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What is file-encoding malicious software

MAFIA ransomware is ransomware, a file-encrypting type of damaging software. Fake downloads and spam emails are normally used to distribute the file-encrypting malware. File-encoding malicious software will lock your files as soon as it enters your OS and demand money, which is why it’s considered to be a highly harmful threat. If back up is something you frequently do, or if malware specialists create a free decryptor, file-recovery would not be complex. You not having backup can lead to file loss as file recovery using other methods isn’t always likely. But what about paying the ransom, you might think, but we ought to notify you that it does not guarantee data decryption. Crooks already encoded your data, what is stopping them from being even more nasty by not recovering your files after payment. The choice of whether to pay or not is up to you but we encourage you delete MAFIA ransomware instead.

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How does file-encoding malware behave

The most likely way you obtained the ransomware was via spam email. All malicious software creators need to do is adjoin a contaminated file to an email and send it to innocent people. The ransomware will download onto the machine as soon as you open the email attachment. If you open all emails and attachments you receive, you might be putting your computer in jeopardy. You can usually differentiate an infected email from a secure one somewhat easily, you simply need to learn the signs. A big red flag is the sender urging you to open the file attached to the email. Just be careful of email attachments and before opening them, guarantee they are non-dangerous. Another method to get infected with ransomware is by downloading from unsecure websites, which may be easily compromised. Only trust official web pages with real downloads.

File encoding will begin the second the file-encoding malware invades your computer. All your crucial files will be encoded, like images, videos and documents. A ransom note will then become visible, and it ought to inform you about what has occurred. The note will claim that payments is required in order to get your data back. The biggest concern with hackers is that you have no way of predicting how they will act. Thus, paying would not be the greatest idea. There aren’t any guarantees that you’ll be sent a decryption key if you pay. There is nothing forcing the crooks to send you a decoding utility, so they might just take your money. Having backup could have saved you from a lot of issues, if you had it prior to encoding, you could recover files after you delete MAFIA ransomware. If you do not have backup, it would be wiser to purchase reliable backup after you uninstall MAFIA ransomware.

MAFIA ransomware elimination

We always alert inexperienced users that the only safe way to erase MAFIA ransomware is by using anti-malware software. By hand MAFIA ransomware elimination is pretty hard so if you are inexperienced, you may you could cause additional harm to your device. Sadly, even if you eliminate MAFIA ransomware, that does not mean your files will be decrypted

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Learn how to remove MAFIA ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove MAFIA ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Get rid of MAFIA ransomware

b) Step 2. Remove MAFIA ransomware.

You will now need to open your browser and download some kind of anti-malware software. Choose a trustworthy one, install it and have it scan your computer for malicious threats. When the ransomware is found, remove it. If, for some reason, you can't access Safe Mode with Networking, go with another option.

Step 2. Remove MAFIA ransomware using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Get rid of MAFIA ransomware

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. You will need to type in cd restore in the window that appears. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and again, press Enter. command-promt-restore Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  4. Press Yes.
While this should have taken care of the ransomware, you might want to download anti-malware just to be sure no other threats are lurking.  

Step 3. Recover your data

While backup is essential, there is still quite a few users who do not have it. If you are one of them, you can try the below provided methods and you just might be able to recover files.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro, preferably from a trustworthy website.
  2. Scan your device for recoverable files. data-recovery-pro Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  3. Recover them.

b) Restore files through Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files through Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find a file you want to recover.
  2. Right-click on it.
  3. Select Properties and then Previous versions. windows-previous-version Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  4. Pick the version of the file you want to recover and press Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete your shadow copies. They are made by your system automatically for when system crashes.
  1. Go to the official website (shadowexplorer.com) and acquire the Shadow Explorer application.
  2. Set up and open it.
  3. Press on the drop down menu and pick the disk you want. shadow-explorer Get rid of MAFIA ransomware
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

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