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HiddenBeer ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Ransomware

HiddenBeer ransomware is a HiddenTear-based cryptovirus that demands $100 ransom

HiddenBeer ransomware
HiddenBeer ransomware is a cryptovirus that locks data using the AES encryption algorithm.

HiddenBeer is a malicious ransomware that encrypts victim's data and demands $100 for its decryption. This threat is based on HiddenTear[1] and adds .beer file extension. After the successful data-locking process, it generates the ransom note and places the message in a text file called FILES-HELP-[computer's name].TXT. The message is written in English and states about @FILE-DECRYPTER.exe file that is responsible for running a file decrypter needed to recover locked files. HiddenBeer ransomware emerged in October 2018, so there is no information on how many users have already been affected. However, the recovery after the attack is not an easy task as the threat is using a sophisticated encryption algorithm to lock your files immediately after getting on the system.

Name HiddenBeer
Type Ransomware
File extension .beer
Ransom amount $100 in BTC
Ransom note Named in a pattern FILES-HELP-[USER'S PC NAME].TXT
Encryption method AES
Contact email tr0ning@protonmail.com
Elimination Use Reimage for HiddenBeer ransomware removal

HiddenBeer is typical ransomware which locks photos, videos, documents, and even archives or databases to extort cryptocurrency. The ransomware attack starts when a malicious payload is downloaded to the system, and the device becomes infected. Malware then scans your computer and finds files for the encoding process. Additionally, the ransomware employs AES encryption method to perform a quick file-locking procedure which makes the affected data useless. The virus marks each file using .beer file extension and generates ransom note in a text file.

HiddenBeer ransomware ransom message is placed on every folder on the system. The text file reads the following:

<HIDDENBEER!!> 

Your files is have Been encrypted. Why have they been encrypted? To help ensure your security. Them decrypted the get the To by Our Specialists,  just the send $ 100 of the Bitcoin worth the (The BTC), to:33Lf7BrDXwNBMM4ZVg5dMQg1Bvuwzd1VQm

The send a Email afterwards to ” tr0ning@protonmail.com ” with your computer name and transaction data. 
Name Computer: HAPUBWS-the PC 
Once you have your decryption key, the Use IT in the file decrypter. 
IT is not the if the open, the go to your Desktop and the run “@ the FILE-DECRYPTER.exe” 

As many other crypto-extortion based threats, HiddenBeer ransomware demands for a ransom in Bitcoin equivalent to 100$. However, paying the ransom is not the best solution for getting your files back. It is better to remove the virus and then focus on data recovery using your backups or specially designed software.  

Many researchers[2] advise avoiding the contact with ransomware developers because paying the ransom may lead to more severe damage to the system or even privacy issues and data or money loss. 

Remove HiddenBeer ransomware using your antivirus or employ tools like Reimage to get rid of the threat completely. A full system scan is crucial when it comes to ransomware elimination because there is a possibility that registry changes and additional files were added by virus developers to make sure the virus is persistent and hard to terminate.

HiddenBeer ransomware removal should be performed before trying to recover files encrypted by the threat. The easiest way to perform this process is by using backups. However, if you don't have these extra copies saved on devices that the ransomware hasn't reached, you should check data recovery methods listed below the article.

Ransomware payload is hidden on safe-looking file attachments

Spam email is the most common technique used to spread ransomware and similar malware around the globe. It is quick and easy because tons of people get emails every day and users tend to open suspicious ones without paying enough attention to details. 

Such emails may look as:

  • order information from services;
  • invoices from companies;
  • official emails from government institutions.

Unfortunately, legitimate-looking MS Word or Excel file attachments may be filled with malicious macros[3] and spread all kinds of intruders on the system including the direct ransomware script. You should pay more attention to senders' name, email subject line and grammar mistakes or other misconnections between the email and file attachment. Try scanning the file before downloading on the computer.

HiddenBeer ransomware termination should be done using anti-malware tools

You need to employ reputable anti-malware tools to remove HiddenBeer ransomware from the system safely. While testing the threat, we used Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes that should perform the job perfectly. A full system scan with the help of these anti-malware tools will help you indicate malicious files, vulnerabilities or corrupted files that cannot be found manually. 

Once you take care of HiddenBeer ransomware removal, move on to recovering your encrypted files. If you can't launch the scanner to get rid of malware files, you should reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking to disable the malware. Follow our guidelines if you don't know how to boot into this mode before you try any of the data recovery methods. 

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To remove HiddenBeer virus, follow these steps:

Remove HiddenBeer using Safe Mode with Networking

Reboot your device in the Safe Mode with networking to make sure the threat can be disabled properly:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove HiddenBeer

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete HiddenBeer removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove HiddenBeer using System Restore

Use System Restore feature to remove HiddenBeer ransomware from the computer:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of HiddenBeer. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that HiddenBeer removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove HiddenBeer from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by HiddenBeer, you can use several methods to restore them:

If your data is not properly backed use Data Recovery Pro to restore lost files

A great alternative for data backup when dealing with deleted or encrypted data is Data Recovery Pro

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by HiddenBeer ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Use Windows Previous versions as yet another feature to restore lost files

If System Restore was enabled before you can use Windows Previous Versions to recover encoded data

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer is a great alternative for file backups

If HiddenBeer ransomware left Shadow Volume Copies, you could try to recover files using ShadowExplorer

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Decryption tool is not available

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from HiddenBeer and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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