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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Mogera Ransomware

Mogera Ransomware is ready to encrypt your files and ruin your day, which is why you have to be ready to defend your operating system against it. If you are not currently dealing with this dangerous file-encryptor, focus on securing your system and your personal files. Installing legitimate anti-malware software is, by far, the best thing you can do because it can protect your system and automatically delete the incoming threats before they are executed and before they can cause damage. To add an added layer of protection for your personal files, we recommend backing them up. When you have backups, you can always have replacements for the original files. Of course, when creating backups, we suggest using an external source (external drives or clouds) because some threats can corrupt internal backups. If you already need to remove Mogera Ransomware from your operating system, focus on deleting it first, but do not forget to think about your virtual security afterward.

The clandestine Mogera Ransomware is part of the STOP Ransomware family, and so it is similar to Skymap Ransomware, INFOWAIT Ransomware, DataWait Ransomware, and many other well-known threats. Just like most other threats from this family, Mogera is spread with the help of spam emails (the launcher is introduced as a file attached to the message), or it could be dropped by exploiting RDP vulnerabilities. After execution, this malware begins encryption shortly, and when files are encrypted, the “.mogera” extension is added to their original names. Although the extension is removable, do not waste your time doing that because your files will not be recovered that way. Speaking of file recovery, we have good news. The victims of Mogera Ransomware can restore their files for free using the Stop Decrypter that you can find online. Hopefully, you can find it and use to have all of your personal files recovered. Unfortunately, some users might be tricked into paying the ransom requested by the attackers anyway.

Once all files are encrypted, Mogera Ransomware creates a file named “_readme.txt.” According to the message found within the file, only a special “decrypt tool” offered by the attackers can be used for the recovery of personal files. The message suggests sending one encrypted file to the attackers so that they could prove that decryption is possible. You are instructed to send it to or or via Telegram, at @datarestore. The allegedly useful tool is offered for $490, which is a lot for a service that is already available for free. On top of that, if you paid for the decryptor offered by the attackers, there are no guarantees that you would get it at all. And if that was not enough, we have to add the security risk of communicating with the attackers. If you sent them a message from your normal email account, there is a good chance that it would be flooded with misleading phishing and scam emails in the future. Obviously, that is something you want to avoid. Luckily, with the free decryptor available, you do not need to think about any of this. Instead, you can focus solely on the removal of Mogera Ransomware.

Since it is possible to recover encrypted files without having to deal with cyber criminals at all, victims should not postpone the operation for much longer. Decrypt your files and then delete Mogera Ransomware from your operating system. As you already know, reliable anti-malware software can be very helpful, and we strongly recommend installing it to have the operating system protected against ransomware and other kinds of malware in the future. If you follow our advice and install it, you will not need to delete Mogera Ransomware yourself. It will be taken care of automatically. However, if you decide to erase this threat manually, you need to make sure that you get rid of every single malicious file successfully. The guide below will show you the way, but do not forget to use a legitimate malware scanner afterward to see if your system is completely clean.

Mogera Ransomware Removal

  1. Tap Win+R keys on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box.
  2. Type regedit into the dialog box and click OK to access the Registry Editor tool.
  3. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  4. Delete the value named SysHelper if its value data points to the malicious file (see step 7).
  5. Tap Win+E keys on the keyboard to launch Explorer.
  6. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA% (on Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\) into the quick access field at the top.
  7. Delete the [random name] folder with the malicious [random name].exe file inside.
  8. Enter %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\ into the quick access field and Delete the Time Trigger Task task.
  9. Empty Recycle Bin and then quickly perform a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner.
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