- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
Hi Buddy Ransomware
The entrance of Hi Buddy Ransomware means that users will not be able to access their files again. Yes, you have understood correctly – this ransomware infection encrypts all the files immediately after it enters the system. Of course, there is an explanation why it does that. Specialists working at pcthreat.com say that Hi Buddy Ransomware does all those activities with only one purpose in mind – it seeks to extort money from users. We do not think that it is a very good idea to transfer money to cyber criminals, so you should not do that even if it seems that it is the only way to decrypt files and gain access to them again. Do not forget that it is a must to remove Hi Buddy Ransomware too if you do not wish to notice that all your new files are encrypted again.
Hi Buddy Ransomware is not a simple ransomware infection that encrypts files and changes the wallpaper. Researchers have noticed that this threat is capable of blocking browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and EDGE) and executable files, and it can start with Windows, which means that it will not disappear anywhere after the system restart. On top of that, this infection can also connect to the Internet without permission. Generally speaking, it will be impossible to use the computer freely unless you remove Hi Buddy Ransomware because it will not allow you to do that.
Unfortunately, this threat will not only block browsers and main programs, but will also put a message on the screen after the encryption of pictures, documents, and other files with these extensions: .mp3, .js, .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .jpg, .png, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .sln, .php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, and .pdf. The main purpose of this message is to inform users what has happened to their files and what they can do to decrypt them:
Users also find active buttons on this message: What are bitcoins?, How can I buy bitcoins?, Search google, Buy on Localbitcoin, and Buy on bitboat. As can be seen, the threat seeks to inform users and convince them to pay money for the decryption tool.
If you see the message on your screen, you probably know that you have to pay 0.40347888 Bitcoin to cyber criminals. Unfortunately, there is no other free way to download a decryption tool at the time of writing. Do not worry; you can transfer files from a backup to your PC easily and quickly after you eliminate this ransomware infection. Of course, you cannot do much about that if you do not have a copy of your files stored on the external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc. Keep in mind that you might not gain access to your files even if you pay money, so you should decide carefully whether you really want to do that.
There are so many ransomware infections that use the AES encryption available on the web these days. All these threats are distributed the same, so it is possible to block their way. Research carried out by the specialists at pcthreat.com has shown that users tend to download ransomware together with other untrustworthy programs from corrupted third-party web pages. In addition, it is known that such a threat might sneak onto the computer if a user clicks on a wrong link and does not have a security tool installed (or it is outdated and/or unreliable). Last but not least, a ransomware infection might enter the system if a user opens an infectious email attachment. To prevent ransomware and a bunch of other threats from slithering onto your computer in the future, you should install a security tool on your PC and always keep it there. A security tool must be 100% reliable!
We are sure that it will not be easy to remove Hi Buddy Ransomware, but you still have to do that if you are not going to pay a ransom. As you already know, Hi Buddy Ransomware blocks programs, browsers, and adds a message, so you will not be able to access your Desktop. The only thing that you can do is to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking and erase the files of this ransomware manually or download the SpyHunter antimalware tool and then perform the system scan. If you are a less experienced user, we suggest that you delete this infection in an automatic way.
Delete Hi Buddy Ransomware
Start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking
Windows 7 and Vista
Delete the files of the ransomware infection