Researchers at Proofpoint have previously identified a ransomware virus, known as Hades Locker. The virus mimics the notorious Locky ransomware’s ransom note; however, researchers are still not convinced whether or not this is Locky.
The researchers believe that the HadesLocker also has a connection with two other notorious viruses – MarsJoke ransomware and CryptFile2 crypto virus. One very strong indicator that Hades Locker may be related to the other viruses is that it also targets organizations very much like MarsJoke. The difference, however, is while MarsJoke ransomware targets primarily government organizations, Hades Locky ransomware aims to target businesses.
The infection spam campaigns by Hades Locker is not reported to be a big one, but more custom for every infection instead. Since the virus targets different private organizations, like manufacturing facilities, it is believed that cyber-crooks may use different approaches for organizations that they target. One instance may be if the crooks obtain access to credentials of one of the employees in the company and use them to send out phishing e-mails or the HadesLocker in another form.
Even though the virus may be a variant of Wildfire Locker due to some key resemblances, it mimics one of the most notorious ransomware viruses – Locky. One of the indicators for this is the similarity in the two ransom notes as shown below:
However, malware researchers are convinced that this malware may have nothing to do with the notorious Locky, except that it copies it’s ransom note. This may be done as a diversion since victims may look for the virus type by the ransom note and be deceived into thinking the malware is Locky instead. Another theory is that the malware makers may have gotten sloppy and simply did not want to create their ransom note which is most often the case.
The bottom line is that ransomware in overall is becoming more widespread and more and more variants are being released since many instances are being sold in the deep web markets. The bad news, however, is that the viruses are also reported to be spreading in newer and newer methods. Not only this, but targeted attacks are significantly difficult to defend against which is why security measures that are concealed should be implemented so that the attacker is restricted to as much information as possible and the cyber-attack fails. Also, it is very important for organizations and individuals both to implement modern data management solutions that will secure their files even after a ransomware attack.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Hades Locker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Hades Locker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Hades Locker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Hades Locker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Hades Locker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Hades Locker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Hades Locker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Hades Locker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Hades Locker
Step 2: Uninstall Hades Locker 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Hades Locker on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Hades Locker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Hades Locker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Hades Locker and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Hades Locker 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Hades Locker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Hades Locker, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Hades Locker from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Hades Locker from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Hades Locker from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Hades Locker from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Hades Locker will be removed.
Eliminate Hades Locker from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.