MKES Ransomware


MKES is a file-locking Windows virus that uses encryption to deny the attacked users access to their files. The reason MKES does this is so that it could later blackmail its victims to pay a ransom for the recovery of the no longer accessible files.

MKES Ransomware

The MKES Ransomware file encryption

Virus programs like this one are quite common nowadays, yet, despite that, there’s still no effective method of dealing with them once they attack the computer. Usually, there are almost no visible symptoms to draw one’s attention to their presence in the system and even most of the antivirus solutions out there aren’t able to recognize them on time to stop the locking of the files. One of the main reasons for this high level of stealthiness is the use of data encryption. This advanced process doesn’t harm the files it is applied to so most security programs wouldn’t flag it as something harmful and won’t try to stop it. The visible symptoms, as said above, are also scarce and, in most cases, the only thing that may suggest an ongoing encryption is a system slowdown due to higher use of RAM and CPU. However, this could also be caused by many other factors, so most people wouldn’t pay much attention to it and wouldn’t suspect that the reason for the slowdown is a data encrypting process conducted by a virus such as MKES.

The MKES virus

The MKES virus is what can be described as a file-encrypting Ransomware infection that is programmed to block important user files. Even after the MKES virus is removed, any files that it has managed to lock with its encryption will still remain unavailable.

This is one of the main obstacles users face when they try to deal with a Ransomware attack on their files. Even if they manage to remove the virus, the files that the latter has succeeded in encrypting would still need to be unlocked using a special decryption key. This, however, should certainly not discourage you from attempting to remove the Ransomware from your computer. In fact, getting rid of MKES is one of the first things you should do once you realize that it has infected your computer. The removal of the virus would help secure your PC and it will prevent further encryption of any more data in the future.

The MKES file decryption

The MKES file decryption is a method of restoring encrypted files through the use of a special access key generated by the virus. The MKES file decryption key is offered to the victim in exchange for a ransom payment.

We do not encourage opting for this course of action because it is risky and it doesn’t guarantee anything other than that you’d lose a substantial amount of money. Instead of sending your money to the hackers without knowing if they’d actually provide you with the access key, we suggest you follow the removal instructions below and eliminate MKES with their help. After that, you can head down to the next part of the guide, where you will find free alternative options for recovering your data. We must warn you, though, that those alternatives may not work in every case. Still, the only way to know if they’d work for you is if you try them out yourself.


Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms In some cases, especially on weaker or older computers, Ransomware threats may cause slowdowns and unresponsiveness during the data encryption period.
Distribution Method Misleading web ads, harmful spam emails, Trojan horse backdoors, pirated content, etc.
Data Recovery Tool [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

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Remove MKES Ransomware

MKES Ransomware

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).

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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How to Decrypt MKES 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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