Simple Steps To Delete AHP Ransomware
AHP Ransomware is a kind of hazardous computer threat that is capable of encrypting files stored inside the Windows systems and making victims unable to access their own data. This pernicious file-encoding virus was first discovered by security researcher Marcelo Rivero and belongs to the family of well-known Dharma ransomware. As soon as this notorious malware enters the targeted device, it makes unwanted changes in default registry settings which allows the threat to get automatically activated with each system reboot. After that, it performs a deep scanning of the entire machine in search of the data that have to be locked and once detected, locks them eventually.
Depth Analysis of AHP Ransomware:
AHP Ransomware encrypts users’ videos, audios, images, PDFs, documents, spreadsheets etc. using a powerful encryption algorithm and them completely inaccessible unless a decryption tool is used. It also renames the compromised data by adding victims’ ID, attackers’ email address and appending “.AHP” extension with each of them. Once the encryption process is completed, this deadly ransomware exhibits couple of ransom notes in a pop-up window and “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt” file and instructs victims to contact the attackers via the provided email address to get more details.
At the end, the victimized people may have to pay a huge sum of ransom to the criminals in order to get the required decryption tool and open the locked data. The ransom amount is not mentioned in the note but it might be in the range of $200 to $1500 that will have to be paid in BitCoins cryptocurrency. Victims are also warned not to rename the infected files or attempt to decrypt them using third-party software, otherwise it may lead to permanent data loss.
Text Presented In The Pop-up Window:
YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED
Don’t worry,you can return all your files!
If you want to restore them, follow this link:email [email protected] YOUR ID –
If you have not been answered via the link within 12 hours, write to us by e-mail:[email protected]
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
Text Presented In The “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt”:
all your data has been locked us
You want to return?
Should You Pay The Ransom?
At most of the times, it is impossible to retrieve the files locked by AHP Ransomware or any other crypto-malware. However, paying ransom to the criminals is never recommended as you have absolutely no guarantee that they will provide you the functional decryptor even if the ransom is paid. Keep in mind that the only objective of such criminals is to swindle money from its victims. You just cannot trust them as doing so might result in the loss of both files as well as money. There are multiple occasions when crooks just ignored the victimized users after taking the extortion and disappeared without fulfilling their promise.
What Should The Victims Do?
The affected users are highly advised to perform AHP Ransomware removal from the computer immediately once they detect their files and documents marked with “.AHP” extension. The longer this dangerous crypto-virus stays inside your machine, it keeps compromising your other essential data. As far as restoring the encrypted files is concerned, you should use a recently made backup that you have saved in an external drive or in the absence of a proper backup, you can try an effective file-recovery application.
Name: AHP Ransomware
Type: Ransomware, Crypto-virus
Short Description: Deadly virus that locks users’ important data and then asks them to pay the attackers an amount of ransom to get the decryption software.
Extension: .AHP (files are also appended with a unique ID and cyber criminals’ email address)
Ransom Demanding Message: Text presented in the pop-up window and FILES ENCRYPTED.txt
Symptoms: Victims cannot open files stored on their system, previous functional files now have different extension, A ransom demanding message is displayed on the desktop screen. Users are asked to pay an amount of ransom to unlock their encoded data and files.
Distribution methods: Spam emails, Torrent websites, peer to peer network sharing, unofficial activation and updating tools.
Damage: All files are encrypted and cannot be accessed without paying ransom, Additional password stealing Trojans and malware infections can be installed along with ransomware infections and other malware.
Removal: To remove this virus from the system, we advise you to use a reliable anti-malware tool. Once malware gets removed, you can recover your files by using existing backup or data-recovery software.
Ways To Spread AHP Ransomware:
Email campaigns propagate different threats and can lead to multiple cyber infections when you don’t pay enough attention to the content and sources of the notifications. In most cases, those emails may appear genuine and safe when the sender is a well-known company that you know and trust. Don’t fall for such tricks. Pay attention to the specific sender and the type of files attached. Financial information, receipts, order details, and other sensitive data shouldn’t come to your email box when you don’t use the service. So keep suspicions and avoid opening emails that are not expected. But at the moment, you must remove AHP Ransomware from the device without wasting any time.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Step 1: Remove AHP Ransomware through “Safe Mode with Networking”
Step 2: Delete AHP Ransomware using “System Restore”
Step 1: Remove AHP Ransomware through “Safe Mode with Networking”
For Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Boot the PC in “Safe Mode”. Click on “Start” option and continuously press on F8 during the start process until the “Windows Advanced Option” menu appears on the screen. Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” from the list.
Now, a windows homescreen appears on the desktop and work-station is now working on “Safe mode with networking”.
For Windows 8 Users: Go to the “Start Screen”. In the search results select settings, type “Advanced”. In the “General PC Settings” option, choose “Advanced startup” option. Again, click on the “Restart Now” option. The work-station boots to “Advanced Startup Option Menu”. Press on “Troubleshoot” and then “Advanced options” button. In the “Advanced Option Screen”, press on “Startup Settings”. Again, click on “Restart” button. The work-station will now restart in to the “Startup Setting” screen. Next is to press F5 to boot in Safe Mode in Networking.
For Windows 10 Users: Press on Windows logo and on the “Power” icon. In the newly opened menu, choose “Restart” while continuously holding “Shift” button on the keyboard. In the new open “Choose an option” window, click on “Troubleshoot” and then on the “Advanced Options”. Select “Startup Settings” and press on “Restart”. In the next window, click on “F5” button on the key-board.
Step 2: Delete AHP Ransomware using “System Restore”
Log-in to the account infected with AHP Ransomware. Open the browser and download a legitimate anti-malware tool. Do a full System scanning. Remove all the malicious detected entries.
In case if you cannot start the PC in “Safe Mode with Networking”, Try using “System Restore”
- During the “Startup”, continuously press on F8 key until the “Advanced Option” menu appears. From the list, choose “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” and then press “Enter”
- In the new opened command prompt, enter “cd restore” and then press “Enter”.
- Type: rstrui.exe and Press “ENTER”
- Click “Next” on the new windows
- Choose any of the “Restore Points” and click on “Next”. (This step will restore the work-station to its earlier time and date prior to AHP Ransomware infiltration in the PC.
- In the newly opened windows, press on “Yes”.
Once your PC gets restored to its previous date and time, download the recommended anti-malware tool and perform a deep scanning in order to remove AHP Ransomware files if they left in the work-station.
In order to restore the each (separate) file by this ransomware, use “Windows Previous Version” feature. This method is effective when “System Restore Function” is enabled in the work-station.
Important Note: Some variants of AHP Ransomware delete the “Shadow Volume Copies” as well hence this feature may not work all the time and is applicable for selective computers only.
How to Restore Individual Encrypted File:
In order to restore a single file, right click on it and go to “Properties”. Select “Previous Version” tab. Select a “Restore Point” and click on “Restore” option.
Important: Data Encryption Ransomware are highly dangerous and it is always better that you take precautions to avoid its attack on your work-station. It is advised to use a powerful anti-malware tool in order to get protection in real-time. With this help of “SpyHunter”, “group policy objects” are implanted in the registries in order to block harmful infections like AHP Ransomware.
Also, In Windows 10, you get a very unique feature called “Fall Creators Update” that offer “Controlled Folder Access” feature in order to block any kind of encryption to the files. With the help of this feature, any files stored in the locations such as “Documents”, “Pictures”, “Music”, “Videos”, “Favorites” and “Desktop” folders are safe by default.
It is very important that you install this “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” in your PC to protect your important files and data from ransomware encryption. The more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection form rnasomware attack has been discussed here.
How to Recover the Files Encrypted by AHP Ransomware?
Till now, you would have understood that what had happed to your personal files that got encrypted and how you can remove the scripts and payloads associated with AHP Ransomware in order to protect your personal files that has not been damaged or encrypted until now. In order to retrieve the locked files, the depth information related to “System Restore” and “Shadow Volume Copies” has already been discussed earlier. However, in case if you are still unable to access the encrypted files then you can try using a data recovery tool.
Use of Data Recovery Tool
This step is for all those victims who have already tries all the above mentioned process but didn’t find any solution. Also it is important that you are able to access the PC and can install any software. The data recovery tool works on the basis of System scanning and recovery algorithm. It searches the System partitions in order to locate the original files which were deleted, corrupted or damaged by the malware. Remember that you must not re-install the Windows OS otherwise the “previous” copies will get deleted permanently. You have to clean the work-station at first and remove AHP Ransomware infection. Leave the locked files as it is and follow the steps mentioned below.
Step1: Download the software in the work-station by clicking on the “Download” button below.
Step2: Execute the installer by clicking on downloaded files.
Step3: A license agreement page appears on the screen. Click on “Accept” to agree with its terms and use. Follow the on-screen instruction as mentioned and click on “Finish” button.
Step4: Once the installation gets completed, the program gets executed automatically. In the newly opened interface, select the file types that you want to recover and click on “Next”.
Step5: You can select the “Drives” on which you want the software to run and execute the recovery process. Next is to click on the “Scan” button.
Step6: Based on drive you select for scanning, the restore process begins. The whole process may take time depending on the volume of the selected drive and number of files. Once the process gets completed, a data explorer appears on the screen with preview of that data that is to be recovered. Select the files that you want to restore.
Step7. Next is to locate the location where you want to saver the recovered files.