.herbst Files Virus (Ransomware) – How to Remove It
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.herbst Files Virus (Ransomware) – How to Remove It

This article has been created with the primary purpose to explain what is .herbst files virus and how you can remove it from your computer.

The .herbst files virus is a new version of the Herbst ransomware infection that encodes the files on the computers infected by it shortly after which leaves a ransom note file, named “Encrypted”. The ransom note’s main goal is to convince users to pay ransom, by inducing fear that this is their only way out, if they want their files to work again. If your computer has been infected by the .herbst files ransomware, we would strongly suggest against paying the ransom. Instead, read this article to learn more about .herbst ransomware.

Threat Summary

NameHerbst Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt your files and extort you into paying ransom to retrieve them.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with the added .herbst file extension and a ransom note opens up in a pop-up window, called “Encrypted”.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.herbst Ransomware – Infection

To infect computers, .herbst ransomware virus aims to send victims multiple different types of files and objects. The main idea of those files is to infect users by sending them obfuscated infection objects. Usually if sent via e-mail, the ransomware may pretend to be an important document, like an invoice, receipt or another seemingly sensitive document. The e-mail may also be composed in a very convincing manner:

Besides e-mail, other infection methods with .herbst ransomware may also exist and they may include uploading the infection file of this virus on websites, where it may pose as a crack, patch, portable program, keygen or other executable sought for download by users.

.herbst Files Viru – How to Remove It

The .herbst files virus is a ransomware that has been created with the main idea to convince users to pay ransom in return for their files.

When it infects your PC, you won’t notice it at first. This is because the Herbst Ransomware virus may start to perform a lot of malicious actions on your computer. For starters, the malware may drop it’s payload. It may consist of more than one file name and the files may be dropped in the commonly targeted Windows folders:

In addition to the files dropped on the computers of victims, the ransomware virus may also drop it’s ransom note file, called “Encrypted” and it looks like the following:

In addition to those activities, the .herbst virus may also do the following actions:

  • Create mutexes.
  • Modify Windows Registry entries.
  • Obtain your IP address.
  • Perform checks if it has previously infected your PC.
  • Delete registry entries.
  • Delete shadow copies.
  • Disable system services of Windows.

.herbst Files Virus – Encryption Process

To encrypt files, .herbst ransomware may create multiple different types of files, whose primary goal is to encrypt data. To encrypt your files, the virus may scan for them, based on their file extensions. The .herbst ransomware may look for the following file extensions in all folders outside of the Windows system folders:

“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”

The virus may specifically target files in the followind Windows directories:

  • Desktop.
  • My Pictures.
  • My Music.
  • Personal.

According to Fortinet researchers, the preivous version of the virus used AES encryption with base64 encoding, which looks like the following:

herbst-encrypted-data-sensorstechforum

After files are encrypted by Herbst Ransomware, they are appended the .herbst file extension and start to look like the following:

herbst-ransomware-encrypted-files-sensorstechforum

Remove Herbst Ransomware And Remove .Herbst File Extension

To delete Herbst ransomware and completely eradicate everything it has modified onto your PC, we strongly advise you to follow either the Manual or Automatic removal instructions we have provided below. Experts also recommend using an advanced anti-malware tool to track down malicious objects automatically and detect other malware if present on your PC. This is also advisable because it will increase future protection.

If you are wondering how to restore your files, direct decryption of them is not possible at the moment, but there are other alternatives. You may have a small chance of recovering your files if you try our proposed methods in step 3 – “Try to Restore files encrypted by Herbst.” They may not work with 100% guarantee, but they propose even a small chance of recovering the files.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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