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Remove MMM Ransomware and Restore .0x009d8a Files

This article aims to show you how to remove MMM ransomware from your computer and how to restore .0x009d8a encrypted files.

A new ransomware virus, going by the name MMM ransowmare has been reported to use a combination of not two, but three encryption modes to render the files on the computers affected by it no longer able to be opened – RSA, AES and HMAC ciphers. After the MMM ransomware attacks your computer, the virus immediately begins to demand money to get them back by dropping a ransom note, named RESTORE_0x009d8a_FILES.html. In it, 1.2 BTC is requested from the victims to be sent over in order to get the encrypted files restored back to normal.

Threat Summary

Name MMM Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts the files on the compromised computer and then asks victims to pay a hefty ransom fee of 1.2 BTC in order to get them decrypted and working.
Symptoms The files are encrypted with an extension, like .0x009d8a. A ransom note, named RESTORE_0x009d8a_FILES.html is dropped with further demands and instructions how to make a ransom payoff.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Update May 2018: Triple M ransomware has come out in a newer variant, using the .MMM file extension and asking to pay ransom in BitCoin.

Distribution of MMM Ransomware

Similar to over 80% of the newer ransomware viruses out there, the MMM ransomware infection may be widespread via multiple different types of methods, primary associated with malicious e-mail spam, also known as malspam. Such messages often portray the malicious file carrying the payload of MMM ransomware as a legitimate type of file. Such as:

  • Receipt.
  • Invoice.
  • Letter of complaint.
  • Letter of confirmation.
  • Suscpicious bank activity report.
  • Other urgent matters.

If the victim is tricked into actually opening the malicious file, he or she immediately becomes infected with MMM ransomware.

Besides via torrents, the malicious files of MMM ransomware may also exist as fake setups of software, fake key generators, game patches, cracks or other type of seemingly legitimate executable files.

MMM Ransomware – More Information

Once MMM ransowmare has already infected your computer system, the virus’s first signs of presence begin to show. It may temporarily freeze your computer during which it performs numerous activities on it. The first of those is to drop it’s malicious file which is a .exe file with a random A-Z and 0-9 name on your computer. The file may be accompanied by other malicious files that may be of the following types;

→ .tmp, .exe, .dll, .bat, .vbs, .cmd

These files may be scattered across different parts of your Windows, but they are primarily dropped in the following locations:

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

As soon as MMM ransomware drops it’s malicious files, it also creates it’s ransom note. The note is created so that the ransomware makes it’s presence known and motivates victims into contacting the e-mail unransom@mail.com and pay the sum of 1.2 BTC to the address 151F8ufANwCohXzteZ2mauvHLvkS8WmEFT. The ransom note is named similar to RESTORE_0x009d8a_FILES.html and has the following message for the victims:

YOUR UNIQ IDENTIFICATOR: {UNIQUE-ID}
What happend with my files?
All your databases corrupted. All your files has been locked ( encrypted) with Ransomware
 For encrypting we using strong cryptographic algorithm AES256+RSA-2048 .Do not attempt to recover the files yourself.
 You might corrupt your files. We also rewrite all old blocks on HDD and you don`t recover your files with Recuva and other… 
 YOU HAVE ONLY 6 DAYS FOR BUY YOUR DECRYPTION TOOL 
 It is not advised to use third party tools to decrypt,if we find them you ,you will forever lose your files. 
How i can restore my files?
Go to BTC exchange services and buy 1,2 Bitcoin 3) Send it to address 151F8ufANwCohXzteZ2mauvHLvkS8WmEFT and write us email to address unransom@mail.com for giving your key and decryption tool. In subject write your Unique ID 
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Online wallets: BlockchainInfo, Block.io 

In addition to making sure it is noticed, the MMM ransomware virus may also delete the shadow volume copies on the computers it infects. This is achieved by executing the vssadmin and bcedit commands in a hidden manner, without the victim noticing them:

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

In addition to this, the MMM ransomware virus may also heavily modify the Windows Registry Editor, creating various registry entries in the following sub-keys:

→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
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

MMM Ransomware The Encryption Process

The MMM ransowmare virus uses three types of encryption algorithms. The first one is called AES cipher (Advanced Encryption Algorithm) and it encrypts portion of the files themselves to generate unique asymmetric decryption key. Then, the virus uses the RSA (Rivest-Shamir Adleman) encryption to generate unique keys for each infection. And the HMAC is used to generate a unique hash and make decyrption even more confusing. The files targeted by MMM ransomware are reported to be the following:

“PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com

After the encryption process by this virus has completed, the files encrypted by MMM ransomware may appear like the following:

Remove MMM Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

For the removal process of this ransomware virus, we advise you to follow the instructions below. They are specifically created to help you remove MMM ransowmare either manually or automatically. According to security experts the best and most secure method to remove MMM ransomware from your computer is to use a ransomware removal software in order to automatically scan for every object, created by this virus and then remove it and protect your PC against future threats.

If you want to restore files encrypted by this ransomware, you can go ahead and try out the alternative methods from step “2. Restore files encrypted by MMM Ransomware” below. They are in no way fully effective, but they may help restore several important files without you having to pay the ransom.

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How to Remove MMM Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MMM Ransomware

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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


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 MMM Ransomware 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 MMM 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 MMM Ransomware 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 MMM 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.

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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of MMM Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall MMM Ransomware and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 MMM Ransomware:

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 MMM Ransomware. 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 MMM Ransomware. 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 MMM Ransomware 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 MMM Ransomware. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove MMM Ransomware from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase MMM Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall MMM Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove MMM Ransomware from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MMM Ransomware will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate MMM Ransomware from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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