MSSECSVC2.0 Virus Ransomware Removal

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If you are seeking help in the fight against the noxious Ransomware cryptovirus called MSSECSVC2.0 Virus, we might be able to offer you that within the next lines. We know just how devastating a Ransomware attack can be and we have made sure to give you all the necessary information that you need to be aware of with regards to this particular type of malicious software. Below, there’s also a removal guide that we’ve added in case any of our readers have already had the misfortune of having MSSECSVC2.0 Virus land on their system. Be free to make use of the guide if you need it, but make sure to first read the main part of the article since you ought to be well informed regarding Ransomware if you wish to be able to fight it effectively.

File encryption

The method that allows a Ransomware virus like MSSECSVC2.0 Virus to lock your files and blackmail you for a ransom payment is none other than the so-called encryption. There are several important things that you need to know about encryptions and in this paragraph, we will explain them to you.

First of all, the encryption used to render your data inaccessible doesn’t actually damage or corrupt the targeted files. This is important because since no real damage is being inflicted, in most cases, a regular antivirus program would not be triggered and the malware would be allowed to complete its agenda uninterrupted. This is actually a huge issue since it heavily contributes to the success rate of Ransomware infections. Sadly, so far no universally effective software counter has been developed against cryptoviruses like MSSECSVC2.0 Virus. Though some fortunate users might have had the luck of having the right antivirus program to intercept a specific Ransomware infection, normally, this is not the case. After all, encryption, as a process, is actually a legit technique of protecting one’s data and many anti-malware tools are unable to tell the difference between an encryption process ran by Ransomware and one ran by a non-malicious program.

The next thing about encryption that users need to be aware of is that the code remains on the files even after the cryptovirus has been taken care of. What this means is that even if you manage to successfully get rid of MSSECSVC2.0 Virus, if it has already made your files inaccessible, you won’t be able to open them unless you find a way of either decrypting them or restoring them through another method.

The ransom request

As soon as the process of encrypting your files has been completed, the virus would generate a note on your desktop or in some other directory, which note contains strict instructions that are supposed to guide the victim towards paying the ransom. Many users tend to get intimidated by such a note and instantly succumb to the criminal’s demands. Doing this is a big mistake since one should always be able to retain their cool and assess the potential options that they might have. For example, if you have access to a Ransomware removal and file restoration guide that you can use to potentially deal with the issue without having to pay anything, you should probably try that first. Luckily, as we already mentioned, one such guide can be found down below this current article, so we advise you to make use of it in case you are dealing with Ransomware at this moment. Know that there are several good reasons why opting for the ransom is highly inadvisable. For starters, you never know if you are actually going to get the needed key even if you do everything that the blackmailer has told you to do. Additionally, sending them the requested money would certainly encourage them to keep on developing even more advanced forms of Ransomware and use them to terrorize other regular users like yourself. Also, since bitcoins (an untraceable cyber-currency) are normally the method used to make the payment, there’s pretty much no chance that the hacker would be brought out of their anonymity and held responsible for their misdeeds, which means that your money would be gone for good if you decide to make the transfer.

Data protection

There are many ways to keep your computer and files safe from possible Ransomware attacks. For instance, adopting responsible and risk-free online behavior can significantly diminish the chances of actually landing a cryptovirus like MSSECSVC2.0 Virus. By that we mean that you ought to keep away from anything on the Internet that can be a potential threat: shady sites, unreliable download sources, messages that look like spam, sketchy ads, etc. – should all be avoided. Another good method of keeping your system clean and save is equipping it with a dependable high-quality antivirus program. This is mainly to help you fend off backdoor malware such as Trojans that can be used to infect your machine with a Ransomware virus. Lastly, remember that a file backup can neutralize the threat that you could face form a potential Ransomware attack, since even if the files on your hard drive get encrypted, you will still have them safely copied on another location that’s untouched by the virus.

MSSECSVC2.0 Virus Ransomware Removal

Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.

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.

5: Registry

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.

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