Ransomware

Masodas Virus


This page aims to help you remove the Masodas Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .masodas file can be recovered.

If you know anything about Ransomware, then you should be aware of the fact that the representatives of this malware category are among the worst possible software threats you could get in your computer. To be fair, the potential damage that a Ransomware data-encryption virus (such as the newly released Masodas) may cause if it gets in your computer largely depends on what data you keep in your machine and if you have that data backed up.

For example, if you don’t store any sensitive, and important files in your machine, or if you have the valuable data in your computer backed up somewhere else, then a Ransomware attack wouldn’t be such a huge issue – all you’d need to do is remove the virus, which is actually not all that difficult. However, statistics show that most users do indeed keep a lot of important files in their systems without having proper backups for those files. This is a problem because the main target of a cryptovirus like MasodasNuksus or Verasto are indeed the files kept on the infected computer. However, instead of damaging, stealing, or corrupting them, a typical cryptovirus would simply encrypt the said files. The employed encryption makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for the user to open the files without the corresponding access key that is unique for each infected computer. Of course, the idea is that the victims of Masodas would be blackmailed to pay a ransom for this special key. If they refuse to do so, their files would remain sealed forever.

Facing the .Masodas virus

.Masodas Virus

When the .Masodas Virus is done encrypting your files it will drop a _readme.txt file.

If you are one of those users with many valuable data in their machines and without a backup for that data, you must know what your options are if a Ransomware like this one has placed its encryption on your files.

First and foremost, we must address the issue of paying the money. While this may sometimes work, and get you your data back, there are two big problems with this approach.

The first one is the fact that not everyone may be able to afford the ransom payment, as the sums demanded by the hackers may get quite high, and also there are oftentimes deadlines, after which the demanded sum doubles.

The second problem is the possibility that the hackers may never really send you anything after you carry out the payment. After all, this isn’t a legitimate online deal – it is a criminal blackmailing money extortion, so you don’t really have a reason to trust those shady anonymous people.

Because of those two things, paying the ransom isn’t really a desirable option.

.Masodas file encryption alternative solutions

.Masodas File

A screenshot of an encrypted .Masodas File.

The advisable thing to do in a situation like this is to quickly find a way to remove the virus, which will allow you to try some of the potential alternative data restoration methods. Some such methods you can find in the second section of the removal guide from the current page. However, before you get to that, you should remove the virus, and the guide below will help you do that. Remember that we can’t promise the full recovery of your data, but if you go for the alternatives, you will at least save your money!

SUMMARY:

Name Masodas
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most Ransomwa e infections stay silent and show no symptoms until the targeted files get encrypted.
Distribution Method Fake ads and software updates, misleading spam messages, illegal software, and more.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove .Masodas Virus Ransomware


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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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:

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:

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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Masodas 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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