This page aims to help you remove .Merry File Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Merry Ransomware file can be recovered.
In the article below we are going to answer the following questions: What kind of a program is .Merry Virus? How does it spread? What are the potential negative effects such software might have on your PC? Also, we are going to explain in detail the ways to deal with such software in our Removal Guide, which we have attached for free to help you. To begin with, experts classify .Merry as a version of the most malicious software that has ever been developed – Ransomware. Although, such malware could have several subcategories, the most common one is the file-encrypting Ransomware family and the specific program we are describing here, .Merry, belongs exactly to this group. Briefly speaking, this means that all your files located on your disks and drives are in danger, as the viruses from this family can often access the most commonly used ones of them and lock them up. After that you will normally receive a threatening notification, letting you know about this horrible malware infection.
- The aforementioned data-locking Ransomware – as you have already read in the paragraph above, the viruses from this subcategory are used for file encryption and ransom-demanding harassment. This is probably the worst kind of Ransomware you might ever come across.
- Ransomware, targeting mobile devices – no matter what kind of a portable device you are using – a tablet, a phablet, a mobile phone or a laptop, you may get infected with this type of Ransomware. Fortunately, in such a case, no files could get encrypted, only your screen could be blocked. Actually, the ransom-requiring notification then covers the entire desktop/screen and you will be unable to access any icon or shortcut. This is why the hackers will want you to pay ransom – to set your screen “free”. This type of Ransomware is not as bad as the data-encoding type; however, it is still dangerous.
- Of course, as you might expect, the screen of your desktop PC could also be affected by Ransomware in the way these viruses affect any portable device. There are versions of this malware that will also block your PC screen. Again, no files get encrypted, but you will still be unable to reach your data because the entire desktop will be covered with the ransom notification and you will be told you need to pay a ransom to access any shortcuts and features of your system.
Is there anything that is really effective in the fight against .Merry (and Ransomware in general)?
Sadly, there is no tool and no removal guide that is absolutely effective when it comes to encrypted data and Ransomware-caused infections. The only piece of advice that we can give you is to always copy your files and keep the corresponding copies in a different disk or another sort of storage from the ones on your PC. In this way, by backing up your data, you will seriously minimize the risks of being harassed into paying ransom. Even if your data gets encoded, you will have its copies and it will be so much easier to retrieve it. What’s more, we recommend that you refrain from paying the demanded ransom, as there is really no point in risking your money since your files are already in danger. Do not willingly finance the cyber criminals behind the virus. Make sure that you have tried everything else to remove the infection before proceeding with completing the ransom payment. Also, no one could ever guarantee you a safe decryption of your data even if you pay the hackers. Some of the methods that could be successful in your case are:
- Purchasing special programs that are made for dealing with .Merry. However, success is not guaranteed here, either.
- Trying our specialized Ransomware Removal Guide just after this article. We cannot promise your files will be saved and the contamination will be removed. However, it is still worth trying.
Some more protection tips
In addition to backing up your data, another thing that could prove to be really efficient is always avoiding the probable sources of this kind of malware. We are going to mention the most common ones below. Make sure that you always stay away from them.
- Any email you do not expect that comes from an unrecognizable sender: For instance, such contaminated emails could be sent to your Spam Folder, however, they could also be sent to your Inbox. If any email seems strange, simply avoid it.
- Pop-ups, banners and other ads you may come across on the Internet: Any pop-up ad that you see while browsing the web could be contagious. Since it’s really difficult to spot any difference between that harmless ones and the ones leading to contaminated web pages, avoid them all.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very dangerous, mainly because nothing shows an infection is going on.|
|Distribution Method||Via fake advertisements; update requests and spam.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Currently Unavailable|
.Merry File Virus Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove .Merry successfully!
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 .Merry files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!