Mpal Virus

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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Mpal is a new virus threat that infects Windows computers and locks important files stored on them. Mpal can be described as a file-encrypting Ransomware virus due to the fact that it uses encryption to lock the victims’ files and then demands a ransom payment.


The Mpal Virus will encrypt your files.

If the requested ransom isn’t paid in time by strictly following the payment instructions provided by the hackers, the user would never be given the chance to reopen their encrypted files. The encryption code applied to the targeted data is virtually unbreakable and the chances of recovering any data without receiving a special decryption key from the hackers are rather low. Still, this doesn’t mean you should pay the ransom right away after you realize your files have been locked and a ransom-demanding banner is displayed on your screen. When Ransomware like Mpal attacks you, the first important thing to remember is to try to retain your calm and rationally assess the situation. Maybe the files that were locked aren’t that important to you and aren’t worth your money. Or, maybe, you have previously set up backups of your most precious files that you’ve forgotten about. Also, it is possible that there are accidental backups of some of the files saved on other devices, on cloud storage, in your email, and so on.

The Mpal virus

The Mpal virus is a software threat of the widespread Ransomware category that blocks user data and then demands a ransom. The Mpal virus uses advanced encryption to achieve that so even if you manage to remove the malware, the files would still remain locked.

If you have already checked everywhere for potential backups of your data and have not found anything and if the virus has indeed managed to encrypt some files that are really important to you, then you must decide whether or not to pay the ransom. If you have the needed sum and can afford to spend it this way, paying may indeed be a possible way out of this. The problem is that, in a lot of cases, the criminals behind such viruses refuse to cooperate after the payment is made and simply vanish without providing their victims with a way to restore their files. This is why it is generally not advisable to make the money transfer, at least not before you’ve tried some other options.

The Mpal file decryption

The Mpal file decryption is the main data-recovery method that could allow users to regain access to their locked files. The Mpal file decryption is usually only possible if the user has the matching decryption key that the virus has specifically generated for their computer.

The problem is that you may never get hold of this key even if you send the hackers the demanded ransom sum. However, if you are interested, we can show you some alternative methods that you can try out in an attempt to recover some of the encrypted data. We can’t promise that those methods would get the job done but, in some cases, they might. Besides, they are free and won’t require you to contact the hackers, so there’s really nothing to lose if you give them a try.


Name Mpal
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms There are usually no signs of the Ransomware infection until the files targeted by the virus have already become inaccessible.
Distribution Method Malicious spam social media messages and email letters, fake update and download requests, pirated programs, Trojan backdoors, and more.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove Mpal 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).



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 Mpal 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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