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.
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Remove .MP3 Virus
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.