Madek Ransomware has emerged as another dangerous variant of DJVU ransomware family. Discovered in July 2019, this malicious crypto virus attacks the Windows Operating Systems. Once, it sneaks in the host system, it scans for the targeted files. It may include your personal documents, images, audio-video files and even backup files. The destructive ransomware appends its .madek extension to filenames. Hence, here begins the execution of malicious activities!
It might seem a normal data encryption, however that is not the case! Madek ransomware uses a powerful algorithm, which is impossible to decrypt manually. In order to decrypt .Madek files, you will need the unique decryption key. Unfortunately, it is secured on the hacker’s server. Furthermore, hackers exchange this key for hefty amount of ransom. Hackers claim that, if the victims fail to make the payment, they will lose their data permanently. Hence, with this fear in mind, users try to make the payment as quick as possible.
However, paying ransom is not the way out! It supports the evil idea of the hackers. This article will assist you to get rid of Madek ransomware in simple steps.
|Symptoms||After successful encryption, it makes the files unreadable. Furthermore, it asks for large ransom to restore the lost files.|
The hackers use numerous tactics to propagate the malicious Madek extension in your system. The various methods, allow the developers to increase their victim count, which eventually boost their profits. Among all, spam campaigns are the most frequently used method.
Spam attack begins with sending hundreds of e-mails consisting of malicious attachments. These e-mails look legitimate and trustworthy, however the danger lies deep within the attachment. These e-mails are sent with forged header information and informs about an unauthorized shipment or undelivered package.
In any case, as soon as you download/open the attachment, your system will be exposed to the risk of .Madek file virus.
The list of deceptive methods is long! Software cracks are also used by hackers these days! Although, it is a useful program, yet the cyber criminals have designed its infected versions. Originally, it was designed to crack the paid versions of the licensed applications/software. However, now a day, instead of cracking the licensed version, they silently install the malware in your system.
To conclude with, the two major reasons for this infiltration are reckless behavior of users and lack of proper knowledge.
Alike its siblings, it possesses all the qualities to encrypt files. It uses a strong encryption algorithm to corrupt the files. Once the files are successfully encrypted, it appends .madek extension with the filenames.
Simultaneously, it creates a text file – ‘_readme.txt’ in every folder containing Madek files. This file, informs the users that they have been trapped in the Madek scam! Furthermore, it tells that you can recover .Madek files only with a unique key. Unfortunately, it is true! This Madek decryption tool is stored on the remote server. Getting the key is not an easy task!
Hackers demand for large ransom in exchange of this key. Sum equal to $980 is asked to enable the decryption key. Remember, if you contact the developers within 72 hours of Madek attack, the ransom will be dropped down to $490 (50% discount). Keep in mind, it is a trick to encourage the victim user to pay the ransom ASAP. Moreover, with the fear of losing the data, victims get ready to pay the asked amount.
Scroll down for the possible ways by which you can protect yourself from ransomware like Madek.
5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).
Once the system starts, ensure to use an account with administrative privilege to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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