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MC ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Ransomware

MC ransomware is a virus that tries to make users play Minecraft

MC ransomware

MC virus is fake ransomware that was first spotted in April 2018 and is meant to encrypt all users’ files and make them unusable. However, in reality, it does not encode any data. Security experts discovered 11 different variants[1] of the virus, but they did not differ much from each other. Developers of the virus claim to be NATroutter.

 SUMMARY
 Name MC
 Type Ransomware
 First detected by MalwareHunterTeam
 Date detected April 2018
 Status Does not encrypt files
 Demands Playing Minecraft game
 Elimination Download and install Reimage or Malwarebytes Anti Malware

It merely displays a pop-up window (it contains Minecraft screenshot and the text “Waiting for minecraft”) that waits for Minecraft game to be launched. The virus is meant to decrypt of files as soon as the demanded game time is complete.

We recently observed PUBG ransomware that encourages users to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds game. This virus also does not encrypt any files. Due to its controversial nature, PUBG ransomware got a lot of media attention. Therefore, there is no wonder that there are many copycats who want to do the same.

Regardless, ransomware is a severe infection which should be dealt with immediately. Thus, if you found a weird screen on your desktop asking you to play Minecraft, download and install reputable security software (Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware) which will help you to remove MC ransomware in just a few minutes.

MC virus is extremely poorly coded as it cannot determine whether the victim is actually playing the Minecraft game. It simply checks for the tasks ran in the Task Manager and, if it detects the “Minecraft” string, it executes a specific script.

It instantaneously launches another program called Minecraft123.exe which runs in the background and the “Waiting for minecraft” status changes to “Playing minecraft.” Thus, it is quite easy to trick these viruses by merely changing the name of an executable file to Minecraft.exe.

Nevertheless, it is never recommended to fulfill hackers’ demands. Other crypto-viruses, such as Locky or the infamous WannaCry, encrypt users’ files and make them unusable. To return all files, hackers demand a ransom to be paid in cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin or Monero.

Because these viruses encrypt a variety of files, including most popular formats like .doc, .pdf, .gif, .jpg, .mp3, .mpg, users are tempted to pay the ransom and get all the personal photos, videos and other important documents back.

As we already mentioned, it is never a good idea to interact with cybercrooks or fulfill their demands. Regardless if MC ransomware was created as a joke, it should be deleted straight away as newer and improved versions may appear at any time. For that purpose, we will provide file decryption steps that might help.

It is understandable that some users might not even understand what has happened. As virus does not encrypt files, they don’t have to. All they have to do is proceed with MC ransomware removal.

Ransomware viruses can spread not only via spam emails

According to virusai.lt[2] the most prominent ransomware distribution method is spam emails. Hackers employ spambots that distribute malicious emails to thousands of people. If some are careless enough, they might easily get infected with the virus. Therefore, please restrain yourself from clicking on suspicious attachments in emails of unknown origin, especially if the file asks you to enable macro function.

Cybercrooks can also exploit vulnerabilities within the certain software, for example, Adobe Flash.[3] Thus, software developers continually patch their products to ensure its security. Therefore, it is essential to keep your system and software up to date at all times.

Also, avoiding file-sharing and torrent sites is a good idea. Repacked software or fake updates might contain a malicious payload of the ransomware virus.

Remove MC ransomware automatically

MC virus is poorly coded. However, it might be difficult to eliminate it manually. Therefore, we recommend automatic MC ransomware removal. For that, download and install anti-malware software.

In some cases, the virus might block security software from booting. Therefore, you should restart your PC in Safe Mode with Networking and perform a full system scan.

As mentioned above, the virus might be not yet fully developed. But newer variants might contain a code that can actually encrypt files. In that case, check our file recovery procedure below. Remember, you have to remove MC ransomware before proceeding.

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To remove MC virus, follow these steps:

Remove MC using Safe Mode with Networking

Enter Safe Mode with Networking by following these steps:

  • 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 MC

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

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

Remove MC using System Restore

You can try to eliminate MC ransomware by using System Restore:

  • 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 MC. 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 and make sure that MC removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

MC virus does not encrypt files yet. Nevertheless, it might change in the future with new versions arising. Thus, instead of playing games you possibly dislike, decrypt your files using alternative methods provided below.

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

Data Recovery Pro might be able to help you

Data Recovery Pro is originally used for corrupted or accidentally deleted files. However, in some cases, this program might help to decrypt files affected by ransomware.

Windows Previous Versions feature

This method can only be executed if you enabled System Restore function before the virus infected your PC. Additionally, this method allows to recover files one-at-the-time. Hence, restoring a huge amount of data might be difficult.

  • 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”.

Recover your files using ShadowExplorer

ShadowExplorer can be used if the virus did not delete shadow volume copies.

  • 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 decryptor is created yet as virus does not encrypt files

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from MC and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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