Remove Herad Virus Ransomware (+.Herad File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove Herad Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .herad file can be recovered.

A new sophisticated and dangerous infection has been reported to our “How to remove” team recently. It belongs to the Ransomware cryptovirus category and goes under the name of Herad. If you are reading this, the chances are that your files have been secretly encrypted by this threat. Fortunately, below we will provide you with a step-by-step removal guide with the help of which you may be able to remove the Herad Ransomware and even recover some of the blocked data. Of course, before you scroll down to the instructions, make sure you familiarize yourself with the specifics of the Ransomware infections in order to improve your chances of dealing with the one that has captured your data more effectively.

How does the .Herad Virus work

.herad Virus

The .Herad Virus will leave behind a _readme.txt file when it is done encrypting your files.

Ransomware is a very stealthy type of malware which can spread in all kinds of online content. That’s why even one careless click on an intriguing ad, a pop-up, an email message or a link may land you a threat like Herad, Adame or Budak before you know it. The infection typically occurs instantly and without any visible symptoms. As soon as it nests inside the system, it secretly infiltrates the data stored on the computer, and starts to encrypt each and every file with a complex algorithm of symbols, which are only decryptable with the help of a special corresponding decryption key. This key, however, is kept in the servers of the hackers who stand behind the malware, and as soon as the file-encryption process completes, they place a ransom-demanding notification on the screen, asking you to pay a certain amount of money to obtain the key.

What to do with an encrypted .Herad file

.Herad file

An encrypted .Herad file.

Paying the ransom, however, is not a good idea as it does not guarantee that you will really receive the key from the hackers. Not to mention that even if you receive it, there is a high chance that it may not work properly and your data may still remain sealed. For this reason, we believe that it is a much better course of action to keep your money and focus on how to remove Herad Virus from the system. This may be a daunting task but is very important to do it if you want to continue to use your machine safely and normally. That’s why, to help you with the removal process, we have prepared a detailed removal guide where you will also find a professional removal tool for automatic assistance. All you have to do is carefully follow the instructions or run a full system scan with the specialized software to safely detect and remove the infection. Besides, once the Ransomware is gone, you may try to get back some of your files for free via personal backup sources or with the help of the instructions from the file-recovery section in the removal guide below. Sadly, we cannot tell you how effective the instructions will be in each and every case, but we do encourage you to give them a try before you consider risking your money to some anonymous hackers.


Name Herad
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove .Herad Virus 


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt Herad files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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