.Moss is a very dangerous and harmful type of computer malware that targets the files of the attacked user. .Moss uses a new and advanced encryption algorithm to make the user’s files inaccessible and then asks for a ransom payment to release them.
Most users who get a threat like .Moss or .Lyli on their computers don’t realize that their systems have become infected until it gets too late and their files can no longer be accessed through regular means. At that point, the virus itself reveals itself to the victims by displaying a large pop-up on their screen or by generating a notepad file somewhere on the computer (usually on the desktop or inside the directories where the encrypted files are stored).
The banner or the notepad file is supposed to tell the user about what has happened to their files and to request a ransom payment from them in exchange for the key that can supposedly release the encrypted data. This is the point where most people panic and those who can afford it and who really need their files back follow the ransom payment instructions from the virus message and send their money to the hackers behind the malware. This is not the best course of action in such a situation, however, because the payment of the ransom can never truly guarantee that you will get hold of the decryption key. It is always a better approach to give yourself some time (even if the ransom note gives you a certain deadline) to assess the situation and look for other options.
The .Moss virus
The .Moss virus is a malware program and a representative of the file-attacking virus category known as data-encrypting Ransomware. The goal of the .Moss virus is to extort money from you by not letting you open or use your most important files until you pay a ransom.
Obviously, if none of the files that the virus has managed to encrypt are particularly important to you, you’d have no reason to pay the requested money and since the Ransomware itself cannot harm your computer, the problem wouldn’t really be that big. All you’d need to do in such a situation is remove the threat (removal instructions available below) so that it doesn’t encrypt any potentially important data in the future. This could also be said about users who have previously backed up their files and can easily restore them from the backup location once the Ransomware is removed.
The .Moss file decryption
The .Moss file decryption is the method used to bring back data encrypted by Ransomware to its accessible state. The .Moss file decryption cannot be completed if you don’t have the decryption key held by the hackers but there may still be some alternatives.
Even without a key, you may still get the chance to restore some data without paying the ransom. We will show you some possible alternative solutions in our next guide but, before you get to them, you will first have to eliminate the Ransomware itself. Instructions on how to achieve this will be provided to you down below.
.Moss Virus File Removal
You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).
You can find the removal guide here.