The .mars ransomware is a new strain of the Major virus family which was just identified in an ongoing attack campaign. There is no information about the hacker collective behind it which gives us reasons to believe that the most popular delivery tactics are probably going to be used. A main technique remains the coordination of phishing email messages — they are designed to imitate well-known services and companies and their notifications. Through them various malware contents and attachments will be pushed to the intended targets.
A similar technique is the creation of malware sites that are hosted on domains that sound similar to well-known sites like search engines and download portals. They can be modeled to contain similar contents and design, as well as security certificates in order to make them appear as more legitimate.
The ransomware code can be inserted in various payload carriers including application installers and malicious documents. When they are opened by the victims or interacted the associate infection will begin.
In certain situations the infections can also be made through the inserting of the relevant code in browser hijackers — dangerous browser plugins which are made compatible with he most popular web browsers. They are uploaded to the relevant repositories using fake user reviews and developer credentials. Their descriptions usually post alluring additions or performance enhancements.
Other similar virus threats will start a sequence of several malware components that are controlled by the main engine. A typical infection will probably begin with a data harvesting module which will retrieve sensitive information both about the infected machines and the victim users themselves. This can help generate an unique infection ID that is to be assigned to every compromised machine. The personal information on the other hand is used for crimes such as financial abuse and identity theft.
The .mars ransomware can also use the acquired information in order to scan the system for the presence of any security software which will be bypassed. The list includes any anti-virus engines, firewalls, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts. Their real-time engines can be bypassed or the apps will altogether be removed.
As soon as an intrusion is made various system settings will take place, some of the most common ones include the following:
- Boot Changes — The engine can program itself to automatically launch as soon as the computer is booted. This can also lead to a modification in the settings of the system which will render the recovery options non-working thus making the manual user removal guides useless. In this case only the use of a professional-grade anti-malware utility can remedy the infection.
- Windows Registry Modifications — Advanced ransomware infections can also include a built-in sequence that can modify existing values found within the Windows Registry or create ones that are related to the virus itself. This will usually lead to serious performance issues, data loss and unexpected errors.
- Additional Malware Delivery — The made infections can be used to deliver other threats to the compromised machines such as Trojans and miners. This is often coupled with removal of sensitive information from the systems — restore points and backups.
When all components have finished running the associated encryption engine will be called. Using a strong cipher the target user data is to be processed with it, usually a built-in list of target file type extensions is used. It will contain a list of popular user data such as the following: backups, databases, images, videos, music and etc. When this process is complete the .mars extension will be applied. The ransomware note that is crafted is made in a file called READ_ME.mars.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .mars Ransomware |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.mars Ransomware – What Does It Do?
.mars Ransomware could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .mars Ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
.mars Ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The main engine could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.
The .mars Ransomware is a crypto virus programmed to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .mars Ransomware cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .mars Ransomware
If your computer system got infected with the .mars Files ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .mars Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .mars Ransomware from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .mars Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .mars Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall .mars Ransomware and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .mars Ransomware on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .mars Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .mars Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .mars Ransomware.
Ransomware infections and .mars Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .mars Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .mars Ransomware and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove .mars Ransomware via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .mars Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .mars Ransomware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .mars Ransomware on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .mars Ransomware aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.mars Ransomware FAQ
What is .mars Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?
.mars Ransomware is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does .mars Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?
.mars Ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users. After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of .mars Ransomware is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open ..mars Ransomware files?
You can't. At this point the ..mars Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..mars Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .mars Ransomware ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore "..mars Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..mars Ransomware files. These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of .mars Ransomware ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .mars Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..mars Ransomware files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .mars Ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
Try to contact your friends relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re downloaded from the web.
Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.