M@r1a Ransomware

What is M@r1a Ransomware?

M@r1a Ransomware is a dangerous computer infection. It is classified as ransomware, as you can obviously tell from its name. Getting infected with a ransomware program is a terrible experience, and we would not recommend going through it to anyone. However, if you got infected with this program, you need to remove M@r1a Ransomware from your system because you should not tolerate it any longer. While you might experience difficulties trying to recover your files, it is of utmost importance that you never pay anything to the criminals behind this infection. Do not let them win!test

Where does M@r1a Ransomware come from?

M@r1a Ransomware is not an extremely prevalent ransomware infection, and it has been detected quite some time ago. Nevertheless, it is not a stand-alone application, as it comes from the same group as Satyr, Blackheart, Spartacus, and other notorious ransomware infections. It means that the same malicious code has been tweaked several times to give birth to malicious programs that can terrorize users across the globe

And how do they reach their victims? Ransomware programs have several distribution methods, but the most common one is spam emails or phishing emails. Spam emails that come with attached files are most probably spreading ransomware and other dangerous infections around. What’s more, M@r1a Ransomware and other similar programs cannot enter the target system unless the distracted user allows them to enter the computer.

Why does that happen? This happens because spam emails look like legitimate messages from reliable sources, and they often urge users to take action. For example, spam email might look like an invoice from some online store. The “store” might urge you to transfer certain payment, and you have to check the invoice (the attached file) for details. However, the moment you open that file, you infect your computer with ransomware. How to avoid that? Simply refrain from opening mails you receive unexpectedly, especially when you do not recognize the sender. If you must, double-check with the sender before you open the attached file. You can also scan the received file with a security tool to make sure that it is safe.

What does M@r1a Ransomware do?

On the other hand, if M@r1a Ransomware manages to enter your system nevertheless, you should know how this program behaves so you do not panic. First, it is important to understand that once a ransomware program starts running, there is virtually no way to stop it. Hence, M@r1a Ransomware will encrypt your files the moment it launches the encryption.

After the launch, this program works from the same directory where its installer file was saved. It doesn’t create any point of execution, so there are not additional registry entries to remove when you get rid of this application. According to our research team, M@r1a Ransomware encrypts the files in almost all user folders, but it skips important system files in the %PROGRAMFILES% and %WINDIR% directories. That is not surprising because ransomware infections need the system to be functional in order to receive the ransom payment. So, when this program infects your PC, you will no longer be able to access your files, but you will still be able to use your computer and access the Internet.

The program drops a ransom note file under the ReadME-M@r1a.txt filename. The ransom note appears on your Desktop and in your %HOMEDRIVE%. Don’t forget to remove it when you delete the infection. The ransom note says that you need to contact the criminals behind this infection via the given email or the Telegram app, and you must pay $50 to retrieve the encrypted files. To make sure that users do not try anything else, M@r1a Ransomware also deletes the Shadow Volume copies (provided they have been enabled prior to the infection). Thus, users cannot recover their files from the Shadow Volume that is no longer there.

How do I remove M@r1a Ransomware?

Since this program doesn’t create the point of execution, it is rather simple to remove it. In fact, you will probably spend more time trying to recover your files than removing M@r1a Ransomware. If you have a file backup on an external hard drive, you can just delete the encrypted files, and transfer the healthy copies back into your PC. You might also try looking for the public decryption tool that works on M@r1a Ransomware because the infection is not fresh, and there should be some recovery options ready for you already. Just don’t forget that you seriously have to avoid similar intruders in the future.

Manual M@r1a Ransomware Removal

  1. Remove the ransom note and unfamiliar executable files from your Desktop.
  2. Go to the Downloads folder and remove the most recent files.
  3. Press Win+R and type %TEMP%. Click OK.
  4. Remove the most recent files from the directory.
  5. Press Win+R and type %HOMEDRIVE%. Click OK.
  6. Delete the ReadME-M@r1a.txt ransom note from the directory.
  7. Scan your system with SpyHunter. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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