What is Herrco Ransomware

Herrco is categorized as a malicious ransomware program. Malware of such type searches for important data stored on a PC and blocks access to it using cryptographic algorithms. The main target of Herrco developers centers around business owners that earn supposedly enough money to pay for the decryption of files. Extortionists behind Herrco Ransomware set up their software to change all relevant data with the .herrco extension. For instance, a file named 1.pdf will change its look to 1.pdf.herrco at the end of encryption. Such a change is therefore followed by the creation of How to decrypt files.txt. This is a text file meant to explain decryption in detail.

How to decrypt files.txt

Your personal identifier: ***********
All files on ***************************** network have been encrypted due to insufficient security.
The only way to quickly and reliably regain access to your files is to contact us.
The price depends on how fast you write to us.
In other cases, you risk losing your time and access to data. Usually time is much more valuable than money.
In addition, we have ~170 gb of data from your network.
We can see your partners and if you don't get in contact, we will let them know that you were the source of the data leak.
We are aware of the strictness of the European data protection law (GPRD) and we are sure that you are not interested in publishing it.
FAQ
Q: How to contact us
A: * Download Tor Browser - hxxps://www.torproject.org/
* Open link in Tor Browser hxxp://eghv5cpdsmuj5e6tpyjk5icgq642hqubildf6yrfnqlq3rmsqk2zanid.onion/contact
* Follow the instructions on the website.
Q: What guarantees?
A: Before paying, we can decrypt several of your test files. Files should not contain valuable information.
Q: Can I decrypt my data for free or through intermediaries?
A: Use third party programs and intermediaries at your own risk. Third party software may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price or you can become a victim of a scam.

It is said the only way to recover your data on the infected network is to contact developers and pay the so-called ransom. The price is kept secret and depends on how fast you reach out to cybercriminals. To get the conversation with cybercriminals underway, victims are asked to open the Tor link and fill in their personal ID, which is stated on top of the ransom note. Before doing so, it is also proposed to send a couple of files that do not contain valuable information for free decryption. There is no doubt Herrco developers are able to unblock your data, however, there is simply no guarantee they will actually do this even after making the payment. It is quite common for cybercriminals to fool their victims and do not send any decryption tools at the end of the day. Despite such a risk, they are the only figures able to erase all ciphers assigned to your data. Using third-party tools will barely help as there are no such educated to approach Herrco decryption correctly. This means intermediary software can damage your data and leave it disabled for future decryption. If you want to avoid paying the ransom, you should use backup copies to restore the data. Backup copies are identical files stored on external devices that were not affected by ransomware. If you have them in-store, there will be no difficulty in regaining the data once you remove the virus. Unfortunately, there is also the other side of the coin, which is the privacy of data. Cybercriminals say they have uploaded approximately 170 GB from your network. In case you refuse to pay the ransom, extortionists threaten to publish your data and let your partners know you were the source of the data leak. This by far creates a number of other problems apart from just losing your data. Whatever the case, a decision on whether to contact developers or not lies solely on your shoulders. It is also important to remove Herrco Ransomware from your computer as it can spread onto neighboring networks and encrypt another portion of data. All instructions regarding removal and possible recovery options can be found below.

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How Herrco Ransomware infected your computer

There is a range of methods abused by cybercriminals to infiltrate various kinds of malware including virus-extortioners. Usually, this list covers e-mail spam letters, trojans, unprotected RDP configuration, backdoors, keyloggers, fake software cracking tools, unreliable updates, and downloads from suspicious websites. As a rule, the way you could get infected depends on what you do around the web. For instance, those who rely on downloading pirated or cracked software from various pages are likely to have their chances of facing a ransomware infection increase by quite a huge margin. Another method most often abused by frauds is e-mail spam. Most companies as well as regular users check their e-mails quite often. By knowing this, ransomware developers send fake letters disguised as “legitimate” or “important” to make people trust them. The content of such messages can be related to fake parcel delivery, authority letters, and other institutions asking to open something. Normally, they force users into initiating PDF, MS Office Documents, Executable, RAR, ZIP or JavaScript files that can be attached to the message. Already experienced users will easily get this is a fake message meant to deliver malware or unwanted software. However, even educated people may fail to filter such messages as fake and fall into the trap as well. This is why it is important to stay careful and attentive to everything you see on the Internet. To protect your system against threats like Herrco Ransowmare in the future, it would be great to equip your network with a couple of tools. To learn more about them and their application, follow our tutorial below.

  1. Download Herrco Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .herrco files
  3. Recover encrypted files with Stellar Data Recovery Professional
  4. Restore encrypted files with Windows Previous Versions
  5. Restore files with Shadow Explorer
  6. How to protect from threats like Herrco Ransomware

Download Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

To remove Herrco Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Herrco Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter 5

To remove Herrco Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Herrco Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Herrco Ransomware files:


How to decrypt files.txt
{randomname}.exe

Herrco Ransomware registry keys:

no information

How to decrypt and restore .herrco files

Use automated decryptors

Download Kaspersky RakhniDecryptor

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Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .herrco files. Download it here:

Download RakhniDecryptor

There is no purpose to pay the ransom because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.

Dr.Web Rescue Pack

Famous antivirus vendor Dr. Web provides free decryption service for the owners of its products: Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web Enterprise Security Suite. Other users can ask for help in the decryption of .herrco files by uploading samples to Dr. Web Ransomware Decryption Service. Analyzing files will be performed free of charge and if files are decryptable, all you need to do is purchase a 2-year license of Dr.Web Security Space worth $120 or less. Otherwise, you don’t have to pay.

If you are infected with Herrco Ransomware and removed from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:

Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .herrco files

stellar data recovery professional

  1. Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
  2. Click Recover Data button.
  3. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
  4. Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
  5. Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
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Using Windows Previous Versions option:

  1. Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
  2. Select Previous Versions tab.
  3. Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
  4. To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
  5. In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.

Using Shadow Explorer:

  1. Download Shadow Explorer program.
  2. Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
  3. Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
  4. Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
  5. In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.

If you are using Dropbox:

  1. Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
  2. Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
  3. Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.

How to protect computer from viruses, like Herrco Ransomware, in future

1. Get special anti-ransomware software

Use ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

Famous antivirus brand ZoneAlarm by Check Point released a comprehensive tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. The tool provides Zero-Day protection against ransomware and allows you to recover files. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is compatible with all other antiviruses, firewalls, and security software except ZoneAlarm Extreme (already shipped with ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware) or Check Point Endpoint products. The killer features of this application are: automatic file recovery, overwrite protection that instantly and automatically recovers any encrypted files, file protection that detects and blocks even unknown encryptors.

Download ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

2. Back up your files

idrive backup

As an additional way to save your files, we recommend online backup. Local storage, such as hard drives, SSDs, flash drives, or remote network storage can be instantly infected by the virus once plugged in or connected to. Herrco Ransomware uses some techniques to exploit this. One of the best services and programs for easy automatic online backup is iDrive. It has the most profitable terms and a simple interface. You can read more about iDrive cloud backup and storage here.

3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox

mailwasher pro

Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.

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