Mole03 Ransomware Virus Removal

Written by Adrian Bitterson

Struggling with Mole03 Ransomware?

Users who have come to this page are probably ones who have experienced first hand the unpleasantness of having their computer infected by a malicious virus program called Mole03 Ransomware. This nasty piece of malware can be categorized as Ransomware. This means that it is able to make the personal files of its victim inaccessible using an advanced encryption encoding in order to later blackmail them for a ransom payment. Obviously, the unfortunate users who have had their files sealed are threatened that the data would never be restored unless they execute the money transfer. We understand how frustrating it could be to have your machine invaded by this noxious Ransomware cryptovirus and for that reason we will attempt to help you deal with this issue. In the next lines, you will find out more about this sort of harmful malware viruses and how you can keep your system safe from them. Also, at the bottom of the main part of the article, our readers will be provided with a detailed removal guide, which includes instructions on how to eliminate the noxious program and potentially recover the files that it has locked without needing to pay anything to the hacker who’s been harassing you.

Mole03 Ransomware Virus

More information about Ransomware

It is important you realize that this particular kind of malware is unlike most other viruses that you might have heard of or encountered in the past. What makes Ransomware both a unique kind of virus as well as one of the most problematic ones is the method it uses to render the personal user data inaccessible. As we already mentioned, the technique that is used is the so-called encryption. Normally, this type of processes aren’t harmful and are primarily used as a form of data protection. Once a file is encrypted, it cannot be accessed without a special key. However, in the case of a Ransomware infection, the person who has that key is none other than the cyber-criminal who is seeking to blackmail you. Due to the otherwise non-harmful nature of the encryption process, a lot of antivirus programs are unable to detect the malware’s activity since they do not see the ongoing process as a potential threat. Because of this, more often than not, Mole03 Ransomware and other similar cryptoviruses remain unnoticed during the time they are locking the targeted user files.

Another factor that heavily contributes to the Ransomware’s ability to stay under the radar is the fact that usually, this form of malware shows very few, difficult to spot symptoms. Technically, one might manage to detect a Ransomware infection by noticing unusually high RAM and CPU spikes within the Task Manager or decreased free disk space without any apparent reason. However, here we ought to mention that the more powerful the PC is, the less likely it would be to actually spot the ongoing virus process.

An additional thing about encryption that we must inform you about is the fact that it won’t get removed from your files even if the actual piece of malware that has locked the data is taken away. Apart from showing you how to get rid of Mole03 Ransomware, within our guide we have also included several methods which might help some of you restore the locked-up data without making the ransom payment. Sadly, we cannot guarantee that the file-recovery instructions would work in all cases and situations. Nevertheless, it is, without a doubt preferable to first give our guide a try instead of rushing towards the ransom payment “option”. Bear in mind that this is normally a very bad idea and the money should only be paid to the hacker if there’s absolutely no other option and only if you really need the files that the Ransomware has taken hostage. In all other cases, we strongly recommend our readers to avoid paying anything to those cyber-criminals.

System and file protection

The unfortunate truth is that fully dealing with a Ransomware infection might not be possible for the time being. For that reason, it is more than important that users take the necessary precautions so as to provide their machines with the best protection possible. Make no mistake, prevention is the best way to handle viruses such as Mole03 Ransomware. The good news, however, is the fact that keeping your PC and data safe is much easier than actually having to fight off a Ransomware infection. All you’d need to do in order to ensure that your computer stays safe and clean is adopt certain habits that would help you boost the security levels of your system. Such habits include staying away from shady online content and websites, avoiding interaction with suspicious e-mails and social network messages and regularly updating your important data back-up. If you do not have a back-up of your valuable files, be sure to make one ASAP. In addition, do not forget to keep your machine equipped with a good antivirus, because you’d need that to fight off potential Trojan horse viruses – a commonly used backdoor tool for infecting computers with Ransomware.

Mole03 Ransomware 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.

5: Registry

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.

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