Hrm Virus


One of the latest ransomware variants to be doing the same by encrypting users’ files is a virus called Hrm ransomware. If you were infected by this variant, surely by now you have noticed that the extensions to the files you can no longer open have been changed and that is part of Hrm Virus’s malicious encryption and blackmail scheme to extort money from you and thousands of others like you.

Hrm Virus

The Hrm Virus will encrypt your files and leave a text file behind.

Ransomware viruses have proven to be among the most devastating forms of malware known to mankind. These stealthy little workers of evil are capable of robbing individuals, business and whole institutions of access to some of their most vital information.  The good news is that you may yet be able to recover from this infection without having to level with the hackers behind this horrible malware. A possible solution to the problem may lie in the removal guide we have designed specifically for locating and removing Hrm Virus, as well as subsequently attempting to restore the encoded data from system backups. Now, while it’s imperative that you do indeed get rid of the ransomware, success with recovering the files is far less definitive. Read on and we will explain.

The Hrm Virus

Before we get into the details of how to fend of Hrm Virus and its consequences, it’s important to first understand how viruses of this type operate and what is that makes them so elusive. For one, they don’t really have any symptoms.

A ransomware infection is silent and may sometimes only cause a slowdown in your computer’s overall performance. But generally that’s not something that would trigger your average user’s suspicion. In addition to that, even most antivirus software doesn’t recognize ransomware as a real threat, as absurd as it may sound. And the reason is because it doesn’t detect encryption as a malicious process, because, in essence, it isn’t one. Furthermore, the encryption algorithms that ransomware viruses use are often very complex, which is what makes the consequences so devastating. Oftentimes there’s just no possibility to have the encrypted files decrypted.

As a matter of fact, numerous users end up disappointed when they submit to the hackers’ demands and still end up with a bunch of useless data, because they never received a decryption key. Alternatively, decryption keys that are sent may also not always work as they should and the result is ultimately the same. This is actually one of the reasons we wouldn’t recommend paying the ransom. Another reason is the fact that once you’ve done that, you will have pretty much funded a criminal scheme with no way for the authorities to track the money flow and bring the cybercriminals to justice. Normally this is because the people behind viruses like Hrm request they be sent the ransom in Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency. And these are impossible for anyone to track.

The Hrm file recovery

The Hrm file recovery  requires either a full personal data backup source or a file decryption key. For one, regardless of what happens next, you should by all means tend to the immediate removal of Hrm Virus from your system. This is to prevent any other files that come into contact with your system from getting encrypted.

And it’s also a way to avoid getting infected by other malware that the ransomware could potentially introduce to your computer. After that, you can try to recover your files from system backups, as shown in the removal guide below. And if that doesn’t work, you can also try using specialized software designed to decrypt data, such as the decryptor tools that we have listed on our site.

Another important point we need to make is regarding preventing future ransomware attacks. The best way to make sure you don’t end up in this situation again is to keep copies of your most important files on a separate hard drive that isn’t constantly connected to a computer. That way, even in case of an infection, the hackers’ efforts will be fruitless. But it’s best to of course not get infected in the first place and you can minimize the chances of that happening by following basic safety measures when browsing the web. Do no interact with shady content, don’t open spam emails and simply just use your common sense.


Name Hrm
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 [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Hrm Virus Ransomware Removal


Hrm 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).

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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. 

Hrm Virus

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.

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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 Hrm Virus 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


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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