Mars Ransomware Description
The Mars Ransomware is a file cryptor Trojan that compromised many users in the last week of April 2019. The Mars Ransomware was reported of appending the '.mars' extension to filenames and rendering user-generated data inaccessible. Computer security researchers warn that the Mars Ransomware is not a new Trojan, but a variant of an older threat called the Major Ransomware (also seen as the Bmps Ransomware). The Mars Ransomware appears to be a slightly altered copy of the Major Ransomware, which is distributed using new email addresses and a new set of 'Command and Control' servers, which hinders static detection. The malware author re-configured the Mars Ransomware to append the '.mars' extension and deliver a note with a new name — 'READ_ME.mars.' For example, 'Leon Battista Alberti.docx' is renamed to 'Leon Battista Alberti.docx.mars' and users are shown the following text:
'All your important files are encrypted.
To recover encrypted files, you need:
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2. Send bitcoins to the address you receive in the mail. After payment, we will send a decryption program
Do not try to decrypt your files using third-party programs, decoders. You only damage your data and lose them forever.
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Contact email address email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com'
Regretfully, there is no way to take back the lost data, if you have not made data backups recently. Contacting the ransomware actors via the 'firstname.lastname@example.org, the 'email@example.com' and the 'firstname.lastname@example.org' email accounts is ill-advised as you may lose your money. Paying the cybercriminals is never a good idea since their goal is to make you pay — not the delivery of professional data recovery services. You might want to purge the files left from the Mars Ransomware using a respected anti-malware tool and use a backup manager to return your memory storage to normal.