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Remove M0rphine ransomware (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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M0rphine ransomware – a dangerous file encrypting malware that will attempt to extort money from you

M0rphine ransomware
M0rphine ransomware is a file locking virus that stems from SatanCryptor family

M0rphine ransomware is a cryptovirus that was first spotted by security researcher dnwls0719 in May 2020. Just like other members of Satan ransomware, it uses the AES[1] encryption algorithm to lock pictures, videos, music, documents, databases, and other data held on the target computer. The modified files are not corrupted, but rather locked – they require a unique set of keys to be functional again. Unfortunately, only M0rphine virus authors have access to the decryption tool, but they are not willing to provide it for free, of course.

Cybercriminals ensure that users are aware of the M0rphine ransomware infection, as they make malware drop a ransom note # M0rphine Help #.hta, which can be opened as a pop-up window.  Another sign of ransomware infection is the markings that are appended on the encrypted files – each of them receives a .M0rphine file extension, although the full name modification includes contact email [EMAIL-M0rphine@cock.li] and a lengthy ID number. Suchlike modified files may seem unrecognizable and clunky and have their icons missing.

Name M0rphine ransomware
Type File locking virus, crypto-malware
Family This malware is a variant of Satan ransomware, otherwise known as SatanCryptor
Encryption algorithms  All non-system and non-executable files are locked with the help of AES cipher
File extension 

Every file is appended with .M0rphine extension, although there are also other entries affixed to the file name. An example of an encrypted file:

  • Data2020.xlsm.[ID-284BB0AB4C776DBFD4A26D872719F]-[EMAIL-M0rphine@cock.lt].M0rphine
Ransom note  # M0rphine Help #.hta is a file placed on victims' desktop 
Contact Users are asked to write an email to M0rphine@cock.li to negotiate the price for the M0rphine Decryptor
Distribution  Malicious actors can use a variety of methods  
File recovery  Without backups, there is no secure way of recovering files safely. However, there is a possibility that security experts will find bugs within malware and manage to break its code, which will allow them to create a free decryptor. This does not happen all the time, however; you can try using third-party tools in the meantime instead – we provide the download links and instructions in the recovery section below
Malware removal To eliminate the infection safely, make sure you are using comprehensive anti-malware programs. In case the malware is tampering with the process, utilize Safe Mode with Networking for the job – we explain how below 
System fix  We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego after ransomware is removed to avoid Windows system reinstallation 

SatanCryptor was first released back in 2017 as a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS),[2] which meant that its developers are not participating in the distribution process. Instead, they offer to borrow the malicious code to everybody willing on underground hacking forums (which means that distributors don't have to be sophisticated hackers), in exchange for some profits gained from ransom payments. This technique is very common, and many ransomware strains, including the M0rphine virus, are using it.

There are several methods that the attackers can use to deliver M0rphine ransomware to your computer. Since the family that this malware belongs to is operated as a service, multiple criminal groups can employ different methods for its distribution, for example:

  • Spam email attachments or embedded links
  • Software vulnerabilities and exploit kits[3]
  • Pirated software installers and software cracks
  • Fake Flash Player (or other) updates or repacked programs
  • Weakly protected Remote Desktop connections, etc.

M0rphine ransomware belongs to the new version of the initial malware, which showed up in early 2020. It uses AES to encrypt data (instead of AES + RSA) like its predecessors and modifies files in the following way: [file name].[orgonal extension].[ID-XXXXXXXXXXXXX].[EMAIL-M0rphine@cock.lt].M0rphine. Suchlike files can no longer be opened, as they require a special key that is held hostage by cybercriminals.

However, file encryption is just one of the few tasks that the M0rphine file virus performs, as it also modifies the Windows system significantly, e.g., changes the registry database entries, deletes Shadow Volume Copies, creates new processes, drops many malicious files, etc. Note that these modifications might not go away with M0rphine ransomware removal – you should employ special repair tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for the job.

Once the infection of M0rphine virus is settled, it drops the following ransom note:

Attention!

Your documents, photos, databases and important files have been encrypted cryptographically strong, without the cipher key recovery is impossible!

To decrypt your files you need to buy the special software – M0rphine Decryptor and your Private Decryption Key.

Using another tools could corrupt your files, in case of using third party software we dont give guarantees that full recovery is possible so use it on your own risk.

If you want to restore files, write us to the our e-mail: M0rphine@cock.li

Please write your Personal Identification Code in body of your message.

Also attach to email 3 encrypted files for free decryption test. (each file have to be less than 1 MB size and not have valuable content)

It is in your interest to respond as soon as possible to ensure the restoration your files!

Your personal Identification Code:

Naturally, many users are quite shocked when they see ransomware infection for the first time. Suddenly, none of their files can be opened, and they can also see a weird message talking about this unfamiliar topic. While it is understandable that M0rphine ransomware infection might seem like a disaster, there is no need to panic, as the situation will not change by doing so.

What you need to do right now is to figure out how to remove M0rphine ransomware safely, restore your Windows machine to normal, and only then ponder about data recovery. To eliminate the infection, you will have to scan your device with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful ant-malware. Note that none of these actions will recover M0rphine ransomware encrypted files, however.

 M0rphine ransomware virus
M0rphine ransomware is a data locking malware that encrypts all data on the system and then demands ransom to be paid for decryption software

Ways to avoid ransomware infections

Ransomware-as-a-service operators hire multiple different groups to assist the delivery to users. For this reason, there might be several different methods the attackers use to spread the virus. However, one of the most known tactics that are used by many different actors is spam emails, otherwise known as malspam.

Initially, the phishing emails are created by the attackers and then sent out to thousands of users using botnets or other tools. While some scam emails might look fake and have multiple grammar mistakes (which hints to deception), some emails are compiled exceptionally well, and it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between a legitimate message and a fake one.

In many cases, cybercriminals employ familiar logos, hyperlinks, buttons, and other attributes to make the email believable. Also, they usually use an email address that resembles a legitimate one, so victims would not notice it. For that reason, you should always analyze the sending address, and ensure it is legitimate before performing any other actions.

The payload is usually carried out within the attachment, which can be in different file types. For example, macro-laced MS Office documents are often employed in order to trigger the infection routine. Thus, be very careful when opening email attachments, they typically serve as the main attack vector. If you are in doubt, employ tools like Virus Total or anti-malware software to scan the document.

Also, it is important to protect your machine with a reputable anti-malware, backup all your files on a regular data, and practice safe browsing habits.

M0rphine ransomware elimination

As previously mentioned, M0rphine ransomware removal will not return your files into their working state. Nevertheless, the process is mandatory, as malware will keep corrupting the incoming files until it is terminated from the PC. For that, we highly advise using a reputable anti-malware tool and then perform a full system scan. If the M0rphine virus is tampering with your security software, you should access Safe Mode with Networking and perform a scan from there.

M0rphine ransomware detection rate
M0rphine ransomware infection can be prevented by using a reputable security program

Once you remove M0rphine ransomware, you can begin to think about data recovery methods. Unfortunately, there is no known secure and 100% working method to recover the encrypted files if no backups were retained. While paying cybercriminals might seem like an option, keep in mind that they might simply keep the money and never message you back – you will end up losing your data and the payment, receiving nothing in return.

Thus, we recommend following alternative methods for data decryption – you can use third-party recovery programs or built-in Windows features. While chances are low, it is possible that you will be able to recover at least some of your files.

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To remove M0rphine virus, follow these steps:

Remove M0rphine using Safe Mode with Networking

If M0rphine ransomware cannot be removed in a regular way, you can access Safe Mode with Networking as explained below:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove M0rphine

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete M0rphine removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove M0rphine using System Restore

System Restore is another way you could get rid of the malware:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of M0rphine. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that M0rphine removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove M0rphine from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by M0rphine, you can use several methods to restore them:

Make use of Data Recovery Pro

This tool might recover at least some of your data if you have not been using your computer a lot after the infection.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by M0rphine ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Version Feature might work for individual files

This method can be employed if the virus failed to eliminate Shadow Volume Copies from the system.

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer might be useful

This software is an excellent choice for data recovery, and might work for some users.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

No decryption tool has yet been created

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from M0rphine and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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