Hackerman Ransomware

What is Hackerman Ransomware?

Hackerman Ransomware is a dangerous malware program that appears to target Mexican computer users. Once this ransomware slithers onto your computer and encrypts your files, you are offered a way out of this nightmarish situation: Pay the ransom fee to restore your files. Just like in the case of most ransomware infections, we do not advise you to pay this fee no matter how affordable it may seem. Our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com say that transferring the demanded amount is always risky unless the criminals behind such an attack are real professionals who would actually keep their end of the deal. This is very rare though. If you want to be able to restore your files, the best way to do so is to keep a backup copy separately on a portable drive. We cannot force you not to pay this fee, but we can definitely warn you not to have high hopes that your files will be decrypted in the end. As a matter of fact, the only solution we see for you is to remove Hackerman Ransomware the moment you find out about its presence on your computer.

Where does Hackerman Ransomware come from?

It is very important to know how such a dangerous infection can sneak onto your computer because this is the only way for you to be able to protect it when you do not have a proper security tool installed. User reports and our tests show that this infection mostly travels the web as an attached file in spam e-mails. This file can appear to be an image, a video, or a text file, but it is in fact a malicious executable file in disguise. This spam can be very tricky and convincing, too. The main characteristic of such a mail is obviously the capability of deception. Otherwise, this method would not be this popular and widely used for spreading Trojans and ransomware programs.

Unfortunately, a lot of users do not take opening mails seriously because they may feel protected by their spam filter. However, you should know that there are spam mails that can evade your filter and may not even end up in your spam folder but land in your inbox. In any case, it is hard to resist this spam even if you encounter it in your spam folder. This is due to the fact that it uses official-looking sender e-mail addresses and an important-looking subject that could refer to a wrongly made hotel room booking, an unpaid parking ticket, issue with your Internet provider, or anything else that could relate to anyone. The biggest problem is not even the fact that you feel drawn to this mail and you open it, but that you also want to see that attachment. Downloading and trying to view this file is the worst you can do as this is how you infect your system with this dangerous threat. It is always best to prevent such attacks from happening since whenever you delete Hackerman Ransomware from your system, it will always be after it has already finished its encryption. Therefore, removing this ransomware will not recover your files even though this is the only way to put an end to this attack.

How does Hackerman Ransomware work?

Our malware specialists cannot confirm the encryption method applied by this ransomware. What we know is that it targets the following file extensions: .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .jpg, .png, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .sln, .php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, and .psd. As you can see, you can lose your images, text documents, and program files in this hit. The infected files get a new extension, “.locked,” which is not really a unique extension since we have seen it used by iRansom Ransomware and Uyari Ransomware as well. This ransomware drops its ransom note in a .txt file named “Leeme Por Favor.txt” onto your desktop. The name of this file simply means “Readme please.” This file does not contain too much information apart from the fact that you have to pay 500 Mexican pesos (about 25 USD) through Oxxo, which is a Mexican money transfer service (ebanx.com/business/en/mexico/payment-methods/oxxo).

We do not think that it is a good idea to send money to cyber criminals in any form really. This would just create more opportunities for such crooks to commit further online crimes. You should also realize that dealing with criminals is always risky. You may believe that your only chance to ever use your files again is that you pay the fee and that will recover your files; however, we must tell you that experience shows otherwise. If there is no free tool on the web made available by malware hunters, your only real chance to recover your files is to have a backup on a removable hard disk of some sort. But even if you have this, first, you need to remove Hackerman Ransomware and all the affected files so that you can start transferring the clean files back to your hard disk.

How can I delete Hackerman Ransomware?

If you want to eliminate this major threat, you need to remove all the related files from your system. This may sound more difficult than it really is. If you need help, please use our instructions below. Prevention is very important when it comes to your system security. Malware infections can easily show up on your computer if you are not extremely careful; but sometimes even against all your efforts. This is why we believe that the best protection for your PC is to have an anti-malware program installed that can automatically detect and eliminate all potential threat sources even before entering your virtual world.

Remove Hackerman Ransomware from Windows

  1. Tap Win+E to open File Explorer.
  2. Delete the malicious file attachment you downloaded from the spam. It could be in default places, such as your Downloads, Temp, or Desktop folders, or any other folder where you chose to save it.
  3. Delete the ransom note file (“Leeme Por Favor.txt”) from your desktop.
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
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