Update September 2019. What is Masok Virus? What are Masok Virus Files? How to remove Masok Virus ransomware from your computer? How to restore Masok Virus files?Masok Virus is the name of a dangerous ransomware infection that belongs to the STOP Ransomware family of viruses. This notorious virus is from the cryptovirus family of malware. This means that its main purpose is to enter your computer while remaining unnoticed and then scramble your files via the AES encryption algorithm. Shortly after that, the Masok Virus variant of STOP Ransomware drops a _readme.txt ransom note, whose main purpose is to convince you that your only option seems to be to pay ransom in order to get your files to work again. If your computer has been infected by the Masok Virus, we strongly recommend that you read the instructions in this article.
|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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|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.
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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.
How to Remove Masok Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Masok Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Masok Virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Masok Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Masok Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Masok Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Masok Virus.
Ransomware infections and Masok Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of Masok Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Masok Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Masok Virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Masok Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Masok Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Masok Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Masok Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.