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Remove MafiaWare Ransomware and Restore .Locked-by-Mafia Files

This article will help you remove the MafiaWare ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end of the article.

MafiaWare ransomware is a cryptovirus that is themed around the Mafia. Its payload file is called mafiaware.exe and the extension it places to all files after encryption is .Locked-by-Mafia. When your files become encrypted, the MafiaWare cryptovirus displays a ransom note with instructions for payment. Researchers say that the virus is a variant of HiddenTear. Continue to read and see what ways you could try out to restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameMafiaWare
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and after that it displays a ransom note.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the .Locked-by-Mafia extension on them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Update, March 2017. Unfortunately, there still hasn’t been a decrypter for MafiaWare. Infected users may try restoring their files via alternative methods such as data recovery software. In addition, security researchers have uncovered a new variant of MafiaWare identified as AngleWare ransomware, appending the .AngleWare to encrypted files. Both AngleWare and MafiaWare belong to the HiddenTear ransomware family, which has been decrypted. Unfortunately, there is no indication that the available decrypter would work on files encrypted by either MafiaWare or AnglewWare.

MafiaWare Ransomware – Delivery Tactics

MafiaWare ransomware could be delivered by utilizing different tactics. The payload file which initiates the malicious script of the ransomware is most commonly found on the Internet by the name mafiaware.exe, although it is renamed to hide its true nature in most cases. You can see the analysis of that executable file containing the payload script, from the screenshot of the VirusTotal website, right here:

MafiaWare ransomware could also be using the tactic to deliver the payload file via social media networks and file-sharing services. Freeware applications found on the Web could be promoted as useful but also could be hiding the malicious script of the virus. Don’t immediately open files after you have downloaded them, especially if they come from suspicious sources, like links and e-mails. Better yet, you should scan them first with some security program. Don’t forget to check the size and signatures of the files for anything unusual. You should read the ransomware preventing tips thread from the forum.

MafiaWare Ransomware – Technical Overview

MafiaWare ransomware is a cryptovirus, which is a variant of the open-source ransomware project HiddenTear, according to various researchers. When the MafiaWare ransomware encrypts your files it will place the extension .Locked-by-Mafia as the extension on each file that gets encrypted.

MafiaWare ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence. These registry entries are typically designed in a way that will launch the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System.

The ransom note appears right after the encryption process is done. The note states what the demands of the cybercriminals are for decrypting your files. You can check out the ransom note from the screenshot down here:

That ransom note reads the following:

Your files has been encrypted by depsex
Pay $155 to my bitcoin address 1CS7xqkujGWQAMq1y54D68QWWKyCz266zz
And send the proof to my email dompetpresiden@gmai1.com

The developers of the MafiaWare virus have put their demands in the simple note shown above. However, you should NOT follow those demands, nor contact the cyber criminals under any circumstances. If you proceed and pay them, no guarantee exists that you will recover your data. Besides, providing money to those crooks will just support them financially and is likely to give them more motivation to do criminal acts such as this one.

For the moment, there is no list of file extensions that the MafiaWare ransomware searches to encrypt. The article will get updated if there is anything new on the matter. The encryption algorithm which is used is believed to be AES and malware researchers say that the ransomware is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project. Encrypted files will receive the .Locked-by-Mafia extension appended to them. Some of the following extensions are possible to get encrypted:

→.doc, .docx, .pdf, .db, .jpg, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .mp3, .flv, .avi

The MafiaWare cryptovirus probably also searches to delete the Shadow Copies from the Windows operating system by using the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Read on further and find out what methods you can try to restore some of your files.

Remove MafiaWare Ransomware and Restore .Locked-by-Mafia Files

If your computer got infected with the MafiaWare ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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How to Remove MafiaWare from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MafiaWare

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall MafiaWare 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MafiaWare on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • 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

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MafiaWare there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for MafiaWare with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by MafiaWare.

Ransomware infections and MafiaWare 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of MafiaWare from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall MafiaWare and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to MafiaWare:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to MafiaWare. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to MafiaWare. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 MafiaWare 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as MafiaWare. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by MafiaWare.

Ransomware infections and MafiaWare 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


MafiaWare FAQ

What is MafiaWare ransomware and how does it work?

MafiaWare is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does MafiaWare ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.MafiaWare Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of MafiaWare is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .MafiaWare files?

You can't. At this point the .MafiaWare files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .MafiaWare files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by MafiaWare ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".MafiaWare" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .MafiaWare files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of MafiaWare ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate MafiaWare ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .MafiaWare files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like MafiaWare ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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