Msop Virus (.msop File) - REMOVAL and Recovery (Update Dec. 2019)
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Msop Virus (.msop File) – REMOVAL and Recovery

Msop virus is yet another version of the now infamous STOP ransomware. The Msop virus infection literally creates a mess on the compromised system by encrypting the victim’s files. In this article, you will find detailed instructions that will guide you in the removal process of the Msop virus ransomware. You will also learn how to potentially recover the Msop virus encrypted files.

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Msop virus Ransomware

Msop virus ransomware is the name of a new crypto infection that targets Windows systems. The virus is based on the code of the infamous STOP ransomware, and is in fact a new iteration. Examples of previous variants of STOP include zobm virus and hets virus. Ransomware is indeed a menace, and it has even succeeded sneaking into the systems of NYPD.

In terms of distribution, the cybercriminals behind Msop virus STOP ransomware utilize spam emails, email attachments, compromised web pages, and corrupted freeware installers. However, we have observed that most current ransomware variants generally rely on malspam (malicious spam), where they include malicious code in attached documents. This is done in a way to trick the user into opening the file and executing the hidden infection.

Msop virus Virus
Since Msop virus is an iteration of STOP ransomware, it will corrupt crucial system settings during its several infection stages.

The first stage includes the corruption of system settings to make sure that the threat evades detection. Then, the Msop virus ransomware will create specific registry keys such as RUN and RUNONCE, and will thus be able to launch its malicious files each time the system is started. The final stage will be the ransomware extortion.

Msop virus File Extension

Once all the necessary steps are completed, the ransomware will be ready to launch the built-in the encryption module to encrypt the victim’s files. This stage includes the scanning of specific folders for commonly used file types which could tore valuable data. Upon detecting such a file, the Msop virus ransomware will alter the file using its strong encryption algorithm. The result of this process is the file will get the Msop virus encryption appended to it.

Threat Summary

NameMsop virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers so that it can extort a ransom fee from victims.
SymptomsImportant files are encrypted and renamed with the virus extension Msop virus.
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom fee, usually in Bitcoin.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers
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Msop virus Virus Description

Once the victim’s files are encrypted with the Msop virus extension, they will be unusable. Document, music, project, database, image, video, backup, archive, and audio files could be affected.

The encryption is done with the sole purpose of blackmailing victims and forcing them to pay a ransom fee for the alleged decryption. The victim will be notified for this in a text file containing a ransommessage. This file is usually called _readnme.txt:

ATTENTION!

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:
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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.

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NOTE. Please remember that it is highly inadvisable to get in touch with cybercriminals or pay any ransom. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your encrypted files, and you will only enable their future malicious operations. After all, you cannot trust a cybercriminal.

In addition to all other malicious operations the Msop ransomware is very likely to 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

Vssadmin is a Windows process that interacts with backup files. The ransomware uses it to delete backups during infection. Since these shadow copies are often used as backups, and they can be used to restore files back to a previous state ransomware creators aim to develop their malicious software in a way to misuse the command and prevent victims from restoring encrypted files.

Unfortunately, at this point, Msop virus virus is not decryptable by Michael Gillespie or Emsisoft free decryption tools. However, as soon as we notice security researchers’ announcement about an update that supports the decryption of Msop virus ransomware, we will update this article with information on how to decrypt your encrypted files for free.

How to Remove Msop Virus

Msop virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages essential system settings and valuable files. The only way to use your infected computer in a secure way again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you should complete a specific Msop ransomware removal guide. The ransomware removal guide below this article reveals how to eradicate the virus from the system – manually and automatically. If you don’t feel comfortable enough with the manual steps, it will be better to download an andvanced anti-malware tool.

In the event that you want to attempt to restore .msop files, check step five – Try to Restore files encrypted by Msop Virus, which reveals an alternative data recovery method. Note that the use of data recovery software does not guarantee the restoration of your files. We also remind you that copies of all encrypted files should be kept on an external drive. This measure will prevent their irreversible loss.

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2 Comments

  1. Avatarshafiq

    any way to recover the file back if getting affected by the msop ransomware?

    Reply
  2. AvatarMukul Chandra

    any way to recover the file back if getting affected by the msop ransomware?

    Reply

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