.Mcafee Files Virus (Xorist) - Remove It and Restore Data
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.Mcafee Files Virus (Xorist) – Remove It and Restore Data

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In this article, you will find more information about .Mcafee 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.

The .Mcafee file virus is ransomware that interferes with operating system’s settings in order to activate encryption algorithm, TEA in this case, and encode various types of files that store valuable information. In case of infection with this particular ransomware, you will have all your valuable files locked and renamed with an extension of the same name .Mcafee. Unlike other ransomware, .Mcafee doesn’t request any ransom fee.

Threat Summary

Name.Mcafee Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts target files stored on infected computers, marks them with .Mcafee extension.
SymptomsImportant files are encoded and renamed with .Mcafee extension. You cannot open them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.Mcafee Files Virus (Xorist) – Distribution

The payload file of the so-called .Mcafee files virus has probably managed to access your computer by being a part of a spam email. Emails that attempt to deliver malicious code on users’ devices are often designed to impersonate representatives of well-known businesses, websites, and even governmental institutions. This trick aims to mislead you and make you more prone to start the malicious code on your PC without noticing its presence.

As regards the malicious code that triggers ransomware infection it is usually disguised as file attachment of common type such as document, image, archive, PDF or as a URL address to an infected web page. Text messages presented by emails part of malspam campaigns usually attempt to provoke a sense of urgency and this way lure you into opening affected elements on your device as soon as possible.

In order to stay safe in future we recommend you to check our forum for several safety tips as they could help you to prevent ransomware infections like .Mcafee from infecting your system in future.

.Mcafee Files Virus (Xorist) – Overview

.Mcafee file virus appears to be yet another threat that attempts to access computer systems in order to encode valuable files. As identified by security researchers, this cryptovirus belongs to

Xorist ransomware family.

When first started on your machine, .Mcafee will create a bunch of malicious files needed for the attack. Analyses of its sample reveal that the threat uses the following folders for the storage of malicious files:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

The execution of these files leads to serious modifications that affect essential system settings. Most of the changes are implemented to support further malicious activities that will enable the ransomware to reach the main infection stage – data encryption.

Once it reaches this stage, .Mcafee activates a built-in encryption module that contains the TEA cipher algorithm. This module is designed to find all target files and encrypt them one by one with the help of TEA algorithm. It is known that all files that are stored with any of the extensions listed below will be encoded by .Mcafee files virus:

→.1cd, .3gp, .7z, .ac3, .ape, .avi, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .dbf, .divx, .djvu, .doc, .docx, .dwg, .flac, .flv, .gif, .gzip, .htm, .html, .ifo, .jpeg, .jpg, .kwm, .lnk, .m2v, .max, .md, .mdb, .mdf, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .odt, .p12, .pdf, .pfx, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .psd, .pwm, .rar, .tar, .torrent, .txt, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .zip

This includes all your:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

Unlike other threats of the same kind, .Mcafee doesn’t request a ransom for decryption solution. This becomes clear by the associated ransom message which presents just one question written in Spanish:

Usted fue encriptado por Mcafee que ironia no?

The good news is that a fully composed free decryption tool for Xorist ransomware family was released by security researchers at Emsisoft. So you could be able to decrypt all your .Mcafee files by simply downloading it from their official website.

Remove .Mcafee Files Virus (Xorist) and Restore Data

The so-called .Mcafee 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 .Mcafee ransomware. We need to remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .Mcafee Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Mcafee Files Virus

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 .Mcafee 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. 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 .Mcafee Files Virus 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 .Mcafee Files Virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for .Mcafee Files Virus 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

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

Ransomware infections and .Mcafee 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.

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

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .Mcafee Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .Mcafee Files Virus and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 .Mcafee Files Virus:

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 .Mcafee Files Virus. 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 .Mcafee Files Virus. 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 .Mcafee 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:

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 .Mcafee Files Virus. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove .Mcafee Files Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .Mcafee 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 .Mcafee Files Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac .Mcafee 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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