Mailto Ransomware


Mailto is a ransomware-based infection that hackers use to extort money from unsuspecting web users. Mailto is specialized in file encryption and targets valuable user information in order to demand a ransom for its decryption.

Mailto Ransomware

The Mailto Ransomware will display this message once it has encrypted your files.

You have probably found this page while you have been seeking help on how to remove Mailto from your computer and how to restore your encrypted files back to their normal state. If so, read on, as here we will clarify everything you need to know about this particularly dangerous ransomware infection. In the paragraphs that follow you will learn how your computer has been infected with this virus, how it has encrypted your files without your knowledge and, most importantly, how you can clean up your system and remove the infection. To help you with concrete instructions, below we have created a complete removal guide with a free file-recovery section. There is also a professional Mailto removal tool to help you remove the harmful infection as quickly as possible.

The Mailto Ransomware

The Mailto virus is a malicious program based on ransomware that is typically designed to detect and encrypt a wide range of file formats on a computer. The usual targets of the Mailto virus are office documents, archives, photos, audio and video files that are of great value for the users.

All the files that fall a target typically get encrypted with a highly complicated code that cannot be reversed without using a special decrypting key. In general, the encryption of files has increasingly been developed to ensure that confidential data is not accessed by random people who don’t have the uniquely corresponding decryption key. In fact, nowadays, the file encryption is recognized as the most effective data protection method and is, therefore, considered unbreakable. With the help of ransomware threats like Mailto, however, cyber criminals use this data protection method as a foundation for an online extortion scheme. The crooks display a ransom-demanding note on the screen of the victims after encryption is applied to their files. If they want to get the decryption key needed to recover their files, they are asked to pay some money for a ransom. The key is obviously in the hands of the crooks, and they normally trade it for payment in BitCoins.

The Mailto file encryption

The Mailto file encryption is a method that allows hackers to restrict access to user files by applying an unbreakable encryption code to them. The Mailto file encryption is reversible but the victims are required to pay a ransom to obtain the decryption key.

Whether or not you pay the ranch is up to you. However, meeting the ransom demands of the hackers does NOT give you any assurance that the promised decryption key will restore your files. Not to mention that you may never get a key in exchange for your money. That’s why our “How to remove” team advises against giving money to some anonymous offenders and suggests that the victims of Mailto concentrate on how to remove the ransomware from their computers by alternative means.


Name Mailto
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

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Remove Mailto Virus

Mailto Ransomware

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Mailto Ransomware


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

Mailto Ransomware

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Mailto Ransomware

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

Mailto Ransomware

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Mailto Ransomware

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Mailto Ransomware 

How to Decrypt Mailto files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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