Merin Ransomware


.Merin is a ransomware cryptovirus that encrypts digital data to prevent users from accessing it. To regain access, the .Merin victims are asked to pay a ransom for a decryption key that can reverse the applied encryption.

Merin Ransomware

The .MERIN File

The following text aims to educate you about the .Merin Ransomware virus and its features, as well as the methods to safely remove it from your system.

Ransomware can become part of your system secretly the moment you interact with any of its numerous transmitters which could be spam messages, malicious email attachments, fake ads, infected software installers, torrents, and more. Once it has successfully compromised your machine, the malware can scan its hard drives to “decide” which of your files belong to its list of target files for encryption. Usually, these are some of the most commonly used file types such as text documents, video and audio files, images, archives, etc. Then, once all targeted data types have been accounted for, the ransomware will silently run a file-encrypting process and will encode each and every detected file in such a way that the file is rendered inaccessible without a decryption key. Once all of your files are locked, you will receive a frightening alert in the form of an on-screen message or a text file. This message will tell you that to unlock your files and use them again you will have to pay a ransom to the hackers who’ve encrypted your information.

On this page, however, you will find a removal guide designed to help you avoid the ransom payment and remove the .Merin Ransomware from your computer. Sadly, Ransomware is one of the most challenging forms of malware that you can face, so we suggest you carefully read the rest of this article to learn what to do if you’ve got the .Merin Ransomware virus.

The .Merin virus

The .Merin virus is a Ransomware threat that encrypts all types of digital data and requests a ransom payment to decrypt them. Most often, the .Merin virus restricts access to digital documents, archives, databases, images, audio files, video files, and system records.

One of the common ways to get infected with malware of this type is by clicking on the attachments of spam messages. In such instances, if you open an infected email and download its attachment, the virus will contaminate your system. You should keep in mind that practically all downloadable files (images, documents, .exe files) can carry the infection. You may also become contaminated with .Merin by clicking on shady-looking pop-ups on the Internet. Therefore, our advice is to try to avoid them all because, typically, it is rather difficult (if not impossible) to tell the difference between malicious and legitimate ads. What’s more, some of them might even look like system alerts and requests, making it more likely for you to get tricked into clicking on them.

The .Merin file encryption

The .Merin file encryption is a stealthy file-locking process that begins as soon as the Ransomware infects the computer. The .Merin file encryption prevents users from accessing their digital data until they pay a ransom for its decryption.

Many web users ask us about what can be done if a dangerous threat like .Merin compromises the computer. Perhaps the worst news is that whatever you try to do – pay the ransom to the hackers or remove the virus – there is no guarantee that the encrypted files will be restored. If you don’t want to send money to some anonymous hackers, however, we suggest you try to fight the infection with the help of our removal guide. The suggested anti-malware tool on this site may also help you scan your entire computer and get rid of the virus. There is even a section with instructions for data recovery that could potentially help you save some of your files without giving the hackers any of your money.


Name .Merin Ransomware
Type Ransomware
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

.Merin Ransomware Virus Removal

Merin Ransomware

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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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.

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    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    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:

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    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.

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    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    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!

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    How to Decrypt .Merin 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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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