HitmanPro.Kickstart - FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
HitmanPro.Kickstart FAQ
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Table of Contents
Introduction to HitmanPro.Kickstart .............................................................................................................................................. 3
Q-00:
Why do I need HitmanPro.Kickstart ? ................................................................................................................ 4
Q-01:
Can I use HitmanPro.Kickstart when the desktop is not accessible or fully blank? ......................... 4
Q-02:
Does HitmanPro.Kickstart need to be installed? ........................................................................................... 4
Q-03:
Where do I obtain a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive? ....................................................................... 4
Q-04:
How much does HitmanPro.Kickstart cost? .................................................................................................... 4
Q-05:
Can I use the same HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive to clean multiple ransomed PCs? ....... 4
Q-06:
When do I enter the product key? ...................................................................................................................... 5
Q-07:
Can I buy a license from within HitmanPro.Kickstart? ................................................................................. 5
Q-08:
Is it easy to rescue my computer from ransomware? ................................................................................. 5
Q-09:
Do I need to know anything about Linux to be able to use HitmanPro.Kickstart? .......................... 5
Q-10:
Does HitmanPro.Kickstart change the contents of my hard drive? ....................................................... 5
Q-11:
Can I use HitmanPro.Kickstart with Grub or another bootloader? ......................................................... 5
Q-12:
How do I boot my PC from a USB flash drive? ............................................................................................... 6
Q-13:
My system cannot boot from a USB device. Can I still use HitmanPro.Kickstart? ............................ 6
Q-14:
Do I need to logon to Windows? ........................................................................................................................ 6
Q-15:
Can I store my own files on the HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive? ................................................ 6
Q-16:
Can I use the HitmanPro programs stored on the HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive in
Windows? ...................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Q-17:
I want to create a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive. What size must the flash drive be? ...... 6
Q-18:
There’s a new version of HitmanPro available. Do I need to create the HitmanPro.Kickstart
USB flash drive all over again? .............................................................................................................................. 7
Q-19:
I get the error message ‘Failed to boot!’ – what’s wrong? ........................................................................ 7
Q-20:
Can I use HitmanPro.Kickstart with a fully encrypted hard drive? .......................................................... 7
Q-21:
What versions of Windows are supported? .................................................................................................... 7
Revision History ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
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Introduction to HitmanPro.Kickstart
This document lists some
common questions
and their corresponding
answers
on using
HitmanPro.Kickstart. The intention of this document is to offer a brief summary of common questions
that you may have about using HitmanPro.Kickstart. For a more detailed description, please read the
HitmanPro.Kickstart User Manual.
HitmanPro.Kickstart is a solution enabling you to start your computer from a USB flash drive to remove
malware that has ransomed (locked) your computer and does not allow you to access it.
HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue computers that have become infected with
viruses, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, and other threats, despite real-time protection from up-to-date
antivirus software.
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Q-00: Why do I need HitmanPro.Kickstart ?
A-00:
HitmanPro.Kickstart is designed to remove ransomware. Ransomware is malware displaying a
message, supposedly from the police, FBI or other authorities, demanding that a fine must be
paid in order to unlock the computer. Most of the time, your desktop is no longer accessible and
you cannot start any other program.
Q-01: Can I use HitmanPro.Kickstart when the desktop is not accessible or fully blank?
A-01:
HitmanPro.Kickstart can be used, even if the ransomware does not allow access to your normal
desktop.
Q-02: Does HitmanPro.Kickstart need to be installed?
A-02:
It is not necessary to install HitmanPro.Kickstart. Just create a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive
and let the ransomed PC boot from that USB flash drive.
Q-03: Where do I obtain a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive?
A-03:
You can create a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive yourself via HitmanPro if you have a regular
USB flash drive. Note that to do this you need a computer that is not ransomed.
Q-04: How much does HitmanPro.Kickstart cost?
A-04:
HitmanPro.Kickstart is a free solution. You only might need a license for HitmanPro. If you use
HitmanPro.Kickstart on a ransomed PC that has a valid license for HitmanPro, it will use that
license. If you use HitmanPro.Kickstart on a ransomed PC that has never used HitmanPro, the 30day free trial period of HitmanPro can be used to remove the ransomware (not available on
business computers).
For more details about HitmanPro licensing, see www.surfright.com/shop
Q-05: Can I use the same HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive to clean multiple
ransomed PCs?
A-05:
You can use the same HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive on as many PCs as you like. Please see
section Q-06 about entering the product key.
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Q-06: When do I enter the product key?
A-06:
The product key must be entered in HitmanPro that was started via the HitmanPro.Kickstart USB
flash drive. Should you want to use the license to clean a ransomed PC, the product key must be
entered on that ransomed PC and not on the clean PC that was used to create the
HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive.
For more information about how to create HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive, see the User
Manual on www.surfright.com/kickstart
Q-07: Can I buy a license from within HitmanPro.Kickstart?
A-07:
It is not possible to buy a license directly from within HitmanPro.Kickstart. You need to have
access to a PC that is not ransomed and buy a license for HitmanPro on that machine via
www.surfright.com/en/shop. Note: the product key associated with a license must be entered on
the ransomed PC if you intend to use the license to clean the ransomed PC. See also Q-06.
Q-08: Is it easy to rescue my computer from ransomware?
A-08:
HitmanPro.Kickstart is designed as an easy solution for non-technical users to remove malware,
including ransomware. It will do all the work for you. It’s as simple as clicking a button. No need
to manually modify the Windows registry or perform other possibly disastrous actions.
Q-09: Do I need to know anything about Linux to be able to use HitmanPro.Kickstart?
A-09:
HitmanPro.Kickstart is a Windows application started on your own installation of Windows. No
Linux knowledge is required to use HitmanPro.Kickstart.
Q-10: Does HitmanPro.Kickstart change the contents of my hard drive?
A-10:
HitmanPro.Kickstart is designed to start from a USB flash drive. So it does not need to be
installed on your hard drive, and it does not need to store any files on your hard drive.
Q-11: Can I use HitmanPro.Kickstart with Grub or another bootloader?
A-11:
If you want to use the bootloader (e.g. Grub) that is installed on your hard drive, please use
HitmanPro.Kickstart’s option 2 – ‘Regular boot’ to boot your PC.
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Q-12: How do I boot my PC from a USB flash drive?
A-12:
Use the boot-menu from your BIOS (frequently accessible via F12/F11 or F8 while booting your
PC, depending on your BIOS). Alternatively you can configure your BIOS to use an external USB
device as the first device from which to boot.
For more information on booting the USB flash drive, see the document “Booting from an
external USB device”, or check the HitmanPro.Kickstart website www.surfright.com/kickstart
Q-13: My system cannot boot from a USB device. Can I still use HitmanPro.Kickstart?
A-13:
If your PC cannot boot from a USB flash drive you can use an alternative way to use
HitmanPro.Kickstart, requiring our Sidekick CD/DVD. Please see the HitmanPro.Kickstart User
Manual for more information on its use and how to obtain an ISO for this CD/DVD, or check the
HitmanPro.Kickstart website www.surfright.com/kickstart
Q-14: Do I need to logon to Windows?
A-14:
You do not need to logon to Windows. HitmanPro.Kickstart will start automatically after a few
seconds on the logon screen when Windows wants you to enter the logon information. If you do
logon as a user, e.g. automatically, HitmanPro.Kickstart will start once you are logged on.
Q-15: Can I store my own files on the HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive?
A-15:
You can store your own files next to the files placed on the USB flash drive by HitmanPro. As long
as you do not alter the files placed on the flash drive when creating the HitmanPro.Kickstart USB
flash drive, this will not destroy the functionality of the USB flash drive.
Q-16: Can I use the HitmanPro programs stored on the HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash
drive in Windows?
A-16:
The files HitmanPro.exe and HitmanPro_x64.exe located on the HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash
drive can be started in Windows. If you start these files manually, they execute HitmanPro in the
same mode as if they were executed from any other disk. You can even use these files to create
another HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive.
Q-17: I want to create a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive. What size must the flash
drive be?
A-17:
A USB flash drive with a capacity of at least 32 Mbytes (megabytes) is required to create a
HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive.
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Q-18: There’s a new version of HitmanPro available. Do I need to create the
HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive all over again?
A-18:
That depends. If the release notes indicate that there are no changes made to
HitmanPro.Kickstart, you can simply download the new release of HitmanPro and copy it to your
existing HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive. Note that the filenames must be HitmanPro.exe and
HitmanPro_x64.exe.
If a new release of HitmanPro has also changed something in the HitmanPro.Kickstart
functionality, it is advised to create a new HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive.
Q-19: I get the error message ‘Failed to boot!’ – what’s wrong?
A-19:
If you get this error, HitmanPro.Kickstart cannot determine what the active Windows partition on
your hard drive is. Unfortunately you cannot use HitmanPro.Kickstart in this case. Please contact
support at [email protected] for more information.
Q-20: Can I use HitmanPro.Kickstart with a fully encrypted hard drive?
A-20:
HitmanPro.Kickstart will not boot from a disk that has been fully encrypted with e.g. Bitlocker,
TrueCrypt, or any other encryption program. If you try to do so, a failure message ‘Non-NTFS
partition or encrypted disk detected’ will be displayed.
Q-21: What versions of Windows are supported?
A-21:
Currently HitmanPro.Kickstart can be used on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and
Windows Server 2008.
Currently Windows 8 is not supported.
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Revision History
Version
Author
Remarks
1.0
EE
Initial release
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