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.honor Files Ransomware Virus – How to Remove It and Restore Data

This article aims to help you by showing you how to remove the .honor files virus (“honor’s ransomware”) from your computer and how to restore files, encrypted by it.

New ransomware infection, dubbed “honor’s ransomware” has been reported by security analyst GrujaRS to infect the computers of victims and then encrypt their documents, music, pictures plus other important files in order to hold them hostage until a ransom has been paid in BitCoin. The malware has also been reported to completely rename the encrypted files and then leave behind .honor extension plus instructions on how to get them back. So far, researchers have managed to establish that the code of this virus is based on the open-source virus, called “My Little Ransomware”, which was uploaded two years ago on GitHub.If your computer has been infected by the .honor files virus, we strongly suggest that you read the following article in order to learn more about this ransomware cryptovirus and how to remove it from your computer plus how to try and restore .honor encrypted files without paying cyber-crooks.

Threat Summary

Name .honor Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts the files on the infected computer, using a combination with RSA and AES encryption algorithms, which generates unique decryption keys and asymmetric key.
Symptoms Files are renamed with symbols, letters and numbers and have the .honor file extension added in the end.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.honor Files Virus – Infection Methods

The primary method of propagation of this malware is conducted via e-mail spam messages. Such are often created with the aim to spread various different types of malicious e-mail attachments, which only pretend to be legitimate in order to get victims to open them. Such e-mails often have convincing statements within them, that aim to get victims to trust the message and open the attachment. Here is an example of how such e-mail may appear like:

In addition to via e-mail, the virus may also infect your computer via other methods, like upload a file on malicious websites.

.honor Files Virus – More Informaton

Once the .honor file extension ransomware has infected your computer, the virus may perform series of unwanted activities which end witht the malware encrypting the important files on victims’ computers. The .honor files virus may firstly connect to a remote command and control server and from it download it’s malicious payload files, which may reside in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

The primary malicious file which was detected in association with the Honor ransomware infection has been reported to have the following parameters in the site VirusTotal:

SHA-256: e3ba5cad3da4c50412cd2bc2cfaa5332cf2578a913b14d81cafc1465a12e301b
Name: honor’s malware.exe
Size: 15 KB

In addition to this, file encryption has been reported to perform various different types of activities on the computer of the victim. The malware may schedule system tasks to run automatically on system boot and may also modify the run and runonce sub-keys by adding value strings with the files it may run automatically on system startup, such as the .exe file, that has been reported to cause the encryption. The sub-keys have the following locations:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

In addition to modifying the Windows Registry sub-keys, the malware may also perform other activities on your computer, such as have your backups and shadow copies deleted via the vssadmin and bcedit commands. These may be ran automatically after the virus overrides Windows defenses and assumes administrative privileges. The commands are as follows and they may be ran via a script file:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

The deleted shadow copy files and backup types of files by the .honor ransomware may be of the following file types:

→ .VHD .bac .bak .wbcat .bkf ,backup, .set, .win .dsk

In addition to deleting the backups, the .honor files virus may also perform other unwanted activities, such as launch it’s encryption activities, which result in several other files which are then generated, like the AES keys and the unique identifier.

.honor Files Virus – Encryption Process

When this ransomware virus has been detected by malware researchers, it was reported to use the AES encryption algorithm, but in what mode and strenght, it is so far unclear. The cyper generates a unqiue assymetric decryption key, which is saved alongside a secret key which is most likely RSA encrypted and also a unique identifier. This information is likely to be sent to the cyber-crooks and it is summed up in four different types of files, named:

  • data recive
  • Secret.txt
  • secretAES.txt
  • sendBack.txt

The .honor files virus targets specific types of files for it’s encryption process, such as documents, audio and video files, pictures, archives and other types of files. The virus may target files with the following file extensions:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”

After the encryption is complete, the files are completely renamed with symbols, letters and numbers and have the .honor extension added as their suffix. They may appear like the image below displays:

Remove Honor Ransomware and Restore .honor Files

In order to fully remove this ransomware infection from your computer, recommendations are to focus on follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created so that you can remove Honor ransomware either manually or automatically. If you lack the experience in malware removal, we strongly suggest that you focus on removing this infection automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware software, as experts suggest. Such software will help you to automatically remove all malware, including .honor ransomware and ensure that your computer is protected against future infections as well.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware virus, we would suggest that you focus on following the alternative methods for file recovery down below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .honor Virus”. They have been created with no guarantee that you will be able to recover all of your encrypted files, but with their aid, you might be able to recover some of your data at least.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .honor Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .honor Ransomware

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall .honor Ransomware and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .honor Ransomware on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .honor Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for .honor Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .honor Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .honor Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .honor Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .honor Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to .honor Ransomware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to .honor Ransomware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to .honor Ransomware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove .honor Ransomware via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as .honor Ransomware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .honor Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .honor Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


.honor Ransomware FAQ

What is .honor Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.honor Ransomware is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does .honor Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..honor Ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of .honor Ransomware is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open ..honor Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the ..honor Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..honor Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .honor Ransomware ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore "..honor Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..honor Ransomware files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of .honor Ransomware ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .honor Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..honor Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .honor Ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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