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Meka Virus (.meka File) – Remove Ransomware + Restore Data

Meka Virus is the name of a very dangerous ransomware infection. The main purpose of it is to enter your PC without you noticing and infect it, assuming read and write permissions to scramble your important documents, videos, images and other file types. The primary objective of Meka Virus is to convince you to pay about $1000 ransom if you want to use the files on your computer again. Read this article to learn more about Meka Virus plus tips and steps on how to remove it and try to get your files to work again.

This post contains information how you can remove Meka virus from your PC and reveals more details on how to try to recover .meka files.

Threat Summary

Name Meka virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A virus that belongs to the STOP Ransomware family of threats. Aims to encrypt your files and hold them hostage until you pay ransom.
Symptoms Meka Virus encodes your files and ads its own file extension. The files can’t be opened and the ransom note _readme.txt is also dropped on victimized computers.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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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.

Meka Virus – Update November 2019

The latest information concerning the Meka Virus is that the malware has started to spread at a higher rate. Researcher Amigo_A who first tweeted about the virus had the following information in his tweet:

The virus has been detected to be one of the first ransomware viruses to appear to use the new e-mails for ransom contact. With these changes, the ransom note of the virus becomes like the following:

→ “To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:

Users are advised NOT to pay the ransom as we have complaints over our YouTube channel that one user was scammed out after paying $490 USD to pay more money. The extorted victim had the following to say:

Justin Sherry commented: „Don’t get scammed, I was also affected by the virus, I paid 490$ the first time, but they never give me any solution until I paid the 490$ all over again.. MAKING 980$

Meka Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

Usually, malicious software that is categorized as ransomware acts as follows:

  • Infects essential system settings
  • Evades detection
  • Encrypts target personal files and appends one or more specific extensions to their names
  • Creates a ransom message note to extort payment for a unique decryption tool possessed by hackers

The primary differences generally refer to the cryptographic algorithm that is used for the corruption of target data and the amount of the demanded ransom.

To avoid data encryption as well as economic loss caused by ransomware you should regularly back up your valuable data and maintain a reliable anti-malware tool to keep your system protected against nasty malware attacks. As regards the so-called Meka virus it is a crypto virus that is based on the code of STOP ransomware.

To complete its main goal – infection of your computer, the Meka Virus can use multiple strategies and tactics to spread. The main strategy that has been reported by researchers to be used by Meka virus an all STOP Ransomware variants in general is to propagate through cracks, patches and pirated software that is downloaded from the web. These programs could be downloaded from:

  • Low reputation software download sites.
  • Torrent tracker sites.
  • Online file sharing site links, advertised on deep web and other forums.

Another way, via which Meka Virus could infect your PC is for its infection file to be attached on various different e-mails. These e-mails could portray the infection module of Meka virus as:

  • Invoice.
  • Receipt.
  • Letter from your bank.
  • Document from your workplace.
  • Flight ticket cancelled report.
  • Other.

Usually most victims tend to download the infection file, thinking it is a legitimate and important file and open it and this is the moment of infection.

When Meka Virus infects your computer, the first thing you will notice is that your files could start to appear with the Meka extension added after their original extensions that may be .jpg, .mp3, .doc, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .ppt, .xls, .etc. This will happen on all file types that belong to the following groups of files:

  • Documents.
  • Images.
  • Videos.
  • Audio files.
  • Archive files.
  • Drive files.

The files that are attacked by Meka Virus are encrypted via a dangerous cipher, called AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). This algorithm is used by many government agencies to encrypt secret files on purpose and is very hard to crack and decode unless you have the decryption key. The crooks often use this decryption key as leverage to extort victims in the _readme.txt ransom note they drop after encrypting files. It has the following extortionist message:


Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, 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:

Our Telegram account:

Your personal ID:

A screenshot of the Meka ransom message that encourages users to pay a ransom to decrypt their .meka files:

screenshot _readme.txt meka virus ransom message

Beware that the ransom payment is not always a way to recover .meka files. Cybercriminals happen to send broken decryption keys due to bugs in their malware. Sometimes they also neglect messages from victims and stop answering them.

How to Remove Meka Virus Files and Try to Recover Encrypted Files

If you want to remove Meka Virus from your computer successfully, we recommend that you follow the removal steps that we have posted underneath this article. These steps have been made with the primary purpose to help you get rid of Meka Virus files and objects methodologically. In the event that you want to be fully sure that Meka Virus is gone or you cannot find the virus files, the best way to remove it is to download and run a scan with an advanced malware hunting software. Such anti-malware program will guarantee to detect and delete all files and objects that are related to Meka Virus from your computer and make sure that it is protected in the future as well.

If you want to restore files, encrypted by Meka Virus, we recommend that you try out the recovery steps underneath.

An updated video, containing removal instructions for the Meka Virus:

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Step 1: Scan for Meka virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.

2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Ransomware Automatic Removal - Video Guide

Step 2: Uninstall Meka virus and related malware 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. To do that:

1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.
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2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.
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3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
delete ransomware from windows step 3Follow the instructions above and you will successfully delete most unwanted and malicious programs.

Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Meka virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Meka virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
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2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
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3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
delete ransomware virus registries step 3 Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Meka virus


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows Key + R.
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2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.
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3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
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Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.

4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.
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5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.
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Step 5: Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Meka virus.

Method 1: Use STOP Decrypter by Emsisoft.

Not all variants of this ransomware can be decrypted for free, but we have added the decryptor used by researchers that is often updated with the variants which become eventually decrypted. You can try and decrypt your files using the instructions below, but if they do not work, then unfortunately your variant of the ransomware virus is not decryptable.

Follow the instructions below to use the Emsisoft decrypter and decrypt your files for free. You can download the Emsisoft decryption tool linked here and then follow the steps provided below:

1 Right-click on the decrypter and click on Run as Administrator as shown below:

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2. Agree with the license terms:

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3. Click on "Add Folder" and then add the folders where you want files decrypted as shown underneath:

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4. Click on "Decrypt" and wait for your files to be decoded.

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Note: Credit for the decryptor goes to Emsisoft researchers who have made the breakthrough with this virus.

Method 2: Use data recovery software

Ransomware infections and Meka virus 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.

Meka virus-FAQ

What is Meka virus Ransomware?

Meka virus 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 algorithms 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.

What Does Meka virus Ransomware Do?

Ransomware in general is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware viruses can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.

How Does Meka virus Infect?

Via several ways.Meka virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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.

Another way you may become a victim of Meka virus 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 .Meka virus files?

You can't without a decryptor. At this point, the .Meka virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryption key for the particular algorithm.

What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?

Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Meka virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

Can I Restore ".Meka virus" Files?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Meka virus files. 

These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How To Get Rid of Meka virus Virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.

It will scan for and locate Meka virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Meka virus files.

Can I Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.

Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei

United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre

United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police

France - Ministère de l'Intérieur

Italy - Polizia Di Stato

Spain - Policía Nacional

Netherlands - Politie

Poland - Policja

Portugal - Polícia Judiciária

Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)

India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell

Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?

Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.

Can Meka virus Ransomware Steal Your Data?

Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.

In many cases, the malware authors or attackers will threaten to delete the data or publish it online unless the ransom is paid.

Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?

Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.

Should I Pay Ransomware?

No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.

What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?

If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.

Can a Ransomware Attack Be Detected?

Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.

It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.

Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?

Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.

About the Meka virus Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Meka virus how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the Meka virus ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

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1 Comment
  1. Maicon Rizzi

    No Aguardo da solução para decriptografar. tirei o hd e guardei ja com o virus apagado, mas com os arquivos encriptografads dentro


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