The name .horon files virus is given to a data locker ransomware based on the code of STOP ransomware. This threat is designed to heavily damage computer systems with the goal to reach personal files and then encrypt them with strong cipher algorithm. As a result of infection with this ransomware, you cannot open files which are marked with the extension .horon. Since .horon files virus usually corrupts files that store valuable data, it attempts to blackmail you into paying a ransom fee for their recovery. The extortion happens via ransom message file called _readme.txt.
If you want to prevent yourself from falling victim to hackers once again, we recommend you to refrain from contacting them and continue with our thorough .horon ransomware removal guide. The steps below will help you remove all malicious files and objects from the infected computer and present you with several alternative data recovery approaches that may be efficient for .horon files recovery.
|Name||.horon Files Virus|
|Short Description||Computer infection that encrypts personal files and extorts a ransom fee for their recovery.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .horon extension. A ransom message forces you to contact hackers for more details on a ransom fee payment process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .horon Files Virus.|
|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.|
.horon Files Virus – Update July 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP .horon ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.
So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .horon decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .horon ransomware infections.
.horon Files Virus – How Does It Infect and What Does It Do?
The ransomware infection called .horon files virus is designed to infect computer systems in order to interfere with their settings and become able to encode valuable personal files. As identified by security researchers it is a strain of the infamousSTOP ransomware.
Currently, .horon STOP ransomware is lurking around the web. The attack campaigns that are spreading .horon virus samples may be realized with the help of several common techniques such as malspam, malvertising, freeware bundles, and websites corruption.
Malspam or spam emails that are trying to deliver malicious code on computer machines is the most preferred spread technique. Hackers often bet on it as it enables them to reach a vast number of online users around the globe. Several traits could help you recognize the emails that are part of malspam campaigns. The most distinctive ones are URLs presented as buttons, direct links, in-text links, images, etc. and file attachments presented as invoices, order IDs, purchase details, coupons, special offers, and even legal papers. In order to make you more prone to interact with these elements and hence run the ransomware on your PC, hackers set the emails to pose as representatives of well-known brands, services, financial and governmental institutions.
So beware and whenever you spot the above-mentioned elements to be present in a received email make sure to check their security level. One of the most reliable ways to do this is by uploading them for a security check on the VirusTotal website. Another one suitable for archived files is the free online archive extractor and virus/malware scanner ZipeZip.
What happens when .horon files virus loads on your device? It initiates a long sequence of malicious operations that disrupt system security and enable it to reach the main infection stage – data encryption.
For the data encryption process, .horon ransomware activates a specific cipher module that scans all system drives for target types of files and encodes the matches with the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Unfortunately, it is likely that all common files listed below are among the targets of this nasty ransomware:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Following encryption, the ransomware leaves all encrypted files inaccessible and renamed with the extension .horon . As a result, you are forced to pay a ransom fee in cryptocurrency to cyber criminals. This happens via a ransom note message that could be placed on the desktop and in every folder that contains encrypted files.
According to the details presented in this message, when you pay the ransom you will receive a decryption tool for .horon files. However, since there is no guarantee that this tool is a functional one, we recommend you to avoid any negotiations with cyber criminals and attempt to deal with the problem in a secure way. Furthermore, there is a chance that the available free decryption tool created by the security researcher Michael Gillespie will be soon updated to support .horon files decryption. As soon as this happens we will update this article with information about the decryptor.
Remove .horon Ransomware Virus and Attempt to Restore Files
The so-called .horon files virus is a threat with highly complex code that corrupts both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, the guide presents you with several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore .horon files. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .horon Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .horon Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .horon Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .horon Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .horon 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 .horon 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 .horon Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .horon Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .horon Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .horon 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.
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.
Get rid of .horon Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .horon 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 .horon 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 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 .horon Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .horon 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.
.horon Files Virus FAQ
What is .horon Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?
.horon Files Virus 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 .horon Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways..horon Files Virus 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 .horon Files Virus 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 ..horon Files Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..horon Files Virus 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 ..horon Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .horon Files Virus 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 "..horon Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..horon Files Virus 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 .horon Files Virus 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 .horon Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..horon Files Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .horon Files Virus 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.