About Mbed Virus
The Ransomware threats are some of the sneakiest type of malware you could possibly encounter. The secret weapon of these threats is their encryption, which they apply to all of your files, including documents, images, videos, audios, archives, and more. Typically, it is nearly impossible to reverse the encryption without the application of a specially generated decryption key. Unfortunately, the only people who possess that key are the online crooks who control the Ransomware, and they use various harassment and intimidation methods to make you pay a ransom for it.
In this current article, we are going to focus on a new Ransomware virus named Mbed, which does exactly that. It secretly sneaks inside the computer without showing visible symptoms, and it places its encryption to a list of file types. Once all the targeted files are rendered inaccessible, the malware generates a ransom-demanding notification, and asks the victims to pay a certain amount of money in order to obtain the corresponding decryption key.
What is Mbed Virus
A number of web users have recently contacted us with a call for help on removing Mbed Virus and dealing with its file encryption. If you have fallen victim of the harmful attack of this Ransomware, in the next lines, you will find a detailed removal guide with instructions on how to remove it. We need to warn you though, that fighting Ransomware is very hard, and the consequences of its attack can be very unpleasant. Yet, we may be able to offer you some help with dealing with those consequences. If the manual removal method described below is not your thing, there is a professional Mbed Virus removal tool for automatic assistance. Just like with any other malware, detecting the Ransomware and deleting it correctly is crucial for the well being of your system. As far as the encrypted files are concerned, there are some alternative methods which may potentially help you to get back some of them without paying a ransom. You will find more about those methods in the file-recovery section of the guide.
The Mbed Virus file encryption
Ransomware threats (Mosk, Reco) are very sneaky and may infect you in one single click. For this reason, you must take all possible precautions to protect your computer from an attack by them. For effective protection against Mbed, and other similar infections, first of all, we advise you to install a good anti-malware tool – one that has specialized anti-ransomware security features. The second important precaution is the practice of backing up your data. A full data backup can help you restore your information without paying a ransom to some anonymous crooks. Note that the backups must be stored on an external storage device that is not connected to the computer. Finally, we advise you to avoid questionable Internet webpages, emails sent by unknown senders, and, of course, illegal software. In many cases, the hackers use cracked software installers, different free downloads, and even fake ads and updates to trick the web users into clicking on the infection payload. Therefore, sketchy pop-up clickbaits, “you won a prize” messages, and too-good-to-be-true offers should always be treated with caution. Interacting with similar content can quickly lead to an unexpected malware attack, which may land you different viruses.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
Mbed Virus Ransomware Removal
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to Mbed
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the Mbed.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and Mbed Virus , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – Mbed
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to Mbed Virus Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: Mbed Virus Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Mbed Virus Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.