The article presents detailed information about a data locker ransomware that encodes personal files and appends the extension .missing to their names. Below you will also find a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from the infected system and how to potentially recover encrypted files without paying the requested ransom fee.
.missing Virus Files
The name .missing virus is given to a vicious crypto infection that is categorized as a ransomware. Ransomware is a kind of infection that disrupts system security with the goal to encode personal files and demands a ransom for their recovery. To make a specific ransomware threat recognizable its developers set it to mark corrupted files with a fixed extension. And the so-called Missing ransomware virus appends the extension .missing to the names of all files it encrypts. At the end of the infection, this ransomware drops a ransom message file Contact_Data_Recovery.txt and attempts to blackmail victims into paying a ransom to hackers. Beware that the ransom payment does not guarantee the successful recovery of .missing files.
|Name||.missing virus files|
|What Is It||A cryptovirus that can encode your files and hold them hostage in exchange for ransom payoff.|
|Symptoms||The files cannot be opened and the ransom note of the virus starts appearing.|
|Ransom Demanding Note||Contact_Data_Recovery.txt|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files, Hacked Websites|
|Removal||To effectively remove active .missing virus files virus infections, we recommend that you use an advanced anti-malware tool.|
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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.|
.missing Files – More About this Ransomware Infection
According to the latest information shared by security researchers the so-called .missing virus is a malicious program that belongs to the ransomware type of malware. The spread of ransomware like this one is usually realized via spam emails, malicious email attachments, hacked web pages, corrupted freeware installers, and fake software installers.
The malicious code of this new ransomware may have landed on your computer after a download of a file that was attached to a legitimate-like email message. Emails that contain malicious files usually attempt to convince you that the attached files contain important information. Hence, they present the files as:
- Invoices coming from reputable sites, like PayPal, eBay, etc.
- Documents from that appear to be sent from your bank.
- An online order confirmation note.
- Receipt for a purchase.
When the infected file is opened on a target device, it enables .missing ransomware virus to trigger lots of malicious processes that infect essential system settings. If it manages to complete all initial infection stages, it will reach target files and modify their code with the help of strong cipher algorithms like AES and RSA.
As a result of encryption, files remain inaccessible until their code is revered back to the original state. In addition, they appears with the suffix .missing at the end of their names.
Unfortunately, .missing virus is likely to corrupt all files that are likely to store valuable information such as:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
In fact, the purpose of this ransomware is to blackmail you into paying a ransom fee to hackers. That’s why when it completes all infections stages, it drops a ransom message with instructions on how to continue with a ransom payment process.
Here is a copy of its ransom message which is stored in the file Contact_Data_Recovery.txt:
All your data has been encrypted.
Contact by Email for data recovery.
Email : email@example.com
Your ID : SEE6EHK3749BG
WARNING: If you don’t contact in 72 hours, contact from a different email provider
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum to cybercriminals. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your .missing files.
How to Remove .missing Virus Files
The so-called .missing virus is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after you complete a removal process that will get rid of all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. That’s why it is recommendable that you follow all steps presented in the ransomware removal guide below. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.