Mole00 Ransomware is the next member of the malicious Ransomware family!
Mole00 Ransomware was recently discovered as a new addition to the notorious Ransomware family and as per the latest reports, hundreds of computers have already been attacked by it. This new cryptovirus can be very harmful to all of your files not because it can destroy them, but because it can encrypt them with a secret algorithm. File encryption is a method, used in many spheres where digital data is stored and secured and is generally non-malicious. However, when used by cyber criminals, this same method can prevent you from accessing your data unless you pay ransom to the hackers to release it. No program or any other software can open or recognize the encrypted files because usually the malware changes their extension and only a special decryption key can bring them back to normal. That key, however, is what the hackers keep in secret and they ruthlessly blackmail the victim to pay a huge amount of money (usually in Bitcoins) in order to receive it. If you landed on this page, though, you don’t need to be the next victim of this nasty Ransomware infection. In the next lines, we have published a removal guide, which may help you remove Mole00 Ransomware from your computer and minimize its harmful consequences to some extent, without paying a penny in ransom.
Spreading methods of Mole00 Ransomware
There are three main ways to get infected this Ransomware. Fraudsters prefer to masquerade the infection as a fake invoice, a tax return, or an unsubscribed email. They also use Trojan horse or some legitimate-looking ad, link, installer or attachment to spread it around the web. One click on the malicious transmitter can lead to the malware infection and unfortunately, as we already said above, there are hardly any symptoms that can indicate it on time. That’s why, if you receive a spam email or come across some shady attachment, link or an ad, remove or ignore it and scan your device with a professional malware removal program. This will also help you to catch Trojan horses that may carry the Mole00 Ransomware infection along. You should always be careful when adding new browser extensions or browsing Google Docs invitations received from your friends. Note that downloading a legitimate application does not always reduce the risk of downloading a malicious version. Be careful and fix your security applications by providing them with the latest security updates.
How does Mole00 Ransomware operate?
Mole00 Ransomware is a very sophisticated Ransomware threat, the sole aim of which is to make its criminal creators rich by implementing a tricky blackmail scheme. This threat can sneak inside your system in a number of ways and what is really bad about it is the fact that it usually performs its malicious actions without any visible symptoms. Most antivirus programs usually fail to identify the encryption of Mole00 Ransomware as malicious, that’s why in most of the cases, the victims come to know about the infection only after they are prevented from accessing their files. Once the encryption process is completed, the malware opens a ransom note which informs the users that their data has been encrypted. The victims are then asked to purchase a specific decryption key in order to regain their access. Many people tend to panic when they see the shocking ransom message and they quickly obey the hackers’ demands in an attempt to save their files. The leading security experts in Ransomware prevention and protection, however, warn that such course of action is very risky and not only does it not guarantee the successful recovery of the encrypted data but it also directly sponsors this criminal practice.
Even if the hackers claim that they possess the right decryption key for your files, there is always a chance that it may not work properly. So there is absolutely no guarantee that the key they send you will decrypt the files completely, not to mention that some victims may not even receive the key, because the crooks may simply disappear when they receive the money. You should also know that even if the key manages to decrypt your files, it can still create additional conditions for future malware infiltration. For these reasons, it is not advisable to deal with Mole00 Ransomware and the hackers behind it by paying the ransom. It is much safer to look for some other alternatives such as the removal guide below or professional help from reputed security workers.
Mole00 Ransomware Virus Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.