Virus Hermes is the name of a ransom virus, whose main idea is to encrypt the files on your computer and hold them hostage until you pay ransom in order to get them to work again. The ransomware is an updated variant that appears to imitate Hermes Ransomware. It encrypts files adding random file extensions to them and making them neither recognisable or able to be opened. If you have problems with Virus Hermes, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.
|Short Description||Possibly a variant of HiddenTear. Imitates Hermes Ransomware. Aims to encrypt files and hold them hostage until a ransom is paid.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted with a random name added. The ransomware drops a note, called HERMES DECRYPT FILES.txt|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Virus Hermes |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Virus Hermes.|
|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.|
Virus Hermes – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The main idea of Virus Hermes is to encrypt your files. To do this, the malware may use an unsecured port and enter your computer via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). This can happen if you accidentally open up a file that is downloaded from a site or as an e-mail attachment form an e-mail you may have received. Such e-mails often make it seem as if the file is some sort of seemingly legitimate document, like an invoice, receipt or other files of this type.
Either way, when Virus Hermes infects your computer, virus files are dropped in the following places:
The malware also drops its ransom note file. It has the following contents:
The ransom note also exists in a HOW TO DERYPT FILES.txt, that has the same text message:
All files on your computer are encrypted.
Decoding files is only possible with our help !!!
You need to pay within 48 hours to decrypt your
files in accordance with the tariff of your country.
Tariffs are indicated in the window from the left !!!
And contact us after paying for your individual decryption key by
If this does not happen then after 72 hours all your files will be lost.
In addition, we use your computer in their illegal actions.
And how much your computer is bought by you and in accordance with your legislation country is your property.
And you will be held criminally responsible for our actions))) Hurry to pay!!! Support: email@example.com :’)
The ransom note file is actually a program and it has several tabs:
In addition to this, the virus may also change your wallpaper to the following:
Source @ Amigo A: https://twitter.com/Amigo_A_/status/1133262555898626048
The files that are encrypted by Virus Hermes are renamed beyond recognition:
The virus uses AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) to encode files. This is a cipher that replaces the data In the files and generates a decryption key that is assymetric. Thankfully, if the virus is a Hidden Tear variant, it could be decrypted with the following instructions:
Remove Virus Hermes and Try Restoring Files
To be able to remove this ransomware infection, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been made with the primary goal to help you delete this virus either manually (Steps 1 and 2) or automatically by using an advanced malware removal software. Such tool will effectively make sure to get you rid of Virus Hermes by scanning and removing all files, related to this malware and protecting your computer in the future too.
If the above decryption steps do not seem to work, we strongly suggest that you try the alternative file recovery methods underneath in the “Try to Restore” step. They may not be 100% guarantee, but with their aid, you could recover at least some of your files.
How to Remove Virus Hermes from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Virus Hermes
Step 2: Uninstall Virus Hermes 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 Virus Hermes 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 Virus Hermes there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Virus Hermes with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Virus Hermes.
Ransomware infections and Virus Hermes 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of Virus Hermes from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Virus Hermes 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 Virus Hermes 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 Virus Hermes files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Virus Hermes, 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 Virus Hermes on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Virus Hermes 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.