Makop is a ransomware infection that is specialized in encrypting valuable user files and keeping them inaccessible until a ransom is paid. Makop sneaks inside user devices with the help of a Trojan horse, system vulnerabilities or compromised web content.
The file-encrypting Ransomware infections are nowadays some of the most harmful computer threats that users may encounter. The worst thing about them is that the digital files they have encrypted may not be recovered, regardless of what you do. However, the victims of Ransomware should always try to explore all the alternatives that are available in order to minimize the damage and restore any information that can be restored.
Our focus in this article is to help users deal with a cryptovirus named Makop. This new infection of Ransomware has been attacking an increasing number of web users lately. That’s why, our goal in the next lines will be to give readers helpful information about how the virus works, what distribution channels it uses and what you can do to remove it. We also have prepared a set of removal instructions that can support those of you with Makop in their system to remove the malware and possibly get some of their files back without any money being paid to anonymous cyber criminals.
The Makop Ransomware
The Makop virus is malware of the ransomware class that can encrypt digital files and blackmail the owners of the files to pay ransom for them. The victims who have been infected with the Makop virus may not be able to access their information, use their computer and store data on it unless they remove the ransomware.
The hackers who are in control of the infection normally offer a special decryption key to their victims, which can restore all files to their original state. However, they demand a ransom payment in order to send it. The required ransom money in some situations may range from a few hundred bucks to a couple of thousands. However, payment of the money may not be a good solution, because the promised decryption key may not be available to the victims even after they pay the required ransom. As soon as the crooks receive the money, they may not send it and may disappear. Or, they may try to ask for another ransom payment and keep threatening you about the future of your files. That is why we would recommend our readers to take the alternative approach and remove Makop with our instructions instead of sending money to some crooks. After they successfully clean the computer, they can try some of the possible file recovery options listed in the removal guide below.
The Makop file encryption
The Makop file encryption is a method used by cybercriminals to restrict access to user files. The Makop file encryption prevents anyone from opening and using the encrypted information unless they have a working decryption key.
As we explained above, however, it may not always be possible to obtain such a key. This should not discourage you, though, because if you manage to remove the ransomware from your system, you may still be able to recover some of your files by alternative means or use personal backups to copy them back on the computer.
|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||Not Available|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Makop Ransomware
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt Makop 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!