Mssecsvc.exe Virus

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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.


Name Mssecsvc.exe Virus
Type Ransomware
Detection Tool

Remove Mssecsvc.exe 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.


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.


  • 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.

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

    • 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

  • Having the same problem AVG Fileserver Edition Infected file server and shared folders. Removed and restored files Now AVG keeps detect same can remove but keeps coming back and being detected every few hours. annoying. so far restored files are not affected but want to remove this beast permanently


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