Hajd ransomware is one of many viruses in the STOP/Djvu family of ransomware. A lot of people have valuable information on their computers, and ransomware programs take advantage of that. Once on a victim’s computer, a ransomware virus would decrypt all the files, and tell the victim that they must pay the hacker to get their files back. This is why these programs are called ransomware – they make money through ransom.
Hajd is almost indistinguishable from other STOP/Djvu ransomware. Much like the rest of them, it gives the encrypted files a new extension – .hajd in this case. To communicate its demands to the victim, it creates a “_readme.txt” file on the desktop. However, if you are a victim of Hajd, you should not follow these demands – the government agencies from all around the world recommend not paying ransom for several reasons. Read the article below to learn how to remove Hajd ransomware and how to decrypt .hajd files, all without spending a penny.
Hajd’s “_openme.txt” note greatly resembles notes left by other viruses in the STOP/Djvu family. Here is its full text:
Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
Your personal ID:
There are several red flags in this note. Assuming you weren’t already convinced, these should further dissuade you from paying the criminals. The note is manipulative – it attempts to create a sense of urgency by promising a discount. It is deceptive – the “guarantee” that it gives isn’t actually a guarantee. It is possible that the hackers will decrypt one file as promised – a reassured victim will be more likely to pay, after all. But after payment, you have no guarantees that they’d decrypt the rest of your files. There’s no reason for them to bother, they’ve got the money already. No honor among thieves, yeah? This is why you should remove Hajd and restore the files yourself (with the aid of proper tools, of course). It is not risk-free, no. It is indeed possible that you’d be unable to restore the files, as hackers are always changing their viruses. But it’s still a better option. So, this is how should you go about that.
How to remove Hajd automatically
The easiest and convenient way to get rid of malware is to use a proper anti-malware program that can eliminate Hajd and all its traces in just a few clicks. If your files have been encrypted, removing the virus will not decrypt your files – a separate step is needed to do that.
Performing an antimalware scan with Norton would automatically search out and delete all elements related to the ransomware. It will also protect your computer from future threats. Download it by clicking the button below:
How to decrypt files
Restore files with Stellar Data Recovery
Stellar Data Recovery is an essential tool in the fight against ransomware-type viruses that can recover encrypted files.
- Download Stellar Data Recovery and launch it
- Select the drive you want to recover and click START SCAN
- After scanning is finished, you are presented with a list of recoverable files found.
- Select the required files and click the Recover
If this did not help, you may also try other recovery options.
Restore files with STOPDecrypter or Emsisoft Decryptor
STOPDecrypter and Emsisoft Decryptor are program specifically aimed at decrypting files encrypted by STOP/Djvu-type ransomware. As Hajd is one such virus, these programs may be able to restore your files.
Restore the system
- Initiate the search for system restore
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore