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.hrm Ransomware — How to Remove Virus Infections

This article will aid you to remove .hrm Ransomware. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

.hrm Ransomware is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .hrm extension. The .hrm Ransomware will leave ransomware instructions as a desktop wallpaper image. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

Name.hrm ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .hrm extension on the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.hrm Ransomware – Distribution Techniques

The .hrm ransomware has been spotted in a very limited attack campaign which doesn’t give out the main infection method used to spread the samples. We assume that the most popular strategies are to be used.

One such method is the distribution of email SPAM messages which contain phishing instructions making it possible to confuse the recipients into thinking that they are receiving a legitimate notification from a well-known company or service. The virus files are to be released through the body contents or file attachments.

A similar method relies on the construction of fake web sites that pose as legitimate product landing pages, search engines and download portals. Any interaction with elements used by them can lead to the infection. In order to lure in the victims into visiting these sites the hacker groups will host them on similar sounding domain names and including security certificates.

The .hrm ransomware infection scripts can be placed in payload carriers of which there are two popular types:

  • Application Installers — The criminals can place the code in hacker-made setup files. This procedure is very popular as it only requires the hacker collective to acquire the legitimate installer and modify it to include the .hrm ransomware installation code.
  • Malicious Macros in Documents — The other strategy is to include the installation instructions in the document macros all popular file types: spreadsheets, databases, text files and presentations. Whenever they are opened by the victims a notification prompt will appear asking the users to enable them in order to “correctly” view the document contents.

All of these files can be spread via file-sharing networks like BitTorrent. These platforms are very popular for distributing both pirate and legitimate contents.

Larger campaigns can be coordinated via browser hijackers which represent dangerous plugins made for the most popular web browsers. They are widely available on the associated web browser repositories using fake user reviews and hacker-made developer credentials. The posted descriptions will promise performance optimizations and new features. As soon as they are installed on the target computers the default settings will be changed to redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled site. At the same time the .hrm ramsomware will also be delivered.

.hrm Ransomware – Detailed Analysis

At the moment the analysis reveals that the threat is part of the BlackHeart ransomware family. This means that it is based on a modular platform which allows every single campaign to be feature a distinct behavior and built-in features. The future versions will probably be programmed to contain the most popular modules as observed with other infections:

  • Machine Identification — Each infected computer can be assigned an unique ID which can differentiate the hosts from each other. It is usually generated by an algorithm that takes the input values from the list of installed hardware components, user settings and operating system environment values.
  • Personal Data Extraction — An additional action done by the information gathering engine is the acquisition of personal information that can directly reveal the identity of the users. The engine can be programmed to extract such as the following: their names, address, location, interests and even any stored account credentials.
  • Boot Options Modification — Many ransomware like the .hrm virus are able to modify the Windows boot options in a way which makes the samples load automatically when the computer is powered on. When the configuration files have been altered the configuration files it will be very difficult to remove the active .hrm ransomware infections as the recovery menus will be blocked. This makes manual user removal guides useless and the only effective way to remove such threats will be to use a quality anti-spyware solution.
  • Windows Registry Changes — The virus engine can be configured to modify the entries part of the Windows Registry. This can cause serious issues to the operating system — certain functions may no longer work and the overall stability and performance can degrade. When third-party applications are affected then they can quit with unexpected errors if their configuration files and Registry entries are affected.
  • Security Bypass — Once the .hrm ransomware has been installed on the target computers it can be used to look for security software that can block the virus engine. They can be bypassed or entirely removed and the services that can be blocked — anti-virus programs, firewalls, debug environments and virtual machine hosts.
  • Additional Payload Delivery — Some of the ransomware variants that are similar to the .hrm virus can be used to install other malware such as Trojans, miners and hijackers.

Depending on the exact configuration other behavior patterns can be run as well.

.hrm Ransomware – Encryption Process

The .hrm Ransomware encrypts user data with a strong cipher according to a built-in list of target data extensions. In most cases it will target the most popular ones:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Documents
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

The victim files will be renamed with the .hrm extension and a lockscreen displayed to coerce the victims into paying a decryption fee to the hackers. The message reads the following:

All your files have been encrypted!

All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us the e-mail:
nomoreletters@protonmail.ch and sent personal ID KEY:

You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how you write to us. After payment we wiill send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.

Remove .hrm Ransomware and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the .hrm ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .hrm ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .hrm 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 .hrm 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 .hrm 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 .hrm 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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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for .hrm 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 .hrm ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .hrm 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 .hrm ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .hrm 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 .hrm 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 .hrm 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 .hrm 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 .hrm 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 .hrm 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .hrm ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .hrm 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.


.hrm ransomware FAQ

What is .hrm ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.hrm 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 .hrm ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..hrm 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 .hrm 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 ..hrm ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the ..hrm 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 ..hrm ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .hrm 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 "..hrm 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 ..hrm 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 .hrm 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 .hrm ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..hrm ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .hrm 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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