What is .moresa Files Virus? How to remove it from infected PC? Can files encrypted by this ransomware be recovered?
A strain of STOP ransomware called .moresa files virus has been detected in the wild. It is a threat that is able to plague essential operating system settings and encrypt personal files. Infection with this ransomware leads to the extortion of a ransom fee in cryptocurrency. If you are a victim of .moresa STOP ransomware your important files will be marked with the extension .moresa while your access to their data will be restricted. This guide contains information that will help you to remove .moresa files virus along with all its malicious entries. After the removal, you could proceed to the data recovery part where you could find some alternative methods for .moresa files recovery.
|Name||.moresa Files Virus|
|Short Description||Encrypts files on your computer and extorts a ransom fee for their recovery.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .moresa extension. You see a ransom message that forces you to contact hackers for a decryption tool.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .moresa Files Virus.|
|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.|
.moresa Files Virus – Update May 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP .moresa ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.
So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .moresa decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .moresa ransomware infections.
.moresa Files Virus – How Does It Infect and What Does It Do?
Analyses conducted by the security researcher Michael Gillespie indicate that the so-called .moresa files virus is yet another strain ofSTOP/ Djvu ransomware. Like its predecessors, .moresa is designed to corrupt computer systems and encode valuable user files in order to extort ransom payment from its victims.
At this point, there is no official information about the infection vectors used by .moresa STOP ransomware. However, it is likely that payload files that trigger the attack are mainly spread via spam email messages. These messages attempt to trick you into downloading the payload on your device. The malicious code is usually hidden in a file attachment or a link to a corrupted web page. Attached files could be 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.
When first started on your PC .moresa files virus attempts to evade detection by checking for active security measures. Afterwards, the threat establishes additional malicious files in some of the following system folders:
With the help of these files .moresa ransomware performs many malicious operations that enable it to plague essential system settings. It may obtain administrative rights, gather specific system details, connect to a remote server, transfer data and ensure its persistent presence. For achieving the last, the threat interferes with Windows registries like RUN and RUNONCE. Since these two registry keys manage the automatic execution of main system and applications’ files, ransomware like .moresa often misuse their functionalities in order to become able to load on every system start.
The moment .moresa files virus reaches the main attack stage which is data encryption it utilizes two sophisticated cipher algorithms to encode target files and restrict the access to their data. Following encryption, the names of all corrupted files are marked with the extension .moresa Unfortunately, it is likely that all common files that are listed below are among the targets of this nasty ransomware:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
In addition to the encryption capabilities, the ransomware has recently been added the feature to install a particular password-stealing Trojan known as Azorult (AZORult). AZORult is an information stealer and downloader designed to harvest various sensitive details from the systems it compromises. So once .moresa virus activates it on your machine, it becomes able to obtain various types of data such as account credentials, desktop files, cryptocurrency wallets, browser history, Skype message history, and others. When harvested, your data is uploaded to a remote server. Be advised to change the passwords of all accounts you actively use as soon as possible.
Finally, the threat drops a text file that contains a specific message. Considering the main purpose of this message we could call it a ransom message. Once you open it you may be presented with the following text:
Don’t worry my friend, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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Apparently, the ransom message attempts to blackmail you into paying a ransom fee in cryptocurrency to hackers. According to the presented details, following this operation, you will receive a decryption tool for .moresa files. However, since there is no guarantee that this tool is functioning, we recommend you to avoid any negotiations with cyber criminals and attempt to deal with the problem in a secure way.
Remove .moresa Files Virus and Attempt to Restore Data
The so-called .moresa files virus is a threat with highly complex code that corrupts both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by STOP .moresa ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before 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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .moresa Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .moresa Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .moresa Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .moresa Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .moresa 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .moresa Files Virus 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 .moresa Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .moresa Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .moresa Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .moresa 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.
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 .moresa Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .moresa Files Virus 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 .moresa 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:
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 .moresa Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .moresa Files Virus 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.
.moresa Files Virus FAQ
What is .moresa Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?
.moresa 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 .moresa Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways..moresa 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 .moresa 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 ..moresa Files Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..moresa 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 ..moresa Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .moresa 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 "..moresa 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 ..moresa 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 .moresa 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 .moresa Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..moresa Files Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .moresa 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.