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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
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Mado Ransomware

Mado Ransomware is a threat that places an extension called .mado at the end of the titles belonging to the files that it encrypts. The malicious application also displays a ransom note that says “Don't worry, you can return all of your files.” The rest of the note says that you can purchase decryption tools for 980 or 490 US dollars. Neither of the sums are small and it would be risky to trust cybercriminals, which is why we advise finding out more about this malicious application and think about what could happen if hackers do not keep up with their promises first. To do this we invite you to have a look at the rest of our article. Also, we can offer you our deletion instructions that show how to eliminate Mado Ransomware manually; you can find them at the end of this article. In case you have any questions about the malicious application, who free to write a message in the comments area available at the end of this page.

The malicious application could be spread through unreliable file-sharing websites, but it could be also distributed via spam emails and unsecured Remote Desktop Protocol connections. Thus, there are a few things you should do if you want to stay away from threats like Mado Ransomware. First, we recommend being cautious with files sent by people who you do not know or if you did not expect to be contacted by them. Secondly, it is advisable to secure Remote Desktop Protocol connections as well as make sure that your device does not have other weaknesses such as outdated software or weak passwords. Last but not least, we recommend against downloading files from untrustworthy websites like torrent web pages and file sharing sites alike. Most importantly, you should have a reliable antimalware program that could recognize various malicious applications and keep your system safe.

After Mado Ransomware infects a system, it creates a folder with a random title to drop copies of its installer. Also, the malicious application could create a registry entry that would help it to relaunch the threat when the infected computer gets restarted. Our specialist say that the malware could create a scheduled task too that would make an infected device launch it regularly. If you want to know more about the files that this malware creates, you should take a look at our deletion steps. Next, you should be aware that once opened the threat can run silently in the background. This means that you might not notice its presence until it displays a ransom note. Before it happens. the malicious application should encrypt personal files located on an infect computer. During this process, targeted files should get an additional extension known as .mado and become unreadable. Once all targeted files are encrypted, the Mado Ransomware’s ransom note should appear.

The note from the Mado Ransomware’s developers should be called _readme.txt. It explains how to contact hackers, how to get one file decrypted free of charge, how to get a 50% discount, and some other details that users who want to pay ought to know. The reason we believe that paying might be a bad idea is that hackers cannot be trusted. In other words, it is possible that they might not give you the decryption tools that they promise. If you decide you cannot risk losing your money for something you may never get, we advise finding other ways to get your files back. Our researchers say that a free decryption tool created for Stop Ransomware (developed by IT specialists) could help because this malware is very similar to it. The downside is that it may not be able to decrypt a lot of files. Still, getting at least some of your data back could be better than nothing.

The only way to get all your files back without decryption tools is to switch them with backup copies from your cloud storage, removable media devices, etc. Of course, before accessing your backup files, we encourage you to erase Mado Ransomware. One of the ways to remove it is to delete all its created files manually. If you need any help with this task, you could use the instructions available below. The second option is to scan your system with a reputable antimalware tool and then eliminate Mado Ransomware along with other detections by pressing its provided removal button.

Restart your system in Safe Mode with Networking

Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+I for Windows 8 or open the Start menu for Windows 10.
  2. Click the Power button.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key and click Restart.
  4. Choose Troubleshoot and pick Advanced Options.
  5. Select Startup Settings and click Restart.
  6. Press the F5 key and restart the PC.

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Go to Start, pick Shutdown options and click Restart.
  2. Press and hold the F8 key when the computer starts restarting.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. Click Enter and log on to the computer.

Erase Mado Ransomware

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Check these directories:
  3. Search for the malware’s installer, right-click the threat’s launcher and press Delete.
  4. Go to:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data
  5. Find randomly named folders, for example, 7v7mk177-32c4-679d-7f16-7e28ac2d8th2, right-click them and press Delete.
  6. Find and right-click files called _readme.txt and select Delete.
  7. Find this path: %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks
  8. Check if there is a task named Time Trigger Task.
  9. If you see it, right-click it and press Delete.
  10. Exit File Explorer.
  11. Press Win+R.
  12. Type Regedit and press Enter.
  13. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  14. Look for a value name created by the malware, for example, SysHelper.
  15. Right-click the threat’s value name and choose Delete.
  16. Exit Registry Editor.
  17. Empty Recycle Bin.
  18. Restart the computer.
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