Hhye ransomware is one of the more recently-released versions of the Djvu/STOP ransomware. The ransomware’s operators have already released hundreds of variants and infected thousands of users. This family of ransomware is regarded as one of the most dangerous types of malware because once files have been encrypted, there is no way to decrypt them without paying the crooks for the decryptor. The .hhye extension is added to files that have been encrypted by this ransomware. If users have copies of files saved in a backup, they can start file recovery as soon as they delete Hhye ransomware from their computers. File recovery will be more challenging, if not currently impossible, for users who don’t have a backup. In addition, there is no guarantee that you will receive the decryptor if you choose to pay the ransom.
How did ransomware enter your computer?
Malware is distributed by cybercriminals using a variety of methods. Users with bad online habits are far more likely to infect their computers with malware. Users who have bad online habits, for instance, are far more likely to open unsolicited email attachments. And one of the most common ways malware is spread is through email attachments. Malicious actors purchase email addresses from various hacker forums and use those addresses to send emails that contain malware. The infection will start as soon as the attached file is opened. Fortunately for users, fraudulent emails are rather simple to identify. Grammar and spelling mistakes are the most noticeable signs. In their emails, malicious actors typically falsely claim to be from legitimate companies, but the emails themselves frequently contain spelling and grammar mistakes. A legitimate business will never send official emails with obvious mistakes since they make the company appear unprofessional. Another red flag is when a sender of an email who ought to know your name addresses you with words like “User”, “Customer”, “Member”, etc. Because some malicious emails may be more sophisticated than others, it’s a good idea to run a VirusTotal or anti-malware software scan of every email attachment before opening it.
Piracy of copyrighted content through torrents is another example of potentially harmful online behavior. Because torrent sites are frequently very poorly monitored, malicious actors are able to post torrents that contain malware. Malware is frequently found in torrents for well-known movies, TV series, video games, software, etc. Therefore, downloading pirated content is not only effectively stealing it, but it’s also dangerous for the computer.
What does ransomware do?
In order to distract users from the fact that their files are being encrypted, ransomware from this family show fake Windows update windows. All personal files, including photos, videos, images, and documents, will be encrypted by the ransomware while the bogus window is being displayed. Encrypted files will have .hhye added to them. An encrypted text.txt would become text.txt.hhye. None of these files can be opened unless a decryptor is used on them. However, obtaining the decryptor won’t be so simple.
A _readme.txt ransom note will be dropped in every folder containing encrypted files as soon as the ransomware has finished encrypting everything. Although fairly generic, the note does include instructions on how to obtain the decryptor. Sadly, it requires paying a $980 ransom. The note further states that anyone who contacts the cybercriminals during the first 72 hours will receive a 50% discount. There are some risks you need to be aware of if you’re thinking about paying the ransom. The most important thing to stress is that even if you pay for the decryptor, there are no guarantees that you will actually receive it. Because you are dealing with cybercriminals, don’t expect them to feel any kind of obligation to assist you.
As long as you first remove Hhye ransomware from your computer, you should be able to easily restore your files if you have a backup. Because Hhye ransomware is an extremely complicated infection, you need to use anti-malware software to remove it. If you try to do it manually, you could cause additional damage to your device. Therefore, using anti-malware software is much safer.
File recovery may currently be impossible for users who do not have backups. The alternative is to wait for a free Hhye ransomware decryptor to be released but when that will happen is not certain. The encryption keys used by this ransomware are specific to each victim. It’s unlikely that malware researchers will be able to develop a free Hhye ransomware decryptor unless those keys are released.
How to delete Hhye ransomware
Do not try to remove Hhye ransomware manually because you risk unintentionally causing more damage to your computer. Furthermore, if you fail to fully delete Hhye ransomware, it may be able to recover later on. And your backed-up files would also get encrypted if you attempt to access your backup while the ransomware is still present. So make sure to use anti-malware software. Once the ransomware has been removed completely, you can connect to your backup.