The Honor Ransomware is a file-encryption Trojan, which is likely to still be in development since its current state does not allow it to deploy a ransom note to the attacked computer. This means that any user whose files gets taken hostage by the Honor Ransomware will not receive any recovery instructions so that they would not be able to co-operate with the attackers even if they wanted to. When there is ransomware involved, there is a significant chance that you will not be able to fully recover your files unless you have a safe backup to restore the data from.
Unfortunately, the unfinished version of the Honor Ransomware is still able to cause significant damage to a long list of file formats – documents, spreadsheets, archives, media, etc. Whenever a file is encrypted successfully, the Honor Ransomware will scramble its name, and then append the ‘.honor’ extension to it. This might make the situation of the victims even more distressful since they will not be able to identify quickly how many of their important files were taken hostage.
Since the Honor Ransomware is not yet complete, it is unlikely that its authors have started distributing it yet. However, when this happens, we expect to see the Honor Ransomware being spread via spear-phishing e-mails, which either contain a corrupted attachment or tricks the users into downloading a suspicious file hosted on an online location.
Remember that the correct way to fight ransomware and its authors is never agreed to pay the ransom sum they demand. Although the Honor Ransomware does not provide a ransom message, you can rest assured that its authors are encrypting the files of their victims just so that they can use them to extort money from the victim. Unfortunately, many file-encryption Trojans use very secure methods to lock the files of their victims so that the free recovery of the data might be nearly impossible. Sometimes 3rd-party file recovery utilities might be able to get some files back, but making a full recovery is unlikely. If you have a hunch that your computer was attacked by the Honor Ransomware, then we suggest running a reputable anti-malware scanner, which will eradicate the threat’s files.