How to Remove HDDCryptor File Lock Ransomware
What’s HDDCryptor Ransomware
If your computer is infected with HDDCryptor ransomware, you may lose a lot of files if you do not have a backup since it is able to encrypt files. The dangerous ransomware is able to sneak into the computer system without drawing your attention and encrypt almost all of your files such as photos and videos in a very short time. This ransomware HDDCryptor also informs you with a warning message that you need to pay a ransom to decrypt the files. You can read the whole article to learn more about the ransomware. In order to prevent the new files from being encrypted, we can tell you that the only solution is to remove the ransomware immediately and completely.
According to the research, it is useful to understand how HDDCryptor can penetrate into the computer system. It is spread widely on the network. It gets into the computer system in many ways. For example, it can attach to some spam e-mails. Once you run the attachments or click on the links on the spam emails, there is no way to stop the infection from starting the installation because everything happens without your awareness. Cyber criminals rarely keep their promises. It is clear that you need to remove HDDCryptor to prevent it from encrypting your new files.
How to remove HDDCryptor Ransomware and decrypt the encrypted files
1. Restore your computer to previous state
Step 1: Boot your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Different Operating Systems have different ways to bring up the Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
On XP, Vista and Windows 7
1. To enter Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you should press F8 on your keyboard continually while you are starting your system.
2. When the Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt by using the arrow keys and hit Enter.
On Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10
1. When you are at login screen, click the Power button.
2. Hit Shift and hold it and click Restart button at the same time.
3. Select Troubleshoot.
4. Then choose Advanced options.
5. Click Startup Settings.
6. Click Restart.
7. When the system is rebooting, choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt by pressing F6.
Step 2: After entering Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you can restore the system now.
1. Type cd restore and hit Enter.
2. Then, type rstrui.exe, and also hit Enter.
3. Click on Next when you see the window appears.
4. Choose the Restore Point which was infected with HDDCryptor Ransomware and click on Next to begin restoring the system.
5. Click on Finish to continue.
6. When you click on Finish button, you will be asked to confirm again. Click Yes if you want to do it.
2. Remove HDDCryptor Ransomware from the PC thoroughly
When the restore system is done, you are be advised to do a system scan with this malware detect tool to make sure the ransomware virus is removed completely.
3. Decrypt files encrypted by HDDCryptor ransomware via Shadow Volume Copies
If you use Windows XP service Pack 2, Vista, 7 & 8, you can use the following ways: Shadow Explorer or native Windows Previous Versions to restore the files through Shadow Volume Copies
1. Run Shadow Explorer.
2. Select the drive and folder which you want to restore from the left top corner.
3. Right click the folder as you want to restore and choose Export.
4. Then select the export files location to store them.
Native Windows Previous Versions
Please right click one of the file which has been encrypted and choose Properties, and then navigate to Previous Versions tab. After that, all copies of this selected file and when it was saved in a Shadow Volume Copy will be displayed for you. Select the retrieved file which you want and click Copy, or click Restore. To read more content of this file, you can click on Open.
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