Hese Virus



.Hese is a catch-all term for a ransomware of the STOP DJVU ransomware strain. .Hese will therefore reveal itself only when extensions with it are added to your files.

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

Hese is one of the latest representatives of the growing list of Ransomware infections that are spreading around the web. This one, along with other similar infections like Gero, Carote, uses a special file-encrypting algorithm to block the access to the victim’s personal files and ask for a ransom payment in exchange for their decryption. This simple blackmailing scheme is a very lucrative money-extortion model for the cyber criminals who stay behind those threats. According to the information available, it generates them enormous amounts of money sent from the victims, who suddenly get greeted by a scary ransom-demanding notification on their computer.

If you have been among the unlucky web users who have been attacked by Hese, on this page, you will find a step-by-step Removal Guide and a professional removal tool which may help you remove the nasty malware from your system. There is also a section with file-recovery suggestions which do not involve giving money to the hackers behind Hese. We recommend you check it out once you clean your computer and see if you can avoid the ransom payment.

The .Hese Virus

The Hese virus is a ransomware of the DJVU variety – currently the most prominent ransomware type. The Hese virus in particular rose together with .Gero and it is possible for users to be infected by both at the same time.

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The Hese Virus will leave a _readme.txt file with instructions

The modus operandi of Ransomware is actually relatively simple: the malware finds a way to infiltrate a victim’s computer (either via spam emails, malicious attachments, fake ads, misleading links, etc.), and then applies an encryption code to its files. After that, the malware informs the users that, in order to get the files back, they would need to pay a ransom. The cybercriminals just have to wait for the shocked user to despair and finally make the payment. In most of the cases, they use fear and frustration as the main weapons, and threaten the victims with deadlines, ultimatums, and the total loss of the locked data, in order to make them pay faster. Typically, they offer to send a special decryption key to those who agree to pay as soon as possible. Security experts, however, warn that there is a significant number of cases  where the victims have never received such a key even after they have paid the ransom. Therefore, they don’t advise the web users to risk their money by sponsoring the hackers and their criminal scheme, and advise them to seek legitimate methods of dealing with the infection.

 The .Hese file extension

The .Hese file extension is NOT a normal extension, but rather an encryption. The main difference is that a .Hese file cannot be opened by normal means. It requires a key to unlock the files and remove .Hese.

Ransomware evolves quickly and its creators apply different social engineering techniques and psychology tricks in order to improve their distribution methods and reach as many victims as possible. Many people who get infected with Ransomware become victims of phishing campaigns or malicious spam distribution. The users typically receive emails that appear legitimate and mimic the messages of some popular company or institution. Many take the bait and access the link or the attachment in those emails, which contaminates them with malware. That’s why, in order to avoid such an infection, it is best to keep away from spam and shady messages and have a reliable security program installed. Also, it is a good idea to keep regular backup copies of your most important files somewhere on an external drive or on a cloud so you can easily access them in case of a sudden encryption of the files on your computer.


Name Hese
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

Hese Virus Removal

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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).

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

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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. 

    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.

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    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:

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    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:

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    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.

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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!

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    How to Decrypt Hese 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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.


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    • hello guys,
      my computr was affected by .hese virus vrus. I scanned the computer with spyhunter and actually i dont know restore my files. I will be pleased to get your help.
      thank you

    • Hello. After using the spyhunter, for recovery the information, need to use the recovery software??
      And spyhunter deleted oll of virus and we be sure our system is clean??

      • The system should be clean, but this anti-malware program isn’t a decryptor – it doesn’t decrypt Ransomware. For suggestions on what you can try to recover some of your files, try the instructions from ouy How to Decrypt Ransomware article.

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