeer ransomware and provides a complete guide on how to remove malicious files and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

The HiddenBeer ransomware invades computer systems in order to encode particular files by utilizing strong cipher algorithm. After data corruption, it demands a ransom payment of $100 in Bitcoin for a decryption key. It appears to be a strain of the HiddenTear ransomware family which was initially created for educational purposes. Files encrypted by this ransomware could be recognized by the extension .beer that is appended to their original names.

Threat Summary

NameHiddenBeer
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that utilizes AES cihper algorithm to encrypt important files stored on infected devices. To decrypt files it demands a ransom payment.
SymptomsImportant files are corrupted and inaccessible. They are all renamed with .beer extension. A ransom note appears on screen to extort a ransom.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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HiddenBeer Ransomware – Distribution

HiddenBeer ransomware infection begins after its payload is started on a target host. Since this should happen without your knowledge hackers bet on various shady spread techniques. They all attempt to trick you into starting the malicious code on your system. The payload is usually an executable file. Its unattended load could happen along with a load of a corrupted email attachment or web page. Spam emails part of ransomware spread campaigns are often designed to resemble the emails we receive from legitimate sources.

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As of the compromised email elements they are usually file attachments presented as important documents, pictures, invoices, notifications, bills, taxes or URLs that load a corrupted web page in the browser. Once opened the compromised attachment or the corrupted web page they trigger the ransomware infection.

HiddenBeer Ransomware – Overview

HiddenBeer crypto virus belongs to HiddenTear ransomware family. An infection with this threat begins soon after its payload is started on a target system. When this event occurs the ransomware becomes able to run various malicious commands in order to plague predefined system settings and continue with the attack.

For the attack HiddenBeer ransomware is likely to connect its command and control server and download additional malicious files needed for the following infection stages. There are several folders that are commonly used by crypto viruses to store their malicious files and objects and they are:

  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%
  • %UserProfile%
  • %AppData%

In order to achieve a higher level of persistence the ransomware is likely to be configured to add new registry entries in particular Windows registry sub-keys. Changes usually support the automatic execution of malicious files on each Windows OS start. By adding values under the sub-key presented below, HiddenBeer is also able to open its ransom note soon after the encryption process is done:

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

And here is the text presented by the ransom message of HiddenBeer:

!HIDDENBEER!
Your files have been encrypted.
Why have they been encrypted?
To help ensure your security.
To get them decrypted by our specialists,
just send $100 worth of Bitcoin(BTC), to: 33Lf7BrDXwNBMM4ZVg5dMQg1Bvuwzd1VQm.
Afterwards send a Email to “tr0ning@protonmail.com” with your computer name and transaction data.
Computer name: HAPUBWS-PC
Once you have your decryption key, Use it in the file decrypter.
If it isn’t open, goto your Desktop and run “@FILE-DECRYPTER.exe”
!HIDDENBEER!

FILES-HELP-USER.TXT ransom message HiddenBeer ransomware sensorstechforum

The message is contained in a file called FILES-HELP-USER.TXT and as revealed it aims to extort a ransom of $100 for files decryption. Beware that paying the ransom does not guarantee the recovery of your .beer files so we advise you to attempt to fix the problem with the help of available alternative solutions.

HiddenBeer Ransomware – Encryption Process

Once HiddenBeer ransomware implements the sequence of malicious activities that plagues the system, it is ready to continue with data encryption stage. For it, the ransomware performs a scan of all computer drives to locate and encrypt each file which appears in its target data list. During data encryption process, similar to previous HiddenTear variants (

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Unfortunately, HiddenBeer crypto virus is likely to be set to corrupt files of commonly used types as they usually store valuable information. So you may find that all of the following files are no longer accessible:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

After a file is encrypted, it could be recognized by the file extension .beer as it is appended to the original names of all corrupted data. Upon encryption, HiddenBeer is also reported to replace desktop wallpaper with its own image that depicts the text YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED and has the following look:

your files are encrypted desktop image hiddenbeer ransomware

Remove HiddenBeer Ransomware and Restore .beer Files

Below you could find how a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove HiddenBeer ransomware. The manual removal approach demands practice in recognizing traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So it should be secured properly before it could be used regularly again.

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If you want to understand how to fix .GMPF files without paying the ransom make sure to read carefully all the details mentioned in the step “Restore files” from the guide below. Beware that before recovery process you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.

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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 HiddenBeer from Windows.


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

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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 HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer.

Ransomware infections and HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer:

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 HiddenBeer. 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 HiddenBeer. 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 HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer. 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 HiddenBeer.

Ransomware infections and HiddenBeer 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.


HiddenBeer FAQ

What is HiddenBeer ransomware and how does it work?

HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.HiddenBeer 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 HiddenBeer 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 .HiddenBeer files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like HiddenBeer 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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