Within the next lines, the visitors of this page will have the opportunity to learn some highly important information and details regarding a malicious virus that is known under the name of Mole01. This harmful program belongs to the so-called Ransomware family – a class of viruses that is used by hackers for the purpose of blackmailing targeted users.
Mole01 is from the sub-category of Ransomware cryptoviruses, which means that it could lock the personal files of the user once it infects their PC by employing an advanced encryption code. If the user wants to regain access to their data, they must pay a set amount of money (normally, in the form of bitcoins) or else, the cyber-criminal who has invaded their machine would not send them the key that can unlock the sealed documents. We assume that a lot of this article’s readers have actually come here because their computers have already been infiltrated by the insidious piece of malware that Mole01 is and are currently trying to find a solution for their Ransomware-related problem, which does not include paying ransom to an anonymous hacker. We might be able to help you with that, though we cannot guarantee anything. Down below, you can find a removal guide. The instructions in it will show you how you can potentially remove the infection from your PC and later recover the files. However, as we said, we cannot promise you anything – the guide might work for some while it could turn out to be less effective for others. Nonetheless, giving it a go is definitely a better idea when compared to sending money to an online criminal. After all, you can never know if you are actually going to get the needed key even in the event that you make the money transfer and pay the demanded ransom.
What else you need to know about Ransomware
As was stated in our introduction, this particular type of Ransomware that is known as cryptovirus is infamous for its ability to employ and exploit the so-called encryption which enables the virus to render the personal files of its victim inaccessible. There are a couple of things that we must note here with regards to this sneaky data-locking technique.
- First of all, most programs for PC protection seem to be ineffective when it comes to detecting an ongoing encryption process. This is likely due to the fact that the process itself is not actually harmful. Sure, it will make you unable to open your files but it will normally not damage them. No harm would usually be caused to your PC either. Due to this, most conventional system security tools would ignore the ongoing encryption, seeing it as something that isn’t malicious or unwanted. Obviously, this works in favor of the the Ransomware since it is able to thoroughly complete its illegal task without even getting noticed.
- The second important aspect of a Ransomware encryption is that it causes almost no visible symptoms. On machines that aren’t very powerful, one could potentially notice certain red flags like increased RAM and/or CPU use which could be causing overall system slow-down but noticing that is easier said than done. On the other hand, if your PC is powerful, it is likely that you won’t notice anything unusual whatsoever even if Ransomware is currently locking up your data.
- In addition to the aspects we mentioned above, you ought to bear in mind that the encryption placed on your files by the virus will not go away even if you manage to eliminate the malware piece. This makes restoring the locked data that much trickier. Additional steps and methods are required in order to regain the access to the sealed documents and, as we already mentioned, no file restoration technique guarantees success.
Stay away from Ransomware in the future!
The threat that viruses like Mole01 represent does not seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Therefore, the best thing that one can do is ensure that their machine stays as safe and as secure as possible. In order to achieve that, you must always be extra cautious when going online. If anything you encounter while browsing the Internet appears to be shady or suspicious, you must make sure to avoid it. This includes sketchy and unreliable websites, social network messages and e-mails that look like spam as well as banners and web-ads that seem obscure and potentially hazardous. Installing a good antivirus on your PC is still a valuable precaution measure since it would provide you with protection against backdoor malware like, for example, Trojan horses – a commonly used tool for further spreading Ransomware. And finally, do not forget to keep a data backup of your important files that you regularly update – this is definitely one of the surest anti-ransomware precautions that one can take.
Mole01 File 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.