What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. It may also include the deletion or encryption of data on the computer and systems, which can be restored with an encryption key or decryption service.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is usually spread by RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) brute-force attacks, malware attachments, drive-by downloads.
The ransomware can be delivered as an email attachment that appears to come from a reputable source. The attachment includes a file that directs the web browser to an exploit kit website hosting the ransomware and an exploit designed for vulnerabilities in common programs like Java or Adobe Flash Player.
A drive-by download uses malicious code embedded on websites, which is downloaded when you visit the infected site. It may install ransomware silently in the background of your laptop without your knowledge or agreement; hiding its files and encrypting them so they are inaccessible until you pay the ransom.
How Does Herrco Ransomware Work?
Herrco Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to data on a computer system. It is used by cybercriminals to extort payment in the form of digital or physical currency from the victim. Herrco Ransomware operates by encrypting files on a user's computer and displaying a note that includes ransom instructions, which are provided including details about how to pay the ransom, what happens after payment has been made, and also provides contact information in order for victims to reach out for more assistance.
Herrco ransomware installs itself silently on your device without alerting you or asking for your permission so it can block usage of all programs stored on your device and then start encrypting all of them – everything from photos to documents and videos. The encryption process is very slow; it may take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours depending on the number of files you have stored on your hard disk drive, so better be prepared for this.
The ransomware also locks your system's screen, and a message is displayed informing you that all of the files have been encrypted and giving you instructions about how to decrypt them. The message says that in order to decrypt your data, you must pay a ransom, usually by using a form of cryptocurrency. If you do not pay the ransom, there will be no way of getting your files back; they will remain encrypted and there is no way to decrypt them.
How to Remove Herrco Ransomware
Removing ransomware can be daunting, and in some cases, impossible if there is no decryptor capable of unlocking the files. The most effective method is to use an anti-malware software package that has been specifically designed to remove Herrco Ransomware.
Here are a few starting points to attempt to remove Herrco ransomware:
- Restart the computer in Safe Mode with Networking and scan all the PC with recommended malware removal tools, and remove all infected files
- Check the web to see if there is a decryptor available for Herrco ransomware.
- (Optional) Step: Run System Restore to restore the computer to a time when it was working fine. The ransomware may change your browser settings and browser hijackers are often one of the causes of your computer problem, so this step can be very helpful as well to get rid of those unwanted changes.
- Get professional assistance from cybersecurity specialists or antimalware software that is capable of removing ransomware.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
- To protect your PC from ransomware, make sure that you follow the following tips:
- Keep your system and software up to date. Use trusted anti-malware programs to scan for viruses and spyware regularly.
Be careful when downloading freeware or opening emails from unknown sources. Stay safe on the internet by using two-factor authentication and a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
- If you think your device has been infected with ransomware, use commercial decryption software with a recovery guarantee or restore an earlier version of data from backup.