MAIV Virus (.maiv File) Ransomware — Remove & Decrypt Files

If you can’t open your images, documents, or other files and also see the .maiv extension on them, your PC is surely infected with Maiv ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group

Maiv ransomware encrypts personal files spotted on the victim’s computer with the extension “.maiv” and after that leaves the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s PC in the “readme.txt” file. Its task is basically similar to other representatives of the same family: Bbbw, Qqqe, Virus/.

What is Maiv Ransomware?

NameMaiv Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Extension.maiv
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980
Contactmanager@mailtemp.ch, helprestoremanager@airmail.cc
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.maiv” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Maiv is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents regular access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and pictures by ciphering them. It marks the ciphered files with the “.maiv” extension. Then Maiv ransomware adds a money ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In this note, you can see the guidance to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a certain BTC wallet. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it uses to cipher the files is not decryptable with contemporary computers. Even quantum computers that currently exist will spend hundreds of years to find the decryption key.

How dangerous is the Maiv ransomware?

When Maiv ransomware appears on your PC, it will check your computer for images, videos, and important documents. It ciphers all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these files are located, the ransomware will cipher them and change their extension to “.maiv” to make sure that you understand what happened.

After the Maiv ransomware ciphered the data on your PC, it will drop the last “readme.txt” file on the desktop. Besides the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the emails to contact the fraudsters – helprestoremanager@airmail.cc and manager@mailtemp.ch.

Here is the ransom note that the Maiv ransomware shows 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:
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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:
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Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
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How did the Maiv ransomware get on my computer?

The Maiv ransomware spreads by placing websites to download hacked programs or games. Cybercriminals that spread this ransomware are very tricky, and try to correspond with contemporary trends. New games introductions, new popular films – Maiv creators make whatever to get their victims on that. Some of the most common methods these burglars use is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. Nonetheless, pursuing the modern news is not the only way these crooks utilize. Ways that have already turned into standard, such as e-mail spamming, are likewise usual for STOP/Djvu ransomware distribution.

Malicious email spam
The example of email spamming that may lead to Maiv ransomware injection

Avoiding this ransomware does not require a lot of effort. Following the regular principles of computer hygiene will significantly minimize all risks. Bear in mind that opening all documents you get on e-mail is not a great habit. Even worse situation is to enable macros in Microsoft Office files. But it is better to avoid the malware attack at the moment when you have just opened the email message. Examining the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can anticipate, as well as when you see things like “support@amazon.com”– it is likely a genuine email. On the other hand, stuff that tries to look similar to Amazon or FedEx shipping alert, however, uses the email address of “amazonspurrot1363@gmail.com”– need to make you get on the alarm. Above, you can see the example of such a message.

Outlaw sources of various digital things need some additional description. Going against copyright policy already throws you to the possibility of being fined. However, utilizing torrent trackers or third-party websites to download “free” programs likewise exposes you to a wide range of malware. Nobody can control unidentified people who start the torrent seeding or release the hacked program version on the website with pirated software.

Maiv virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Maiv 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 Maiv ransomware

In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Maiv 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.

  1. You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
  2. When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
  3. Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Maiv files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
  4. 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 .maiv 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 Maiv 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.

MAIV Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?

Name: MAIV Virus

Description: MAIV Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific maiv extension. MAIV ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.

Offer price: 480

Currency: $

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Virus

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I am from Ireland. My parents bought me a computer when I was 11, and several months after I have got a virus on this PC. I decided to enter the INSA Centre Val de Loire university after being graduated from the school. This French educational institution was offering a brand-new cybersecurity course. After getting the master's degree in cybersecurity, I've started working as a virus analyst in a little anti-malware vendor.