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TripleM Ransomware – How to Remove It

This article will aid you to remove TripleM Ransomware. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

TripleM Ransomware is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. The TripleM Ransomware will leave ransomware instructions as text file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

NameTripleM Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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TripleM Ransomware – Distribution Techniques

The TripleM ransomware is a new release belonging to the “MMM” malware family. The identified samples are relatively low in volume indicating a possible test or early campaign release. What we know is that it might be possible that a single method is being used. In future updates we might see other approaches being used.

One of the primary methods is the use of email SPAM messages which take advantage of phishing social engineering techniques. They are one of the most popular ones as they have a very high success ratio. The messages are designed to coerce the recipients into thinking that they have received a legitimate notification from a service or company that they know.

A similar technique is the creation of fake web sites which are used to manipulate the visitors into thinking that they are accessing a legitimate download portal or vendor site. Any downloaded files or executed scripts will lead to the TripleM ransomware infection. Alongside the virus executable files themselves the infections can be caused by by payload carriers, two popular examples are the following:

  • Infected Documents — The hackers behind the TripleM ransomware can embed the installation scripts into documents of all popular types: rich text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. When opened by the victims a prompt will appear asking the victims to enable the macros. If this is done the TripleM virus will be delivered to the target computer.
  • Application Installers — The other popular payload is the inclusion of the virus installation scripts in setup files of popular software: system utilities, creativity suites and even games. Once they are started the virus will be deployed.

These payload carriers can also be spread on file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent. They are popular places to spread both legitimate and pirate files.

Another approach is the use of browser hijackers which represent hacker-made extensions made for the most popular web browsers. They are usually uploaded to their relevant web repositories with fake web developers and user reviews. When they are installed by the victims the TripleM ransommware will be deployed.

TripleM Ransomware – Detailed Analysis

The captured TripleM ransomware seem to include only the ransomware engine without having any other components. This leads us to believe that these are test releases or early versions of the virus. As such we anticipate that future releases will include other modules as well.

Typical ransomware will begin by collecting sensitive data from the infected computer. The harvested information is usually made available to the hacker operators as it is used to generate a custom ID for each infected machine. It is computed via an algorithm that takes its input values from a list of installed hardware components, regional and user settings and other environmental values.

This information is then used to scan the system for any security software that can block the virus infiltration. This is done by scanning the memory and installed applications for ant-virus engines, firewalls and sandbox environments.

If this security bypass is enforced the TripleM ransomware will have total control of the compromised machine. This will allow it to access the Windows Registry in order to modify the stored values. If any changes are introduced to the operating system then the overall system stability can be affected. Certain functions and services can become unresponsive. When the modifications are done to an individual application they may become non-responsive.

A related action is the setup of the malware as a persistent infection — the TripleM ransomware will be started every time the computer is powered on. This also enforces changes to the boot options, configuration files and other system resources. This can make many manual user removal guides non-working. An additional measure would be the removal of system data such as Shadow Volume Copies and Backups. This will require the use of a professional-grade software in order to achieve a full system recovery.

These infections can be used to lead to delivery of other payloads such as the following:

  • Trojan Horse Infection — They will install a local client connection to a hacker-controlled server thereby allowing the malicious operators to have control over the infected computer, steal user data and spy on the victims.
  • Browser Hijackers — These are browser extensions which are made compatible with the most popular web browsers. Once installed they will modify their settings in order to redirect the victims to hacker-controlled pages.
  • Miners — These applications and scripts establish a connection to a hacker-controlled server called “pool”. It will send hardware-intensive tasks to the victim systems. When they are run this will affect the system performance — CPU, GPU, memory and hard disk space. When one of the tasks has completed running digital currency will be awarded to the hacker operators.

The alternative name of this virus is “MMM Reborn Ransomware”.

TripleM Ransomware – Encryption Process

When all prior components have finished running the actual ransomware module will be started. Based on the traditonal behavior patterns the TripleM Ransomware will also use a built-in list of target file type extensions. A typical one will target the following user data:

  • Databases
  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos

All of the processed files will receive the an extension in encrypted HEX format as part of their file name. They will become impossible to open and access. The accompanying ransomware note is created in a file called IF_YOU_NEED_FILES_READ_ME.html which reads the following message:

All of your files were encrypted by a strong encryption with RSA2048
Specially for your PC was generated personal RSA2048 Key, both public and private
ALL YOUR FILES were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your PC via the Internet
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our Server

Remove TripleM Ransomware and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the TripleM ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove TripleM Ransomware from Windows.


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

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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 TripleM 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 TripleM 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 TripleM 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.

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Step 4: Scan for TripleM 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.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by TripleM Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and TripleM Ransomware 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of TripleM Ransomware from Mac OS X.


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

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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 TripleM 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 TripleM 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 TripleM 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 TripleM 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 TripleM 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by TripleM Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and TripleM Ransomware 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


TripleM Ransomware FAQ

What is TripleM Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware 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 .TripleM Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the .TripleM Ransomware 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 .TripleM Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by TripleM Ransomware 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 ".TripleM Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware 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 TripleM Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .TripleM Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like TripleM Ransomware 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.

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