What is Hitler Ransomware?
If a scary window with the image of Hitler pops up on your screen, Hitler Ransomware must have invaded your operating system. This malicious threat does not work in the exact same way as CrypMIC Ransomware, CTB-Faker Ransomware, and other well-known infections because it does not encrypt files; however, it can be dangerous, and deleting it is crucial. Anti-Spyware-101.com analysts warn that you should not restart your PC under any circumstances because this might lead to the elimination of your personal files! You can learn more about this by reading the report. Overall, it appears that this particular ransomware infection can be disabled in an easy manner. If you are interested in the removal of Hitler Ransomware, and we are sure that you are, please continue reading.
How does Hitler Ransomware work?
Just like most ransomware infections, Hitler Ransomware spreads via spam emails that contain misleading messages and corrupted attachments or links. Once the malicious launcher is executed, two additional files are dropped into a folder with a random name in the %TEMP% directory. The main executable file (in our case it was called “chrst.exe”) is responsible for opening the window with the image of Hitler and removing the extensions of your personal files found in the %USERPROFILE% directory. The second executable (in our case it was called “firefox32.exe”) is responsible for deleting the files that the first one modifies. As mentioned already, this ransomware does not encrypt files; however, it is capable of deleting them. According to our research, this second .exe file is copied to the %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder (Windows XP users will find it in the %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs folder). If you restart your computer after this file is created, it will be executed, and your personal files will be removed. If they were eliminated already, do not pay the ransom, because that will not fix the problem.
The main goal of the malicious Hitler Ransomware is to trick you into paying 25 Euro using a Vodafone card. You need to enter the code that you get when you purchase this card into the allocated box on the main window displayed by the ransomware. As you now know, this ransomware does not lock your files, and so paying this ransom is not something you should do. Our research team does not guarantee that the original extensions of your files will be restored if you pay this sum, but you can restore these extensions yourself if you know them. For example, your photos in the %USERPROFILE%\Pictures folder might be restored by adding the “.jpg” extension to them, and your documents under %USERPROFILE%\Documents are likely to be restored by adding the “.docx” extension. Hopefully, you can identify the files and restore all extensions yourself. Do not wait for the timer on the ransomware window to run out because if it does, your computer will crash. When it does, your PC will restart resulting in the removal of your personal files.
How to eliminate Hitler Ransomware
Hitler Ransomware is a tremendously dangerous infection because it might delete your personal files without leaving you any solution. Once your files are deleted, they are gone for good. Due to this, we do not recommend restarting your PC – which would execute the file responsible for the elimination of files – or waiting for the provided timer to run out. Instead, you should move over to the main window of the malicious ransomware and tap Alt+F4 keys together to close this window. After this, you can install a reliable, automated malware remover, or you can follow the instructions below. These instructions show how to get rid of the ransomware manually, and you need to be very careful about this operation. Any mistake could help the infection prevail and destroy your personal data. If you follow this guide, be sure to download a legitimate malware scanner to examine your operating system. Also, do not forget to use reliable security software to ensure that you do not face malware again.
N.B. You should NOT restart your computer at any point until all malicious files are removed.
- Right-click and Delete the malicious launcher that you might have downloaded yourself.
- Launch Explorer (tap Win+E keys) and enter %TEMP% into the bar at the top.
- Right-click and Delete the folder that has random characters for its name. Open this file beforehand to see if it contains malicious executables (in our case they were chrst.exe and firefox32.exe).
- Enter %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ (Windows XP users need to enter %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\) into the bar at the top.
- Right-click and Delete the copy of the malicious executable (in our case it was firefox32.exe).
- Add the extensions to the files corrupted by the ransom (right-click the file, select Rename, and add the extension needed).
- Immediately scan your PC to check for leftovers.
N.B. Use the comments section below to initiate discussion and ask questions about the ransomware, its activity, its removal, and the protection of your operating system.
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