Virus Hermes Ransomware – How to Remove It
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Virus Hermes Ransomware – How to Remove It

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What is Virus Hermes? How to remove it from your computer? How to try and restore files, encrypted by Virus Hermes Ransomware?

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.

Threat Summary

NameVirus Hermes
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionPossibly a variant of HiddenTear. Imitates Hermes Ransomware. Aims to encrypt files and hold them hostage until a ransom is paid.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with a random name added. The ransomware drops a note, called HERMES DECRYPT FILES.txt
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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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:

  • %Desktop%
  • %UserProfile%
  • %Temp%

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:

Good day!!!
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
contact below:
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: suporthermes@cock.li :’)

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:

Related: Decrypt Files Encrypted by HiddenTear Ransomware Variants

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.

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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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