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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Malki Ransomware

Malki Ransomware, also known by the name of AsloHora Ransomware, is a troublesome malicious application since it locks user’s screen and encrypts his data to make it unusable. Usually, this type of malware is created to extort money from unlucky users who accidentally infect their system, but in this case, there are no instructions explaining how the user would have to pay or how the money should be transferred. According to our researchers, such behavior could indicate that the threat might be still just a test version and so if it gets updated the message victim’s see on their locked screen could include a ransom note. Sadly, erasing Malki Ransomware does not help to restore locked files either. Nonetheless, if you do not wish to keep malware on the system and risk its security, we advise you to remove the threat. If you require any help, just take a look at the deletion instructions located below the text as they could assist you with the task.

Further, in the text, we will talk more about the infection to introduce you to its working manner, possible ways of distribution, and other important details. First of all, we should explain how Malki Ransomware may enter the system. As we said earlier, users often infect their computer without even realizing it. The problem is, ransomware applications can be distributed through infected files that could look harmless, for example, email attachments, software installers, update files, etc. If you launch the malicious application’s installer, it may settle in on your system and work silently in the background until it is time to announce its presence. This is why we always advise users to keep a reliable antimalware tool installed. It can not only warn about infected files but also be used to check suspicious data before opening it.

Malki Ransomware should firstly encrypt your data, for example, pictures, photos, documents, archives, and so on. All of the locked files might be marked with a second extension called .malki (e.g. image.jpg.malki). Then the malware may close Windows Explorer to hide the Windows GUI. Soon after this, it should lock the screen by placing a message on a blue background. It does not contain a lot of text as it mostly demands to enter an unlock code that should be provided by the malicious application’s developers. However, the message does not explain how to contact the hackers or what would you have to do to get this code. The situation is rather unusual as the displayed message should give instructions what could be done to unlock the screen or decrypt encrypted data.

From our experience with similar threats, we can say that often users are asked to pay a particular price or contact the hackers responsible for the malicious application to learn how much money should be transferred. Of course, we do not advise paying ransom or putting up with any other hackers’ demands. There is never a guarantee you will receive what you pay for. Hackers do not care about the damage they do as all they care about is to convince you to pay the ransom. There are other ways to get user's data back, although there are no reassurances our mentioned methods will work for any user. To begin with, there are various recovery tools you could try out. Then if you have any backup copies on removable media devices, cloud storage, or elsewhere, you could switch them with locked files.

Needless to say before attempting to recover your data it is important to clean the system and get rid of the malware for safety precautions. To eliminate Malki Ransomware manually, you should carefully follow the deletion instructions located below this text. Another option to remove the malicious application from the computer is to use only the first part of instructions to unlock the screen and then install a legitimate antimalware tool to find and erase the malware. If you have further questions regarding the infection, you can let us know by leaving a comment below the article.

Unlock the screen

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose the Task Manager.
  3. Navigate to File and select New Task (Run...)/Run new task.
  4. Type explorer in the provided box and click OK.
  5. Leave the Task Manager open and follow the second part of instructions to erase the threat manually.

Remove Malki Ransomware from your PC

  1. Click on Processes tab provided by the Task Manager.
  2. Locate a process related to the malware; its description may say AsloHora Ransomware.
  3. Right-click the process and press Open file location.
  4. Place the opened File Explorer behind Task Manager so you could access it later.
  5. Go back to your Task Manager, select the malware’s process and press End Task to kill it.
  6. Close the Task Manager and go to the File Explorer you left open.
  7. The malware’s launcher should have the same title as its process you just ended.
  8. Right-click the malicious file and press Delete.
  9. Close the Explorer and empty Recycle bin.
  10. Reboot the system.
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