M0on Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The M0on ransomware is one of the latest virus threats that targets specific user file types which are encrypted and renamed with the .m0on extension. The victims are then extorted to pay a ransom fee to restore their files, learn more about the malware in our removal guide.


Name
M0on

File Extensions
.m0on

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove M0on with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
M0on ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

M0on Ransomware Description

The M0on Ransomware is a new virus that has recently been identified by the security researchers. Upon infection it renames target user data with the .m0on suffix and extorts the victims for a ransom sum to recover their files. The virus encrypts the files using a strong AES cipher and looks for the following file types:

.png, .3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .arw, .txt, .php, .bat, .as, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bay, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .class, .cpp, .asp, .aspx, .exe, .cr2, .crt, .crw, .cs, .crw, .cs, .csv, .db, .dbf, .dcr, .der, .dmg, .doc, .docb, .docm, .dll, .cc, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .efx, .eps, .erf, .fla, .flv, .qq, .mdb, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inxm .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .nes, .lnk, .kdc, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mdf, .mef, .mid, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .rcb, .jsp, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .mrw, .msg, .nef, .nrw, .odbm .odcm .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .java, .orf, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pdb, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .plb, .pmd, .pot, .jar, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .pdb, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .pst, .ptx, .pr3d, .ra, .raf, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .htm , .rw2, .rwl, .sdf, .sldm , .sldx, .sql, .sr2, .srf, .srq, .svg, .swf, .tif, .class, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wb2, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .x3f, .xla ,.xlam, .xlk, .dat, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .zip

M0on Ransomware Distribution

The M0on Ransomware is distributed using the typical infection vectors – spam email campaigns, exploit kits, browser hijackers, malicious ads and infected software bundles.

M0on Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete M0on completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely M0on Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of M0on requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete M0on ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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