The article will help you to remove the Haze ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the bottom of this article.
Haze ransomware is a virus. The virus is with screen-locking capabilities and its name is also present in its payload dropper – “HazeRansomeware.exe”. The ransom message that pops up afterward is written in the English language, but English-speaking users are not the only target. For the time being it is considered in development, due to the fact that it doesn’t encrypt. Continue to read down below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data files.
|Short Description||The ransomware is not known to encrypt files for now, but it is a definite possibility in the future.|
|Symptoms||The virus is of the screenlocker variety. No matter if it encrypts or not now, it will still show a ransom note if you get your computer infected, making the screen and PC seem inaccessible.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows 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.|
Haze Ransomware – Delivery Ways
Haze ransomware could be delivered 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. A sample has been spotted by malware researchers and you can preview its analysis available on the VirusTotal service from down below:
The Haze ransomware might be using other ways to deliver 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 tips for ransomware prevention provided in our forum.
Haze Ransomware – Technical Overview
The Haze ransomware is a virus, which has been recently discovered. Although the virus is of the screenlocker variety, it will still show a ransom note demanding payment to unlock your files. However, Haze ransomware is not known to encrypt files for now, researchers claim. The virus will pop up a window that serves as a ransom note with instructions that is actually a screen that can lock your computer and block access to your data.
The Haze 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:
The ransom message will load up as a screenlocking image and it can be seen right here below:
The ransom note message states the following:
Welcome to haze Virus
The harddisks of your computer have been locked with a military grade encryption algorthm. There is no way to restore your data without a special key. You can get this key for 25€ if you folow the steps below.
1.Enter your E-Mail address below.
2.Enter a 25€ Paysavecard code below.
3.Click on ok, after a few time you will get a E-Mail from us with the Key.
Enter your E-Mail address: [ ] Enter 25€ Paysavecard code: [ ] Enter your Key: [ ]
Besides that, your desktop background will show the following (at least at first):
The ransom sum that is demanded as payment for allegedly restoring access to your computer is a 25€ Paysavecard. However, you should NOT pay up cybercriminals as that may only serve as a motivation for them. Nobody can guarantee you will get your computer back to normal. As the virus doesn’t necessarily lock your files themselves but just the access to them, it is removable.
Haze Ransomware – Encryption Process
There is no official list with file extensions that the Haze ransomware seeks to encrypt and the article will be duly updated if there are changes regarding that. Encryption doesn’t seem to be present in some variants of the ransomware. The virus might still be in-development and the encryption feature might be added in the near future.
You can preview a list with file extensions that the Haze ransomware probably seeks to encrypt:
→.7z, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip
Those files are the most commonly-used ones for most Windows users, which is why the list could be on-point.
To remove the lock on your screen you might get lucky and have a variant that allows interaction such as pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del or accessing your Task manager to kill the ransomware’s process. But with another variant your PC will become inaccessible.
The Haze 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 on reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.
Remove Haze Ransomware from Your PC
If your computer got infected with the Haze 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.