Antihacker2017 Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The Antihacker2017 ransomware is a new malware strain that uses XOR encryption to compromise target user files and extort the victims for a ransom sum payment. Read our removal guide to learn more about it and discover how to remove existing infections.


Name
Antihacker2017

File Extensions
.antihacker2017

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove Antihacker2017 with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
Antihacker2017 ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

Antihacker2017 Ransomware Description

The Antihacker2017 Ransomware is a new malware strain that uses XOR encryption to target target user file extensions. It is being developed by a criminal hacker under the alias Antihacker.

Upon infection it compromised the user data and shows a ransomware note that contains a message written in Russian. A machine translated version reads the following:

Attention! All your files are encrypted!
To restore your files and access them, please send an e-mail [email protected]
You have 50 attempts to enter the code. When that number is exceeded, all the data irreversibly deteriorate. Be careful when entering the code!
Your data has been encrypted for the reason that your IP
access to porn sites was recorded: on key demands Gay porn, porn with youngsters, incest, rape. Porn is Hurt !!!
We hope in the future you will not visit those sites.
You will come to the post instruction decoding your data.
Do not attempt to start the Anti-Virus. He’s just hurt, and eliminate the possibility of decryption.
Good luck. Antihaker was with you.

From the ransomware note we can see that the hackers have used well-known social engineering tricks to further increase the likelihood of acquiring the ransom sum. Fortunately most anti-spyware and anti-virus vendors have already added to virus to their updated definitions lists.

A decryptor for the Xorist malware family has been used to successfully remedy Antihacker2017 ransomware infections. You can download it from here.

Antihacker2017 Ransomware Distribution

The Antihacker2017 Ransomware is being distibuted as a malicious binary file that is primarily distributed via email spam messages, exploit kits, counterfeit software installers and updates that are downloaded from untrusted download sites and P2P networks.

Antihacker2017 Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Antihacker2017 completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Antihacker2017 Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Antihacker2017 requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Antihacker2017 ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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