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Remove KEYHolder Ransomware and Restore the Encrypted Files

KEYHolder is a typical ransomware infection. Once in the system KEYHolder encrypts certain files on the compromised machine and demands $500 in order to restore them. KEYHolder scans the affected computer for documents, images, videos and other files in could encrypt upon installation. If you try to open a file encrypted by KEYHolder you will get a notification that the file seems to be damaged, too large or corrupted, and Windows cannot open it. A part of the ransom message are the instructions on how to get your files decrypted.
Just like many other ransomware infections, the victims of KEYHolder have to install Tor web browser in order to make the ransom payment. User should note that there is no guarantee that they will have their files restored after they pay the fee.

KEYHolder is usually distributed to the targeted system via Trojans infiltrated in the system through spam email attachments, corrupted websites and links, or via peer-to-peer file sharing. Users are advised to be extra cautious when they download freeware online and never open emails or download email attachment from unknown senders.

How to Protect Your Computer Against Ransomware?

First of all, make sure you have installed a legitimate antivirus program on your computer, which is updated regularly. It is also important to back up your important data on a regular basis and keep the copied files on a remote device that is not connected to Internet. This way, if your PC is involved in a ransomware attack, you can use the backup to recover your files.

How to Remove KEYHolder and Restore the Encrypted Files

Stage One: Remove KEYHolder

1. First and most important – download and install a legitimate and trustworthy anti-malware scanner, which will help you run a full system scan and eliminate all threats.


Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.

2. Run a second scan to make sure that there are no malicious software programs running on your PC. For that purpose, it’s recommended to download ESET Online Scanner.

Your PC should be clean now.

Stage Two: Restore the Encrypted Files

Option 1: Best case scenario – You have backed up your data on a regular basis, and now you can use the most recent backup to restore your files.

Option 2: Try to decrypt your files with the help of Kaspersky’s RectorDecryptor.exe and RakhniDecryptor.exe. They might help you in the process but keep in mind that they were not specially designed to encrypt information that was decrypted by this particular ransomware.

Option 3: Shadow Volume Copies

1. Install the Shadow Explorer, which is available with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows XP Service Pack 2.

2. From Shadow Explorer’s drop down menu choose a drive and the latest date you would like to restore information from.

3. Right-click on a random encrypted file or folder then select “Export”. Select a location to restore the content of the selected file or folder.

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Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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  1. Jeff Cuttriss

    Hi Berta,
    Thank you for your support regarding KEYHolder.
    I was wondering if anyone had had any success using the 3 steps you have listed?
    Best regards,

  2. George Smith

    Hello. My name Is George and I just saw your comment. I managed to remove from my system some annoying add-on that kept on putting pop-ups in my browser using the steps listed underneath. I don’t know if that works with the more complex threats, but in my case it helped :)


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