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.MMM Files Virus (TripleM Ransomware v1) – Remove and Restore Files

This article has been created in order to help you by explaining how to remove the TripleM Ransomware virus from your computer and how to restore files that have been encrypted with the .MMM file extension on your PC.

A new ransomware virus, calling itself TripleM ransomware has been detected by security researchers. The infection’s primary purpose is to get users to perform multiple different activities on the victims’ computers, which end up with their important documents, videos annd other files to become no longer able to be able to be opened. In addition to this, the ransomware also adds the .MMM file suffix to the encrypted files. The TripleM ransomware has an end goal to get the victims to read it’s ransom note file, named GET_YOUR_FILES_BACK.html and then get them to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to get their encrypted files restored back to normal.

Threat Summary

Name TripleM Ransomware
Type Ransomware Virus
Short Description Similar to its older variant, the TripleM Ransomware v1 aims to encrypt the files on your computer and then asks you to pay ransom in BitCoin in order to get the encrypted files recovered back to their normal state.
Symptoms Files are encrypted with an added .MMM file extension. A ransom note, called GET_YOUR_FILES_BACK.html is dropped on the victim’s computer.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.MMM Files Virus – How Does It Infect

The .MMM file ransomware may use different reasons as a pretext to get you to open a malicious file via e-mail. Such pretexts often pretend that they come from big companies, for instance:

  • DHL.
  • FedEx.
  • eBay.
  • Amazon.
  • LinkedIn.
  • Facebook.
  • PayPal.

In addition to this, the spam messages may pretend that the malware is a legitimate document, like an invoice or other type of seemingly legitimate file. The file may even be a Microsoft Word document which could contain malicious Macros embedded within it. These are activated once you open the Word file and click on “Enable Editing” to turn on macros.

Another often used method for replication that may be utilized by the ones behind the TripleM ransomware virus may be directly uploading the malicious files on the computer of the victim. These malicious files may exist in different third-party software providing websites, like torrent sited or download web pages. Usually the cyber-criminals make it as if the malicious files appear like:

  • Installers for software or games.
  • Key generators.
  • Software License activators.
  • Cracks.
  • Patches.

TripleM Ransomware – How Does it Work?

Once the TripleM ransomware has infected your computer, it’s malicious payload may be dropped in different Windows system folders, most often targeted of which are believed to be the following:

  • %Roaming%
  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Local%

Once the TripleM virus has dropped it’s files, they may be of different file types, for instance:

→.exe; .htm; .hta; .vbs; .dll; .tmp;

The TripleM ransomware is a cryptovirus, meaning that it’s main purpose is to encrypt the files on your computer and render them no longer able to be opened. To reach it’s end goal, the TripleM ransomware may start different activities on your computer, like modify the Windows Registry Editor in order to get it’s malicious files to run when Windows has started. This happens by adding Windows registry strings in the sub-keys for auto-run, which are the following:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce

In addition to doing this, the TripleM ransomware infection may also start to delete the files you have backed up on your computer. This activity may start with the malware running a script as administrator in the background which triggers Windows Command prompt to execute the following commands:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet & bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no & bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures”

Among the files that are dropped by the TripleM ransomware virus is it’s ransom note file, called GET_YOUR_FILES_BACK.html. It has the following message to the victims of the virus:

NOT YOUR LANGUAGE? Use Google Translate
What happened to your files?
All of your files were encrypted by a strong encryption with RSA2048
How did this happen?
Specially for your PC was generated personal RSA2048 Key, both public and private.
ALL YOUR FILES were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your PC via the Internet.
Decryptlng of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our Server
What do I do?
So,there are two ways you can choose: wait for a miracle and get your price doubled, or start obtaining BITCOIN NOW and restore your data easy way.
If you have really valuable data, your better not waste your time, because there is no other way to get your files, except payment.
Your personal ID:
Your personal wallet adress:

The ransom note appears like the following when opened:

.MMM Ransomware – How Does It Encrypt Files

The TripleM ransomware encrypts files on the computers infected by it via scanning for those files. This process results in the ransomware virus detecting specific files it wants to encrypt. These files are usually files that you use often, such as:

  • Images.
  • Archives.
  • Documents..
  • Audio files.
  • Others

Once the files are encrypted by TripleM ransowmare, they start to have the .MMM file extension and begin to appear like the following:

And the .MMM files virus is very careful not to encrypt those files on your computer that may pose a threat to it’s health, such as system files, belonging to Windows.

How to Remove TripleM Ransomware and Restore .MMM Encrypted Files

The TripleM ransomware, just like most malware should not be underestimated. This is why, to remove it, we advise you to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created to help you to delete the virus files of this PC either manually or automatically. If manual removal is not something you feel confident in, security experts strongly advise to remove TripleM ransomware automatically, preferably by downloading an advanced anti-malware software, that can help you delete the virus files from your computer completely by scanning for them and such tool will also ensure that future protection in real-time is ensured.

If you are looking for ways to restore the files that have been encrypted by this ransomware infection, we advise you to check the alternative methods for file recovery underneath in step “2.Restore files, encrypted by TripleM Ransomware”. They have been created to help you to restore as many files as possible without having to pay ransom to the cyber-crooks, which is strongly inadvisable, because you cannot trust them with recovering your files and in addition to this you help support cyber-criminal activity by doing so.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Step 1: Scan for TripleM Ransomware 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.

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Step 2: Uninstall TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware


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 TripleM Ransomware.

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 TripleM 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.

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.

TripleM Ransomware-FAQ

What is TripleM Ransomware Ransomware?

TripleM 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 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 TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware Infect?

Via several ways.TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM 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 .TripleM Ransomware files?

You can't without a decryptor. At this point, the .TripleM Ransomware 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 .TripleM Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

Can I Restore ".TripleM Ransomware" Files?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware 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.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

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