The .heroset files are files, that are AES-256 encrypted as a result of a ransomware infection infecting the computer. They cannot be opened, because they are encoded by a variant of STOP/DJVU ransomware family of viruses. The main aim of those viruses is to encrypt the files on the computers infected by them and then ask victims to pay BitCoin to the cyber-criminals. If your computer has been infected by the .heroset ransomware virus, we advise that you read this article.
|Name||.heroset Files Virus|
|Short Description||Aims to encrypt the files on your computer and then make them no longer usable.|
|Symptoms||Files cannot be opened and they have the .heroset file extension added to them.|
|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.|
.heroset Files Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The main method via which computers can become infected with the .heroset variant of STOP ransomware is if they open a malicious e-mail attachment or download the infection file from compromised websites. If by e-mail, the attachment may seem as if it is an invoice of some sort. If the files are downloaded from a site, the site could be compromised to alter the download file with the infection file, tricking you into thinking that you are downloading your favorite legitimate software.
Whatever the case of .heroset may be, once the ransomware infects your computer, it may immediately start encrypting the following file types:
- Audio files.
Once the files are encrypted, they assume the following appearance:
In addition to this, .heroset ransomware adds the following _readme.txt ransom note:
This ransom note contains the decryption information and instructions on how to pay ransom to the criminals in order to retrieve your files – something that we will advise you not to do. In addition to those activities, STOP ransomware may also perform the following actions on infected computers:
- Gather system and network information.
- Copy files.
- Obtain administrator rights.
- Create registry entries in the “Run” and “RunOnce” Windows registry keys.
- Make sure to create most of the virus files silently.
- Perform checks if it’s running on a real or a virtual environment.
- Self-delete it’s virus files after encryption to prevent researchers from reverse engineering it.
Remove .heroset Files Virus and Try Restoring Data
The .heroset files virus can be removed if you combine the manual removal steps 1 and 2 below with an advanced anti-malware program. Downloading and scanning your computer with such professional malware removal tool can help you a lot in removing all the virus files from your computer effectively. In addition to this, such software also has the capability of providing protection against such viruses in the future too.
If you want to try and get back files, encrypted by the .heroset virus, we suggest that you read the instructions in the “try to restore” step below. They may not come with a 100% guarantee, but with their aid, you could be able to recover at least some of the files.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .heroset Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .heroset Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .heroset Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .heroset Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .heroset Files Virus 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .heroset Files Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .heroset Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .heroset Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .heroset Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .heroset Files Virus 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.
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Get rid of .heroset Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .heroset Files Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .heroset Files Virus 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .heroset Files Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .heroset Files Virus, 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 .heroset Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .heroset Files Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.