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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

Name Msop virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers so that it can extort a ransom fee from victims.
Symptoms Important 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 Method Spam 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.
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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.
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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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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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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Msop virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Msop virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
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.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Msop virus 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


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"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Msop 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 Msop virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
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.

IMPORTANT!
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: Scan for Msop 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.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Msop virus.

Ransomware infections and Msop 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 reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Msop virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Msop virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Msop virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Msop virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Msop virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Msop virus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Msop virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Msop virus.

Ransomware infections and Msop 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 reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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


Msop virus FAQ

What is Msop virus ransomware and how does it work?

Msop 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 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 Msop virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Msop virus 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 Msop 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 .Msop virus files?

You can't. At this point the .Msop virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Msop virus 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 ".Msop virus" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Msop virus 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?

There is still a lot you can do. 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.

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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