A brand new threat named Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus is taking the Internet by storm now. This threat is one of the latest Ransomware cryptoviruses, and as such, it comes with some advanced infection and distribution methods as well as some very malicious specifics. If you spend a few minutes on this page, you will learn some basic and useful information on how to keep your PC protected and how to counteract an eventual attack. In case that your machine has already been infected with Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus, them most probably all of your files have been encrypted with a strong algorithm, which is now keeping them hostage. Fortunately, in the next paragraphs, we will be showing you how to remove the Ransomware and eventually regain the access to some of your encrypted data. You can find all the instructions in the removal guide below, but we strongly advise you to first read the information that follows and gain a better understanding of the infection.
Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus – a very harmful Ransomware threat
Numerous infections with Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus have recently been reported by users from all over the world and it seems that this Ransomware is quickly taking over hundreds of machines and their data. Ransomware threats are generally used as tools for online blackmail. They rob the unsuspecting online users by depriving them of accessing their data and asking them to pay a huge amount of money in ransom to regain the access. This is a criminal practice, which is making tons of money for the hackers who create infections like Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus but causes losses for millions for the victims. The success of this criminal practice relies on stealthy infection methods, panic, threatening messages and short deadlines.
When Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus attacks you, you may not even notice it because such an advanced cryptovirus rarely has some visible symptoms, which may give it away. It silently gets inside your PC and applies a very complex encryption algorithm to all the commonly used data, found on the hard drives. It usually changes the extension of the encrypted files to make sure that they cannot be opened with any program. When the malicious encryption process is over, a scary ransom note appears on the victims’ screen, informing them about the attack and prompting them to make a ransom payment in a short time. A secret decryption key, which can reverse the encryption, is promised to be given to those who fulfill the hackers’ demands. Those who do not pay the required ransom, however, are threatened to never access their files again.
How can one get infected with Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus?
New Ransomware threats like Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus use various transmitters to reach the users’ machines. Spam messages, well camouflaged fake ads, pop-ups, torrents, shady installers, attractive offers, emails, and attachments are just some of the distributors. In most of the cases, a system vulnerability or a Trojan horse helps Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus to sneak inside the computer undetected, that’s why it is very important for the users to ensure their system is updated and a good antivirus program is on the watch guard. However, the hackers constantly develop new and even more credible-looking ways to spread their cryptoviruses, so one should be very careful when interacting with web content from non-trusted sources and sketchy sites and avoid unnecessary risks.
Dealing with Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus – how to counteract the infection?
Counteracting an Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus attack is not an easy task. Usually, the victims have to face the dilemma whether to pay the ransom or to deal with the Ransomware by other means. In both of the cases, we would like to point out that there are certain risks. Paying the ransom may look like the fastest and easiest way to get your encrypted files back and forget about the case. However, the practice shows that is the worst course of action. Most of the victims simply burn out their money without receiving a decryption key or any solution that can reverse the Ransomware encryption because the hackers usually disappear the moment they get the ransom payment. Those, who still receive a decryption key often face difficulties with reversing the encryption because the key doesn’t always work properly or make the things even worse. And while the risk is all yours to take, you should keep in mind that paying the ransom is an unfair deal, which does not guarantee you anything. What is more, keeping Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus on your system can expose the PC to even more threats, especially if a Trojan horse has also come inside.
Having the Ransomware and all of its related scripts removed at least can rid you of the infection. This may also not get your encrypted files back to normal, but once the computer is clean, you can safely begin with your attempts to restore some of them by other means. You can use backups from an external drive, a USB or a cloud and safely copy your data to the clean machine. If you don’t have any copies, however, in the guide below we have included detailed instructions, which may help you extract some of your files. Giving them a try may not guarantee you a full data restoration but may still be worth it.
Mssecvc.exe Virus/Taskche.exe Virus 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.