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Remove MMM Reborn ransomware (Free Guide) - updated Mar 2019

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Ransomware

MMM Reborn ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts files using RSA + AES algorithms and demands a ransom to return files

MMM Reborn ransomware

MMM Reborn ransomware is the cyber threat that recovered its activity after a year. Surprisingly, this new version of MMM ransomware demands a huge ransom amount – 222BTC that is equivalent to around 800 000 US dollars. This is not a reasonable price, and we do not recommend paying the ransom at all. This is not the solution for data recovery because the alleged decryption key might not even exist and can be used just a trigger to convince the victim that the payment is the only way to recover files. This virus adds .info file extension to encrypted[1] files and then displays the ransom note in the window called IF_YOU_NEED_FILES_READ_ME.html. You can also find this malware by its executable RebornM.exe. MMM Reborn ransomware virus already released a few more versions to the wild. Most of the previous versions in the MMM family use AES and RSA algorithm mix for the file locking and demands at least 0.25 BTC. The latest MMM Reborn ransomware V4 was spotted at the end of March in 2019 and had one distinct feature – ransom of 8 Bitcoin that becomes 12 BTC if you don't pay in 7 days. 

Name MMM Reborn ransomware
Type Cryptovirus
Related MMM ransomware
Ransom amount from 0.25 BTC to 444 BTC
Encryption method RSA2048 and AES128
Main executable files RebornM.exe, RebornMMM.exe
Ransom note IF_YOU_NEED_FILES_READ_ME.html; DECRYPT_FILES.txt;  
Contact email mmm_reborn@tutamail.com
Distribution Spam email attachments with infected files
Fix Use antivirus program to eliminate the virus from your device. Focus on MMM Reborn ransomware removal and then clean virus damage using Reimage

MMM Reborn ransomware virus at first seemed to still be in development because the ransom amount demanded from victims was too big for everyday PC users to pay. However, this is the most dangerous type of cyber threats because cybercriminals that are running this malware program focuses on data-locking. So they can get your money.

MMM Reborn ransomware uses RSA 2048 method or doubles that up with AES128 for the main file-locking process. During the encryption, the original file code is altered and, this way, data becomes unusable. When your files get marked with the appendix, you can also see the ransom note IF_YOU_NEED_FILES_READ_ME.html on your computer's screen that additionally, to the payment instructions, displays the following text:

All of your files were encrypted by a strong encryption with RSA2048
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

To remove MMM Reborn ransomware properly, you may also need to enter the Safe Mode with Networking, so that the antivirus tool that you use can completely scan the system of your device and no malware is left behind. Also, a great tip is to additionally use Reimage or other PC repair programs to double-check for virus damage. 

Paying MMM Reborn ransomware ransom shouldn't be an option because it may lead to more problems like permanent data or money loss.[2] There is little to no chance that developers are releasing the decryption key for you after the payment is done.

MMM Reborn ransomware virus
MMM Reborn ransomware is a cryptovirus that makes your data useless and then explains the encryption process in its ransom note displayed on the screen.

The best option we as researchers and other experts[3] can recommend is MMM Reborn ransomware removal using reputable anti-malware tools and data recovery using your trustworthy file backups or data recovery software designed to restore files after such processes. RebornM.exe is the main file that contains the payload of this malicious program and launches various processes, you need a full system scan to get rid of all related files.

Remember that this dangerous virus, dubbed MMM Reborn ransomware or TripleM virus, can easily alter Windows Registry keys or other parts on the device including functions and programs, and even the system files of your machine. For this reason, you need to get rid of the virus immediately after getting the ransom demand. Follow our suggestions below for decryption and data recovery options.

The newest MMM Reborn ransomware version – V4 

MMM Reborn first was spotted back in December of 2018 and seemed to be not true because of the huge ransom amount that goes up to 444 BTC if not paid in less than 3 weeks. However, after a few months of silence developers released a new version to the wild – MMM Reborn V4. 

In March 2019 this version came to the attention of researchers with a few new specific features. Firstly, the ransom note in this case delivered in the text file called DECRYPT_FILES.txt as before the message about the attack was shown in an HTML window. Besides the text file with a ransom note, the main executable that launched the script RebornMMM.exe alongside other files like ecorp.bat can be found on the affected system. 

TripleM Reborn ransomware v4 ransom note states:

TRIPLEM (MMM) REBORN RANSOMWARE v4 
What happened to your files? 
Your stupid IT Dept. Your encrypted files were not secured. 
Your files were encrypted with a strong encryption with RSA2048. 
What do I do? 
So, there you can wait for a couple of ways. 
If you have your time, you need your money, because payment. 
You can send to mmm_reborn@tutamail.com 2-3 random files <2mb and we decrypt it for free. 
!!! DO NOT TRY RESTORE YOUR FILES. 
!!! DO NOT USING DIFFERENT DECRYPTION SOFTWARE. 
!!! FILES MAY BE DECRYPTED ONLY WITH OUR SOFTWARE. 
PERSONAL DETAILS YOUR 
YOUR DECRYPTION PRICE:  
IF YOU PAY WITHIN 7 DAY – 8 BITCOIN  
IF YOU PAY NOT WITHIN 7 DAY – 12 BITCOIN  
WALLET ADRESS: 1MMMbgkgSS82t4WC4YkXMVCsWAawnrzUpP 
UNIQ USER ID: wrlvdtte.5g4 
INSTRUCTION 
1) Buy Bitcoin on btc exchange sites ( Coinbase, Localbitcoins , Coinmama and another). 
For buy Bitcoin you need confirm your Identify. 
Buy Bitcoin offline in ATM or from seller  https://coinatmradar.com/ 
2) Send BITCOIN to your personal wallet adress  
1MMMbgkgSS82t4WC4YkXMVCsWAawnrzUpP 
3) Write us to email mmm_reborn@tutamail.com in subject write your USER ID UNIQ
4) Decrypt your files. 
TRIPLEM (MMM) REBORN RANSOMWARE v4

The ransom note gives out more information about the particular ransomware attack and informs people that the amount of ransom at first is 8 Bitcoins. However, it may go up to 12 Bitcoins if you decide to wait more than seven days to pay up. Also, the contact email given in the note is the same as the previous version – mmm_reborn@tutamail.com. However, you should know that contacting these criminals cannot give you any positive results.[4] You need to remove TripleM reborn ransomware instead.

TripleM reborn ransomware
TripleM reborn ransomware v4 is the newest version of this notorious cryptovirus that demands 8 BTC for encrypted files.

Ransomware infections caused by payload carriers hidden in spam email attachments

Any email that is sent from a questionable or unknown source should be more inspected because malicious actors nowadays can make legitimate-looking emails and distribute their products via attached files or links. The main example is when the executable file loads on the system with the direct malware code and spreads the ransomware on your computer or infects the system with trojans designed to further spread malicious programs.

Also, Microsoft Word or Excel files can be used as a disguise for these payload droppers because the common file format encourages users to download and open the mentioned document on the computer. However, the minute you download and open this document your system gets infected with the notorious malware.

You can avoid these instances if you pay more attention to emails you get on a daily bases, especially if the email contains file attachments and files or hyperlinks. You can always try scanning the file before downloading or opening on the machine or delete suspicious emails immediately without consideration.

Eliminate MMM Reborn ransomware from the device by using the trustworthy anti-malware

To get back to your device working normally and safely, you need to remove MMM Reborn ransomware completely. You can do so by employing your antivirus program or additional anti-malware tool like Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. The full system scan using these tools can improve the performance of your device in a significant way.

Also, MMM Reborn ransomware removal gives better results if you choose reputable tools for the process. Selecting the official source and provider may also affect the performance of antivirus because the reputable program works without any issues and can identify the possible threats.

MMM Reborn ransomware virus can be deleted using the suggested steps after a full system removal but as we mentioned before rebooting the machine in Safe Mode or using System Restore feature gives you an advantage and ensures the best virus terminations results.

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To remove MMM Reborn virus, follow these steps:

Remove MMM Reborn using Safe Mode with Networking

Reboot the machine in Safe Mode with Networking and remove MMM Reborn ransomware completely

  • 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 MMM Reborn

    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 MMM Reborn removal.

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

Remove MMM Reborn using System Restore

Try System Restore as the alternative for the malware elimination

  • 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 MMM Reborn. 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 MMM Reborn removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove MMM Reborn 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 MMM Reborn, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro helps when user's backups are not up-to-date

Use Data Recovery Pro for encrypted or accidentally deleted files

  • 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 MMM Reborn ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions is a feature helpful after the MMM Reborn ransomware attack

If System Restore feature was enabled before Windows Previous Versions should work for file recovery

  • 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 is a method to get your data back after MMM Reborn ransomware attack

If you are sure that Shadow Volume Copies are left untouched, you can use ShadowExplorer and recover data lost after ransomware

  • 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.

Decryption tool is not available for the MMM Reborn ransomware

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

About the author

Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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