Mssecsvc.exe Virus Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Mssecsvc.exe Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any files can be recovered.

Has some strange program encrypted your files and placed a ransom note on your screen asking you to pay money to decrypt them? If yes, then you have unfortunately become a victim of a Ransomware attack. If you don’t know what exactly this means, we should tell you that Ransomware is a type of malware, which is part of a very nasty online blackmail scheme. It uses a secret encoding to render all the files, found on the infected machine, inaccessible and then threatens the victims to never access them again if they don’t pay a certain amount of money to the hackers, who control the malware.

Mssecsvc.exe Virus is the name of one of the freshly released threats of this type and a lot of infected users have recently signalized about its harmful encryption. This program is a cryptovirus, which can cause a lot of trouble, but in the paragraphs below, we will do our best to help you counteract it. We will also share with you some instructions, neatly organized in a removal guide, which will show you how to remove the Ransomware from your system and how to eventually regain the access to some of your encoded files.

What has happened to your files?

If you haven’t faced a Ransomware attack before, you should know that this is the most “trendy” malware among the cyber criminal circles nowadays and also one of the nastiest online threats that you can encounter. We are not telling you this to scare you right in the beginning but just to give you an idea about the danger level of this malware and to set some realistic expectations about the recovery from its attack.

An infection with Mssecsvc.exe Virus usually results in the encoding of all the most commonly used files (images, work documents, projects, music, videos, movies, games, etc.), found on the attacked computer, and an eventual change in their file extension or name, which ensures that they cannot be opened or used by any known program. If you attempt to access them, an error message will appear and you won’t be able to use them. However, the Ransomware won’t corrupt your data or destroy it the way that a normal virus or a Trojan horse would do. It will simply render it inaccessible and keep it hostage until you pay ransom to release it. This is what Mssecsvc.exe Virus does to your files and the criminals, who control it, simply use its encryption to blackmail you.

How does the infection happen?

The users can catch Mssecsvc.exe Virus in many different ways. The Ransomware usually gets distributed in a combo with a Trojan horse and uses its camouflage to trick them into clicking and installing it. The hackers also use organized and targeted attacks through spreading spam and infected email attachments or simply distributing the infection through random ads, misleading links, virus-inflicted web pages, torrents, shady installers and pirate content.

It is very hard to notice Mssecsvc.exe Virus before it applies its malicious encryption because this process usually manages to remain under the radar of most of the antivirus programs and doesn’t really have some visible symptoms. When the damage is done, however, a ransom note appears on the victim’s monitor and reveals the terms of the hackers. A ticking timer usually counts down the deadline for the ransom payment, putting pressure on the victims.

Breaking the encryption and restoring the files – is this possible?

Unfortunately, the only way to directly decrypt the encrypted data is via special decryption key. This key is in the hands of the criminals and they usually offer it in exchange for the ransom. Whether they will send that key or not, however, entirely depends on their mood and is a matter of pure luck. No one can guarantee what will happen to your files, even if you strictly pay what the crooks want. The criminals may vanish away and you may never hear from them, or they may introduce some other nasty malware through the system vulnerability on your PC and keep manipulating you for more money. That’s why the security experts advise not to enter into negotiations with the hackers and seek for some other options to deal with the Ransomware. Paying the ransom only makes this online form of robbery more popular and encourages the criminals to develop and spread it.

A much wiser and safer alternative is to remove the malware and try some other means to recover from the encryption. We need to tell you that indeed there are not many things that can help you restore your data and in most of the cases, not all the encrypted files can be saved. In the removal guide below we will suggest you a few file-restoration steps, which may eventually help you minimize your data loss to some extent. But please don’t try them out before you have completely removed Mssecsvc.exe Virus. If you do that, everything you manage to recover may get encrypted again and then, nothing can help you to regain your access. Once the computer is clean, tough, you can safely proceed to the instructions, or use backup copies of your files (in case you keep any) to get them back.

SUMMARY:

Name Mssecsvc.exe Virus
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Remove Mssecsvc.exe Virus


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Mssecsvc.exe Virus 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!


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Do both of the processes have the exact same name? You can try opening their file locations and tell us what you’ve found there. For now, do not delete the Registry sub-folder.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Where is the mssecsvc file located? Can you find it and delete it?

     
    • movie review

      at first it was in C:/windows… after AVG quarantined it, i check in regedit, it is lcoated in PUB-removed folder under AVG

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Did you try to remove it from the Registry Editor?

         
    • movie review

      the mssecsvc file located in C:/windows… when my AVG virus detected , it moved to under AVG in a subfolder called PUG-Removed ( i search in regedit), but everyday it appeared again in C:/windows and AVG removed it again… so, it happens over and over again

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Are any of your files encrypted?