Detailed Information of hc7 virus
Recently, a new ransomware named hc7 virus is infecting Windows PC at wide range. Actually, it is an updated version of hc6 ransomware that uses .GOTYA file extension to encrypt victim's file. Like other ransomware, it follows the same infiltration channel and encryption method that traditional ransomware do. Upon getting installed automatically, first of all it scans Windows PC deeply and tries to target the specific file type. Such a file crypto malware uses the combination of SHA256 and AES-256 CBC cryptography to lock files and make make them inaccessible. After locking files, it delivers a ransom note, entitled as 'RECOVERY.txt' to Windows screen which may seems as below :
In-Depth Analysis Report on Ransom Note of hc7 virus
The ransom note usually informs victims about the file encryption and also instruct them on how to pay ransom fee. In ransom note, hackers offers two data recovery options to Computer users that are
- Decrypt whole network for $5.000 in BTCs.
- Restore Files on a Computer from $700 in BTCs.
By displaying scary ransom message, group of cyber hackers instruct victim to make ransom payment. Once ransom fee is made, victims have to send their unique Identification number to the provided email address, [email protected] However, security analysts are strictly advised victim that they should avoid to make a deal with hackers and avoid to pay ransom fee to the cyber hackers. Rather than contacting with the cyber criminals, team of security experts are highly advise victim to delete hc7 virus from compromised machine.
Propagation Channels of hc7 virus
hc7 virus is mainly held of Windows PC by hacking the public or poorly protected remote desktop services. Once, it hacked Windows PC, group of cyber hackers uses PsExec to download this ransomware executable file named hc7.exe.bin. Besides executable file, it mostly infect PC via spam campaigns. When you will open any spam message or junk mail attachment that appear to your inbox from the unverified sources or locations then it secretly infiltrate inside the PC without your awareness. Apart from these, its developers can also infect your Windows System via bundling method, P2P file sharing network, infected game servers and much more. To avoid PC from the attack of hc7 virus, you must strengthen the network's protection and be cautious while doing any online work.
Follow Steps to Remove hc7 virus From Operating System
Step A: How to Start Operating System in Safe Mode with Network In order to isolate files and entries created by hc7 virus, users need to follow the below mentioned steps.
- Select WIN Key + R in Combination.
- This will open a Run Window, Now Type sysconfig and hit on Enter.
- Now a Configuration box will appear. Now select the Tab named as Boot.
- Click and mark Safe Boot option >> go to Network.
- In order to Apply the settings, Select on OK.
Step B: How To Restore System During hc7 virus Attack
Still, if you are facing problem in rebooting Operating System in Safe mode, opt for System Restore. Follow the steps given below. Prss F8 continously until you get Windows Advanced Options Menu on Computer Monitor. Now Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt Option and Tap enter.
- In the Command Prompt Windows, you need to type this command : cd restore and Select Enter system-restore-1
- Now type rstrui.exe as command and press on Enter.
- This will open a new window to Restore System Files and Settings. Click on Next to proceed.
- Restore Point is to be selected from the date you want to restore back your system as it was earlier to hc7 virus attack.
Step C: Another method for recovering your decrypted files are by using file recovery software
If above methods are not successful you can go for file recovery software. It can be helpful in recovering your encrypted files as hc7 virus first makes a copy of original files and then encrypt it. After encryption it Removes the original files. So there is high probability that these file recovery software can help you in recovering your original files.
Step D: Know How To Restore Shadow Copies of Encrypted Data
In certain cases, if hc7 virus has not Removed the Shadow Copies of the data then it can be easily restored using ShadowExplorer. (Know how to install and use ShadowExplorer).