Herad Ransomware Removal and Decryption

By | Posted on July 17, 2019 |

If computer files are locked and there is a noticeable .herad as appended extension, it is likely that user have executed a ransomware that originates from spam email or malicious advertising campaign. On this situation, victims need to devote time in the removal of the virus infection and most importantly on possible recovery of Herad encrypted files. Unfortunately, there is no immediate solution to this dilemma because the ransom virus that attacks the computer is part of STOP malware family, which applies sophisticated encryption algorithm to target data. As such, all .herad are impossible to restore to its normal operable state until malware researchers come up with a free decryption tool for this specific threat.

Fortunately, attackers are offering necessary private key and decryption software for Herad infected file. Hence, resorting to this solution is too costly especially that people behind this cryptovirus are demanding $980 in exchange for the recovery of victim’s data. Not to mention that sending payments to online fraudster does not guarantee that the recipient of ransom money are committed on delivering the promised decryption tool and private key combination, which are required to restore infected files. If the transaction outcome ended up as scam, there is no possibility of reimbursing the payment because attackers are utilizing an untraceable approach to avoid being tracked down. Obviously, all ransomware handlers are insistent that fee should be remitted using Bitcoin currency via their own assigned payment processor because through this course, they would remain anonymous.

Herad Ransomware

Due to mentioned untoward swindling that most victims have experienced, it is not practical to pay the ransom demand by Herad ransomware. Computer security professionals always suggest if in case precious files are under the control of Herad ransomware would be to archive them temporarily and proceed with the removal of the ransomware. This will avoid further infection of other files that are stored on the same infected PC. With regards to Herad decryption, rest assure that malware researchers are doing their every best to produce a program that will help every victims in recovering their encrypted files.

How to Remove Herad Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Herad virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.

Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like alternative tool, Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Anti-Malware Tool

1. Download free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MB3-Setup-[version].exe.

3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.

4. At the last stage of installation process, click the Finish button. The program should launch momentarily.

5. On Malwarebytes Anti-Malware console, select Scan from the menu to see available Scan Method.

6. Next, click on Threat Scan. This is the most complete scan method that will surely find any hidden malicious objects associated to Herad ransomware.

7. Finally, click on Start Scan begin checking the computer for malware and similar threats.

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8. Once the scan has completed, the tool will display the list of detected threats. Remove all identified malicious items and restart the computer if necessary.

Stage 2: Double-check for Herad’s leftover with Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool

1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

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2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.

3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Herad ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.

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4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message “This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product.” You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.

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5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Herad ransom virus entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.

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6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.

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7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.

8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Herad ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Herad Decryption Tool

So far, this Herad decryption tool works only for files that were encrypted using offline keys. This happens sometimes if the virus is unable to communicate to remote server to obtain unique keys; instead, it will use offline keys when encrypting files. However, there is a little chance of recovering files using this tool due to limited available offline keys that were integrated with this decryption tool.

For additional information (download link, supported versions, instructions) about StopDecrypter, please proceed to ransomware decryption tool archive page.

If you received a message stating that “No keys were found for the following IDs (.herad)”, please copy and submit the information to the official download page to include your information (log file) and have it archive in case decryption software becomes available.

StopDecrypter Information

We will update this section once the full decryption tool is on hand. In the meantime, please try other options below.

Option 1: Windows Previous Version Tool

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Herad ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:

1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.

3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.

Option 2: Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Herad Ransomware

Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Herad ransomware.

1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.

2. Install the program with the default settings.

3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.

4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Herad ransomware infection.

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5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…

6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.

One thought on “Herad Ransomware Removal and Decryption

  1. Rafeeq

    My all files Encrypted because of this Herad virus…

    ] No keys were found for the following IDs:
    [*] ID: aItzYj9LzH8K3e3ZEaEhGuBM3jdrkBwqdHsk9iRk (.herad )

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