How to remove (uninstall) Merry I Love You Bruce

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We have recently published an article about a virus called Merry Christmas and hoped that this virus will soon stop its operation. However, this year's Christmas is a little delayed, and the virus is still active. Now, although the virus is still called a Merry Christmas, and Merry X-Mas, it leaves a file with the requirements of redemption and payment instructions, called Merry_I_Love_You_Bruce.hta. Encrypt a file is assigned to an extension .merry. There is no doubt that it is the same virus that first appeared in the last days of 2016 and, apparently, its creators decided to update it as long as it is profitable.

As in the original version, Merry I Love You Bruce virus does not have a fixed redemption amount. It is obvious that hackers are guided not only on ordinary users, but also to larger goals, such as the databases of representatives of small and medium-sized businesses. Accordingly, it is more profitable for hackers to specify the amount of redemption in each case. As you know, in order to accurately identify what resources each victim has, you need to have great intuition, or have full information about the files in the system and its configuration. Immediately after penetration Merry I Love You Bruce on a computer, it scans the system, flags the priority files (those in which, according to statistics, most often are sensitive data), and sends a report on the number of files and their perceived value in the command center of hackers together with a unique computer ID. This helps fraudsters to know with whom they are dealing.

Merry I Love You Bruce still has one major difference from other similar viruses: it bears an additional virus called DiamondFox. This virus is specialized in collecting information and spying. Ideal for hackers situation would then be: Merry I Love You Bruce gets on the computer and encrypts files, after which the user pays for their recovery the ransomware is automatically deleted from the computer and the user settles down, and continues on to use a computer, without even attempting to scan it for the presence of other viruses. In this case, hackers will not only receive the money from the user, but also be able to get great statistics that can be sold to advertising companies for good money.

How to remove Merry I Love You Bruce Virus

When your workstation is corrupted by Merry I Love You Bruce, the priority is not the deletion of the ransomware itself, but the restoration of data. Deleting Merry I Love You Bruce doesn't affect the condition of folders that are already ciphered, however, until the virus dwells on your machine, all new files are at peril. The uninstalling of Merry I Love You Bruce is an essential part of any recovery way. If you use the recovery in manual manner or the load of backups, you should eliminate the ransomware as soon as possible, and if you prefer to pay those hackers - Merry I Love You Bruce must be eliminated after the total data decryption. You can eliminate Merry I Love You Bruce with help of special antivirus program, or in manual mode. Both methods have their pros and cons, but the most significant distinction among them lies in the requirements. Disposal in manual mode needs some practice of the person, which performs it. You should know what to do and how to avoid a possible failure. Elimination via antivirus does not require any knowledge from its customer. Man just has to click on few icons and wait for 5 minutes. Under this paragraph, you will find the particular set of advices for deleting of Merry I Love You Bruce. We carefully describe every single part of removal process, to lower the hazard of mistake. If you choose the real-time defense and full cleanup of system without user's interference - you may purchase a reliable antivirus right now! Download Spyhunter to remove Merry I Love You Bruce virus automatically. Click here to download SpyHunter.

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab

Startup

Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

 

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

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How to restore files encrypted by Merry I Love You Bruce

In previous article we mentioned that if your PC is infected by Merry I Love You Bruce the wisest choice will be to wait until one of the leading computer security companies will release the program to decrypt files. Fortunately, this time the experts from EmsiSoft reacted rather quickly, and released a program that helps to recover all files encrypted virus Merry I Love You Bruce. We must warn you that this decryption tool, most likely, won’t be able to recover the files if the virus will be updated.

 

 

 

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