Horros Ransomware is a file-encrypting infection that, at the time of research, did not create any image or text files to represent a ransom demand, which is how ransom-ware usually works. The infection is spread like most threats from this group, using spam emails. The distributor of the infection creates a misleading message that is sent from an email address that might appear to be familiar. If you are not vigilant, you might not notice one different symbol in the address, which might trick you into thinking that the email was sent to you by a legitimate package delivery company, an airline, or your local bank. The message is meant to push you into launching the ransomware, which, usually, is represented as a document attachment. Unfortunately, in most cases, it is enough to click the attachment to open it for the devious infection to execute. If the user realizes that they downloaded something malicious, they might be able to delete Horros Ransomware in time. Unfortunately, most realize that they need to remove this threat after it encrypts their personal files.
The malicious Horros Ransomware was built using the Hidden Tear open source code. It was used by the creators of Sorry HT Ransomware, Krypton Ransomware, Genocheats Ransomware, and hundreds of other infections that were reported on our website. Unique removal guides are available as well. The surprising thing is that these infections might have been created by complete amateurs because the open source code is publicly available. This might be the reason why Horros Ransomware does not demand a ransom. Maybe it was created by someone who did not have enough knowledge or skills to complete successfully. Of course, it is also possible that the threat is still being developed, and that it will start demanding a ransom with the next release. At this time, although no ransom is requested, the infection is capable of encrypting files, and that is its main task. According to our research team, photos (e.g., .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .bmp), media files (e.g., .wav, .mp3, .avi, .mov, .mp4), documents (e.g., .docx, .docm, .dotx, .txt, .pdf), and other highly sensitive and personal files can be corrupted.
It appears that Horros Ransomware has six specific directories that it is meant to target, including %APPDATA%, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Documents, %USERPROFILE%\Favorites, %USERPROFILE%\Music, and %USERPROFILE%\Pictures. If any of your personal files are kept here, they will be encrypted, and the “.horros” extension will be added to them. You do not need to delete it. Normally, a ransom note file should be created as well, and it should ask you to transfer a specific sum of money or communicate with cyber criminals via a specific email address. As we have established already, this is not how Horros Ransomware works at the moment. Ultimately, it does not really matter whether or not the ransom demands are made because paying money for a decryption tool or private key is wasteful. Cyber criminals behind ransomware are not interested in decrypting files. They are interested in gathering as much money as possible. This is why paying the ransom is a bad idea. But what about your files? Unless backups exist externally or inline, you cannot recover your files at this time.
You want to remove Horros Ransomware as soon as possible because this dangerous infection is capable of wreaking havoc. Hopefully, none of your highly valuable files were corrupted, but if they were, you might have to come to terms with a loss. This is why it is crucial to back all files up. You can use an array of different online storage services, or you can employ an external hard drive. As long as copies of your personal files are stored safely, it does not matter which option you choose. Do you know how to delete Horros Ransomware? If you are not an experienced user, and finding and erasing the launcher of the threat is a completely unfamiliar task for you, why not install an anti-malware program? If other threats exist, they will be erased too. The best part is, your operating system will get the protection it needs to fight off malware. You need to think about virtual security even if you decide to eliminate the ransomware yourself. If that is your choice, do NOT forget to scan your system afterward.