|Short Description||A variant of STOP Ransomware family of viruses. Aims to encrypt files on your computer and ask you to pay hundreds of dollars in BitCoin to get them to work again.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and have the file extension of Masok Virus. A ransom note, called _readme.txt is dropped on victim PCs.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Masok Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Masok Virus.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Masok Virus – Update August 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP Masok ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie found weaknesses in the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.
So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free Masok decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of Masok virus ransomware infections.
Masok Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The main method of infection that is likely used in relation to the Masok Virus ransomware virus, is likely via e-mail spam messages. These types of malspam are often delivered through spam campaigns. Their main goal is to send you an e-mail attachment that pretends to be a legitimate document of some sort, like an invoice or a receipt. But instead of a document, you may end up downloading the infection file of the Masok Virus ransomware.
Another mean that may be used by the Masok Virus virus is likely to spread several different forms of downloads, like setups, patches, software license activators as well as other types of virus files, whose main goal could be to only pretend to be what you are looking to download. When they are downloaded and activated, you may immediately become compromised by the Masok Virus.
When the Masok Virus infects your machine, its first priority is to situate the payload files on your computer. To do that, it may drop those virus files in one or more of the following Windows directories:
When the Masok Virus drops its virus files, it may start scanning your computer for files to encrypt. The files that the Masok Virus may encrypt on your computer could end up to be files, that have the following extensions:
→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”
These are usually documents, images, music, archives and other often used files. The Masok Virus threat conveniently skips encrypting files in the system folders of Windows, so that you can still use your computer to pay the ransom. After your computer has been attacked by the Masok Virus, it may add it’s own file extension that is the same as it’s name is.
The Masok Virus also drops its ransom note that has the following contents:
The ransom note of Masok Virus
Don’t worry my friend, 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. What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-1aaC7npeV9 Price of private key and decrypt software is $980. Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490. Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment. Check your e-mail “Spam” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
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Remove Masok Virus Ransomware and Restore Files
In order to remove Masok Virus by yourself, we recommend that you use the removal steps underneath for guidance. They have been made to isolate and delete the virus files and objects of Masok Virus step by step. If you want a full and effective removal of all traces of Masok Virus from your computer, then the best way to go for is to skip the steps and directly download a professional anti-malware program. It will scan your computer automatically and take care f the Masok Virus virus files for you.
If you want to try and restore files, encrypted by the Masok Virus, we strongly suggest that you try and use the recovery methods we have suggested below. They are in no mean a 100% solution to the problem, but with their aid you may be able to restore at least some of the files.