Malabu Ransomware is a malicious application that not only damages user’s personal files but also locks his screen. If you want to take back your computer’s control as soon as possible, we advise you not to waste any time and erase the malware immediately. However, it might be not an easy task, so we would advise you to carefully follow the instructions placed at the end of the article or better yet leave this task to a reputable antimalware tool. Unfortunately, recovering damaged files without a decryption key might be impossible, unless you have a backup or any copies on removable media devices, cloud storage, etc. What about paying the ransom? We would not recommend such an option as there are no guarantees the malicious application’s creators will bother to send the decryption key. To learn more about Malabu Ransomware and find out how to stay away from threats alike you could read the rest of the article.
Often users encounter ransomware applications while visiting malicious web pages and interacting with content on them. Another popular distribution method is sending an infected file or, in other words, the threat’s launcher via Spam emails. The receiver infects the computer when such a file is opened. If you do not have an antimalware tool with which you could scan the attachment, it might be impossible to tell if the file is malicious or not. Thus, to avoid threats like Malabu Ransomware, we would firstly advise you to acquire a trustworthy security tool. Additionally, it would be a smart idea to keep away from harmful web pages, suspicious pop-ups, and any content downloaded from doubtful sources including installers from torrent or other untrustworthy file-sharing sites.
Our researchers determined that Malabu Ransomware does not drop any files, create any folders, or other data. It means the malicious application should work right from the directory where the user downloaded its launcher. First of all the infection may lock your personal files such as pictures and documents. To mark such data, the malware might add additional extensions called .fucked on the damaged filenames, e.g. sky.jpg.fucked. Soon after this the malware should disable your Task Manager and lock the computer’s screen by placing a full-size window. Without a doubt, the text in it is a ransom note as it instructs how to pay the ransom. It looks like at first the price is 500 US dollars and after 48 hours it becomes 1000 US dollars.
Since the decryption key is not sent to you automatically, there are no guarantees you will ever receive it. Consequently, we advise you not to risk with your savings and look for alternative ways to recover lost data. There are two ways to eliminate the malware, so you can pick either one according to your skills and experience. Probably, the easiest option is to press Alt+Tab to access your Desktop or restart the system in Safe Mode with Networking so you could launch a browser and download antimalware software. After you do this, open the security tool and run a system scan. Then wait for the results and click the deletion button to remove Malabu Ransomware and other possible threats automatically. The other way to erase the infection is to restart in Safe Mode, then find the threat’s launcher and remove it manually. If you believe you can manage it, follow the instructions placed below.
Windows 8/Windows 10
Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7