This article has been created to help explain what is the [email protected] ransomware infection and how to remove it plus restore the .hrhr encrypted files by it.
A new mysterious file infection has been reported to cause problems on the computers of victims in the sense that it encrypts the files on them, adding the obnoxiously long file extension [email protected] Alongside the extension, the ransomware also drops a ransom note, named help.txt which has several different instructions for the victims on how to download Tor browser and visit a Tor web page in order to pay a hefty ransom to get the files restored. If your computer has been infected by the .hrhr ransomware infection, we advise you to read the following and learn how to remove this virus and restore the files encrypted by it.
|Name||.hrhr Files Virus|
|Short Description||Aims to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it and asks victims to contact the crooks via Tor to negotiate and likely pay for their files.|
|Symptoms||Files are no longer able to be opened and now contain the .hrhr file extension. A help.txt ransom note appears on the victim’s computer|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.hrhr Files Virus – How Did I Get infected
The primary method by which you likely have gotten infected with the .hrhr ransomware virus is believed to be via malicious e-mail attachments that are embedded within e-mails. The attachments may be files of the following types:
→ .vbs, .js, .exe, .bat, .cmd, .docm
If the files are executables, they are likely contained within archives in order to prevent e-mail spam filters from blocking the e-mails. If the e-mails carry .docm documents, .hrhr ransomware may only infect you if you click on the ‘Enable Content’ or ‘Enable Editing’. Usually such Microsoft Word documents are more often met, since they often seem legitimate up until the moment the user opens them and enables macros.
In addition to via e-mail, you can also become a victim of .hrhr ransomware by simply downloading the malicious file from the web, believing it is a legitimate one. Such malicious files are often resembling software installers, fake driver setups, fake game patches, cracks, software license activators and other types of executables.
.hrhr File Ransomware – Further Information
Once your computer becomes a victim of the .hrhr files virus you may immediately notice it, since the malware drops it’s help.txt file. It contains the following ransom instructions:
Hello. Your files have been encrypted.
For help, write to this e-mail: [email protected]
Attach to the letter 1-2 files (no more than 3 MB) and your personal key.
If within 24 hours you have not received a response, you need to follow the following instructions:
a) Download and install TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
b) From the TOR browser, follow the link: torbox3uiot6wchz.onion
c) Register your e-mail (Sign Up)
d) Write us on e-mail: [email protected]
ATTENTION: e-mail ([email protected]) accepts emails, only with e-mail registered in the TOR browser at torbox3uiot6wchz.onion
Your personal key:
The e-mail aims to convince the victims into not only installing Tor browser but also using encrypted e-mail service only available on the Onion network, called TorBox by getting the to visit it’s home page in Tor:
In addition to this, .hrhr ransomware may also drop support modules which are responsible for encrypting the files and modifying some settings on the infected machine. Such files may exist in the following Windows directories:
In addition to this, the .hrhr files virus may also modify the following Windows Registry sub-keys in order to run the virus file and the ransom note file automatically on system login:
After doing so, the .hrhr ransomware may also perform other malicious activities on your computer, such as connect to a remote host and rely different information about it, such as your IP address, language, network information and other data about your PC, which may even include your saved passwords and other personal data.
.hrhr Files Virus – How Does It Encrypt Files
The encryption procedure of the .hrhr files virus begins with scanning your computer for matches with a list of a pre-set file extensions of file types this ransomware virus has designated to encrypt. These files often include important files, like videos, documents, pictures, music and others. When we sum them up as file extensions, the list of files encrypted by .hrhr ransomware may contain the following files:
→ “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”
In addition to this, the .hrhr files virus also adds, it’s distinctive file extension to the encrypted files, making them appear like the following:
How to Remove .hrhr Files Virus and Restore Your Data
In order to remove this ransomware infection from your computer, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are divided in manual and automatic removal manuals, based on your skillset and experience in malware removal. If you lack such experience, malware researchers strongly advise using an advanced anti-malware software. Such will automatically scan your computer for the malicious objects, created by .hrhr files virus and completely secure your PC plus protect it against future infections.
In addition to removing .hrhr files virus, If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by it, we advise you to follow the file recovery instructions In step ‘2. Restore files encrypted by .hrhr Files Virus’. They may not be 100% guarantee that you will be able to restore files encrypted by this infection, but may surely help you to recover as many files as possible via those methods.