Robin Hood And Family ransomware removal instructions
What is Robin Hood And Family?
Robin Hood And Family is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware security researcher, Rommel Joven. Robin Hood And Family is not conventional ransomware, since it does not encrypt data - it deletes it and, therefore, is termed "wiper ransomware". After successfully deleting data, Robin Hood And Family creates a text file ("YOU ARE HACKED - READ ME.txt"), placing it on the desktop. The file contains a ransom-demand message.
As mentioned above, Robin Hood And Family is a rather unusual form of ransomware. Most of these viruses encrypt files and demand ransom payments in exchange for file decryption, whilst developers of Robin Hood And Family state that files are deleted but are also backed up on a remote server. To get access (login/password) to this server, victims must pay a ransom of .1 Bitcoin (currently equivalent to approximately $890). They then supposedly receive the login information enabling download of the deleted files. Be aware, however, that all claims regarding data backups are false - the malware simply deletes files and does nothing else. Paying will deliver no positive result and, therefore, you should never attempt to contact these people or send any money. In fact, no matter what type of ransomware has infiltrated your computer, the developers of the software should never be trusted. These people ignore victims once payments are submitted and do not help to restore data. In these situations, users are simply scammed. In case of ransomware infections, there is typically just one solution: restore all data from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to restore deleted data:
Although Robin Hood And Family is unique for its file deletion feature, it is still comparable with dozens of other ransomware-type viruses such as MaxiCrypt, Satyr, XTBL, and NMCRYPT. Most ransomware-type viruses are developed by different cyber criminals. Yet, their behavior is virtually identical - most encrypt data and make ransom demands. There are typically just two major differences: 1) type of encryption algorithm used, and; 2) size of ransom. Ransomware often employs cryptographies designed to generate unique decryption keys (e.g., RSA, AES, and so on) that are stored on remote servers controlled by developers. Therefore, decryption without involvement of developers (not recommended) is impossible. The only possible scenarios are ransomware not being fully developed or having certain bugs/flaws (e.g., the key is hard-coded, stored locally or similar). Malware such as Robin Hood And Family presents a strong case for maintaining regular data backups, however, remember to keep them on a remote server or external storage device, otherwise the backups are encrypted together with regular data.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet. Think twice before opening email attachments. If files seem irrelevant or has been received from a suspicious/unrecognizable email address, never open them and delete the email immediately. Furthermore, download your applications from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers should never be used, since they are likely to include rogue programs. Keep installed software updated and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite. Bear in mind, however, that criminals proliferate malware via fake updaters. Therefore, apps should be updated using implemented functions (priority) or tools provided by the official developer.
Text presented in Robin Hood And Family ransomware text file ("YOU ARE HACKED - READ ME.txt"):
So, what the f*ck just happened!!!???
You are hacked! In the past few hours, days, weeks or even monts (who knows how long) we have backed up all data from your computer. After that, well, we permanently deleted all your files. And no, you can't restore data from recycle bin.
How to retrieve your data? It's very easy, you have to pay 0.1 BTC (Bitcoin) to the folowing BITCOIN ADDRESS:
Note: Be careful with uppercase and lowercase letters in the address.
After payment send the code Pml2N6nHjK to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The code Pml2N6nHjK is a unique ID of your computer.
After we receive 0.1 Bitcoin we will send you via email web address and login parameters where you can download your data.
Don't worry, we are taking care of our reputation.
Robin Hood and family
Robin Hood And Family ransomware removal:
- What is Robin Hood And Family?
- STEP 1. Robin Hood And Family virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Robin Hood And Family ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Robin Hood And Family virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
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If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Robin Hood And Family ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Robin Hood And Family ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Robin Hood And Family are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Robin Hood And Family ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove Robin Hood And Family ransomware: