Mamba Ransomware - How to remove?
A new peculiar ransomware virus has just recently been released. It was discovered on the 7th of September, 2016, having attacked a multinational company based in Brazil, though it can victimize individual users as well. This ransomware has been called Mamba ransomware, pertaining meaning to the species of venomous snakes. Mamba virus is a full disk encryption ransomware, meaning, its targets are not the single types of data files, but the entire disks. You can imagine the scope of damage this type of ransomware could cause, if this particular spieces was begun to be cultivated. We urge you to read the article about Mamba cryptomalware, using a disk-level encryption strategy, to learn about such highly dangerous threats and to find out ways how to ride shotgun for yourself against them.
About Mamba Ransomware
Mamba ransomware can be compared with Petya ransomware, since both use disk encryption strategy. Though Petya virus encrypts the MFT (master file table), instead of the data itself. As opposed to this, Mamba virus utilizes an open source tool DiscCryptor to encrypt the actual data with the popular asymmetric algorithm. When the targeted disk has been encrypted, Mamba crypto-malware displays the ransom note on the lock screen:
The only concrete information the message of Mamba file-encrypter contains is the contact e-mail address – firstname.lastname@example.org – which is to be used to contact these hackers. The size of the ransom has been reported to be 1 BTC (bitcoins – the cyber currency), amounting to 607,07 USD at this particular point in time. Though the official decryptor has not been released yet, the affected users are forewarned not to pay the money demanded for and not to try to get in touch with these cyber criminals in the first place, as the consequences can be even more sad.
How is Mamba Ransomware Distributed?
Even though Mamba file-encrypting virus is a far cry from the conventional file-based encryptors, it is being spread in quite similar ways to the standard ransomwares. Mamba encoder is a Trojan Horse, getting into the victim’s computer by stealth. Its name perfectly reflects its serpentine nature. This crypto virus is inhabited in the spam e-mails, sent to the victim. These spam e-mails, typically, contain fake notifications pretending to be sent by the existing institutions or companies, local or international ones.
The content of such an e-mails informs the user about some parcel, invoice, unpaid tax, crimes, never having been committed by the receiver of these fake notices. If the user clicks on any of the links provided or opens any of the attachments appended, the payload of Mamba encryptor, namely, 152.exe or 141.exe files, start to be executed, which means that his (her) PC has already been infected. Mamba trojan virus can also be the result of careless visiting of suspicious sites or careless clicking on suspicious advertisements.
How to Decrypt Files Encrypted by Mamba Ransomware?
Mamba ransomware is still undecryptable.
Update: the decrypter is now available at here: link. You can download it for free and successfully decrypt your files.
For now, you can benefit from your backup rolled up. If you did not store additional copies of your data anywhere else, apart from the drives of your computer, check the Shadow Volume Copies, just in case they were not plagued by Mamba crypto virus. You can also try applying professional data recovery tools, such as Recuva, software by Kaspersky Lab, R-Sutdio, PhotoRec, etc. But before you engage in data recovery, take care of the most important business, that is, the removal of Mamba malware from your computer’s system.
Copy the damaged drive to have the encrypted data to be used on the would-be decryptor for generating the key (you cannot know, if even the professional data recovery tools will restore your data). Then, it is high time for the automatic malware removal software – Reimage, Spyhunter or Stopzilla – to be utilized. We recommend to remove ransomware threats automatically, since the process of removal requires excessive knowledge. However, we do provide with the tutorial for the manual removal of Mamba virus, which is located below.