This page contains some very helpful information on how to remove one very harmful virus named Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware. This virus is not a regular one, but a cryptovirus from the Ransomware type and is presently among the most harassing online threats one can encounter. It can silently encrypt all the files, found on your computer and keep them hostage until you pay a fat amount of money in ransom. In the next lines, we will tell you how this infection spreads, how it operates, what tricky blackmail technique it uses and how to counteract it without paying a penny to the hackers. So, stay with us and you will learn a lot!
Why is Ransomware such a fearful threat?
One should really fear from Ransomware, especially if he doesn’t have the habit of backing up its data and keeping it safe somewhere on an external drive or a cloud. This malware is hard to deal with because in its basis lies a very nasty encryption process, which is incorporated in a blackmail scheme that deprives you from accessing your infected device or your data unless you pay ransom to release it. In general, the Ransomware-like infections can be divided into several subcategories, which function in a different way, depending on what their target is and what access they deprive you from. To give you a better insight of the abilities of Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware, here we will briefly describe the Ransomware subgroups:
- The screen-locking Ransomware – This type of ransomware-like viruses basically apply a special locking mechanism to block your screen, and this way deprive you from using the device and any of its icons, system’s features or functions. A big ransom-requiring notification is usually used for that, which takes the entire monitor and covers up everything. The hackers ask for a huge amount of money to be paid to remove the ransom notification and if you don’t pay on time, they may threaten you in various ways. A mobile-oriented version of the same screen-locking Ransomware is also available. It targets smartphones and tablets and operates in the same principle by displaying a huge ransom notice on the screen and preventing the victims from using their apps.
- The file-encrypting type – Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware is a classic representative of this type. This Ransomware is much more problematic and complex than the screen-locking one because instead of blocking the access to the device, it uses a special file-encrypting code to convert the files, found on the infected machine, into an unknown format, and this way make them inaccessible with any program. If you try to open any of them after the encryption has been applied, an error message will appear and you won’t be able to use them. The hackers will again display a ransom note on your screen, asking you to pay certain amount of money, but this time you will need their secret decryption key to reverse the encryption and get the affected data back to normal. Handling such an infection poses a serious challenge even to the experienced security specialists because reversing the malicious encoding may not always be successful and may lead to serious data loss along with the risk of a serious money loss for the victims who decide to pay for the secret decryption key and never hear back from the hackers.
Potential sources of Ransomware infections:
Ransomware infections like Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware can be found almost anywhere on the web. A concrete source cannot be pointed out but as per some of the latest reports, most of the contaminations happen through accidental clicks on well camouflaged Trojan horses, infected emails with malicious attachments, spam messages, .exe files, PDFs, misleading links, ads and virus-inflicted web pages. That’s why, the security experts alarm that the users should not interact with sketchy content and stick only to reputed web locations which they trust.
In case you have been attacked by Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware, this is what we would advise you to do:
Unfortunately, to the present, there is not yet a security expert, a tool, software or a guide which is capable of fully fighting a file-encrypting Ransomware infection and restoring your data to its previous state. You may be able to remove Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware, with instructions like the ones published in the removal guide below, but the encryption that keeps your data locked may not get reversed when the Ransomware infection is gone. This is the most harmful consequence of such an attack. Paying to the hackers cannot guarantee you a complete file-recovery either because they may simply disappear with your money without sending you anything. If you try to deal with Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware on your own, however, you may still have a small chance to save something. For that purpose, we advise you first to remove the infection and then try to extract some of your files with the help of the file-restoration instructions below. Don’t forget to check your external drives and cloud for some copies of your files, because you may be able to recover some of them from there too.
Mssecsvc.exe Ransomware Removal
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1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.