MONETA virus is a malicious program that encrypts personal documents on the user's computer. This ransomware displays a message that offers to decrypt all information for money. Decryption instructions appear on the desktop of the infected PC.
MONETA virus is considered a file encryptor, restricting access to documents, images, videos. The virus encrypts files and then extorts money from victims. The ransomware gets on every version of Windows. This executable starts scanning all the disks on the PC during startup to find the necessary data for encryption.
MONETA virus looks for files with the extensions .doc, .docx, .xls, .pdf and so on, encrypts the files so they cannot be opened. The user will start opening this data, but the ransomware will immediately show a note, such as 'HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt.'
Additionally, the infection deletes all shadow copies of the volumes so that the user cannot use them for data recovery.
|Alternative Name||MONETA virus|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.MONETA|
|Cyber Criminal Contact||@Monetadicavallo on ICQ|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Ransom.Phobos.62), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.Phobos.C), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Microsoft ()|
|Symptoms||Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to|
|Distribution Methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.|
|Attack Consequences||All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing Trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.|
MONETA virus spreading occurs more often via spam, contained in infected attachments, and by using virus programs in the operating system.
Examples of getting MONETA virus on a computer:
Here is a complete guide to help get rid of MONETA virus on your PC. The mostan effective way is to use a proven automatic tool like AVarmor
You should understand that if you want to delete MONETA virus and have already started the deletion process, you risk losing every file you have because there is no guarantee that you will be able to recover them. User data can be corrupted entirely if you manually remove the infection or restore encrypted files.
However, you can try to solve all problems in manual removal mode. Let's understand it in more detail.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to recover files encrypted by the MONETA virus program. This is because the private key, which is needed to unlock the encrypted files, is only available to cybercriminals.
Under no circumstances pay any money to restore your files. Even by paying a ransom, there is no guarantee that the criminals will give you access to the files.
First of all, you need to make sure that the malware is removed from the PC system because it locks the system and encrypts files if it remains in the system.
The problem with access to encrypted files still exists today, but antivirus companies, along with hackers, periodically release descriptors - keys to locked files. Therefore, another option for resolving the situation could be the appearance of the necessary descriptor. Before obtaining a key, the user should save the files.
A descriptor is a systematization of the main parameters of a virus in encoded form (characters starting with a capital Latin letter, small Latin letters, and numbers).
AVarmor is a tool that removes malware. The utility helps users remove ransomware like MONETA virus and various malware from their computers. The utility has a simple and user-friendly interface, as well as powerful mechanisms to protect your entire PC system.
First, try to boot your computer in safe mode. It would help if you did this to prevent MONETA virus from starting.
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