MADA ransomware (Easy Removal Guide) - Recovery Instructions Included

MADA virus Removal Guide

What is MADA ransomware?

MADA ransomware – a dangerous crypto-virus which belongs to Jigsaw family

The ransom note of MADA ransomware

MADA is a dangerous ransomware that can block your computer files and start demanding a ransom in exchange for their decryption. This crypto-virus hails from a notorious Jigsaw family and can be considered one of its variants. As soon as it encrypts the target files and marks them with .LOCKED_BY_pablukl0cker extension, MADA ransomware drops the ransom note that starts counting down the time. It promises to damage these files when the time is finished.

According to PC experts,[1] MADA ransomware is based on the open source platform and uses Command and Control servers to contact with its developers. Virus uses AES encryption algorithm to encrypt target files, so it leaves almost no way for the victim to recover them without making a payment to its owners.

As soon as the data is locked, MADA virus adds “.LOCKED_BY_pablukl0cker” file extension to every encrypted file. Beware that this ransomware can encrypt various files, including .jpg, .doc, .java, .mkv, .mpeg, .rar and similar. For example, if you have a “picture.jpg” on your computer, it will rename it to “picture.jpg.LOCKED_BY_pablukl0cker”. From this point, all the encrypted data becomes unusable.

In addition to the encrypted data, the victim receives a ransom note which gives only 72 hours to pay the ransom. Typically, MADA asks $100 in bitcoin which should be paid before all locked files are deleted permanently. Hackers also point out that they will remove one file every hour and provide email address to contact them. Here is what exactly the ransom note of the virus reads:

Your documents, photos, videos etc .
And after 72 hours, all your files will be removed premanently !!!
But there is nothing to worry about 🙂 it will only happen when you fly in a fxxk
Every hour I delete one randomly selected file and delete it premanently!!!
I can not recover such a file anymore, even after making the payment!!!
You will lose only a few files for the first 24 hours.
but the next day a few hundred, the third day, a few thousand, etc …
If you turn off your computer or try to shut me down, I will fire again.
I automatically remove 1000 files permanently for trying to recommend me in a fuck!!!
Remember that even the best anti-virus is unable to recover encrypted files!
If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail!!!
Payment for decrypting files is only possible in BITCOIN!!!
If you do not know how to buy bitcoins, visit www[.]4coin[.]pl!!!’

No matter threatening the loss of your files seems, you should not engage with these cybercriminals because there is no guarantee that your files will ever get decrypted.[2] The best thing you can do is to remove MADA ransomware from your computer and ignore hackers' commands.

Unfortunately, none of the anti-malware programs are incapable of restoring encrypted data. Thus, the only way to recover your files is to recover them from a remote server (such as Cloud) or an external hard drive. Besides, you should also check alternative recovery methods that we provided in the end of this post.

However, before you begin this procedure, make sure you get rid of malicious files that belong to ransomware. Otherwise, it can initiate another encryption procedure on your computer. To proceed with MADA removal, use one of the following programs: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or FortectIntego. They will assist you in malware elimination process efficiently.

Jigsaw MADA ransomwareMADA ransomware hails from a notorious family of ransomware. The main and the most known member of this family is Jigsaw ransomware.

To prevent ransomware, users should beware of spam emails

Typically, hackers working behind this malware and similar viruses use social engineering[3] as the primary method used to distribute ransomware on the Internet. For that, cybercrooks send a large number of phishing emails with a malicious file or link attached to the message. Usually, the email seems like it was sent from a well-known company (like Twitter, iTunes, Amazon or similar) addressing the issue connected to victims’ account, or claiming that the unauthorized payment was made. Therefore, it asks the user to click on a link or open the attached file.

At this point, the ransomware payload gets into the system and infects it. Therefore, make sure you carefully check every email before downloading its content to your computer. Additionally, stay away from suspicious emails that are often tagged as dangerous and make sure you read through the message carefully to find suspicious signs (for example, typo mistakes, odd sentences, mistakes in email address, etc.).

MADA ransomware should be removed immediately

We do not recommend manual MADA ransomware removal as ransomware and similar threats are severe computer infections which should be taken care of properly. If you happen to remove such virus manually, it might lead you to additional damage on your computer and you might lose more files. Thus, you might corrupt your machine even more.

Therefore, you should remove MADA virus automatically. We encourage using FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes as these tools were designed to deal with even the most persistent malware. All you have to do is run a full scan and delete all the infected files permanently. Beware that some of ransomware threats tend to block legitimate security tools. In this case, try rebooting your computer to Safe Mode or try System Restore. More detailed steps are provided below:

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Getting rid of MADA virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

To get rid of MADA ransomware with Safe Mode, follow this guide. It should help you disable malware.

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove MADA using System Restore

To fix your computer using System Restore method, we recommend following these steps:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of MADA. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with FortectIntego and make sure that MADA removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove MADA from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by security experts.

If your files are encrypted by MADA, you can use several methods to restore them:

Recover your encrypted files with Data Recovery Pro

To recover even the small part of your encrypted files, try Data Recovery Tool. Download it and follow the installation wizard:

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by MADA ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature can also be used for files' decryption

Windows Previous Versions feature is yet another option you have while trying to recover your blocked files. However, it works under one condition – if System Restore function had been enabled before infiltration of MADA ransomware. You can check this option by following these steps:

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

MADA decrypter is not available yet

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from MADA and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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