Do you know what MonCrypt Ransomware is?
Cybercriminals do not need to do much to build new ransomware infections. MonCrypt Ransomware, for example, was created using the malware code that was used many times before. The predecessor is Scarab Ransomware, and other threats that have been built using the same code include Scarab-Good Ransomware, Scarab-Glutton Ransomware, Scarab-Cybergod Ransomware, and many others. These threats are most likely to exploit spam emails, bundled downloaders, and RDP security vulnerabilities to invade operating systems silently. If security software is installed, it should remove MonCrypt Ransomware immediately; otherwise, it is likely to remain silent until all personal files are encrypted. At this point, deleting the infection to save files might be too late, but of course, it must be eliminated as quickly as possible. If you want to learn more, keep reading.
When MonCrypt Ransomware encrypts files, it temporarily disables the Registry Editor and Task Manager utilities. Therefore, even if you notice something odd going on, you should not be able to terminate malicious processes. After files are encrypted, the utilities are enabled once again. This is when you might discover that personal files cannot be read and that the “.moncrypt” extension is attached to the original names. Do not pay too much attention to this extension because it is a mere marker, and you will not achieve anything by removing it. Next to the encrypted files, MonCrypt Ransomware should drop its own file called “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT.” This file is meant to be opened automatically after it is dropped, and most victims of the infection will learn about the attack via the message represented by this file. According to it, all files were encrypted “due to a security problem with your PC.”MonCrypt Ransomware screenshot
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The message introduced to you by MonCrypt Ransomware is meant to convince you that you need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that the attackers could provide you with information about a ransom payment. It is stated that only if you pay an undisclosed sum of money in Bitcoins will you be sent a decryption tool that, allegedly, can restore your files. Sending an email does not sound like a terrible thing, does it? Well, if you do that, the attackers could expose you to new scams and malware installers. Also, do not assume that you can plead with cybercriminals. They want your money, and they will not budge with the ransom they demand from you. What would happen if you paid this ransom? Most likely, nothing would happen. We certainly do not think that you would obtain a decryptor, which is why instead of figuring out how to pay a ransom, we suggest focusing on the removal of MonCrypt Ransomware.
As you know, you will not get your files back by paying the ransom or deleting MonCrypt Ransomware, but if you have backups, you can replace the corrupted files with copies. It is crucial that you create copies of your personal files and then store them in a secure location (e.g., online or on external drives) because there are thousands of file-encryptors, wipers, and other kinds of infections that can affect your files. If you have backups, use them after you delete MonCrypt Ransomware. You might be able to eliminate this threat manually, but if that is not an option for you, we recommend installing anti-malware software. In fact, even if you can remove the threat manually, you need this software to protect your system, and so we suggest installing it as soon as possible.
Remove MonCrypt Ransomware
- Delete recently downloaded files.
- Delete all copies of the HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT file.
- Tap Win+E keys to launch File Explorer and enter %APPDATA% into the field at the top.
- If you can find a file named osk.exe, you must Delete it.
- Empty Recycle Bin and then immediately install a malware scanner to perform a full system scan.
In non-techie terms:
MonCrypt Ransomware is a dangerous threat that was created to encrypt your files and then introduce you to a message from cybercriminals. According to this message, you need to contact the attackers and then pay a ransom if you want to have your files restored, but we do not recommend doing any of this. If you send an email, you could be exposed to malware and scams, and if you pay the ransom, remember that you are very unlikely to get anything in return for it anyway. Of course, we do not recommend taking such risks. Hopefully, you do not have to because you have backups of all personal files and can use them to replace the files that were corrupted after deleting MonCrypt Ransomware. Even if you can eliminate this malware yourself, we suggest installing anti-malware software because besides clearing malware, it also can ensure full-time protection.