Help Recover Instructions Virus Removal

Welcome to our Help Recover Instructions Virus removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Help Recover Instructions Virus from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.

Help Recover Instructions Virus has been flagged as a computer virus of the most dangerous type – Ransomware. If you are reading this then you have found yourself in a pretty bad spot. Help Recover Instructions Virus has for all intents and purposes encrypted your files making them useless for the time being. You may notice some strange extensions after the files’ names and a ransom note with instructions how to make the payment so you can get your files back.

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Help Recover Instructions Virus

In this article we intend to explain in some detail what Help Recover Instructions Virus actually is and help you make an important decision – whether you should pay to get a decryption key.

Help Recover Instructions Virus – how does it work?

As mentioned already and needlessly so as you have undoubtedly already discovered that on your own – you are dealing with a full-blown ransomware application. Help Recover Instructions Virus works in a very particular and straightforward way. First it needs to infiltrate your defenses. In order to do that it needs other forms of malicious content to act as a backdoor through which the ransomware will eventually find its way to your PC. Most often the malware in question would be represented in the form of a Trojan horse. That’s definitely something that you should keep an eye out for, after you remove the ransomware beast.

Once inside Help Recover Instructions Virus will schedule and begin a scan of your hard drives. The reason – to ascertain and compile a list of your most oft used files and applications. An important note here – only your personal files will be affected by this, all important system files will be left intact. Once the list has been completed, the actual encryption would take place and soon all your files will be inaccessible and the unmistakable message with ransom instructions will be posted to your desktop.

Should you pay the ransom?

This is a question that is not easy to answer and if we are honest no one can take this decision but you. There are serious implications whatever decision you decide to make, so we can only hope to be of help to you in offering our honest opinion on the matter.

We can imagine certain situations where paying the ransom would be a justifiable decision. And let’s be real here – some people are actually getting their files back that way. Yet we are strongly opposed to advocating this as a viable solution. We will explain this in more detail as we feel this is a very important decision and not just because of the monetary considerations.

As we mentioned some people really get what they are paying for – their own files. Notice the usage of the word “some” though. Many people don’t get their files back, instead they waste their money in futile attempts to negotiate with experienced cyber criminals. Let’s not kid ourselves, this is what you will be dealing with in reality. People who have made a career of extorting people online. Needless to say there are no guarantees for a positive outcome in such a transaction, so you will be taking a huge gamble with your money. Not only that, you will be associating yourselves with the criminals, however involuntarily that might be. This is never a good thing.

You have some alternatives – you can hope that the online community that never stops trying to break such encryption will find a way to do so at some point in the future. Or you can try our way and not lose anything in the process.

Threat Help Recover Instructions Virus
Classification Ransomware
Security Alert
High. There’s nothing more dangerous for an end-user. 
Negative Effects The encryption of your most often used personal files and the demand for a payment of Ransom. 

Help Recover Instructions Virus Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 3

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to  Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Help Recover Instructions Virus. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 4

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

Step 5

Get Your Files Back!

The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:

  • System Restore. Start Button => Search field=> Type System Restore=>Enter.
    Choose a Restore Point.
    Restore Point
    Click Next until the process has been completed.
  • Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com , a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people. In his off time he is an avid book reader, occasional PC gamer and affectionate football spectator. Daniel would hardly begrudge anyone who might call him a computer nerd, yet this might be just the thing one needs in case of a security issue.