In this article, you will find more information about Moncrypt virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from an infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
Moncrypt virus is a data locker ransomware that belongs to Scarab threat family. Once it manages to trick you into starting malicious files on your operating system, it interferes with essential system settings. The contamination of these settings enables the ransomware to reach valuable personal files and encodes them with the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Following encryption, encrypted files remain inaccessible and renamed with the malicious extension .moncrypt An image file that is originally named trip.jpg will appear as trip.jpg.moncrypt Finally, Moncrypt virus drops a ransom note HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT to extort a ransom payment for a decryption tool.
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that encodes valuable files with sophisticated cipher algorithm and demands a ransom fee for their decryption.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .moncrypt extension. Hackers attempt to blackmail you into paying a ransom for a decryption tool.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Infected Software Installers|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Moncrypt.|
|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.|
Distribution and Impact of Moncrypt Ransomware
There are several spread techniques that may be used for the distribution of Moncrypt ransomware virus. One of those techniques is called malspam. The technique lets hackers spread malicious code via massive email campaigns. They usually embed their malware in files of common types and attach these files to email messages. In addition, emails are often disguised as legitimate businesses or services.
When you open the corrupted file on your PC you trigger the ransomware payload on your device unnoticeably. Commonly used types of files such as documents, PDFs, images are likely to be misused for the spread of Moncrypt ransomware payload. As for the attachments, are often presented 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.
Security researchers reported that Moncrypt virus is a strain of the vicious ransomware family Scarab. The infection process with Moncrypt cryptovirus begins when its payload is loaded on your computer system. Afterward, the threat attempts to complete a long sequence of malicious activities.
At first, the ransomware creates additional malicious files and objects on the system. It could be set to store the files in some of the following folders:
Once the ransomware establishes all needed files it continues with the completion of other attack stages. By executing malicious files, the ransomware becomes able to remain invisible while contaminating essential system settings. Eventually, it starts misusing system functionalities and legitimate processes for malicious purposes.
After the contamination of certain system components, Moncrypt virus reaches the data encryption stage. For the completion of this stage, it activates a built-in cipher module that scans predefined folders for target files. Then this module encrypts all target files by utilizing a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Like its predecessors, Moncrypt Scarab ransomware probably uses the AES cipher algorithm to encode files. As a result, you may have all your valuable files inaccessible and renamed with the extension .moncrypt
You may not be able to use your:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
At the end of the attack, Moncrypt virus drops the ransom message HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT
Here is what you can read when you open the message:
Your files are now encrypted!
Your personal identifier:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
Now you should send us email with your personal identifier.
This email will be as confirmation you are ready to pay for decryption key.
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Contact us using this email address: email@example.com
Free decryption as guarantee!
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption.
The total size of files must be less than 10Mb (non archived), and files should not contain
valuable information (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.).
If you are waiting for a message from us for more than 12 hours, check spam folder.
* Do not rename encrypted files.
* Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
* Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price
(they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
This message attempts to trick you into transferring a ransom fee to hackers. Although they promise to send back an efficient decryption tool for .moncrypt files, we recommend that you avoid paying them the ransom. There is no guarantee that their tool will be able to decrypt encoded files. Furthermore, you could never receive any answer from them even after you pay the ransom.
Remove Moncrypt Virus
Moncrypt virus is a threat that once started on your computer operating system disrupts its security and leaves it extremely vulnerable to additional malware attacks. You can use your infected system in a secure manner again only after you remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the thorough removal of Moncrypt, you can use the steps presented in the guide below. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for users who have computer experience. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide. There you will find a professional removal tool that will scan the system for any malicious files and let you remove them with a few mouse clicks.
Here we should warn you that the removal of Moncrypt ransomware will only help you to strengthen the security of your system. All personal data remains encrypted until it is decrypted by an efficient recovery tool.
Step 5 from our Moncrypt ransomware removal guide presents alternative data recovery methods that may be efficient for the recovery of encrypted files. Beware that you should make copies of all encrypted files and save them on a flash drive for example before the beginning of the recovery process.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
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.
How to Remove Moncrypt from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Moncrypt
Step 2: Uninstall Moncrypt 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Moncrypt on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Moncrypt there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Moncrypt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Moncrypt.
Ransomware infections and Moncrypt 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.
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.
Get rid of Moncrypt from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Moncrypt and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Moncrypt 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Moncrypt on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Moncrypt aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.
This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
What is Moncrypt ransomware and how does it work?
Moncrypt 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 Moncrypt ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways.Moncrypt 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 Moncrypt 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 .Moncrypt files?
You can't. At this point the .Moncrypt 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 .Moncrypt files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Moncrypt 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 ".Moncrypt" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Moncrypt 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 Moncrypt 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 Moncrypt ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Moncrypt files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Moncrypt 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.