What is mo7n ransomware? And how does it carry out its attack?
mo7n ransomware is a new data-encrypting virus that uses a “.mo7n” extension in marking the files it encrypt. Like a typical ransomware infection, it is created to corrupt important file in a computer by encrypting them using an encryption algorithm.
The instant mo7n ransomware enters a targeted machine, it drops its malicious payload in the system and begins to execute its attack by connecting the infected PC to a remote server controlled by the attackers. After it establishes the connection, it downloads its malicious components from the server and places them on system folders. It then employs a data gathering module used to gather data in the computer. The gathered data, along with the components downloaded are then used for stealth protection to keep it undetected from any program that might stop its attack. After that, it alters the registry keys and sub-keys like Run and RunOnce.
Once it modifies the sub-keys, it allows the crypto-malware to automatically run on every system boot. It starts the encryption process right away after it finds its targeted files. It uses a strong encryption algorithm in locking files and appends the .mo7n suffix after every file’s names indicating that they are no longer accessible. mo7n ransomware then releases a file named “_readme.txt” which contains the following message:
“Hello. Your files have been encrypted.
For help, write to this e-mail:
You need to follow the following instructions:
- a) Download and install TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/download/
- B) From the TOR browser, follow the link: torbox3uiot6wchz.onion
- c) Register your e-mail (Sign Up)
- d) Write us on e-mail:
Attach to the letter 1-2 files (no more than 3 MB) and your personal key.
ATTENTION: e-mail ([email protected]) accepts emails, only with e-mail registered in the TOR browser at torbox3uiot6wchz.onion
Your personal key:
If you are one of the victims of mo7n ransomware, you must not contact the crooks behind this threat – it would be pointless, and you risk losing money for nothing. Thus, the best thing you can do is to quickly eliminate this crypto-malware from your computer and restore the affected files using alternative methods.
How is the payload file of mo7n ransomware distributed over the web?
mo7n ransomware’s payload file may be distributed using several techniques although cyber criminals often use malicious spam email campaigns where an infected file or corrupted link is attached which will redirect users to download the payload file of high-risk ransomware threats like mo7n ransomware. In addition, it may also be distributed using exploit kits, RDP protocol, and deceptive downloads. Thus, you have to be more cautious on what you download online.
Eliminating mo7n ransomware from your computer wouldn’t be easy so you need to use the removal guide below as a reference.
Step 1: First, you have to stop the malicious process of mo7n ransomware by opening the Task Manager. To do that, simply tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.
Step 2: Under the Task Manager, switch to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious-looking process that takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to mo7n ransomware.
Step 3: After that, close the Task Manager.
Step 4: Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Programs and Features under Control Panel.
Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for mo7n ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step 6: Next, close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for mo7n ransomware’s malicious components such as “_readme.txt”, and [random].exe, as well as other suspicious files, then delete all of them.
Step 8: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name], this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then by all means go on to the next steps.
Step 9: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 10: Navigate to the following path:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 11: Now look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by mo7n ransomware and make sure to get rid of them.
Step 12: Once you’re done, exit the Registry Editor and empty the contents of Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if mo7n ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
Complete the removal process of mo7n ransomware by using a trusted and reliable program like [product-name]. Refer to the following guidelines on how to use it.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.