When playing computer, all of a sudden, you are seeing “Your personal files are encrypted” message, you are infected with KeyHolder Ransomware!
Before we talk about the KEYHolder, we should learn what Ransomware is.
Ransomware is a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator(s) of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system’s hard drive, while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying.
What is KEYHolder?
KEYHolder is a malware that pop-ups a warning on your computer screen and asks you to pay to decrypt all locked files. It is a typical ransomware infection. Once in the system KEYHolder encrypts certain files on the compromised machine and demands a lot of money in order to restore them. KEYHolder scans the affected computer for documents, images, videos and other files in could encrypt upon installation. If you try to open a file encrypted by KEYHolder you will get a notification that the file seems to be damaged, too large or corrupted, and Windows cannot open it.
How did I get infected with KeyHolder?
KeyHolder resorts to the usual antics in order to infiltrate your computer. It’s a malware. Some of the most common entry points it finds is through compromised web links, spam email messages, false system upgrades, and freeware downloads from suspicious sources. These are all old but gold ways of infiltration that help KeyHolder trick users into installing it on their computer.
How to remove KEYHolder Ransomware from computer manually
Step 1: Safe mode with networking
Bring your infected computer to safe mode with networking while you restart Windows or actually hitting F8 key for getting there.
Step 2: Windows Task Manager
1. End the KEYHolder Ransomware process.
2. Press Ctrl+ Esc+ Shift (Windows7/vista) or Ctrl+ Alt+ Del (Windows XP/ Windows 8).
3. Open Windows Task Manager.
4. Scroll down and locate at random KEYHolder Ransomware file.
5. Click on it. You last need click the End Process button.
Step 3: Show KEYHolder Ransomware hidden virus files
Delete KEYHolder Ransomware files from Local disk. But you need show hidden files first.
1. Click on Start button.
2. Click “Control Panel.” And click on Appearance and Personalization.
3. Double click on Files and Folder Option.
•Select View tab.
•Check “Show hidden files, folders and drives.”
•Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
•Then click ok to finish the changes.
•For Windows 8, Locate at the Metro
•Right click anyway where around the applications.
•Click “All Apps” Double click on Windows Explorer.
•Choose File Explorer, click View tab.
•Check “File name extensions” and “Hidden items” options.
•Press Ok to apply changes.
•Open Local disk, and remove KEYHolder Ransomware files refer to below files.
•You can click on Start Button and click My Computer or Computer. You then open there.
Step 4: Reboot with regular mode
You need reboot the infectious computer with regular mode to active the KEYHolder Ransomware removal.