This could be a real nightmare for you if you find out that HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM Ransomware has found a way to your system because this can easily mean that you may lose most of your personal files. This dangerous threat can encrypt your files without the possibility of recovery. At least, we have not found any free tool on the web developed by eager malware hunters that could crack the key and decode your files. This also means that your only chance to have your files back is to have a recent backup copy somewhere. You can either use cloud storage or a portable drive to do backups. As you can see, they can come in handy once attacked by a vicious program like this one. We do not advise you to pay the demanded ransom fee for the decryption key because you may simply be scammed and you will never see your money and your files again. The only thing to do for you left is to remove HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM Ransomware from your PC so that you can restore your security level.
Our research indicates that this malware infection was based on the well-know and now also infamous Hidden Tear Ransomware. This is an open-source infection that was designed as an educational tool for IT security experts. However, later rookies and hackers found it a good base to build similar variants. This is how several new versions have hit the web in the past year, including $ucyLocker Ransomware. This malicious program can show up on your computer in a spam e-mail as an attachment. Of course, you will not necessarily spot it right away until it is too late. Such attachments are usually disguised to seem to be something else because it is only logical that no one would save it or open it otherwise. Keep in mind though that opening this file could have fatal consequences as this is tantamount to activating this dangerous threat. No wonder that by the time you have a chance to delete HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM Ransomware, it will not save your files from the damage. This is why you need to be way more careful with your mails and opening attachments than before even if you trust your spam filter.
It is also possible to infect your computer with ransomware if your browsers and drivers (Java and Adobe Flash) are not updated regularly. We cannot confirm that this particular ransomware uses Exploit Kits to attack you but others certainly do so it is essential that you protect your PC by updating all your programs and drivers in due time. These kits use Java and Flash program codes on malicious webpages to trigger the drop of the infection the moment such a page loads in your browser. You can easily end up on such pages if you click on questionable third-party content while browsing the web. This can be a banner or pop-up advertisement, or even a search result presented by a browser hijacker. Yet another way for you to end up with this ransomware on board is to download free software from suspicious torrent or freeware websites. All in all, you need to remove HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM Ransomware as soon as you find it on your system.
This is a tricky ransomware because it does not encrypt your files right after you initiate the attack. This threat displays a fake Windows Defender application window that may give you the feeling that you need to run a scan on your machine for some reason. However, when you click on one of the Start buttons, you actually start up the encryption process. The encrypted files do not change their names but they simply get a new extension: “.HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM@KEEMAIL.ME.” This malware infection leaves a text file (“HOW_TO_RECOVER_ENCRYPTED_FILES.txt”) in all the affected folders, which is in fact the ransom note.
This is the note that is automatically displayed; however, unlike in most cases, it is not shown to you right after the attack but when you reboot your system. This message notifies you that your files have been encoded and you have to send an e-mail with your personal ID to “HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM@KEEMAIL.ME” and you are supposed to get a reply message. There is no ransom fee amount mentioned in this note but this could be anything from 10 USD up to 2,000 USD paid in Bitcoins. If you do not want to waste your money, you should not even think about transferring this money to these crooks because there is no guarantee that they will deliver the decryption key at all. We advise you to act right now and remove HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM Ransomware from your system.
Please use our instructions below if you want to take matters into your own hands and eliminate this severe threat manually. It is really not that big a deal if you can identify the malicious program you have saved recently. Hopefully, you also understand now the need for regular backups because that could save you now from the loss. In order to defend your computer more efficiently, we suggest that you download and install a proper anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.