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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

MBRlock Ransomware

MBRlock Ransomware is a malicious threat that affects the Windows MBR (Master Boot Record) to prevent the victim from starting their operating system normally. The infection was created to function as a ransomware, and so it demands a ransom. According to our research team, the infection is unlikely to encrypt files like most ransomware threats analyzed on this site do. That being said, Windows users dealing with this malware might be tricked into paying the ransom just to get access to their operating systems back into their own hands. Although, in most cases, when threats affect the MBR, users need to reinstall their operating systems, it is possible that you will be able to repair it using a special password. Please continue reading to learn more about the process. All in all, whether or not you manage to repair the Master Boot Record, you must remember to remove MBRlock Ransomware. If you do not delete this threat successfully, your system could be locked up again.

Corrupted spam email attachments, unsecure RDP connections, and devious phishing attacks can be employed for the distribution of MBRlock Ransomware. The threat is launched using an executable file, and that is usually done by the victims themselves. Once the file of the threat – which is also known as DexLocker Ransomware – is executed, the system is rebooted instantly. Due to the modifications in the MBR, the Windows do not load normally. Instead, the victim is introduced to an image of a skull, and a short message (“yao mi ma gei 30 yuan jia qq 2055965068”) that pushes the victim to transfer a ransom of 30 Yuan to a “qq address,” 2055965068. The ransom is not big, and so the victim might choose to pay it right away, but that is unlikely to help. Most likely, you will remain locked out of your system even after the payment of the ransom. The good news is that you are likely to regain access if you enter “ssssss” right below the ransom message and tap the “Enter” button on the keyboard. Of course, that is not all there is. After your system is unlocked, you still need to delete MBRlock Ransomware.

Before we talk about the removal of MBRlock Ransomware, we need to talk about the protection of your operating system. Clearly, it is nonexistent at this point because the malicious ransomware got in. You HAVE to protect your operating system because malware creators and distributors are smart, and they are quick to employ the most recent security vulnerabilities before users themselves learn about them. If you choose to protect your system yourself, you need to be well informed, and you need to become very cautious. That can be tricky and stressful, which is why we encourage employing strong anti-malware software. If it is up-to-date, it will successfully protect you against even the most recent threats, and you will not need to worry too much about what you download or what sites you visit. Of course, you still need to be careful because you do not want to take any chances when it comes to malware and your own virtual security. That is exactly why you must delete MBRlock Ransomware after the system is unlocked.

The malicious MBRlock Ransomware does not create copies, and our research team did not find any other files created by it. That means that you need to focus on the launcher once you restore your operating system. Hopefully, you can do that using the “ssssss” password, but if that does not work out, you will need to repair the Master Boot Record manually, and that can be done by booting into the System Recovery Options menu via the Windows installation DVD. Once the MBR is repaired, you need to find and delete the launcher. Unfortunately, we cannot say where the file is or even what its name is, which is why manual removal might be challenging, but if you cannot delete MBRlock Ransomware yourself, you can definitely use an anti-malware program to do it for you. If you are having any kind of issues with the removal process, do not suffer in silence. Instead, post your questions in the comments area.

MBRlock Ransomware Removal

  1. Type ssssss into the ransom note and tap Enter.
  2. If the computer boots up, find and Delete the malicious {random name}.exe file.
  3. If the computer does not boot up, use the Windows installation DVD to repair the MBR and repeat step 2.
  4. In both cases, install a legitimate malware scanner to check if your system is clean.

N.B. Remember that your Windows operating system will remain vulnerable to infections like this devious ransomware until you protect it using reliable anti-malware software.

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