In this article, you will find more information about .mbrcodes files virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from an infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
A crypto virus dubbed .mbrcodes files virus has been detected in active attack campaigns. It is designed to plague computer systems in order to lock a list of target files and extort a ransom fee for their decryption. The presence of this threat could be recognized by the appearance of an extension of the same name in corrupted files’ names. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to open these files until you apply a method that could revert their code back to its original state.
|Name||.mbrcodes Files Virus|
|Short Description||Encrypts target files stored on infected computers, marks them with .mbrcodes extension and insists on ransom payment.|
|Symptoms||Important files are encoded and renamed with .mbrcodes extension. You cannot open them. Hackers demand a ransom payment.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Infected Installers|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .mbrcodes Files 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.|
.mbrcodes Files Virus (Xorist) – Distribution
The last could be explained by the fact that their purpose is to trick you into opening the corrupted file on your device as this action triggers the execution of ransomware payload. A variety of common file types such as documents, PDFs, images could be transformed into carriers of ransomware code.
These files are often presented as the following:
- Invoices coming from reputable sites, like PayPal, eBay, etc.
- Documents from that appear to be sent from your bank.
- An online order confirmation note.
- Receipt for a purchase.
Malware authors may be also using compromised software installers and infected websites to spread this nasty ransomware infection. These methods enable them to add the ransomware payload to an app installer or inject it into a web page. Both cases could result in an automatic and unnoticed execution of this payload directly on your system.
.mbrcodes Files Virus (Xorist) – Overview
As identified by security researchers, this ransomware named after its associated extension .mbrcodes files virus belongs toXorist threat family.
The moment .mbrcodes cryptovirus loads its payload file on a target system, it becomes able to pass through several infection stages. At first, the threat is likely to create a bunch of additional malicious files needed for the attack. It is likely that .mbrcodes will place some of these files in the following folders:
By executing these files in a predefined order, .mbrcodes Xorist performs a variety of malicious transformations that affect the settings of some major system components. Among these components is likely to be the Registry Editor as it stores very important settings that control overall system performance.
The end of the infection process is marked by the automatic load of a ransom message on the screen. Since this message is written in Portuguese, it is likely that most of the launched attack campaigns will be targeting counties where this language is the official one. The text of this message is stored in a file named HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt. Once you open it you will see the following message:
Seus arquivos foram compactados!
Para recupera-los, voce precisa de uma chave de segurança.
Caso tenha real interesse na recuperação deles envie seu código para consulta: 14rescryptedsadfg
Para o email: firstname.lastname@example.org
alterações no sistema operacional resultará imediatamente na perca total dos dados!
Seu contato será respondido o mais rápido possível.
With the help of an automatic translate tool it becomes clear that in English the same message claims:
Your files have been compressed!
To recover them, you need a security key.
If you have a real interest in their recovery send your code for consultation: 14rescryptedsadfg
For the email: email@example.com
changes to the operating system will immediately result in total loss of data!
Your contact will be responded to as soon as possible.
Apparently, this message has two goals. On one hand, it aims to inform you about the presence of .mbrcodes and its impacts. On the other hand, it attempts to trick you into sending an email message to hackers so they can send you back in further instructions on how to pay a demanded ransom.
Beware that many users whose data and systems were affected by ransomware have never received a decryption tool even after a successful ransom payment. Furthermore, there are many registered cases of users who received completely broken decrypters that cannot restore their corrupted files. So our advice is to consider the help of alternative data recovery methods once you remove this ransomware from your system.
.mbrcodes Files Virus (Xorist) – Encryption Process
Similar to previous iterations of Xorist ransomware, .mbrcodes is likely to utilize the cipher algorithm XOR or TEA in order to encode parts of the code of target files.
During the encoding process .mbrcodes files virus is likely to scan infected system for all files that are stored with one of the extensions presented below. Whenever the threat detects a match, it encodes the file and makes it completely inaccessible:
→.zip, .rar, .7z, .tar, .gzip, .jpg, .jpeg, .psd, .cdr, .dwg, .max, .bmp, .gif, .png, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .txt, .pdf, .djvu, .htm, .html, .mdb, .cer, .p12, .pfx, .kwm, .pwm, .1cd, .md, .mdf, .dbf, .odt, .vob, .ifo, .lnk, .torrent, .mov, .m2v, .3gp, .mpeg, .mpg, .flv, .avi, .mp4, .wmv, .divx, .mkv, .mp3, .wav, .flac, .ape, .wma, .ac3
Following encryption, all corrupted files contain the extension .mbrcodes in their names. You won’t be able to open any of these files. The good news is that specialists from Kaspersky team have released a free decryption tool that works for some previous versions of Xorist ransomware. So this tool may be also working for .mbrcodes files. Check the guide below and find a download link to this potential remedy.
Remove .mbrcodes Files Virus (Xorist) and Restore Data
The so-called .mbrcodes files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, we prepared a removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by Xorist .mbrcodes ransomware. We need to remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.