How to remove HADOPI ransomware (screen locker)
The logo of HADOPI is actively used by cyber frauds in many ransomware programs that lock desktop of attacked computers. For this reason some users in France tend to specify “HADOPI ransomware” or “HADOPI virus” in their search queries, but this is not the correct way of speaking about this French organization. What is HADOPI, by the way? Let’s find the answer in the next paragraph of this article.
According to Wikipedia, HADOPI stands for a special law that was passed in France not so long ago. It is also referred to as the Creation and Internet law (in French known as Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet). In other words, this is the “law promoting the distribution and protection of creative works on the internet”. By the way, it was introduced during 2009, providing what is known as a graduated response as a means to provide compliance with copyright laws. Thus, HADOPI is the acronym of the government agency created to administer it.
Regretfully, as we’ve mentioned above, the logo of HADOPI is actively used in many ransomware programs designed by cyber frauds specifically to target France and, possibly, some other French-speaking countries. This malicious application locks the desktop of the attacked computer and then asks for the ransom to be paid in favor of its authors. As a matter of case, hackers instruct users to pay the fine (fake fine, in fact) through Ukash or Paysafecard payment systems. Of course, doing so is a serious mistake, because this is not a fine but rather a typical ransom. The funds in this case go directly into the pockets of cyber frauds, the authors of this and many other virus infections.
Unlocking your system hijacked by ransomware isn’t an easy undertaking. This can’t be done by clicking your mouse just once. Certain manual steps must be undertaken, before running the security software. So, please comply with the ransomware removal guidelines outlined below.
Ransomware unlocking procedure
Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash and Paysafecard ransomwares.
- Restart your computer and press F8 while it is restarting.
- Choose safe mode with networking.
- Press Start menu and select Run, or press [Win]+R on keyboard.
- Type msconfig
- Disable startup items rundll32 turning on any application from Application Data.
- Restart your system once again.
- Scan your system with GridinSoft Trojan Killer to identify file and delete it.
Some versions of these viruses disable all safe modes, but give a short gap that you can use to run anti-malware programs. Then do following:
- Reboot normally.
- Click Start and choose Run.
- Enter the text specified in the quotation below. If malware is loaded, just press Alt+Tab once and keep entering the string blindly then press Enter.
- Press Alt+tab and then R (letter) a couple of times. The process of ransomware virus should be killed after you succeed to download, install our recommended software and scan your PC with it.