This article will aid you to remove Halloware ransomware fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end of the article.
Halloware is a virus that encrypts your files and demands 150 US dollars in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency as a ransom to allegedly get your files restored. The AES 256-bit encryption algorithm is used to lock your computer data. The Halloware cryptovirus will encrypt your data, while also placing the (Lucifer) prefix to each locked file. That prefix is named after the nickname of the ransomware developer Luc1F3R. The github profile of the malware author features an avatar of Rami Malek. In reality that is Mr. Robot, the hacker, but just on the picture, as it seems the author seems new to the cybercrime world. Unfortunately his ransomware is working. Continue to read on through this article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your data and files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and demands a ransom sum to be paid in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the (Lucifer) extension to each one of them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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Halloware Ransomware – Infection Spread
Halloware ransomware might spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. The ransomware is also sold on various websites as a RaaS (Ransomware as a Service) for 40 US dollars, as it becomes evident in the following screenshots:
Halloware (Lucifer) ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.
Halloware Ransomware – Technical Insight
Halloware is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to supposedly recover them. The extortionist wants you to pay in Bitcoin for the alleged restoration of your files.
Halloware ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows Operating System.
That ransom note message is displayed after the encryption of your files is finished. It is also placed as your Desktop background screen and can be viewed from the following screenshot down below:
It states the following:
You are hacked
your all files,folder have been encrypted
its happen when you watch too much porn or do some illeagle work
if you want you files back you have to pay 100 dollar in bitcoin
visit this contact with us for payment and key or decrypter info
http://zinrm67igdbcdy5h.onion open this link in tor browser and ur files back
The note of the Halloware ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 100 US dollars in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. On the page hosted on the TOR network you can see that the price is already 150 US dollars:
However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities.
Above you see a window which shows up with a GUI screen with an image of a clown that appears after encryption and states:
Your Data Have Been Encrypted
If You Need Your Data Back
So Go Here
Halloware Ransomware – Encryption Process
What is known for the encryption process of the Halloware ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the (Lucifer) prefix before the name. Additionally, the malware uses the AES encryption algorithm with a 256-bit key to lock files.
A list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted can be seen right here below:
→.jpg, .jpeg, .raw, .tif, .gif, .png, .bmp, .3dm, .max, .accdb, .db, .dbf, .mdb, .pdb, .sql, .dwg, .dxf, .c, .cpp, .cs, .h, .php, .asp, .rb, .java, .jar, .class, .py, .js, .aaf, .aep, .aepx, .plb, .prel, .prproj, .aet, .ppj, .psd, .indd, .indl, .indt, .indb, .inx, .idml, .pmd, .xqx, .xqx, .ai, .eps, .ps, .svg, .swf, .fla, .as3, .as, .txt, .doc, .dot, .docx, .docm, .dotx, .dotm, .docb, .rtf, .wpd, .wps, .msg, .pdf, .xls, .xlt, .xlm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xltx, .xltm, .xlsb, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlw, .ppt, .pot, .pps, .pptx, .pptm, .potx, .potm, .ppam, .ppsx, .ppsm, .sldx, .sldm, .wav, .mp3, .aif, .iff, .m3u, .m4u, .mid, .mpa.wma, .ra, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .3gp, .mpeg, .3g2, .asf, .asx, .flv, .mpg, .wmv, .vob, .m3u8, .mkv, .dat, .csv, .efx, .sdf, .vcf, .xml, .ses, .rar, .zip, .7zip, .jpg, .jpeg, .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .sln, .php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd
The Halloware cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove Halloware Ransomware and Restore (Lucifer) Files
If your computer got infected with the Halloware 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.
Manually delete Halloware from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the Halloware threat: Manual removal of Halloware requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.