Malloxx

Malloxx

Malloxx is a computer threat of the infamous ransomware cryptovirus category. Malloxx causes harm to its victims by applying a complex encryption to their files and demanding a ransom payment in order to reverse it. Another thing that it may do is to apply a unique file extension to the encrypted files in order to prevent any software from reading and opening them. A number of web users have recently contacted us with questions about this ransomware and some of them have asked us to help them remove it. If you are one of them, we must note that almost all Ransomware viruses follow similar techniques to achieve their objectives. In the first stage of the attack, a hard disk scan is typically done to find those types of computer files that are of great value to the victim.

Files encrypted by Malloxx ransomware (.malloxx extension)
The Malloxx ransomware encrypted files

These may include text files, archives, databases, audio and video files and, in some cases, images, and even system files. As soon as the rogue program locates them, it applies an encryption code to each and every one of them.The original files then get removed and only the encrypted copies remain on the computer. The last stage of the infection is when the Ransomware displays a message on the victim’s computer with instructions on how to recover their files by making a ransom payment to a given cryptocurrency account.

The Malloxx virus

The Malloxx virus is a new addition to the growing family of Ransomware infections that have been abusing Internet users in recent years. The Malloxx virus and Mlza is actively infecting new victims by encrypting their most frequently used information and demanding a ransom for its liberation. If this malware has compromised your device, your anti-malware software will most probably not alert you about the file encryption that has taken place because the encryption method used by it is, in fact, a commonly used data protection technique that is unlikely to cause harm. However, this same encryption can cause big trouble if it stops you from accessing your personal files and holds them hostage for ransom, as it is in the case with it.

Another very unpleasant aspect of this ransomware infection is the fact that it typically shows no symptoms of its activity until all the target files get encrypted.

Malloxx ransomware text file (File Recovery.txt)
Malloxx ransomware ransom note

The Malloxx file extension

The Malloxx file extension is a combination of symbols and digits that replace the usual file extension of the files that become the target of the ransomware. If you notice the Malloxx file extension on any of your files, it is advisable to seek assistance right away. If this malicious program has infected your computer, the ransom payment may seem like the most obvious solution to the attack. However, you should bear in mind that you probably will lose money if you decide to pay the ransom, whether or not you get anything in exchange. The cyber criminals may want to ask for more money if you agree to their demands once. Moreover, there is no assurance that they will really send you a decryption key in exchange for your payment.

In addition, there is a strong chance that even if you have received a decryption key from them, it may not be able to decrypt the locked files successfully. Therefore, we recommend that our readers always look for alternatives and concentrate on how to remove the infection instead of sponsoring such criminal blackmail schemes.

SUMMARY:

NameMalloxx
TypeRansomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsVery few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution MethodFrom fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Detection Tool

Remove Malloxx


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

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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.

    Step3

     

    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:

    msconfig_opt

     

    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.
    Step4

     

     

    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!

    Step5

     

    How to Decrypt Malloxx 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!

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    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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