The following post deals with one very common and highly dangerous malware that is called M3gac0rtx. According to the malware categorization, this program is a Ransomware-based virus, and more precisely, a cryptovirus. What you should know about Ransomware is that most virus programs of this kind tend to utilize file encryption on the private files of the victim in order to render them unavailable. As soon as the sneaky piece of malware is finally finished with all the data encryption, it typically generates a scary pop-up which asks the victim to make a ransom payment in exchange for a secret decryption key. The cyber criminals, who stay behind M3gac0rtx, normally give exact instructions within the ransom note that explain how the ransom payment is supposed to be performed. Furthermore, the crooks may threaten that if the targeted user chooses not to make the money transfer they will never obtain the decryption code and will lose access to the encrypted data forever.
To all the victims of M3gac0rtx that are currently reading this – we’ve worked hard in order to come up with this article and the Removal Guide that is published below with the single intention of helping you remove the nasty infection and avoid paying ransom to the crooks. Simply read the paragraphs that follow and make use of the instructions provided within the Removal Guide.
Why is Ransomware so difficult to deal with?
The main reason why Ransomware invasions have such a high rate of success is due to the fact that this specific form of computer virus doesn’t behave like any other type of malicious software. In the majority of cases of Ransomware attacks, no real damage is caused to the computer itself or to the documents that are stored on it. The process of file-encryption is really complex, yet, in most cases, undamaging to the actual files. They remain in the system with the only difference that the victim cannot open or use them in any way. It is just that Ransomware viruses utilize it for blackmailing and harassment. And since there is no actual harm, corruption or deletion of data, most Ransomware programs, including M3gac0rtx, are normally able to remain undetected even if the user has an anti-virus application on their Computer. Regrettably, in almost all cases of a Ransomware invasion, the virus doesn’t get detected until the file- encrypting process has completed. Furthermore, what additionally makes detecting the virus even more difficult is the fact that, more often than not, there are pretty much no major red flags or symptoms which can help the user in identifying the cryptovirus threat. All this basically makes it even more difficult to detect a threat like M3gac0rtx, [email protected], Meds in time or deal with it afterward.
Ransom payment and the alternatives
In the event that you are thinking about making the ransom payment to the hackers behind M3gac0rtx with the hope to regain access to your encrypted data, we feel obligated to point out a few things regarding that option. The online hackers that are blackmailing you need you to believe that this is the only available option at your disposal. One important thing you should know about the process of paying the ransom is that there will likely be a deadline and a specified transfer currency – typically that would be BitCoins. A notorious quality of the BitCoin cyber-currency is its ability to stay untraceable. The use of this kind of untraceable virtual currency is the main reason the majority of Ransomware criminals succeed in remaining anonymous after successfully carrying out their shady blackmailing schemes. The issue that should worry you the most regarding the ransom transaction is that there is no way of getting your money back in case you don’t receive anything in return. In fact, nobody guarantees that you would really obtain the code which will unseal your documents. The hackers only care to receive the payment in their wallet and there is nothing that can make them fulfill their “promises” afterward. That’s why transferring the required money must generally be avoided considering what we have just pointed out. Looking for alternate courses of action and giving them a try is certainly the preferable method for approaching this type of problem and we suggest you start with the removal guide below.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
Remove M3gac0rtx Ransomware
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to M3gac0rtx
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the M3gac0rtx.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and M3gac0rtx , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – M3gac0rtx
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to M3gac0rtx Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: M3gac0rtx Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the M3gac0rtx Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.