Do you know what 7h9r Ransomware is?
If your computer has been infected by 7h9r Ransomware, you may lose all your pictures, videos, music and document files in this malicious attack. This ransomware is rather dangerous since there is no recovery tool out yet that could restore your files. After your files get encrypted and become inaccessible, you have to send an e-mail to the criminals to get further details about the transfer of the ransom fee, which is the only main goal here. These crooks are out for your money. But will they send you the private key that is necessary to decrypt your files? Our researchers doubt that since experience shows otherwise. Of course, this is a sensitive issue and we cannot stop you from paying if you want to go on with it. Nevertheless, we are here to share with you what our researchers found out during testing this ransomware in our internal lab. We hope that our findings will help you decide what to do in this nightmarish situation. One thing is sure: You should remove 7h9r Ransomware ASAP if you want to restore your system.
It is easier to get infected with such a ransomware than most users would think. It is enough to open a spam e-mail, download the attached malicious executable file, and run it. That is all there is to it. And, this is the most likely route 7h9r Ransomware may have taken to your system, too. Obviously, you did not realize it was a spam mail if this infection hit you. It is not always easy to know right away that a mail is a spam as the subject line will not tell you in all caps that “THIS IS A SPAM – DO NOT OPEN!” Strangely enough, though, we are sure there would be users who would still want to open that. It is more likely that such a mail tries to pose as an interesting or a must-see message. Criminals can use and fake practically any sender to mislead the unsuspecting user. The same is true for the subject of the mail. It will probably be something that you would consider as an important mail. It has to be so convincing actually that you would want to open the attached file right away.7h9r Ransomware screenshot
Scroll down for full removal instructions
Opening such a spam is already a mistake since more sophisticated spams can contain infectious code that could run the moment you click on the mail. But most of the time it takes one or two more clicks for you to unchain this beast. Sometimes you can find corrupt links in the body of the mail to make sure that you click on either the link or the attachment. This attached file is an executable file that poses as a text document or image. You may think, for instance, that you have got an important invoice or a fine of some sort. Why would you not want to check that out, right? Wrong! Unfortunately, when you open the .pdf, .doc, or .jpg file, it actually activates 7h9r Ransomware and within a minute or two you will lose all your important files. This is how serious such a threat can be. This is why you need to delete 7h9r Ransomware the moment you realize it is there on your system. Also, this is why it is so essential that you be more cautious with your mails and downloading attachments; a few clicks, and your computer could be in great danger.
Our researchers have found that this ransomware uses the AES encryption to cipher your files. It targets the following file extensions: *.3gp, *.7z, *.apk, *.avi, *.bmp, *.cdr, *.chm, *.conf, *.css, *.csv, *.dat, *.db, *.dbf, *.dbx, *.djvu, *.doc, *.docm, *.docx, *.flv, *.gif, *.ibooks, *.iso, *.jpeg, *.jpg, *.mdb, *.mkv, *.mobi, *.mov, *.mp3, *.mp4, *.mpeg, *.mpg, *.pdf, *.pict, *.png, *.pps, *.ppsx, *.ppt, *.pptx, *.psd, *.rar, *.rtf, *.sav, *.scr, *.swf, *.tif, *.tiff, *.torrent, *.txt, *.wmv, *.xls, *.xlsx, *.xml, *.xps, *.zip, *.java, *.js, *.cs, *.php, *.db3, *.sql, and more. This infection also uses the RSA method to encrypt the decryption key, which makes it virtually impossible to decipher your files.
7h9r Ransomware does not block or lock your screen and your system processes. It does not even display a scary ransom note, which usually happens when a ransomware finishes its job. You can only know that something very bad has happened that you will find a "README_.txt" text file on your desktop and in all the folders where files got encrypted. Another way to realize the presence of this beast is that you will not be able to open or view the infected files. In order to understand what happened, you need to open this text file for instructions.
You have to send an encrypted file with your unique ID to email@example.com so that these crooks can prove to you that they can actually decrypt your files, they have the private key. You will also learn from the reply that you are supposed to transfer $100 for this key. Keep in mind that it is never safe to contact or pay criminals. You should now that a lot of times such infections can lose connection with the Command and Control (C&C) servers, which results in losing your private key even if you pay up. Another thing is that we are not sure that these criminals take their own word seriously and send you the key; this rarely happens. Nonetheless, paying or not is for you to decide. But, if you are ready to remove 7h9r Ransomware, let us tell you how you can do so.
Even if you are the lucky one and have a copy of your files on a removable drive, you should not rush to transfer them back before you delete 7h9r Ransomware. Our researchers have found that it is possible that this threat removes itself after it finishes its job. Some ransomware infections tend to do that if they do not want to further encrypt your new files. However, there might be different versions out there and it is possible that leftovers remain on your system. To make sure that this malicious program is fully gone, please follow our guide below. It may be a good opportunity for you to think about properly protecting your virtual world. Such attacks can happen anytime even if you try to avoid them. We recommend that you use a reputable anti-malware application instead of becoming a “tiptoeing web surfer.”
Remove 7h9r Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+E to launch Windows File Explorer.
- Delete the .exe file from the folder where you saved it from the spam mail.
- Delete all occurrences of "README_.txt"
- Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
In non-techie terms:
7h9r Ransomware is a severe blow to your computer; more precisely, to your personal files. Once this vicious ransomware finds a way to your system, you can say goodbye to your files unless you have a copy on a removable drive or you are ready to pay the $100 ransom fee. Because this malicious infection is all about your money. In other words, your personal files are taken hostage by serious encryption until you pay up. However, there is no warranty that you will get the private key to decrypt your files even if you transfer the money to the criminals behind this malware attack. The most important thing is to remove 7h9r Ransomware if this infection has not cleared itself yet. Keep in mind that eliminating this threat will not bring back your files. This is practically impossible without the private key. If you do not want to risk similar attacks in the future, you should install trustworthy anti-malware software to protect your system.