.hard extension virus
.hard extension virus is a top computer threat made by hacker for earning money from computer users. Usually, .hard extension virus will get into your system silently when you visit porn sites, install freeware or open spam emails attachments. Once it is loaded, it generates malicious process in your Task Manager when you system is up. Before your antivirus detects its harmful activities, the virus will lock most of your personal files with .hard extension virus. Through such illegal action, virus maker of .hard extension virus will force you to pay huge funds as a exchange to get your healthy files back.
Moreover, .hard extension virus may transfer a large amount of malware and spyware, which facilitate the hacker to collect your confidential information such as banking login details, which may be used by the hacker for commercial purpose. Please note that, paying money to the hacker may not restore your files, instead, it funds the hacker to create more ransomware. That means your files will be endangered if you pay them. Therefore, if .hard extension virus has infected your system, do not pay the cyber criminal, what you should do is to get the virus removed immediately. After that, you can try legitimate tools to recover files
Step 1 – Uninstall malicious programs from Control Panel.
Ransomware may infect your system after you install some malicious programs. To avoid being re-infected, first you should uninstall malicious programs from your computer:
- 1. Press “Windows key + R key” together to open Run window
- 2. Input “control panel” in Run window and hit Enter key to open Control Panel
- 3. Click Uninstall a program:
- 4. Right-click programs which may be related with .hard extension virus and click Uninstall:
Step 2 Find and remove malicious registry entries of .hard extension virus or malicious program.
Note – In case any suspicious files, unwanted program, unwanted browser extension, or unwanted search engine cannot be removed manually, it is often caused by malicious program, which may adds files to registry or make changes in registry . Therefore, to uninstall such stubborn items, you need to find and remove malicious files in the Registry Editor. Check the steps below:
1. Press “Windows key + R key” together to open Run window;
2. Input “regedit” in Run window and hit Enter key to open Registry;
3. Click Edit menu and select Find >> Type virus’s name into it and click Find Next >> Right click on the files and click Delete (Only If you can determine that they are related with malware):
Step 3 Restoring the files encrypted by .hard extension virus.
Do not pay any money to recover your files. Even if you were to pay the ransom, there is no guarantee that you will regain access to your files.
The right way to recover your files is to count on legitimate decryption tools. Here are websites of popular cybersecurity community, you can try the decryption tools shared on their sites:
EmsiSoft Decryptor (Free)
EmsiSoft is working on developing free decryptor for the newest ransomware. Currently it provide user with over 40 free and useful decryptors. Please visit https://decrypter.emsisoft.com/ to find and download the decrypter you need.
3. Trend Micro Decryptor (Free)
Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor tool is able to decrypt certain type of ransomware. Visit the download page here to follow its instructions to download and use the decryotor for free.
4. Avast Free Ransomware Decryption Tools
Avast free ransomware decryption tools can help decrypt files encrypted by the many types of ransomware. Go to this Avast page and download the decyptors for the latest ransomware.
5. Kaspersky Free Ransomware Decryptors
Kaspersky russian lab now provides many free decryptors. Visit Kaspersky page here and have a try .
6. NoMoreRansom Decryptors
The No More Ransom Project provides free decryption tools for lots of ransomware. Have a try on these tools at this page: https://www.nomoreransom.org/en/decryption-tools.html