What is STOP Ransomware

STOP Ransomware is a sophisticated encryption virus, that uses the Salsa20 algorithm to encode sensitive personal data, such as photos, videos, and documents. The latest appeared versions in November add .mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec extensions to files and make them unreadable. To date, the family includes about 180 representatives, and the total number of affected users is approaching a million. Most of the attacks are in Europe and South America, India and Southeast Asia. The threat also affected the United States, Australia, and South Africa. Although the STOP virus is less known than GandCrab, Dharma, and other ransomware trojans, it is this year that accounts for more than half of the detected attacks. Moreover, the next rating participant, the aforementioned Dharma, lags behind him by this indicator by more than four times. A significant role in the prevalence of STOP Ransomware is played by its diversity: in the most active periods, experts found three or four new versions daily, each of which hit several thousand victims. The ransom note file (_readme.txt), created by the threat is represented below:

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
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You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
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The virus uses similar patterns in all versions: it encrypts files, adds a new extension to them and places a ransom note on the infected machine (it requires $490, but if not paid within 72 hours amount doubles to $980). Emsisoft experts, together with ransomware expert Michael Gillespie, have released a free STOP Ransomware decryptor. The development of Gillespie and Emsisoft specialists uses a characteristic feature in the work of STOP – the malware creates an encryption key based on the first five bytes of the affected object. This allows experts to recreate the key using the source file. In addition, for some files, the code starts from the same sections – for example, Microsoft Office documents coincide with ZIP archives in this. As a result, the decryption of one object allows you to work with other formats. To use the descriptor, the user needs to train the program – download the same document in encrypted and original form through the online interface. Such pairs need to be selected for each file format that needs to be restored. Trained in this way, the utility will then be able to decrypt all objects of the corresponding formats. Stellar Data Recovery Professional is one of the best file-recovery tools and, if used properly, may recover copies and duplicates of encrypted files, that were removed prior to infection. The only option for successful 100% recovering are existing backups. The article below explains how to remove STOP Ransomware correctly and decrypt .mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec files for free.

  1. Download STOP Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec files
  3. Recover encrypted files with Stellar Data Recovery Professional
  4. Restore encrypted files with Windows Previous Versions
  5. Restore files with Shadow Explorer
  6. How to protect from threats like STOP Ransomware

STOP Ransomware (.mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec extensions)

How STOP Ransomware infected your PC

STOP Ransomware victims most often receive it bundled with pirated and free software. The malware not only encrypts user files, but also installs malicious browser extensions, clickers, and other unwanted programs. In early 2019, experts reported that one of the STOP versions distributes the Azorult Trojan, which can steal user information. Virus modifies “hosts” file to block Windows updates, downloading antivirus programs, and visiting sites related to security news or offering security solutions. The process of infection also looks like installing Windows updates, the malware shows a fake window, that mimics update process.

fake windows update from STOP Ransomware

It uses rdpclip.exe to replace a legal Windows file and to launch an attack on a computer network. After encrypting the files, the encrypter is deleted using the delself.bat command file. STOP Ransomware virus is propagated via spam attack with malicious e-mail attachments and using manual PC hacking. Can be distributed by hacking through an unprotected RDP configuration, fraudulent downloads, exploits, web injections, fake updates, repackaged and infected installers. Virus assigns certain ID with the victims, that is used to name those files and supposedly to send decryption key. Great tools to protect against STOP Ransomware are: Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Download STOP Ransomware Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

To remove STOP Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of STOP Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter

To remove STOP Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of STOP Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

How to remove STOP Ransomware manually

It is not recommended to remove STOP Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.

STOP Ransomware files:

_readme.txt
rdpclip.exe
delself.bat
{randomname}.exe

STOP Ransomware registry keys:

no information

How to decrypt and restore .mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec files

Use automated decryptors

Download STOP Djvu Decryptor from EmsiSoft (.mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec variations)

IMPORTANT: Read this detailed guide on using STOP Djvu Decryptor to avoid file corruption and time wasting.

STOP djvu ransomware decryptor from emsisoft

STOP Djvu Decryptor is able to decrypt .mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec files, encrypted by STOP Ransomware. This tool was developed by EmsiSoft. It works in automatic mode, but in most cases works only for files encrypted with offline keys. Download it here:

Download STOP Djvu Decryptor

Dr.Web Rescue Pack

Famous antivirus vendor Dr. Web provides free decryption service for the owners of its products: Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web Enterprise Security Suite. Other users can ask for help in the decryption of .mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec files by uploading samples to Dr. Web Ransomware Decryption Service. Analyzing of files will be performed free of charge and if files are decryptable, all you need to do is purchase 2-year licence of Dr.Web Security Space worth $120 or less. Otherwise, you don’t have to pay.

If you are infected with STOP Ransomware and removed it from your computer, you can try decrypting your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:

Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .mosk, .lokf, .meka or .toec files

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  1. Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
  2. Click Recover Data button.
  3. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
  4. Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
  5. Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
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Using Windows Previous Versions option:

  1. Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
  2. Select Previous Versions tab.
  3. Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
  4. To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
  5. In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.

Using Shadow Explorer:

  1. Download Shadow Explorer program.
  2. Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
  3. Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
  4. Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
  5. In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.

If you are using Dropbox:

  1. Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
  2. Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
  3. Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.

How to protect computer from viruses like STOP Ransomware in future

1. Get special anti-ransomware software

Use BitDefender Anti-Ransomware

bitdefender anti-ransomware

Famous antivirus vendor BitDefender released free tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as additional shield to your current protection. It will not conflict with bigger security applications. If you are searching complete internet security solution consider upgrading to full version of BitDefender Internet Security 2018.

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2. Back up your files

onedrive backup

Regardless of the success of protection against ransomware threats, you can save your files using simple online backup. Cloud services are quite fast and cheap nowadays. There is more sense using online backup, than creating physical drives, that can get infected and encrypted when connected to PC or get damaged from dropping or hitting. Windows 10 and 8/8.1 users can find pre-installed OneDrive backup solution from Microsoft. It is one of the best backup services on the market and has reasonable pricing plans. Users of earlier versions can get acquainted with it here. Make sure to backup and sync most important files and folders in OneDrive.

3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox

spamfighter

Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is SpamFighter. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.

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