The name .madek files virus is given to a new cryptovirus which is based on the code of the infamous STOP ransomware. Once activated on a target device, the threat becomes able to perform a long sequence of malicious activities. As a result, PC security is disrupted and personal files encrypted. You can recognize encrypted files by the extension .madek appended to their names.
If you want to prevent yourself from falling victim to hackers once again, we recommend that you refrain from following the instructions presented by .madek ransom message and continue with our thorough .madek ransomware removal guide. The steps below will help you remove all malicious files and objects from the infected computer and present you with several alternative data recovery approaches that may be efficient for .madek files recovery.
|Name||.madek Files Virus|
|Short Description||Computer infection that encrypts personal files and extorts a ransom fee for their recovery.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .madek extension. A ransom message forces you to contact hackers for more details on a ransom fee payment process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .madek Files Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .madek Files 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.|
.madek Files Virus – Update July 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP .madek ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked 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 .madek 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 .madek ransomware infections.
.madek Virus Files – Infection Overview
The ransomware infection called .madek files virus has been identified as a strain of the infamousSTOP ransomware. This threat is designed to infect computer systems in order to corrupt their settings and become able to encode valuable personal files.
Since .madek STOP ransomware has been detected in the wild a few hours before the release of our removal guide, it is now likely to be lurking around the web. The attack campaigns that are spreading .madek virus files are probably realized with the help of several common techniques like malspam, malvertising, freeware bundles, and websites corruption.
The moment .madek virus loads its payload file on your device, it initiates a long sequence of malicious operations that disrupt system security and enable it to reach the main infection stage – data encryption.
For the data encryption stage, .madek ransomware activates a specific cipher module that scans all system drives for target types of files and encodes the matches with the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Unfortunately, it is likely that all common files listed below are among the targets of this nasty ransomware:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Following encryption, the ransomware leaves all encrypted files inaccessible and renamed with the extension .madek . As a result, you are forced to pay a ransom fee in cryptocurrency to cyber criminals. This happens via a ransom note message that could be placed on the desktop and in every folder that contains encrypted files.
According to this message, when you pay the ransom you will receive a decryption tool for all your .madek files. However, since there is no guarantee that this tool is a functional one, we recommend that you avoid any negotiations with cyber criminals.
Instead you could try to solve the problem in a secure way. Just keep up with the ransomware removal steps that follow.
Remove .madek Virus Files and Attempt to Restore Files
The so-called .madek files virus is a threat with highly complex code that corrupts both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, the guide presents you with several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore .madek files. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .madek Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .madek Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .madek Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .madek Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .madek Files 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 .madek Files 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 .madek Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .madek Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .madek Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .madek Files 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 .madek Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .madek Files 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 .madek Files 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 .madek Files Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .madek Files 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 .madek Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .madek Files 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.