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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Mbed Ransomware

Mbed Ransomware adds the “.mbed” extension to the files that it corrupts. These files are likely to include photos, documents, videos, and various other types of files that you are likely to consider personal. The attackers behind the infection target personal files because they are much more vulnerable, and you are likely to be more willing to save them despite the cost. Of course, if you have backups, you do not need to worry too much about what might happen to the original copies. If you are not sure if you have backups for all of the important files that the dangerous threat might have encrypted, we suggest you find a malware-free computer/device and check the backups there. Whether you have internal backups, or you use online clouds and external drives, you want to remove Mbed Ransomware first. The instructions you can find below show how to delete the threat manually, but we recommend that you read the report before you initiate removal.

Mbed Ransomware, according to our research team, should spread via spam or unsecured RDP systems. This is how Nakw Ransomware, Toec Ransomware, Nols Ransomware, Noos Ransomware, and many other infections are distributed as well. The method of distribution is not the only thing shared amongst these threats. It was found that they all belong to the same STOP Ransomware family, and threats are considered to be part of this family if they were created using the same code. Tools called “STOP Decrypter” and “Decryptor for STOP Djvu Ransomware” were created by malware researchers, and, in many cases, they can be used to decipher the encryptors used by STOP Ransomware infections. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to use them to decrypt Mbed Ransomware. Of course, if you do not have backups, and if the files that were encrypted are very important to you, you want to exhaust all options. The option we do not recommend trusting is the one introduced by the attackers behind the threat. It is introduced using the “_readme.txt” file that also must be removed.

The message inside the .txt file informs that “photos, databases, documents, and other important” files will remain encrypted until you obtain a special decryption tool. Supposedly, this tool can be provided by the attackers only, and they will provide it to you only if you pay the ransom of $490 in Bitcoin. There is no information as to where this money needs to be sent, but the message includes two email addresses ( and that you are supposed to send messages to. You are suggested to send one file to the attackers so that they could prove to you that decryption is possible, but we do not recommend creating a message, sending files, or fulfilling ransom payment demands. That is because Mbed Ransomware was created by cybercriminals, and if we know one thing about cybercriminals, it is that they do not have good intentions. They can promise you just about anything because they know that money is on the line. So, if you do not want to waste your money for nothing in return, we suggest that you do not contact Mbed Ransomware creators.

According to our malware experts, the launcher of Mbed Ransomware runs from where it was dropped, and so the location of this file depends on how the infection entered the operating system. We cannot know how that happened, and if you cannot identify and remove the launcher either, you will need to install trustworthy anti-malware software to have the operating system cleaned automatically. This is not the worse option. In fact, we believe that every single Windows user should have reliable anti-malware software installed on their systems anyway, and so it is high time you installed it as well. If this software is activated, you will not need to worry about new threats attacking you, and that is the greatest defense against malware in general. After you delete Mbed Ransomware, hopefully, you can replace the encrypted files using backups, but if that is not an option, we want to encourage you to create backups in the future because they offer insurance for your private files.

Mbed Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete recently downloaded suspicious files.
  2. Right-click the ransom note file named _readme.txt and choose Delete.
  3. Simultaneously tap Win+E keys to open the Explorer window.
  4. Enter %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\ into the bar at the top.
  5. Right-click and Delete the malicious [random name] folder with [random name].exe inside.
  6. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA% into the bar at the top.
  7. Right-click and Delete the malicious [random name] folder with [random name].exe inside.
  8. Enter %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\ into the bar at the top.
  9. Right-click the task named Time Trigger Task and choose Delete.
  10. Simultaneously tap Win+R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  11. Enter regedit into the dialog box and click OK to open the Registry Editor menu.
  12. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  13. Right-click the value named SysHelper and choose Delete.
  14. Exit all utilities and then Empty Recycle Bin.
  15. Install a malware scanner you trust and then perform a full system scan.
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