.MP3 Ransomware Virus Removal

Welcome to our .MP3 Virus removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove .MP3 Virus from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.

.MP3 Virus is a Ransomware type of computer virus. This is in fact a new version of the TeslaCrypt 3.0 encryption that uses the popular .mp3 file extension. If you find your personal files to have the .mp3 file extension and you can’t seem to find a way to open or access them in any way – you are in for a lot of trouble. You are in fact one of the many victims of the .MP3 Virus. In this article we will try to explain in some detail what you are facing and how to approach the whole ordeal. In addition you can look for our comprehensive removal instructions, so read carefully.

.MP3 Ransomware Virus
.MP3 File Encryption

.MP3 Ransomware Virus – methods of operation

.MP3 Virus normally uses a backdoor Trojan malware to infiltrate the affected user’s computer. So for one thing you should definitely scan your computer for a Trojan horse virus once you’ve dealt with the Ransomware cousin. Once inside your computer the .MP3 Virus will begin the process of scanning your hard drives and determining the list of possible files to be encrypted. Your most often used files are usually the first to be marked for encryption. Note that no system files will be affected by this process, the malware will deliberately leave your system alone – after all you need a functioning computer to make the ransom transaction. After the list of files to be encrypted has been compiled the actual encryption process would begin and soon you will be left with your files inaccessible and a ransom message posted to your desktop space “greeting” you with instructions on how to pay for a decryption key. This is all undeniably bad but keep calm and you will see that not all hope is lost. Follow carefully our instructions and you might be in for a favorable outcome.

Paying the ransom…or not

This is certainly an all important question that might have very well be plaguing you since the moment you’ve discovered you have .MP3 Virus. Of course it is up to you to decide whether you should pay or not. We can offer our point of view – you should not in almost any circumstances do such a thing. Or at the very least you should try and explore all other possible solutions to your problem before committing to such a course of action.

You might be wondering what else you could do to get your files back. One thing is to wait it out in the hope that the online community will eventually crack the .MP3 Virus encryption. While that might sound far-fetched at best, it is actually not that unlikely. In recent times there were multiple instances of a ransomware encryption being taken down after vigorous work done by members of online groups.

Or you can follow our instructions and try to get your old files back. This is important. Your files have been deleted and replaced by encrypted copies. This is not a lie by the .MP3 Virus creators, but the sad reality. You can try to reverse the whole process to a point in time when your files were okay. Follow our instructions carefully to accomplish that. Contrary to some beliefs this will not harm your files or worsen your situation in any way. It may or may not work, there are no way to guarantee you a successful ending. Actually this is largely dependent on how much time has passed since your files have been altered. Yet this method is completely free and it will not make your situation any worse. We feel this is a much better course of action than paying a ransom and not knowing whether you will actually receive anything in return or just lose more assets to the criminals behind .MP3 Virus.

Threat .MP3 Virus
Classification Ransomware
Security Alert
High. Nothing is more dangerous for the end user than a Ransomware virus.
Negative Effects Your files have been encrypted and are not inaccessible unless you pay a ransom.

.MP3 Ransomware Virus Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 3

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with .MP3 Virus. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 4

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

Step 5

Get Your Files Back!

The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:

  • System Restore. Start Button => Search field => Type System Restore=>Enter.
    Choose a Restore Point.
    Restore Point
    Click Next until the process has been completed.
  • Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!