This page aims to help you remove the .Meds Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Meds file can be recovered.
.Meds is a ransomware of the DJVU/Stop ransomware strain. Its sole reason to exist is to extort money from victims in the form of bitcoin payments.
Ransomware viruses are feared computer threats. Their numbers have been rapidly increasing, and new sophisticated infections have been targeting the computers of unsuspecting web users. One of these new Ransomware variants is called .Meds, which is an example of what is also known as a cryptovirus. This infection typically causes harm to its victims by applying a secret encryption to their files in order to allow the hackers behind the threat to blackmail the users for the access to the sealed data. The placed file-encryption is considered so difficult to remove that the victims often see no other option but to pay the demanded money with the hope that they will regain access to the affected files.
Luckily, there are other alternatives which don’t involve paying a ransom to some anonymous hackers, and in the next lines you will learn more about them. Below, we have published a detailed removal guide, with the aim of helping those affected by .Meds. The removal guide contains manual steps and a professional removal tool as well as a section with instructions on how to potentially recover some of your locked files without paying a ransom.
The .Meds virus
The .Meds virus is eponymous with the file extension, but its real name is DJVU. The .Meds virus is just the latest of the DJVU ransomware to sweep the internet.
Ransomware viruses like .Meds, Seto, Moka have a set of traits that ensure they secretly infect the system and perform the malicious action they have been created for. One of them is their stealthiness. Such infections are able to avoid detection from the majority of antivirus programs. The reason is, the file-encryption they use is a process that is neither malicious, nor harmful or damaging in any way. What the encryption does is, it simply makes the files stored on the system inaccessible without the application of a special decryption key. The problem is that you don’t initially have that key and the only people who possess it are the cybercriminals behind the Ransomware. In order to obtain it, you are supposed to pay the demanded ransom sum.
The .Meds file extension
The .Meds file extension is an encryption that takes over files and appears only when the file is fully locked. If you don’t see the .Meds file extension on all files, immediately shut down your machine and unplug it from the power source so you can stop the ransomware from encrypting at least some of your files.
The most common question we get asked from victims of Ransomware is about what can be done when you have already been infected and the malware has placed its encryption to your photos, videos, documents and other files. Unfortunately, we have to say that your options are limited and none of them guarantee that you will regain the access to your data. Even if you decide to pay the ransom the hackers demand, that still doesn’t mean that you will receive the decryption key and get your files back. The crooks may never send you anything in exchange for you money. Or, if by any chance they do, that key may never work.
So, with this in mind, it’s probably best to try other alternatives, such as the ones described in the removal guide below. Another possibility is to try to recover your files from system backups or personal backup copies from external drives or cloud storages. In the event that none of these suggestions helps, you may also want to check one of the free decryptor tools listed on our website. Before you start any file-recovery attempts, however, it is important to remove .Meds from the system. This is essential if you want to be able to use your machine and we advise you to not waste any time and eliminate the infection at once!
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Currently Unavailable|
.Meds Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.
Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt .Meds files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!