A file with the .masodas extension is a file that has been encrypted by Masodas ransomware. This ransomware targets computers running Windows by spam emails, malware or manually installing the ransomware. Read below a brief summary of information related to this ransomware and how to restore or decrypt .masodas files for free.
The Masodas file virus is a new ransomware, which is designed to encrypt files by using a strong encryption algorithm with long key. Masodas ransomware virus locks up almost of files, including common as:
.xwp, .zip, .wmv, .wmv, .wdp, .kdb, .cdr, .xpm, .erf, .menu, .qdf, .db0, .desc, .wpt, .w3x, .qic, .bkp, .mdb, .xyw, .mddata, .ptx, .odp, .big, .jpg, .xbdoc, .wma, .fos, .wmo, .rar, .nrw, .yml, .wps, .layout, .itdb, .7z, .xml, .bsa, .gho, .wcf, .sis, .csv, .pak, .srw, .der, .bkf, .docm, .dmp, .pptm, .x3d, .wb2, .3fr, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .mp4, .zdc, .xlsm, .wm, .p7c, .dcr, .wpg, .xmmap, .iwi, .zw, .yal, .1st, .upk, .wp6, .cer, .vpp_pc, .zif, .mcmeta, .wmd, .jpeg, .wp, .svg, .vdf, .hplg, .xx, .wgz, .pst, .vtf, .ff, .ppt, .lbf, .3dm, .ai, .rofl, .3ds, .fpk, .d3dbsp, .2bp, .wpe, .pkpass, .sr2, .epk, .asset, .rw2, .arch00, .m3u, .indd, .y, .0, .xxx, wallet, .wotreplay, .t13, .syncdb, .xbplate, .py, .xls, .ltx, .rgss3a, .tax, .arw, .lvl, .dazip, .fsh, .slm, .wav, .bar, .wma, .odm, .sav, .dba, .rtf, .vcf, .wpb, .wot, .wdb, .vpk, .xdl, .rwl, .cas, .kdc, .xdb, .wbm, .odt, .lrf, .pptx, .wri, .odb, .wbd, .snx, .webp, .jpe, .xy3, .wp4, .xf, .p12, .js, .xyp, .apk, .x3f, .p7b, .bc7, .ntl, .dwg, .doc, .r3d, .esm, .iwd, .1, .litemod, .png, .pem, .xar, .eps, .wire, .xld, .wpa, .sql, .xlsx, .wbc, .ysp, .mlx, .ods, .mov, .sb, .pfx, .m4a, .zabw, .icxs, .txt, .itl, .ybk, .mdf, .crw, .wsh, .psk, .zdb, .forge, .bik, .gdb, .xll, .ztmp, .x3f, .bay, .zip, .mpqge, .orf, .rb, .vfs0, .bc6, .sidn, .css, .xlk, .wmf, .xlgc, .srf, .flv, .cr2, .wp7, .wbz, .wpd, .wbmp, .docx, .zi, .map, .re4, .wbk, .dbf, .xmind, .pdd, .pef, .mrwref, .t12, .dxg, .hkx, .itm, .wp5, .rim, .raw, .xls, .xlsb, .webdoc
With the encryption work is finished, all affected personal files will now have the new .masodas extension appended to them. Masodas ransomware drops a file called ‘_readme.txt’. This file contains a ransom note that is written in the English language.
ATTENTION! Don't worry, you can return all your files! All your files like photos, 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: https://we.tl/t-B2xUNoHxJk 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: email@example.com Reserve e-mail address to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org Your personal ID:
|Type||File locker, Crypto malware, Ransomware, Filecoder, Crypto virus|
|Encrypted files extension||.masodas|
|Ransom amount||$980 in Bitcoins|
|Symptoms||Encrypted files. You get an error message like ‘Windows can’t open this file’, ‘How do you want to open this file’. Files named like ‘_readme.txt’, or ‘_readme” in every folder with an encrypted file.|
|Distribution methods||Spam or phishing emails that are developed to get people to open an attachment or click on a link. Drive-by downloads (ransomware virus has the ability to infect the PC simply by visiting a web-page that is running malicious code). Social media, like web-based instant messaging applications. USB stick and other removable media.|
|Removal||To remove Masodas ransomware use the removal guide|
|Decryption||To decrypt Masodas ransomware use the steps|
- How to remove Masodas file virus
- Use STOPDecrypter to decrypt .masodas files
- How to restore .masodas files
How to remove Masodas file virus
Before you run the process of recovering files which has been encrypted, make sure Masodas ransomware virus is not running. Firstly, you need to uninstall this ransomware permanently. Happily, there are several malicious software removal utilities which will effectively locate and delete Masodas crypto virus and other crypto virus malicious software from your system.
How to remove Masodas with Zemana Anti Malware
Thinking about uninstall Masodas ransomware from your personal computer? Then pay attention to Zemana. This is a well-known tool, originally created just to scan for and uninstall malware, trojans and worms. But by now it has seriously changed and can not only rid you of malicious software, but also protect your PC system from ransomware, malware and worms, as well as find and remove common viruses and trojans.
Please go to the link below to download Zemana. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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After the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your computer. Further, start the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti-Malware on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is done successfully, Zemana Free will automatically launch and you can see its main window as displayed on the image below.
Next, press the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) application will scan through the whole PC for the Masodas ransomware virus, other kinds of potential threats such as malware and trojans. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
After the scanning is done, Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will create a list of unwanted programs and ransomware virus. When you’re ready, click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will uninstall Masodas ransomware virus, other malicious software, worms and trojans and move threats to the program’s quarantine. After disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your system.
Use MalwareBytes Free to remove Masodas virus
Delete Masodas crypto malware manually is difficult and often the ransomware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes that are fully clean your computer. Moreover, this free program will help you to uninstall malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and adware that your computer can be infected too.
- Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for Windows. Save it on your Windows desktop.
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- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the downloading process is complete, please close all programs and open windows on your computer. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes AntiMalware onto your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes will run and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button to start checking your computer for the Masodas crypto virus, other kinds of potential threats such as malware and trojans. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the MalwareBytes AntiMalware application is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- After finished, the results are displayed in the scan report.
- You may remove items (move to Quarantine) by simply press the “Quarantine Selected” button. Once the clean up is complete, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Use KVRT to remove Masodas ransomware virus
The KVRT tool is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove ransomware virus such as Masodas, malicious software, potentially unwanted programs and adware. KVRT is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the computer.
Download Kaspersky virus removal tool (KVRT) on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
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Update: March 5, 2018
Once the download is complete, double-click on the Kaspersky virus removal tool icon. Once initialization process is complete, you will see the KVRT screen as shown in the figure below.
Click Change Parameters and set a check near all your drives. Click OK to close the Parameters window. Next click Start scan button to begin scanning your PC system for the Masodas ransomware and other trojans and malicious applications. This task can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan Kaspersky virus removal tool will scan for threats present on your computer.
As the scanning ends, Kaspersky virus removal tool will produce a list of unwanted applications and crypto virus as displayed below.
Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and press on Continue to begin a cleaning task.
Use STOPDecrypter to decrypt .masodas files
With some variants of Masodas file virus, it is possible to decrypt encrypted files using free tools listed below.
Michael Gillespie (@) released the Masodas decryption tool named STOPDecrypter. It can decrypt .masodas files if they were locked by one of the known OFFLINE KEY’s retrieved by Michael Gillespie. Please check the twitter post for more info.
STOPDecrypter is a program that can be used for Masodas files decryption. One of the biggest advantages of using STOPDecrypter is that is free and easy to use. Also, it constantly keeps updating its ‘OFFLINE KEYs’ DB. Let’s see how to install STOPDecrypter and decrypt .masodas files using this free tool.
- First, use the following link in order to download the latest version of STOPDecrypter.
- After downloading is done, close all apps and windows on your PC system. Open a file location.
- Right-click on the icon that’s named STOPDecrypter.zip. Further, select ‘Extract all’ and follow the prompts.
- Once the extraction process is done, right click on STOPDecrypter, choose ‘Run as Admininstrator’. Select Directory and press Decrypt button.
If STOPDecrypter does not help you to decrypt .masodas files, in some cases, you have a chance to restore your photos, documents and music, which were encrypted by ransomware. This is possible due to the use of the utilities named ShadowExplorer and PhotoRec. An example of recovering encrypted files is given below.
How to restore .masodas files
In some cases, you can restore files encrypted by Masodas ransomware. Try both methods. Important to understand that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to recover all encrypted files.
Use shadow copies to restore .masodas files
A free utility named ShadowExplorer is a simple solution to use the ‘Previous Versions’ feature of MS Windows 10 (8, 7 , Vista). You can recover .masodas documents, photos and music encrypted by the Masodas crypto malware from Shadow Copies for free.
Visit the following page to download ShadowExplorer. Save it on your Desktop.
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When the download is finished, extract the downloaded file to a directory on your personal computer. This will create the necessary files similar to the one below.
Launch the ShadowExplorerPortable program. Now select the date (2) that you want to restore from and the drive (1) you wish to restore files (folders) from as shown in the figure below.
On right panel navigate to the file (folder) you wish to restore. Right-click to the file or folder and click the Export button like below.
And finally, specify a folder (your Desktop) to save the shadow copy of encrypted file and click ‘OK’ button.
Restore .masodas files with PhotoRec
Before a file is encrypted, the Masodas ransomware makes a copy of this file, encrypts it, and then deletes the original file. This can allow you to restore your photos, documents and music using file restore applications such as PhotoRec.
Download PhotoRec from the link below.
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Update: March 1, 2018
When the download is finished, open a directory in which you saved it. Right click to testdisk-7.0.win and choose Extract all. Follow the prompts. Next please open the testdisk-7.0 folder as shown in the following example.
Double click on qphotorec_win to run PhotoRec for Microsoft Windows. It will display a screen as displayed on the screen below.
Select a drive to recover as displayed on the screen below.
You will see a list of available partitions. Choose a partition that holds encrypted personal files as displayed in the figure below.
Press File Formats button and specify file types to recover. You can to enable or disable the recovery of certain file types. When this is done, click OK button.
Next, click Browse button to select where recovered documents, photos and music should be written, then click Search.
Count of restored files is updated in real time. All restored documents, photos and music are written in a folder that you have chosen on the previous step. You can to access the files even if the recovery process is not finished.
When the recovery is complete, click on Quit button. Next, open the directory where recovered photos, documents and music are stored. You will see a contents as shown in the following example.
All restored personal files are written in recup_dir.1, recup_dir.2 … sub-directories. If you are looking for a specific file, then you can to sort your recovered files by extension and/or date/time.
How to protect your machine from Masodas crypto malware?
Most antivirus apps already have built-in protection system against the ransomware. Therefore, if your computer does not have an antivirus application, make sure you install it. As an extra protection, use the HitmanPro.Alert.
Run HitmanPro.Alert to protect your personal computer from Masodas ransomware virus
HitmanPro.Alert is a small security utility. It can check the system integrity and alerts you when critical system functions are affected by malware. HitmanPro.Alert can detect, remove, and reverse ransomware effects.
Click the link below to download the latest version of HitmanPro.Alert for Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
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When downloading is done, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro.Alert desktop icon. Once the utility is started, you will be shown a window where you can choose a level of protection, as displayed below.
Now press the Install button to activate the protection.
Once you’ve finished the few simple steps shown above, your computer should be clean from Masodas ransomware virus and other malware. Your system will no longer encrypt your documents, photos and music. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new variant of crypto virus, and then the best way – ask for help here.