Ransomware

Maze Ransomware


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

Maze

Maze is a malicious program used for money extortion through blackmailing. Maze, and other similar harmful programs from the Ransomware category.

Maze Ransomware

Maze Ransomware ransom note

This type of computer infections is infamous for its blackmailing techniques, and its currently one of the most serious cyber-crime problems. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the software security specialists have still not found a surefire solution to a Ransomware infection. This means that each instance of a Ransomware attack on a given computer is different, and may require different steps to overcome. Sadly, there are even cases in which fully dealing with the harmful effects of the malware attack may not be possible. Our job, however, is to provide our readers with options, and suggestions that may help them fight this particular Ransomware program, and restore things back to normal as much as possible.

The Maze Ransomware

The Maze virus is a threat that is able to lock-up the users’ files. The Maze virus does this as a means of gaining blackmailing leverage.

Once the infection is inserted into the user’s computer, it secretly locates files that may be important to its victim, and then it locks them up. The sealed data doesn’t get harmed by the malware, but the user cannot open it, edit it, or use it in any way. Needless to say, this could be a rather significant issue if you keep some important work-related or education-related files in the computer. Getting those locked-up and rendered inaccessible could lead to all kinds of problems.

Of course, the hackers give their victims a “chance” to restore their files. If the victim pays the ransom sum demanded by the virus, the data on their computer would get released. At least that’s what the cyber criminals behind the Ransomware promise would happen if the payment is made. And since many users do indeed get some highly important and valuable files locked by such threats, a lot of them are willing to issue the payment if it’s not too high. Here, however, is the place to ask the question: “Can you really trust the promises of those hackers?”. Of course, the answer to that would be a hard “no”. Though it’s possible that they release your files once you pay them, the opposite may also happen – they may get your money, but still refuse to help you release your files.

The Maze file encryption

The Maze ransomware will scan for files to encrypt and append different extensions to the files. Dealing with the Maze file encryption is possible through the use of a unique access key.

This key, however, is held by the hackers, and as we said, they may or may not give it to you after the ransom payment. Sadly, this doesn’t leave you with many options, yet there are still things that you can try. For starters, it’s a good idea to remove the virus, and our guide will help you do that. After the cryptovirus is removed, you can opt for some alternative methods which could save some of your data – some suggestions on that can be found in the second section of our guide.

SUMMARY:

Name Maze
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware doesn’t typically trigger symptoms of its presence.
Distribution Method Misleading ads, deceitful promotional messages, sketchy spam letters, and more.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove Maze 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:

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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

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 Maze 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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