What is Mircop Ransomware?
If Mircop Ransomware hits your computer, there is a good chance that you lose all your precious photos, videos, and documents unless, of course, you have a backup copy on a removable drive. Not “only” does this vicious ransomware encrypt your files, but it may also steal personal information from you. The only chance for you to recover your files is to pay the uniquely high ransom fee. But we cannot confirm that you will actually get the private key that is needed for you to decrypt your files. It is more likely that you will never hear about these criminals again after transferring the ransom fee. Since this is a severe threat to your computer and your privacy, we recommend that you delete Mircop Ransomware immediately. In order to learn more about the risks and possible ways to avoid this ransomware, please continue reading our report.
Where does Mircop Ransomware come from?
According to our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com, this infection mainly travels as an infected file attached to spam e-mails. This attachment can be a document, such as a .docx or .pdf file, for example. The most important thing to know about this is that it is quite easy to be fooled by such spam e-mails. Cyber criminals use sophisticated tactics to make these mails and their attachment look like something you must see ASAP. You can find, for example, fake corrected flight ticket information, hotel room reservation, credit card check failure, mail delivery error, and anything else that could look authentic and urgent to check. Unfortunately, these mails can land in your inbox even if you have a smart spam filter. The biggest issue in this case is when you actually run the attached file because that is the moment you actually infect your computer with this vicious ransomware. If it comes as a text document, such as an invoice, it is possible that you will only see unreadable characters and you will be asked to enable macros to see the real content. In such a case that will be the moment of infection as that malicious macro code will download and/or initiate the attack.
All in all, it is essential that you be more careful with your clicks. As you see now, one single click can start up Mircop Ransomware and nothing will stop it until it finishes its encryption spree. Even if you remove Mircop Ransomware as soon as you notice its presence, it may be too late. But it is still what you should do if you want to restore order on your system.
How does Mircop Ransomware work?
This ransomware uses one of the most popular and nearly-impossible-to-decrypt methods called RSA. This algorithm uses two keys: the public key and the private key. The latter key is stored on a server and is only shared with the victim if the ransom fee gets transferred. Unfortunately, this rarely happens; that is the sharing part. Mircop Ransomware targets all your music, video, and picture files as well as your documents. The whole encryption process may take as little as one minute depending on the number of affected files and the performance of your computer. Interestingly, this infection does not add a unique extension to your files, but, instead, it modifies them with a “Lock.” prefix (e.g., “Lock.mydoc.docx”). Of course, this is not the only way to tell that this monster has hit your system.
Once its job is done, this ransomware replaces your desktop screen with its own frightening ransom note and image. In fact, these criminals seem to ride the wave of the hacker group known as Anonymous by using a threatening tone and the picture of the well-known masked man (Guy Fawkes). Strangely enough, these crooks claim that the victim has stolen from them and now they want the money back. This amount is one of the highest claims we have ever seen with its 48.48 Bitcoins, which is around 31,600 US dollars. This amount is mainly demanded from huge companies or very rich individuals. However, you cannot rule out getting such a spam and initiating this attack yourself on your personal computer. If you are an average computer user, it is quite likely that you do not have this much to spare on rescuing your files. But the silver lining is that even if you paid this money, there would be no guarantee that you would receive the private key. Actually, the only way to restore your files is to have a backup HDD and copy the unaffected files back after you remove Mircop Ransomware and all the encrypted files. Of course, there is a slight chance that in the near future a free tool will appear on the web that can recover the files encrypted by this ransomware. Therefore, it may be best to keep them or save them on a removable drive.
How can I delete Mircop Ransomware?
The good news about this ugly threat is that it is very simple to get rid of it as long as you can identify the malicious file you downloaded from the spam e-mail. Once you find this file, you just need to bin it and make sure that your Recycle Bin is also emptied. If you need assistance with these steps, please use our guide below. If you let this malware onto your computer, it is possible that you can find more infections on board. You can decrease the risk of getting infected if you stay away from suspicious file-sharing and gaming sites, and you try not to click on random third-party ads. But the best solution is always to have a trustworthy anti-malware application installed that can automatically take care of all possible security-related issues. If you need help with the removal of Mircop Ransomware, please leave us a comment below.
Remove Mircop Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+E to launch File Explorer.
- Find and bin the downloaded malicious file.
- Empty the Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
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