KEYHolder Virus – Removal Instructions
KEYHolder Ransomware is a malicious ransomware or computer virus that encrypts the files on a computer until a ransom amount is paid to release the encryption. KEYHolder specifically targets computers that use Windows operating systems because the system files on all operating systems are crucial. The probability that the ransom for KEYHolder will be paid is high because the users cannot operate their computer without the files. The KEYHolder virus can only be removed by paying the ransom. Once the ransom is paid, the files are restored to normal and the virus disappears.
The crooks also target computers that are located in Europe. They gain access to a server by using programs on the computer called Terminal Services or directly hacking into the computer using Remote Desktop Client. KEYHolder sends requests to computers to see if their port is open. If the port is open, they can gain access.
Once they gain access, they install the KEYHolder virus, encrypt the files then remove the files that installed the virus. Once the hacker receives one of the encrypted files from KEYHolder, they decrypt the one on the user’s computer as proof that they received the file.
The KEYHolder ransom amount is 300 Euros (which is 376.37 in United States dollars) in Ukash vouchers or one bitcoin (which is digital currency). When the hackers receive the ransom money from KEYHolder, they send a decryption program which the user runs to restore the files to normal. The only protection against KEYHolder is to keep backups of your files and keep your anti-virus program up-to-date.
Step-by-Step KEYHolder Virus Removal Instructions
The Virus Help Center has carefully created these instructions in order to make the removal of the KEYHolder virus as easy as possible.
**PLEASE REMEMBER** – If the computer that is infected with the KEYHolder virus is running Microsoft’s “Windows 8” operating system, please use this Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions page.
1. Restart the Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
The KEYHolder virus is usually a lot less active in Safe Mode with Networking. This will allow you to bypass the virus and install the KEYHolder Virus Removal software.
How to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:
a. Turn off the computer and wait 1 minute
b. Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the “F8” button multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced options menu
c. When the Windows Advanced options menu appears, select “Safe Mode with Networking” and press “ENTER”
2. Install Spyhunter 4
The software we recommend to remove KEYHolder has received awards for its virus removal capabilities and is used by millions worldwide.
Install Spyhunter 4:
a. Click the “Windows” key and the “R” key to open the Run box (See Image below)
b. Type the following into the Run Command box: iexplore http://virushelpcenter.com/fix and press “ENTER”
c. After pressing “OK” the installation will begin and you will be asked to “Run” or “Save”- Select “RUN”
3. Complete the Scan and Remove the KEYHolder Virus
The software will automatically begin the scanning process and once completed will show the results of all the infections found. Please Note: the scan results will show the files names and not the actual name of the particular virus.
Fully remove KEYHolder:
a. Click “Fix” when the virus scan is complete.
b. Register Spyhunter to completely remove the KEYHolder virus.
c. Spyhunter will remove the KEYHolder virus and protect you from future threats.