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|
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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.|
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.