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What is HiddenBeer Ransomware and how do I remove it?

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Learn what HiddenBeer Ransomware is and how to remove the computer virus from your computer and recover files affixed with the .beer file extension.

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What is HiddenBeer?


HiddenBeer Ransomware is a variant of Hidden Tear ransomware. It is a computer virus that uses encryption algorithms to encrypt files on a computer in order to restrict access to them. When HiddenBeer Ransomware has infected a computer it will seek to encrypt files and affix the files with the .beer file extension. The ransomware will then download images, an exe file named @FILE-DECRYPTER.exe, and a text file named @FILES-HELP-[name of your computer].txt (or other) that insists the victim must pay the ransomware authors to recover their files.

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As you can see in the image, the ransomware displays a message to somewhat explain what happened to the files on the computer and how to recover the files it encrypted. In this case, the malware author wants you to send $100 worth of Bitcoin to a Bitcoin wallet and send an email message with your computer name and transaction data to obtain a decryption key. Then, use the decryption key in the file decrypter that is dropped on your desktop.

Here’s what is written on the text file:

< !HIDDENBEER!>
Your files have been encrypted.

Why have they been encrypted?
To help ensure your security.

To get them decrypted by our specialist,
just send $100 worth of Bitcoin(BTC), to:
Afterwards send a Email to “tr0ning@protonmail.com” with your computer name and transaction data.

Computer Name:

Once you have your decryption key, Use it in the file decrypter.
If it isn’t open, goto your Desktop and run “@FILE-DECRYPTER.exe”
< !HIDDENBEER!>

It should be advised that paying a ransom or contacted the people behind the ransomware will not guarantee that you will recover your files or that the infection is removed and will not appear again in the future.

How to remove HiddenBeer


1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software to scan your computer and remove malicious files and potentially unwanted programs.

2. To install the program, click the file you just downloaded. It can usually be located in the Download folder.

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3. A window that says “Welcome to the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard” will appear. Click Agree and Install to begin the installation. Once complete, click Finish.

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4. Now the Malwarebytes is installed, open the program and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

quarantine selected

5. When the scan is complete click the Quarantine Selected button.

6. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.

7. Next, Download HitmanPro to perform a second-opinion scan and remove any remaining malicious trace files.

8. Once installed, open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

9. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

10. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

11. Click the Reboot button.

File Recovery Software


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Troubleshooting


Alternative methods are suggested if there are issues removing HiddenBeer ransomware from an infected computer.

How to Restore your computer

If a restore point has previously been established on your machine you will be able to perform a system restore in order to restore your machine to a date and time before it was infected. You will lose files on your computer that were obtained prior to the restore point.

There are several options to restore your computer. Most computers have their own restore software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default restore program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to Recover your computer to factory settings

A system recovery (or reset) will recover your computer to factory settings. You will lose the current programs and files on your computer.

There are several options to recover your computer to factory settings. Most computers have their own recovery software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default recovery program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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