Mapo Virus

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This page aims to help you remove Mapo for free. Our instructions also cover how any .mapo file can be recovered.


Mapo is a version of Ransomware that keeps user files hostage by making them inaccessible through encryption. Mapo is a tool used for online money extortion and will not let you open or use your files until you pay a ransom to the blackmailers behind the infection.


The Mapo Virus will stealthily encrypt your files with the .mapo extension

If you’ve come across this page, you most likely have caught Mapo and are now desperately looking for a way to remove it from your system. That’s why the information below will focus on precisely that. The victims of this Ransomware are typically greeted by a disturbing message from a hacker that is telling them that their files have been encrypted and they are expected to pay a ransom in cryptocurrency to get back access to them. Usually, there is a deadline for the payment and if the victims don’t pay on time, they are threatened to never be able to open or use the encrypted files again. Those who pay, however, are promised to receive a unique decryption key with the help of which they should be able to unlock the encoded information. Sadly, threats such as Mapo, Zobm and Rote can attack without a warning and can block access to very important and valuable digital data, leaving the owners at the mercy of the hackers who hold the decryption key.

The Mapo virus

The Mapo virus is a Ransomware representative capable of encrypting user data without a warning and making it inaccessible without a decryption key. After applying its encryption, the Mapo virus will demand a payment of a fixed amount of money in exchange for providing the decryption key.

Ransomware is malicious type of software that is evolving rapidly. Advanced versions such as Mapo are currently some of the worst threats a computer system can ever face. They can infiltrate a system secretly, without the knowledge of the users and immediately start a file-encrypting process in the background. After all the targeted files are encoded, a scary ransom notification appears on the victim’s screen and reveals the consequences of the attack. It is at this point that the users usually find out that their computer has been compromised and their images, documents, archives, and other system records have been rendered inaccessible. They also find out that, to regain their access, they are expected to pay a fixed amount of money to some anonymous hackers. The money serve as a ransom for a decryption key which is kept by the crooks.

The Mapo file encryption

The Mapo file encryption is a secret file-encoding process that happens in the background of the system. The most problematic aspect about the Mapo file encryption process is that it can rarely be detected by an anti-virus program and can run unnoticed until it encodes all the targeted files.

If you were unfortunate enough to have your files encrypted by Mapo, we strongly recommend that you explore the removal guide on this page. It contains instructions on how to remove the Ransomware, as well as some suggestions on how to potentially recover some of your files without paying a ransom. Sending your money to some online crooks isn’t an advisable course of action because you can never be sure that they will send you the decryption key they promise. Moreover, even if you obtain such a key, there is no guarantee that it will successfully reverse the applied encryption. That’s why we encourage you to give a try to some free file-recovery methods or even better – remove the malware and connect your personal backup sources (if you have any) to the computer.


Name Mapo
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Mapo Ransomware Removal


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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:

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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.


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:

hosts_opt (1)

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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!


How to Decrypt Mapo 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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