TripleM ransomware removal instructions
What is TripleM?
First discovered by malware security researcher, Michael Gillespie, TripleM is a new variant of a ransomware-type virus called MMM. Once infiltrated, TripleM encrypts stored data using RSA-2048 cryptography, creating a copy of each encrypted file and appending two different extensions (".triple_m" and ".info") to them. For example, the original file "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.triple_m", and the copy renamed to "sample.jpg.info". From this point, using compromised data becomes impossible. Following successful encryption, TripleM creates an HTML file ("RESTORE_triple_m__FILES.html") and places a copy in each existing folder.
The new HTML file contains a message stating that files are encrypted and can only be restored with a unique key and decryption tool. Unfortunately, this information is accurate. As mentioned above, TripleM employs RSA-2048 - an asymmetric encryption algorithm. This cryptography generates two unique keys (public [encryption] and private [decryption]) for each victim. Decrypting files without the private key is impossible. Criminals hide the key on a remote server, allowing them to make ransom demands for its release. To receive the key and decryption tool, users are encouraged to pay a ransom of .25 Bitcoins. It is also stated that the cost will gradually increase - .5 BTC after one week and 1 BTC after three weeks. Currently, 1 Bitcoin is equivalent to ~ $15000. Four weeks after encryption, the key is permanently deleted and restoring files becomes impossible. Despite these threats and demands, cyber criminals cannot be trusted. Although the cost is ridiculously high, these people often ignore victims once payments are submitted. Therefore, paying will probably deliver no positive result. As well as losing thousands of dollars, victims will support cyber criminals' malicious businesses. We strongly advise you to ignore all requests to pay any ransoms or contact these people. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of cracking RSA cryptography and restoring files compromised by TripleM. The only solution is to restore everything from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
Research shows that all ransomware-type viruses are very similar. As with TripleM, malware such as MadBit, STOP, Tastylock, and Dangerous also encrypts data and makes ransom demands. Although these viruses are developed by different cyber criminals, in most cases the only major differences are cost of decryption and type of cryptography used. Unfortunately, most ransomware employs algorithms (e.g., AES, RSA, etc.) that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, restoring files manually (without developers' help) is impossible unless the malware is not fully developed or has certain bugs/flaws (e.g., stores the key locally, it is hard-coded, or similar). Ransomware-type viruses are one of the main reasons why you should keep regular data backups, however, backup files must be stored on a remote server (such as Cloud) or external (unplugged) storage. If not, the malware encrypts them as well.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Symptoms||Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.|
|Damage||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.|
To eliminate TripleM virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
To prevent ransomware infections, be very cautious when browsing the Internet. Keep installed applications up-to-date and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite, however, bear in mind that criminals proliferate malware via fake updaters. Therefore, use an implemented update function or a tool provided by the official developer. Furthermore, download your software from official sources only and, preferably, using a direct download link (third party downloaders/installers also proliferate malware). Files received from suspicious email addresses should never be opened. These emails should be deleted without reading. The key to computer safety is caution.
Text presented in TripleM ransomware HTML file ("RESTORE_triple_m__FILES.html"):
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What happened to your files?
All of your files were encrypted by a strong encryption with RSA2048
How did this happen?
Specially for your PC was generated personal RSA2048 Key, both public and private.
ALL YOUR FILES were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your PC via the Internet.
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our Server
What do I do?
So,there are two ways you can choose: wait for a miracle and get your price doubled, or start obtaining BITCOIN NOW and restore your data easy way.
If you have really valuable data, your better not waste your time, because there is no other way to get your files, except payment.
Your personal ID: dd1omrbj.01p
Your personal wallet adress: 35iCvpMMnUWcSWrYtLJLXqe9xo5CYEWRhw
Your price start from 0,25 BTC , after week he is 0,5 BTC , after 3 week he is 1 BTC. After 4 week your secret key has been deleted.
1)Buy Bitcoin on btc exchange sites (Coinbase,Localbitcoins, Coinmama and another).For buy Bitcoin you need confirm your Identify.
2)send Bitcoins to 35iCvpMMnUWcSWrYtLJLXqe9xo5CYEWRhw
3)Write us to email email@example.com
4)After we confirm payment - we send you decryption software and Private Key for decrypt your files.
Screenshot of a pop-up displayed at the start of the infection:
Screenshot of files encrypted by TripleM (".triple_m" and ".info" extensions):
TripleM ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of TripleM virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of TripleM virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is TripleM?
- STEP 1. TripleM virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. TripleM ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the TripleM virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the TripleM ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining TripleM ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of TripleM are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as TripleM ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove TripleM ransomware: