This page aims to help you remove .MP3 Virus. These .MP3 Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows. This is a new variant of Teslacrypt 3.0 that uses the .mp3 file extension.
If you are reading this article it is probably because your files were encrypted and .MP3 Virus is demanding ransom in BitCoins from you. We are not going to lie – the situation is pretty serious. You have become victim of what is called a ransomware virus. These viruses are especially dangerous, because even if you manage to remove them your files will remain encrypted. The situation is not hopeless – there are some methods you can use to recover your files and we’ll provide you with detail information about them in our guide. However, please don’t rush to the guide just yet – it is far more important to determine how .MP3 Virus infected your computer, so we can take measures not to allow it to do so again.
.MP3 Virus – how it works
Basically, this is a virus that encrypts your files and holds them hostage. These type of viruses have existed since the nineties, but it was only recently that they saw a huge surge in popularity. A few years ago ransomware viruses were basically screen lockers – they were nasty too, but also easy to remove. The new ransomware viruses actually encrypt your data with military grade protocols that are next to impossible to crack.
- IMPORTANT! There are actually a few programs in circulation that claim to be able to decrypt files that were encrypted by .MP3 Virus/Teslacrypt 3.0, but all of these appear to be fakes and scams. If somebody offers you such a program to download you should ask him to provide some proof that it works – such as sending him a file to decrypt.
As you can see once the virus has infected your computer you don’t have many options, so let’s focus on what can you do to prevent your computer from being targeted by other ransomware.
On the different installation methods used by .MP3 Virus and Teslacrypt 3.0
The ransomware crime industry exploded in 2013 and appears to be booming still – the two most well-known viruses that started it all are called Cryptowall and Cryptlocker – together they have earned an estimate of over $2,000,000 for the hackers that released them. All newer anti-viruses only update on those two – their distribution scheme remains largely the same.
First, there is the direct ransomware installation. An archive or an exe file is sent to as many people as possible – usually with the use of a bot network that spams Emails or by uploading it to various torrent and hosting sites. When the unsuspecting victim downloads and opens the file his computer will be infected.
- Try to abstain from downloading files from unsafe locations. If you absolutely must try to have an-anti malware solution ready to scan downloaded files before opening them. If you need advice on the best you can try downloading our recommendation from one of the banners on this page.
Trojan horses are another way ransomware viruses are spread around the web. Trojans are actually a potent threat on their own simply because they are very hard to remove once they infect the computer. A number of Trojan horse viruses specialize specifically in downloading and installing ransomware in the computers they have infected. If you haven’t downloaded anything recently then chances are that a Trojan installed .MP3 Virus on your machine. Use an anti-malware program to scan your computer and remove the Trojan. If you don’t you risk it to re-install .MP3 Virus or a future improved version of it on your machine.
How to recover your files
We have outlined two methods that may be able to recover your data, but you may be considering your options. Paying the ransom is definitely one option, but you should abstain from doing so. For one thing you are dealing with cyber criminals who are under to obligation to help you even if you pay them. Another reason is that any form of payment encourages the hackers to work and expand their nefarious trade – usually by releasing new and improved ransomware.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware threats are among the most dangerous types of viruses) |
|Symptoms||All of your files are encrypted, a ransomware note is delivered on your desktop.|
|Distribution Method||Email attachments, torrents, online hosting sites, Trojan droppers. |
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Remove .MP3 Virus
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
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.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. .MP3 Virus may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with .MP3 Virus
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected. There are two options you have for this:
The first is a full system restore. To do this type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.
When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.
Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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