How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware

Malware

About this threat

Mercury Ransomware file-encoding malware, generally known as ransomware, will encrypt your data. These types of infections should be taken seriously, as they could lead to you losing your data. It is pretty easy to get infected, which makes it a very dangerous malware. If you have recently opened a weird email attachment, clicked on a infected advertisement or downloaded an application advertised on some shady website, that is how it contaminated your system. And once it’s launched, it will start its data encoding process, and once the process is finished, you’ll be asked to buy a decryptor, which should in theory decrypt your data. Between $100 and $1000 is probably what will be asked of you. It isn’t suggested to pay, even if you are requested for a small sum. Keep in mind that these are crooks you’re dealing with and they can just take your money providing nothing in return. You would certainly not be the first person to get nothing. Investing the money you are asked for into some backup option would be wiser. You will find all types of backup options, and we’re certain you can find one that’s right for you. And if by chance you had made copies of your data before the infection happened, just uninstall Mercury Ransomware and then proceed to data recovery. This isn’t the last time malware will infect your computer, so you have to prepare. To keep a machine safe, one should always be ready to run into possible malware, becoming familiar with their spread methods.

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How does ransomware spread

Many ransomware use rather primitive spread ways, which include attaching infected files to emails and showing malicious ads. Methods that require more ability can be used as well, however.

It’s possible you downloaded an infected file attached to an email, which would cause the data encrypting malware to start. Essentially, this method is just adding a file to an email and sending it to many users. Because those emails commonly use topics such as money, many people open them without even thinking about the results. In addition to grammatical mistakes, if the sender, who definitely knows your name, uses greetings like Dear User/Customer/Member and puts strong pressure on you to open the file added, you have to be careful. If the sender was a company of whom you are a client of, they would have automatically put in your name into the email, instead of a common greeting. Big company names like Amazon are frequently used because people know them, thus are not afraid to open the emails. You might have also picked up the threat via some other ways, like malicious ads or infected downloads. Compromised websites might be hosting malicious adverts so stop interacting with them. And when it comes to downloading something, only do it through legitimate web pages. Keep in mind that you should never download programs, updates, or anything really, from weird sources, such as adverts. If a program had to update itself, it would do it itself or notify you, but never via browser.

What does it do?

One of the reasons why ransomware are thought to be a very dangerous threat is because it may make decryption impossible. File encryption does not take a long time, ransomware has a list of targets and finds all of them quite quickly. You’ll see that your files have an extension attached to them, which will help you figure out which file encrypting malicious software you are dealing with. Strong encryption algorithms are used by file encoding malicious programs to encrypt files. If you don’t understand what is going on, everything will become clear when a ransom note appears. The creators/distributors of the file encrypting malware will offer you a decryption tool, which you will evidently have to pay for, and that is not suggested. If you’re expecting the hackers who encrypted your files in the first place to keep their word, you might be disappointed, because there is nothing stopping them from simply taking your money. Additionally, you’d be giving financial support for the future projects of these hackers. The easily made money is regularly luring more and more people to the business, which reportedly made $1 billion in 2016. Like we said above, buying backup would be wiser, which would guarantee that your files are secure. These kinds of infections can reoccur again, but if backup was available, file loss would not be a possibility. Erase Mercury Ransomware if it is still present, instead of giving into requests. If you become familiar with the spread methods of this infection, you should be able to avoid them in the future.

Mercury Ransomware termination

If you want to completely get rid of the infection, you’ll need to get malicious program removal software, if you do not already have one. If you attempt to manually remove Mercury Ransomware, you may accidentally end up harming your system, so we don’t encourage proceeding by yourself. It would be wiser to use credible elimination software which wouldn’t be jeopardizing your device. Those programs are developed to locate and erase Mercury Ransomware, as well as all other possible threats. If you come across some kind of issue, or aren’t certain about how to proceed, scroll down for guidelines. Sadly, the anti-malware will merely get rid of the threat, it isn’t able to decrypt data. However, if the file encrypting malicious software is decryptable, malware researchers may release a free decryptor.

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Learn how to remove Mercury Ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove Mercury Ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  2. Tap and keep tapping F8 when your computer starts loading.
  3. In the Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Networking.
  4. When your computer boots in Safe Mode, open your browser and download anti-malware software of your choice. win7 safe mode How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  5. Use the anti-malware to delete Mercury Ransomware.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Open Start, press on the Power button, tap and hold Shift and press Restart. win10 restart How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  2. In the menu that appears, Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings. win 10 startup How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  3. Select Enable Safe Mode (Enable Safe Mode with Networking) and press Restart.
  4. When your computer boots, open your browser and download anti-malware software. win10 safe mode How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  5. Install the program and use it to delete Mercury Ransomware.

Step 2. Remove Mercury Ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  2. Tap and keep tapping F8 when your computer starts loading.
  3. In the Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7 safe mode How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  4. In the Command Prompt window that pops up, type in cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Next type in rstrui.exe and press Enter.
  6. In the window that appears, select a restore point that dates prior to infection and press Next. win7 command prompt How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  7. Read the warning and press Yes. win7 restore How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Open Start, press on the Power button, tap and hold Shift and press Restart. win10 restart How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Command Prompt. win 10 startup How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  3. In the Command Prompt window that pops up, type in cd restore and press Enter. win10 safe mode How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  4. Next type in rstrui.exe and press Enter.win10 command prompt How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  5. In the window that appears, select a restore point that dates prior to infection and press Next. Read the warning and press Yes.win10 restore How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware

Step 3. Recover your data

You can try to recover files in a couple of different ways, and we will provide instructions to help you. However, these methods might not always work, thus the best way to ensure you can always recover your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Data Recovery Pro

  1. Use a trustworthy site to download the program, install and open it.
  2. Start a scan on your computer to see if you can recover files. data recovery pro How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  3. If files are found, you can recover them. data recovery pro scan How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware

b) Method 2. Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before your files were encrypted, you can recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Select Properties, and go to Previous Versions. win previous version How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware
  3. Select the version from the list, press Restore.

c) Method 3. Shadow Explorer

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete the Shadow Copies of your files, which are made automatically by your computer in order to prevent data loss in case of a crash.
  1. Open your browser and access shadowexplorer.com to download Shadow Explorer.
  2. Once it is installed, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date, and if folders are available, select Export. shadowexplorer How to get rid of Mercury Ransomware

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