Hets Virus


The Hets Ransomware virus is a specific type of malware, specialized in encrypting digital data and keeping it hostage for a ransom. The Hets virus targets different types of data, including work-related and personal files, databases, archives, and system records, and encrypts it using a military-grade encryption algorithm.

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The Hets Ransomware will start encrypting your files the moment after infiltrating your system.

Hets is one of the nastiest types of malware that a web user might have to deal with. According to experts, this Ransomware can be classified as a cryptovirus which is one of the hardest forms of malware to remove. That’s why, on this page, we will discuss its characteristics and the possible solutions to its attack. With the constantly growing number of infected computers, Hets could possibly be an even greater threat than the other malicious software types and you probably are not the only one that has been infected by such a virus.

The Hets virus

The Hets virus is a Ransomware program that is created to extort money from you by encrypting your files and offering you the private decryption key in exchange for a ransom. The Hets virus generates an on-screen notification that contains instructions on how to make the payment and obtain the key.

Ransomware, in general, is one of the most unpleasant and fearsome types of malware programs in existence. The representatives of this category usually get distributed around the web with the help of different infected transmitters. Typically, a threat like Hets can infect your computer when you click on a suspicious hyperlink or download an infected attachment. However, it is not excluded that the Ransomware would be bundled inside some legitimate-looking file, offer, random pop-up or web link, which, once clicked on, can automatically deliver the infection into your system.

Regardless of the way you’ve caught the malware, once inside the system, it follows a specific agenda. Firstly, Hets infiltrates your machine and seeks particular file types. Then, once it finds the files, it encrypts them with a complex code that can only be decrypted with a private decryption key. At the end of the attack, it makes a ransom demand that you must pay to receive the access key. The whole process typically goes unnoticed. However, sometimes, especially on older and less powerful computers, the file encryption can take a significant amount of time and consume a lot of system resources. This is when you may have the chance to potentially detect the Ransomware inside your Task Manager. Ideally, there should be a questionable program process with an unknown name that uses the largest amount of RAM and CPU. Nevertheless, in most cases, the infection is only revealed after the encryption process has finished and the ransom notification has appeared.

The Hets file

The Hets file is a file encoded by the Hets Ransomware. The Hets file will remain inaccessible and will return an error message every time you try to open it until you apply the matching decryption key.

You may be in serious trouble because the hackers may never restore access to your personal files irrespective of whether you pay the ransom or not. Of course, if you’ve decided to transfer the money with the hope that the hackers will send you the decryption key for your files, this is a personal choice. The only advice we can give you is to first give a try to some free alternatives. Of course, we can’t guarantee that any other instructions will enable you to reverse the damage that Hets has caused. However, there’s also no reason to believe that giving your money to some anonymous criminals will magically fix everything. In many cases, this only inspire the cooks to continue their illegal activities and extort more money from you and other people. At the same time, if the Ransomware is not removed, it may keep encrypting every file you manage to recover, including the ones that could potentially be recovered with a decryption key.


Name Hets
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.
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Remove Hets Ransomware

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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 Hets 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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