NoHope Ransomware - How to remove

NoHope is a ransomware infection that threatens Windows PCs. It encrypts files to stop them from being opened, then asks for money to be sent to the person who is responsible for this malicious program.

NoHope is new and the criminals who operate it can’t be trusted to fix the data that they encrypted. The best way to deal with NoHope is to delete it and restore your data from backups.

About NoHope ransomware:

Threat type Ransomware.
NoHope infection symptoms Files don’t open,

their names end with “.nohope”.

How to protect yourself against ransomware Backup your data,

use security programs to stop malware.

How to delete NoHope Use antivirus programs (Spyhunter, others) to delete malware,

look into file recovery options.

How to recognize NoHope ransomware

NoHope is file-encrypting ransomware. This malicious program encrypts files, which makes it so that you can’t open and read them.

If you do open a NoHope-encrypted file, it might appear to be filled with random noise.

To reverse NoHope’s encryption, you need the decryption software and key. Here’s how the NoHope ransom note puts it:

Sorry, it’s an unlucky day for you

All your files have been encrypted.

To get the key you will have to pay 5000� in Monero CryptoCurrency

Contact me at [email protected] and I’ll tell you how to pay.

You have 5 days, after which I will delete the recovery key and you will lose all your files.

Don’t try to restore or decrypt, it’s impossibile . are your backup are gone.

These ransom notes are called NOHOPE_README and the NoHope ransomware creates them to tell victims to contact the extortionists and send them money.

Don’t pay the ransom, even if you can afford it. NoHope is new, unknown, and there’s a big chance that paying the ransom won’t restore the files:

  • the extortionists could take the money and ignore you,
  • there might be technical problems that prevent file decryption.

So, how might you recover your encrypted files? There are some options, as discussed in this post.

NoHope ransom not asks for 5k in Monero.

How to prepare for ransomware

Little is known about NoHope so far, but it’s only one ransomware among many. There are a few ways in ways in which ransomware infections spread, such as downloads from infected sites and malicious email attachments.

To protect your computer from threats like NoHope, use antivirus programs, be careful of the files that you download (such as email attachments), and create strong and unique usernames and passwords to protect your accounts.

It’s not always possible to avoid ransomware. The best way to protect yourself then is to backup your files. Set up secure backups: disconnected from your computer, not synced all the time. Otherwise, ransomware could still infect them.

Some malicious programs could even use misconfigured backups to steal data before encrypting it. NoHope is traditional file-locking ransomware and likely doesn’t steal any files. But there are other threats – some that commit the double extortion scheme, where the attackers steal files and then threaten to upload them online if you don’t pay the ransom. Double extortion is usually targeted at businesses and not individual users.

How to delete NoHope ransomware

Use antivirus tools (for example, Spyhunter) to find and delete malicious programs. You can also reset your PC, which would restore it to a default state and get rid of all programs, malicious and not. It’s necessary to remove NoHope and other threats to use your computer normally again.

Once NoHope is gone, you can restore your backups if you have any. If not, then check the other ways to recover your files linked above.

It’s also important to make sure that you protect your device against infections like NoHope. Use strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, and antivirus tools.

Important -- edit the hosts file to unblock security websites

TL DR : The hosts file is edited to block security sites Before the virus can be removed, it's necessary to fix the hosts file (the file which controls which addresses connect to which IPs). That is the reason the majority of security websites is inaccessible when infected with this particular parasite. This infection edits this file to stop certain websites, including anti-malware download sites, from being accessed from the infected computer, making browsers return the "This site can't be reached" error. Luckily, it's trivial to fix the file and remove the edits that were made to it.

Find and edit the hosts file

The hosts file can be found on C:/Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts. If you don't see it, change the settings to see hidden files.
  1. In the Start Menu, search for Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, find Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Select Folder Options.
  4. Open the View tab.
  5. Open Advanced settings.
  6. Select "Show hidden files...".
  7. Select OK.
Open this file with administrator privileges. notepad run as administrator
  1. Open the Start Menu and enter "notepad".
  2. When Notepad shows up in the result, right-click on it.
  3. In the menu, choose "Run as administrator"
  4. File->Open and browse for the hosts file.
The hosts file should look like this: hosts file default contents Delete additional lines that they connect various domain names to the wrong IP address. Save the file.

Download and run the antivirus program

After that, download antivirus programs and use them to remove the ransomware, the trojan, and other malware. Spyhunter (

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How to recover NoHope Ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus

Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore

1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:

for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
  • Start Shutdown RestartOK.
  • Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
  • Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Windows 7 enter safe mode

for Windows 8 / 10
  • Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart. Windows 8-10 restart to safe mode
  • Choose TroubleshootAdvanced OptionsStartup Settings and click Restart.
  • When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings. Windows 8-10 enter safe mode

2.Restore System files and settings.

  • When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  • Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again.CMD commands
  • Click “Next” in the windows that appeared. Restore point img1
  • Select one of the Restore Points that are available before NoHope Ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”. Restore point img2
  • To start System restore click “Yes”. Restore point img3

Step 2. Complete removal of NoHope Ransomware

After restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Spyhunter and remove all malicious files related to NoHope Ransomware. You can check other tools here.  

Step 3. Restore NoHope Ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume Copies

If you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually NoHope Ransomware tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so. Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer. a) Native Windows Previous Versions Right-click on an encrypted file and select PropertiesPrevious versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.
Previous version
b) Shadow Explorer It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
Shadow explorer

Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover NoHope Ransomware encrypted files

There are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:
  • We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
  • Download a data recovery program.
  • Install and scan for recently deleted files. Data Recovery Pro
Note: In many cases it is impossible to restore data files affected by modern ransomware. Thus I recommend using decent cloud backup software as precaution. We recommend checking out Carbonite, BackBlaze, CrashPlan or Mozy Home.
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