If you can’t open your images, documents, or files and have a MAAK extension, your computer is infected with “STOP Djvu” ransomware.
Maak ransomware encrypts personal documents found on the victim’s computer with the extension “.maak” and then displays a message offering to decrypt the data if a payment is made in bitcoins. The instructions are placed on the victim’s desktop in the “_readme.txt” file. Its activity is basically similar to other representatives of the same family: Loov, Zaqi, Nqhd.
What is Maak Ransomware?
|Ransomware family1||DJVU/STOP2 ransomware|
|Ransom||From $490 to $980|
|Symptoms||The images, videos, and other documents have the “.maak” extension and cannot be opened by any programs|
|Fix Tool||Trojan Killer – ransomware infections tool. 14-day free trial.|
Maak is file-encrypting ransomware that restricts access to data (documents, images, videos) by encrypting files with the “.maak” extension. He then tries to extort money from the victims, demanding a “ransom” in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency in exchange for access to the data.
When you first get infected with Maak ransomware, it will scan your computer for images, videos, and meaningful work documents and files such as .doc, .docx, .xls, .pdf. When these files are found, the ransomware will encrypt them and change their extension to “.maak” so that you can no longer open them.
After the Maak ransomware encrypts the files on your computer, it will display a “_readme.txt” file containing a ransom note and instructions on how to contact the ransomware authors. Victims of this ransomware will be asked to contact the cybercriminals at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Here is the ransom note that the Maak ransomware will show to its victims:
ATTENTION! Don’t worry, you can return all your files! All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key. The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you. This software will decrypt all your encrypted files. What guarantees you have? You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free. But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information. You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-fhnNOAYC8Z Price of private key and decrypt software is $980. Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490. Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment. Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours. To get this software you need write on our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Reserve e-mail address to contact us: email@example.com
How did the Maak ransomware get on my computer?
The Maak ransomware spreads by posting links to download hacked programs or games.
Maak virus removal instructions.
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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Maak virus detection and removal:
STEP 1. Download and install Trojan Killer.
STEP 2. Click on "Finish".
STEP 3. Wait until necessary updates are downloaded and installed.
STEP 4. Select computer scan type.
STEP 5. The software will begin scanning your computer.
STEP 6. Click on "Cure PC".
Restore the files encrypted by the Maak ransomware
In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Maak ransomware because the private key needed to unlock the encrypted files is only available through cybercriminals. However, we’ve listed one option you can use to recover your files below.
Warning! Make sure you remove the ransomware from your system first, otherwise, it will repeatedly encrypt your files.
If your files were encrypted with an offline key, there is a chance you can recover them by using Emsisoft Decryptor for the STOP/Djvu decryption tool. Follow the below guide to recover your files using the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu.
- You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
- When decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer. In most cases, downloaded files are saved to the Downloads folder. You may be presented with a User Account Control pop-up asking if you want to allow Emsisoft to make changes to your device. You should click “Yes” to continue with the installation if this happens.
- Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Maak files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
- The decryptor will inform you once the decryption process will be finished. If you require the report for your records, you can save it by clicking the “Save log” button.
If the Emsisoft Decryptor can’t decrypt your .maak files and you do not plan on paying the ransom, it is advised that you make an image of the encrypted drives so that you can decrypt them in the future.
Your computer should now be free of the Maak ransomware infection. However, suppose your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Trojan Killer to protect against these types of threats in the future.
MAAK Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?
Name: MAAK Virus
Description: MAAK Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific maak extension. MAAK ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.
Offer price: 480
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Virus
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