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This article has been posted to show you how to remove Malki ransomware from your computer system and restore .malki encrypted files effectively.

A ransomware virus, using the AES encryption algorithm to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it has been reported by malware researchers. The malware aims to perform multiple different types of procedures, the main of which is drop a ransom note which demands victims to pay in BTC to get their files restore back to their working state. If your computer has been infected by Malki ransomware, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

NameMalki
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionTEXTTT
SymptomsTEXTTT
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How Does Malki Ransomware Spread

In order for this ransomware virus to be replicated, the cyber-criminals behind it may undertake in multiple different spam activities:

  • E-mail spam messages send with malicious e-mail attachments or fake buttons that lead to malicious websites.
  • Comments featuring malicious URLs as well as other types of objects that can infect your computer.

  • Fake key generators or license activation software.
  • Fake setups uploaded online.

The primary method of spreading ransomware viruses like Malki ransomware is via spam e-mail messages which aim to convince the victim that they are of a legitimate character , whereas in fact they are very far away from it. The usual claims are that there is suspicious activity on your bank account or you have ordered something online. If you see such e-mails, be extremely caution and scan the files with an on-demand scanner of any anti-malware software you have installed.

Malki Ransomware – Activity Report

Once the Malki ransomware virus has been activated on your computer, the infection may immediately drop it’s main malicious executable file – AslaHora Ransomware.exe and along it, multiple other support types of files. This may result in the creation of mutexes and the obtaining of administrative permissions. Besides the main executable, the other malicious files of the ransomware may exist in the following Windows Folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Roaming%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %SystemDrive%

In addition to this, the ransomware virus also aims to perform a set of modifications on the compromised computer. Some of those may include the modification of the Windows Registry Editor, more specifically the following Windows registry sub-keys:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

After having done this, the virus may also delete the Shadow Volume copies on the compromised computer, by executing commands as an administrator in the Windows command prompt:

Malki Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption of this virus is conducted via the AES encryption algorithm. It aims to perform a set of activities that allow the altering of the files’ code to an encrypted one. But Malki ransomware does not encrypt the whole file, but only blocks of data from it. The virus primarily attacks files which are used very often, such as:

  • Documents.
  • Archives.
  • Videos.
  • Audio file types.
  • Files associated with often used programs.

After the encryption has completed, Malki ransomware adds the .malki file extenson to the files encrypted by it:

The virus then drops it’s ransom note which has the following message to victims:

“ENTER UNLOCK CODE GIVEN BY MALKI!!!”

Remove Malki Ransomware and Restore .malki Encrypted Files

The virus has obviously been created by amateurs, pointing out to how easy it is for the PC to be unlocked. If you aim to remove this ransomware, virus, be advised that first you need to unlock the lockscreen it sets. It can be unlocked by typing the password “MALKIMALKIMALKI” in the unlock code box. This will allow you to access your PC and follow removal instructions, such as the ones below, which are specifically designed to remove ransomware viruses, like Malki. For maximum effectiveness of removal, experts advise using an advanced anti-malware software which will automatically scan for and remove all the infection files related to this ransomware.

If your files are encrypted after the removal, you can try and restore as many as you can with the methods we have suggested in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Malki” below. They are not 100% effective but will surely help you to recover as many files as you possibly can with their assistance.

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To remove Malki follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Malki files and objects
2. Find files created by Malki on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Malki

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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