About this threat

MAFIA ransomware ransomware is a piece of malware that will encrypt your files. It’s a highly dangerous infection, and it may lead to serious issues, such as permanent file loss. In addition, contamination can happen very quickly, which is one of the reasons why data encrypting malware is so harmful. People generally get infected via means like spam emails, infected advertisements or bogus downloads. As soon as the encoding process has been finished, you will see a ransom note, asking for money in exchange for a tool that would supposedly decode your data. You’ll probably be asked to pay a minimum of a couple hundred dollars, depending on what file encrypting malicious program you have, and how valuable your data is. Giving in isn’t recommended, no matter how small the sum is. Don’t trust criminals to keep their word and restore your data, as there is nothing stopping them from just taking your money. If you take the time to look into it, you’ll certainly find accounts of people not being able to recover data, even after paying. We recommend buy backup, instead. You will find all kinds of backup options, and we’re sure you will be able to find one that’s right for you. And if by accident you had backed up your files before the contamination took place, simply delete MAFIA ransomware before you recover files. These threats are lurking everywhere, so you need to prepare yourself. If you want to stay safe, you need to become familiar with potential contaminations and how to guard your computer from them.

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How does data encoding malicious program spread

Although there are special cases, a lot of ransomware prefer to use primitive methods of distribution, such as spam email, infected ads and downloads. It does, however, every now and then use methods that are more sophisticated.

If you can remember downloading a strange file from an apparently real email in the spam folder, that might be where you got the ransomware from. The infected file is simply attached to an email, and then sent out to possible victims. You may commonly find those emails in the spam folder but some people believe they are credible and transfer them to the inbox, believing it is important. When dealing with unfamiliar sender emails, be vary of certain signs that it might be containing file encrypting malicious program, like grammatical mistakes, pressure to open the attachment. If the sender was a company whose services you use, they would have automatically put in your name into the email, instead of a common greeting. It ought to also be mentioned that criminals tend to use big names such as Amazon, PayPal, etc so that people become more trusting. If you don’t think that is the case, you may have gotten the infection through malicious ads or infected downloads. If while you were on a compromised website you clicked on an infected advert, it might have triggered the data encoding malware to download. And if you need to download something, only trust official pages. Keep in mind that you should never acquire software, updates, or anything really, from strange sources, such as advertisements. Applications generally update automatically, but if manual update was necessary, you would be alerted through the application, not the browser.

What happened to your files?

One of the reasons why ransomware are thought to be a highly dangerous infection is because it could make decryption impossible. It could take mere minutes for it to locate its target file types and encrypt them. Strange file extensions will appear added to all affected files, from which you may judge which data encrypting malware you’re dealing with. Some file encrypting malicious software do use strong encoding algorithms for file encryption, which is why it might be impossible to recover files without having to pay. A ransom note will appear once the encryption process is completed, and it should explain the situation. The creators/spreaders of the ransomware will request that you use their decryption tool, which you will obviously have to pay for, and that is not the suggested option. Remember that you’re dealing with crooks, and they might just take your money providing you nothing in return. You would also support the crooks’s future malicious software projects, in addition to likely money loss. And, more and more people will become interested in the already very successful business, which reportedly made $1 billion in 2016 alone. Investing into backup would be a wiser idea. If this type of situation reoccurred, you could just remove it without worrying about potential file loss. Erase MAFIA ransomware if you believe it is still present, instead of giving into requests. If you become familiar with how these threats are spread, you should learn to avoid them in the future.

Ways to uninstall MAFIA ransomware

If the data encoding malicious program still remains on your system, if you wish to get rid of it, malicious threat removal software will be needed. You may have chosen to erase MAFIA ransomware manually but you could end up causing further damage, which it is not suggested. If you employed anti-malware software, everything would be done for you, and you wouldn’t accidentally end up doing more damage. If the data encrypting malicious program is still on your computer, the security utility will erase MAFIA ransomware, as the intention of those tools is to take care of such threats. Guidelines to help you will be given below, in case you are not sure how to begin. Sadly, the malware removal program will simply get rid of the threat, it is not able to decrypt data. Sometimes, however, malware researchers can made a free decryptor, so be on the look out for that.

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Learn how to remove MAFIA ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Delete MAFIA ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7-restart Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Networking. win7-safe-mode Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  4. Once your computer loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete MAFIA ransomware.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Startup settings. win-10-startup Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  3. Go down to Enable Safe Mode and press Restart. win10-safe-mode Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  4. Once your browser loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete MAFIA ransomware.

Step 2. Delete MAFIA ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart win7-restart Uninstall MAFIA ransomware.
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  4. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  6. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  7. Press Yes.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Command Prompt. win-10-startup Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  3. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  4. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  5. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  6. Press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

If ransomware has encrypted your files, it may be possible to recover them using one of the below mentioned methods. However, they will not always work, and the best way to ensure you do not lose your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Recover files via Data Recovery Pro

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Once it's installed, launch it and start a scan. data-recovery-pro Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  3. If the program is able to recover the files, you should be able to get them back. data-recovery-pro-scan Uninstall MAFIA ransomware

b) Method 2. Recover files via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before you lost access to your files, you should be able to recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find and right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Press Properties and then Previous Versions. win-previous-version Uninstall MAFIA ransomware
  3. Select the version and press Restore.

c) Method 3. Recover files via Shadow Explorer

If the ransomware did not delete Shadow Copies of your files, you should be able to recover them via Shadow Explorer.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer from shadowexplorer.com.
  2. After you install it, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date.
  4. If folders that you want to recover appear, press Export. shadowexplorer Uninstall MAFIA ransomware