How to remove Moka virus and restore encrypted files

Moka ransomware virus

Moka is the dangerous software penetrating computers mainly through e-mail spam and Trojans. Occasionally hackers use zero-day vulnerabilities to infect the computer, but they are promptly corrected. When infection is done, Moka scans the hard disc to find the folders to be cyphered and their rough price. Nowadays, any new virus is able to cypher audio, text, video and image info in all popular extensions. High attention is paid to businesslike documents, because representatives of business are the main objective for hackers. All software in the system will be unaffected because hackers are interested only in information. Encryption is made via well-known encryption algorithms, and its complexity is so high that decipherment of files without a key is impossible. Such complexity creates foundation for such a stunning efficiency of this kind of viruses in last years: usual customer, even having a very good experience in suchlike things, will never be able to decrypt the files, and will have no way out except paying to scammers. The single manner to get back the data is to hack the fraudster's webpage and retrieve the encryption keys. Some skilled hackers can retrieve the keys due to faults in viruse's program code.

The knowledge of computers is extremely significant in our century, as it assists you to guard the computer from undesired software. Statistically, most people realize the importance of PC knowledge just when ransomware infects their laptops. It's very easy to minimize the chances of getting ransomware by following these advices:

    • Don't admit any changes to the PC, originating from strange programs. The most efficient method of information restoration is the restoration from Shadow Copies, and fraudsters have included the removal of those copies into the basic features of viruses. The deletion of shadow copies requires administrator rights and your verification. So, if you do not accept alterations from a unknown software at the proper time, you will reserve the way to decrypt all encrypted information for free.
    • Don't ignore the red flags that your PC displays. It requires a big part of CPU resources to encode the data. If you observe a strange drop in computer power or see a unwanted process in the Process Manager, you should switch off the computer, boot it in safe mode, and run the antivirus. Of course, some information will be damaged, but the rest of them will remain intact.
    • Closely inspect your mailbox, particularly the messages that have attached files. The most efficient model of fraud messages is the notification about prize gaining or package receiving. You also should be attentive with business-related letters, especially if the sender and the content is unknown. It is OK to take an interest and click on the e-mail even if it is obviously not for you, but don't forget that a single click on the viral file might cost you a lot of efforts, time and money.

We draw your attention to the fact that the removal of the virus is only the, first turn, which is required for the normal work of the workstation. To decrypt the files you should read the tips in the special paragraph of our entry. In case of encrypting virus we don't provide the hand removal guide, since its complexity and the likeliness of errors appears to be too high for common customer. We don't recommend anyone to delete ransomware by hand, because it has different security features which can interfere you. The most common ransomware protection manner is the deletion of information in event of data restoration or ransomware deletion attempt. This is very undesirable, and the following instruction will assist you to avoid it.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab

Startup

Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

After deleting Moka from the system, you should recover the corrupted information. Actually, this is not about decryption, as the encrypting manners used by fraudsters are extremely complex. There are the few exceptions, but usually data restoration needs lots of time and efforts. If you can't linger and are ready to restore the information by hand - here's the full article on that topic.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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