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.Mercury Files Ransomware – How to Remove It

This blog post has been created with the main reason to explain what is the .Mercury ransomware and how you can remove it, plus how to restore files, encrypted with the .Mercury suffix.

Yet another ransomware has been detected by security researchers to spread in several countries in Asia. The ransomware uses the .Mercury file extension which it adds to the files, encrypted by it. The virus then drops a ransom note file, called !!!READ_IT!!!.txt which has the ransom instructions on how the victim can pay money in the form of cryptocurrencies to retrieve access to his/her files. If your computer has been affected by the .Mercury files virus, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name.Mercury Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims at encrypting the important files of the victim PC and then the crooks behind it ask victims to pay ransom to get them back.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and have the .Mercury file extension. A ransom note, called !!!READ_IT!!!.txt is dropped on the user PC.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.Mercury Files Virus – How Did I Get It

E-mail is one of the most common methods used by viruses, like the .Mercury ransomware virus. Usually the way it goes is criminals tend to disguise the infection file as some sort of an important document, like an invoice, receipt or other important file that may be coming from banks or big companies, like PayPal, eBay, etc. The emails are often masked in a very clever way to resemble legitimate ones:

In addition to this, the .Mercury ransomware may also be spread as a result of being uploaded on compromised websites, torrent sites or websites with low security reputation. There, the file may pose as something you may be looking to download, like:

  • Your favorite program’s installer.
  • A crack for a program or a game.
  • Some type of license activator.
  • Key generator to obtain a license.
  • Portable version of a program you want to use.

.Mercury Files Virus – More Information

When it has infected your computer, the payload dropper of .Mercury files virus may situate the malicious files of this malware in the following Windows directories:

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

The malicious files are accompanied by the ransom note of .Mercury files virus. It is named !!!READ_IT!!!.txt and it has the following information embedded within it:

ATTENTION, YOUR FILES HERE ENCRYPTED

Please follow few steps below:

1.Send us your ID.

2.He can decrypt 1 file what would you make sure that we have decription tool!
3.Then you’ll get payment instruction and after payment you will get your decryption tool!
00 not try to rename files!!! Only we can decrypt all your data!

Contact us:

getmydata@india.com
nydataback@aol.com

In addition to the ransom note of this ransomware, the other malicious files may be set to perform unwanted activities, like modifying the Run and RunOnce Windows registry sub-keys and adding entries in them. This is done in order to automatically run the encryption file of .Mercury ransomware on Windows boot. The targeted sub-keys are usually the following:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

And in addition to this, the .Mercury files virus may also run a .bat file that may execute a script as an administrator which runs Windows Commands that may stop Windows Recovery, Windows Defender and also delete the shadow volme copies of the infected machine:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Besides these actions, the virus may also perform the following actions:

  • Self-delete some files after infection.
  • Create backup copies of the malicious files in case it’s original virus file is deleted.
  • Collect the keystrokes you type, like a Trojan.
  • Obtain data about your files.
  • Relay information about the encrypted files to it’s command server.

.Mercury Files Virus – Encryption

For the .Mercury files virus to encrypt the files on the computers compromised by it, the ransomware may execute various different types of programs that perform a scan of the files. The scan detects the files based on their file types but in the same time it is also a smart scan. This is because it does not encrypt files, that are located in the system folders of Windows. The only files encrypted outside of those are usable ones, like:

  • Documents.
  • Video file types.
  • Image formats.
  • Audio file types.
  • Database files.
  • Archives.
  • Photoshop files.
  • Other popular file types.

After this ransomware encrypts the files on the infected machines by it, they immediately assume the .Mercury file extension and begin to appear like the following:

Remove .Mercury Files Virus and Restore Your Data

If you want to remove the .Mercury files virus safely, we always advise our readers to backup their files first.

For the removal process, you can proceed with the manual removal instructions underneath and use the information in this article in combination with them. If you do not seem to be able to remove the virus files, it is strongly recommended to use a more automatic approach and download and run a scan with an advanced anti-malware software. This is because such software aims to remove all of the files and objects that are associated with the .Mercury files virus and then make sure that your PC is protected against such threats in the future too.

If you want to try and recover files, encrypted by this virus, we recommend that you try the alternative suggestions for file recover we have in the “Try to restore” step underneath. They may not be 100% guarantee to recover all your files, but with their aid you may be able to at least restore some of your encrypted data.

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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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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.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .Mercury Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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 .Mercury Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .Mercury Files 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.


.Mercury Files Virus FAQ

What is .Mercury Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 ..Mercury Files Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..Mercury Files 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 ..Mercury Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .Mercury Files 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 "..Mercury Files 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 ..Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files 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 .Mercury Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..Mercury Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Mercury Files 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.

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