Hermes Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Nov. 2017 Update

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

This article describes Hermes Ransomware (a kind of Ransomware) in detail. Everything you need, such as a description and an explanation, you can find in the next few paragraphs. The official term for ransom-requiring software is exactly Ransomware. This means that it is going to ask you for money if you want your personal data back. In reality, there’s also another thing that is essential for all forms of Ransomware and that is the locking element – this software version locks up either your data, or your screen. Another thing is that there are various subtypes of Ransomware viruses – you can find that some of them encrypt files and are parts of the file-encrypting type. There are others that could block your PC or the screen of your mobile phone and fall into the screen-locking category. The most dangerous group is made up of the viruses that encode files. Below we will be describing Hermes Ransomware which is exactly a member of this, more deleterious Ransomware category – first it encrypts your files and after that it attempts to extort money from you.

Hermes Ransomware could be caught in the following ways:

If you have no clue how a hazardous program like this one travels across the web, here you can find a few possible options.

  1. Together with a Trojan horse virus: Hermes Ransomware might get distributed together with a Trojan. The aim is to ensure that the Ransomware will enter the targeted system; that’s why these two versions of malware often travel together. The virus that is responsible for letting the Ransomware inside is the Trojan. Both of the viruses could be found most often inside contagious emails – either the letter itself or any of its attachments.
  2. Being included in malvertising campaigns: Every Ransomware may contaminate a machine if you (the device’s owner) click on an infected fake online ad. The method of distribution is nasty and hazardous mostly as you can’t ever know which advertisement is dangerous until in the end something bad happens.
  3. As a drive-by download from a contaminated website: Ransomware may also be found on infected webpages, the only aim of which is to distribute viruses to careless online users.
  4. Downloadable content: Ransomware could also be hiding in torrents, shareware or pirated software, mostly on illegal websites.

Hermes Ransomware Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. 

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If for some reason it doesn't remove parasite, go to "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> "Select Problem Type" -----> "Unremoved Parasit.e"

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

malware-start-taskbar

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Hermes Ransomware 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!

Once Hermes Ransomware has become a part of your system

This virus is able to precisely determine which files exactly you use most via a complete and detailed scan of all your data storage space. After that a two-part key is used for the encryption of every single one of them. Such a double-component-key encryption is very complex and its reversing could be complicated as well. In fact, one of the key parts you may receive for free right after the completion of the encryption. The other, the Private part will be available to you upon payment of the requested ransom. You find out that the hackers believe you owe them money because Hermes Ransomware usually displays a large notification, which normally contains all the payment details, some more threats and sometimes preset deadlines.

What could you do in such a case?

If the ransom-demanding alert has already been shown, you don’t really have many options. The only thing that we can guarantee you is that your encoded files are under true risk. It does not matter what you are doing, who offers their help to you or what type of specialized software you might use, because you will risk them anyway. As we have already explained, a contamination like this is really among the most mischievous ones. And at this point there is no universal guide or tool that could completely reverse the effects of a virus like this yet.

On the other hand, you can always try to realize the instructions of our Removal Guide. They may help you delete the virus, but we are not sure that they will bring back your encrypted files. You could call an expert to deal with Hermes Ransomware, too, but it is not really easy to fight with such a piece of malware and sometimes even a professional with experience can’t do it. In spite of that, it’s always a good idea to spend your money this way than just to give it to people who are blackmailing you. There is another option and it is to purchase a piece of software from a trustworthy source against Ransomware. We hope that at least one of these options will be effective. We cannot recommend you to just pay the wanted ransom. Nonetheless, we can’t guarantee anything and you may lose either your locked-up data, or your money. This is your choice so read the article again carefully in order to make an informed decision.

SUMMARY:

Name Hermes
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 We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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