- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
If Hc7 Ransomware finds a way to slither onto your system, it is quite probable that you will lose important files and not only from your PC but all other computers mapped, i.e., the full network as well. This could be a total nightmare since there is no way to decrypt the files as of yet this malicious program encrypts. We have found that this ransomware is the new variant of the previous Hc6 Ransomware as their names also clearly show. Both are programmed in Python and they are fairly similar, too. One major difference is that the previous version is actually decryptable by a free file recovery tool. But if you have infected your system with the new one, it is quite likely that you will lose your files unless you have a recent backup. We do not advise you to support these cyber criminals and their online fraud attempts by sending them any money. But, of course, it is your files at stake here. All in all, we strongly recommend that you remove Hc7 Ransomware as soon as you can.
Finding out that this severe threat has hit you can only mean two things: you either opened the wrong e-mail and ran its attachment, or you use remote desktop software. This ransomware is usually spread as a malicious attachment in spam e-mails. You may think that you would never click on a spam e-mail, but let us remind you that your spam filter may be too strict and place even important e-mails in your spam folder, which then need to be revised by you to make sure that you do not miss out on an important message.
These crooks use this to fool you. Namely, this spam is designed to appear to be authentic as well as very important for you to check out. This is how victims are made. It is possible that this spam regards a matter that you cannot say no to. For example, an unsettled invoice, a wrongly made online booking (hotel or airline), problem with your credit card details, and so on. These are all matters that anyone could relate to basically. However, the moment you try to see the attached file, there will be no way back for you since the encryption will start up and there is nothing you can do. Even if you delete Hc7 Ransomware, this will not give your encrypted files back.
In the other case, your remote desktop program (e.g., TeamViewer) could be configured unsafely. This means that these crooks can relatively easily gain access to your system and through it, to other computers mapped or connected to it. This way the damage can be multiplied just as the ransom fee. We advise you to always use powerful passwords in order to make it impossible for cyber criminals to figure it out. Of course, there is never any guarantee really if your computer is not protected with a reliable anti-malware program because brute force attack can also be used, which means that sooner or later your password can be hacked. Still, make sure that such remote desktop software is always well configured to be as secure as possible not to end up having to remove Hc7 Ransomware or other threats from your computer.
This new variant seems to use the AES-256 CBC and SHA256 algorithms to encrypt your most important files. This threat targets dozens of file extensions to make the most possible damage to ensure your willingness to pay the ransom fee to get your files back. After encryption all files get a ".gotya" or ".GOTYA" extension but the file name remains the original. This ransomware does not seem to replace your desktop background image or lock your screen either. It simply drops a ransom note text file called "RECOVERY.TXT" on your desktop most probably to be in plain sight.
This note is written with broken English with a lot of mistakes. You are told to pay 700 USD in Bitcoins if you want to have your PC decrypted, but in case you want the full network back, you have to transfer 5,000 USD in Bitcoins. When you are done with the transfer, you have to send an e-mail with your ID (you can find it in the note) to "firstname.lastname@example.org." But we do not recommend that you contact these crooks or send money to them either. You could be infected with further threats but they may simply disappear, too. We advise you to act now and remove Hc7 Ransomware from your PC.
In order to put an end to this dangerous threat, you need to delete all files that could be associated with this attack. We have prepared an easy-to-follow guide for you below this report. It is also possible that you do not feel skilled enough to try to hunt down such a serious infection. Therefore, we suggest that you start using a reliable anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter; the sooner, the better.
How to remove Hc7 Ransomware from Windows