Mado Ransomware

What is Mado Ransomware?

Mado Ransomware is a malicious computer infection from the STOP Ransomware family. This dangerous program will lock up your files, and it will tell you that you have to pay a ransom if you want to get your data back. Needless to say, you shouldn’t pay anything to these criminals. Your job right now is to remove Mado Ransomware from your computer for good. Afterwards, you should look for ways to restore your files. It might be possible to decrypt some of your files, although please don’t keep all of your eggs in the same basket. Be ready to look for other file recovery methods as well.test

Where does Mado Ransomware come from?

Now, why do we say that it might be possible to decrypt some of your files? It all depends on the origins of this program. As we have mentioned in the first paragraph, Mado Ransomware belongs to the STOP Ransomware family. As such, the infection is practically identical to Nppp Ransomware, Npsk Ransomware, Qpqz Ransomware, and many other infections that we have discussed recently. All those programs do not differ much, and the good news is that there is a public decryption tool intended for STOP Ransomware. Hence, all the programs from this family can be decrypted to some extent.

However, it doesn’t mean that all the files affected by Mado Ransomware will be saved. There’s a catch to the public decryption. The decryption tool works on files that were encrypted using an offline key. We cannot tell which programs use an offline key and which programs use an online key for decryption. Sometimes, they might employ both. So, the best way to ensure that you can actually restore your files is using a file backup.

Unfortunately, that’s not something you can do post factum. This has to happen before Mado Ransomware enters your system, and you have to regularly save copies of your files either on a cloud drive or in an external hard drive. At the same time, it would be a good idea to learn more about ransomware distribution patterns, so that you could avoid Mado Ransomware altogether.

This infection employs the same distribution methods as all of its predecessors. It means that it reaches its victims either through spam email attachments or bundled software downloads. Both methods require user’s participation. So, if you don’t download and open suspicious files on your system, it should all be fine. However, some users might argue that sometimes fake files look very much like the legitimate ones, so how it would be possible to tell them apart? Well, then you can always make use of an antispyware scanner and scan the files you want to open. If the scanner detects something fishy, delete the file at once.

What does Mado Ransomware do?

Since we have reached this part of our description, we can straightforwardly tell you that this program behaves just like other apps in this family. Basically, it enters the target system, runs the system scan, locates the files it can encrypt, and runs the encryption. All the encrypted files then receive the “.mado” extension, and the program drops the ransom note you are supposed to read. This ransom note contains the same message that all the other notes dropped by other programs from this family.

To summarize, it says that all of your data was encrypted, and now you have to contact the people behind Mado Ransomware to restore your files. You have to pay either $980 or $490 for the decryption key (depending on how fast you contact them), and then these people say that they will issue one. However, paying the ransom is not an option here because you would only encourage these crooks to create more malware.

How do I remove Mado Ransomware?

It is not complicated to delete Mado Ransomware from your system because this infection doesn’t drop that many additional files. However, if you do not feel confident enough about it, you can always employ a powerful antispyware tool that will do the job for you. At the same time, you can also invest in the security tool of your choice to safeguard your system from other dangerous threats. But don’t forget that a lot of your system’s safety depends on your web browsing habits, too.

Manual Mado Ransomware Removal

  1. Remove the most recent files from Desktop.
  2. Delete the most recent files from the Downloads folder.
  3. Press Win+R and type %TEMP%. Click OK.
  4. Remove the most recent files from the directory.
  5. Press Win+R and enter %LOCALAPPDATA%. Press OK.
  6. Delete a folder with a long random name from the directory.
  7. Use SpyHunter to run a full system scan. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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