How to remove Hermes Ransomware?

The cunning Hermes Ransomware accurately replicates all the nasty arsenal of the modern ransomware applications. It shares a lot of similarities with Serpent or CryptoKill Ransomware programs we’ve been reporting lately. Although each one of them has some unique feature, the end goal remains the same – encrypt your files and demand a ransom for unblocking them.

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In this particular case, all infected files get a new extension of «.HERMES». It is easy to miss that something is wrong and your security along with the data is compromised if you don’t have any anti-malware protection. After finishing the encryption, this ransomware informs the user with a note that demands a ransom to be paid. Malicious programs like Hermes Ransomware often suggest using Bitcoin wallets to pay for the decryption key that will bring your files back to normal deleting the .HERMES extension.

Hermes Ransomware uses the RSA-2048 encryption algorithm. After encryption is complete the virus creates a file named DECRYPT_INFORMATION.html and puts another one called UNIQUE_ID_DO_NOT_REMOVE on your desktop. Those files explain to users what just happened and give instructions what to do next. In addition to that, the hackers offer to test their decryption tool by decrypting three files of your choice sent to them via email (x2486@india.com).

According to the latest research, there is a chance that a free decryption tool for Hermes Ransomware will be created by security experts. However, the progress is rather slow, and we don’t have any specific info yet.

We still don’t have a full list of the main spreading techniques for this ransomware, but it is safe to safe that most common strategies are in use. We’re talking about typical stuff like:

  • Software installers: malware programs often come bundled with other software you might need. Unchecking all unneeded boxes during the installation is a must. Be careful with the programs that come from untrusted sources.
  • Malware spam: emails are still one of the most popular methods of distributing malicious software like this one. Suspicious attachments, unknown links, executable files, etc. in emails should not be opened. It is always a risk to get infected in one click.
  • Redirects: sites are getting hacked each day, and malicious ads and hijackers are there for unsuspecting users ready to infect users with viruses and other malware.

 

You can deal with the Hermes Ransomware threat in two ways – manually or use a trusted anti-malware program. We would recommend the second option to prevent accidental harm done to your system in the process. File-encrypting programs like this one are often disguised as safe-looking files. Deleting wrong files might cause additional problems with your OS. For more information, please, continue to read the paragraph below.

Hermes Ransomware Removal Instruction

Automatic Removal for Hermes Ransomware

Symptoms of Hermes Ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for Hermes Ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.

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Manual Removal Instruction for Hermes Ransomware

Step 1
UNINSTALL HERMES RANSOMWARE AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Click on the Start button in the left lower corner and select → Control Panel. After that find the Programs and Features (if you are running Windows XP , then click on Add/Remove Programs).
    Hermes Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.1
Windows 8/8.1/10
  • If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system , then right-click on the Start which is in the lower left corner of the screen. After that select Control Panel and go to Programs/Uninstall a Program.
    Hermes Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall Hermes Ransomware and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the Hermes Ransomware or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    Hermes Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
REMOVE HERMES RANSOMWARE FROM YOUR WEB BROWSERS
  • Step 3
Remove suspicious add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Manage Add-ons.
    Remove Hermes Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the Hermes Ransomware and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove Hermes Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.2
How to change your homepage if it was modified by browser hijacker:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.
  • On General tab remove unwanted URL and enter your desired domain name such as google.com. Click Apply to save changes.
    Remove Hermes Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.3
Resetting Internet Explorer browser
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and chose Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Now click on Reset button, the new window should appear. Select the Delete Personal settings option and click on Reset button again. Now you have deteled Hermes Ransomware completely.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon which is located in the top right corner. Now select Add-ons and go to Extensions.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select Hermes Ransomware and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.2
Resetting Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu icon which is on the upper left corner of the browser and click on the question mark. Now, choose Troubleshooting Information option.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.3
  • New windows will pop-up where you can see Refresh Firefox to its default state message and Refresh Firefox button. Click this button to remove Hermes Ransomware completely.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon in the upper right corner and select More Tools and then select Extensions.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the Hermes Ransomware and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.2
  • Click on menu icon once again and select Settings and then Manage Search engines it will be right under the Search section.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.3
  • Now you will see all of the Search Engines installed in your browser. Remove any suspicious search engines. We advise you to leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.4
Resetting Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon which is on the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser. Now select Settings. Click Show Advanced Settings...
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and find there Reset settings and click on it.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove Hermes Ransomware completely.
  • Remove Hermes Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3
FINAL HERMES RANSOMWARE REMOVAL PROCEDURE

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the HERMES RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.

Information added: 02/24/2017 01:27 AM;