How to remove Hrm virus and restore encrypted files

Ransomware virus

This page is about Hrm virus which infects customers' PC around the world, and corrupts the data. Here we've gathered important information about what is Hrm, and how to uninstall Hrm from your workstation. Furthermore, we'll explain how to get back the corrupted information and is it possible.

Hrm ransomware already infected many laptops around the world via easiest method: scam e-mails with dangerous attachments. Sometimes web-criminals use exploits to infect the computer, but well-known software vendors quickly fix them. After penetration, Hrm examines the computer memory to find the folders to be cyphered and their general value. Nowadays, any new ransomware can cypher text, video, audio and image information in all popular extensions. High attention is attracted to businesslike documents, because representatives of business are the main target for scammers. Hrm encrypts only files with information, and does not touch the programs, so that the user can pay the ransom via an infected computer. The operation is executed through famous encryption algorithms, and it is so complicated that that decipherment of files without a key is impossible. This is the base for unbelievable success of ransomware in recent years: an ordinary PC operator, even having a fairly high experience in suchlike things, will never be able to recover the data, and will need to pay the price. The single way to recover the information is to crack the fraudster's webpage and obtain the master key. Also there's a chance to get the keys due to defects in the code of the virus itself. When encrypting files, Hrm switches the extension of files to .Hrm.

For all types of ransomware, one statement is correct: it's much easier to avoid it than to cure it. Statistically, 90% of customers see the importance of PC knowledge just when ransomware takes over their PC. You easily can reduce the chances to get encrypting virus if you'll follow these advices:

    • Do not accept any changes to the computer, coming from strange programs. If the workstation is infected by ransomware, it will endeavour to delete the shadow copies of your data, to decrease the chances of recovery. However removal of copies needs administrator rights and your verification. The second of thought before confirming the checkbox might save your files and your efforts.
    • Do not disregard the signs that your laptop displays. It takes a big part of CPU resources to encode the files. If you detect a significant decline in PC performance or notice a weird string in the Process Manager, you can switch off the PC, start it in safe mode, and run the antivirus. This, if the system is really infected, will save some of your files.
    • Be cautious with the messages that contain something more than a message. The #1 model of fraud messages is the notification about prize winning or package obtaining. The second most efficient sort of fraud messages is a forgery for business correspondence. Bills for services and goods, complaints, lawsuits, summaries and similar important files cannot come without warning, and the addressee should know the person who sent it. In most of the cases it is a scam.

Malware uninstalling is not solution of the whole issue - it's only a one move from many until the full file recovery. If you delete Hrm, you won't return the data immediately, it will take multiple measures described in the next paragraph. To get rid of the malware, user has to boot the computer in safe mode and check it via antivirus program. High grade viruses can't be deleted even through antivirus-software, and have many serious types of protection. The most common viral defensive manner is the uninstalling of data in case of file restoration or malware deletion attempt. This is extremely bad, and the following instruction will assist you to cope with it.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner


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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

After deleting Hrm from the system, user has to decrypt the encrypted files. Actually, this is not about decipherment, because the encrypting algorithms used by swindlers are very complicated. More often than not, to recover the information, the user has to ask for help on targeted forums or from well-known ransomware researchers and antivirus software vendors. If you can't linger and are ready to get back the data manually - here's the full entry on that topic. To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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