Herad Ransomware

What is Herad Ransomware?

Do not wait to remove the malicious Herad Ransomware once you determine that that is the infection that slithered into your operating system and encrypted your personal files. Your photos, work documents, home videos, and other personal data can be affected by this malicious infection. Once they are encrypted, they cannot be opened because the data is changed. To change it back, you need a decryptor, and the attackers are ready to offer one, but that does not mean that you should do as told. In fact, you should never follow the instructions or fulfill the demands of cyber criminals. All they want is your money, and they are ready to tell you anything to get it. Basically, if you pay the ransom that is requested in return for a decryptor, we predict that you will not get it. So, what should you do to recover your personal files? You will not restore files by deleting Herad Ransomware or the extension appended by this malware, but a free decryptor should help you.

How does Herad Ransomware work?

Herad Ransomware is very similar to Skymap Ransomware, Guvara Ransomware, Kiratos Ransomware, and other infections that encrypt files as well. These infections belong to the Stop Ransomware family, and it is possible that the same attackers are controlling them all. Otherwise, different malicious attackers are responsible. These attackers are likely to create a fictitious email message with the infection’s launcher as an attachment, but they could also exploit existing vulnerabilities, attach the infection to a bundled downloader, or use other threats to drop it onto an unguarded operating system. If the system is guarded, the infection should not slither in. Once inside the operating system, Herad Ransomware immediately encrypts files and attaches the “.herad” extension to their original names. Can you remove this extension? You most certainly can, but do not bother with it. Your files will remain encrypted. The good news is that a free decryptor appears to exist. It is called “Stop Decrypter,” and if you can find it, you should have a chance to restore your files for free. If the extension remains attached to your files after that, delete it manually.

Unfortunately, those who do not seek help and do not research Herad Ransomware might never know that a relief is available. The attackers behind the infection certainly want things to go that way. If you are intimidated, the message delivered using the “_readme.txt” file might be more effective. According to it, files can be restored only if the victim purchases a decryption tool that costs $490 (the price is said to be doubled after 3 days). If you have the money, paying the ransom might not seem like a big deal, but you need to think about the consequences first. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team has analyzed thousands of infections like Herad Ransomware, and we are sad to say that victims do not get decryptors by paying the ransom in the majority of cases. Well, what if you email the attackers at gorentos@bitmessage.ch and varasto@firemail.cc, or send them a message via Telegram (@datarestore)? If you do that, you will be at risk of facing new scam emails and messages that the attackers could use to distribute new infections or scam you in other ways. Do you want that? Ultimately, if a free decryptor is available, there is no point in thinking about anything else but removal.

How to delete Herad Ransomware

Our research team has successfully identified Herad Ransomware, and we were able to create a guide that shows how to find and delete the components of this malicious infection. This, of course, is not your only option, and you should think about taking the automatic Herad Ransomware removal route? Do you know why this is the preferred method of removal? First of all, a legitimate anti-malware tool can guarantee that all files and components are eliminated completely. Second, it can erase other infections too. Finally, it can offer reliable protection against malware, which, of course, you need to keep your system guarded in the future. It is also a good idea to backup your personal files because there are plenty of infections that can corrupt or even erase your personal files permanently.

Removal Instructions

  1. Launch Run by tapping Win+R keys.
  2. Enter regedit into the dialog box to access Registry Editor.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  4. Right-click and Delete the value named SysHelper.
  5. Launch Explorer by tapping Win+E keys.
  6. Enter %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\ at the top.
  7. Right-click the task named Time Trigger Task and choose Delete.
  8. Enter %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\ or %LOCALAPPDATA%\ at the top.
  9. Right-click and Delete the file named script.ps1.
  10. Right-click and Delete two folders with random names. One of them should contain a malicious {unique name}.exe file, and the other one should contain files named updatewin.exe and updatewin2.exe.
  11. Right-click and Delete all copies of the ransom note file named _readme.txt.
  12. Quickly Empty Recycle Bin and install a legitimate malware scanner.
  13. Perform a thorough system scan to check if you have erased every piece of malware successfully. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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