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Mcafee Ransomware

By GoldSparrow in Ransomware

The Mcafee Ransomware is an encryption ransomware Trojan that is based on the Xorist Ransomware. This is a family of ransomware Trojans that are created using a ransomware builder that have gained various new variants on January 30, 2019. The Mcafee Ransomware, like most encryption ransomware Trojans, is designed to take victims' files hostage so that it can demand payment from the victim in exchange for returning access to the compromised files. Threats like the Mcafee Ransomware are becoming widespread, and it is important that computer users take precautions to safeguard their data.

Mcafee's Name is Being Misused Again

The Mcafee Ransomware, like other members of the Xorist Ransomware family, targets the user-generated files, which may include a variety of media files, documents and configuration files. The Mcafee Ransomware appropriates the name of a commonly used security program to add some irony to its attack. The following are examples of the files that threats like the Mcafee Ransomware target in these infections:

.jpg, .jpeg, .raw, .tif, .gif, .png, .bmp, .3dm, .max, .accdb, .db, .dbf, .mdb, .pdb, .sql, .dwg, .dxf, .cpp, .cs, .h, .php, .asp, .rb, .java, .jar, .class, .py, .js, .aaf, .aep, .aepx, .plb, .prel, .prproj, .aet, .ppj, .psd, .indd, .indl, .indt, .indb, .inx, .idml, .pmd, .xqx, .xqx, .ai, .eps, .ps, .svg, .swf, .fla, .as3, .as, .txt, .doc, .dot, .docx, .docm, .dotx, .dotm, .docb, .rtf, .wpd, .wps, .msg, .pdf, .xls, .xlt, .xlm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xltx, .xltm, .xlsb, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlw, .ppt, .pot, .pps, .pptx, .pptm, .potx, .potm, .ppam, .ppsx, .ppsm, .sldx, .sldm, .wav, .mp3, .aif, .iff, .m3u, .m4u, .mid, .mpa, .wma, .ra, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .3gp, .mpeg, .3g2, .asf, .asx, .flv, .mpg, .wmv, .vob, .m3u8, .dat, .csv, .efx, .sdf, .vcf, .xml, .ses, .qbw, .qbb, .qbm, .qbi, .qbr , .cnt, .des, .v30, .qbo, .ini, .lgb, .qwc, .qbp, .aif, .qba, .tlg, .qbx, .qby , .1pa, .qpd, .txt, .set, .iif, .nd, .rtp, .tlg, .wav, .qsm, .qss, .qst, .fx0, .fx1, .mx0, .fpx, .fxr, .fim, .ptb, .ai, .pfb, .cgn, .vsd, .cdr, .cmx, .cpt, .csl, .cur, .des, .dsf, .ds4, , .drw, .eps, .ps, .prn, .gif, .pcd, .pct, .pcx, .plt, .rif, .svg, .swf, .tga, .tiff, .psp, .ttf, .wpd, .wpg, .wi, .raw, .wmf, .txt, .cal, .cpx, .shw, .clk, .cdx, .cdt, .fpx, .fmv, .img, .gem, .xcf, .pic, .mac, .met, .pp4, .pp5, .ppf, .nap, .pat, .ps, .prn, .sct, .vsd, .wk3, .wk4, .xpm, .zip, .rar.

The Mcafee Ransomware marks the files it encrypts in its attack by adding the file extension '.Mcafee' to each affected file. The Mcafee Ransomware drops a ransom note onto the victim's computer once the victim's files have been encrypted. The Mcafee Ransomware's ransom note takes the form of a text file named 'HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt,' which is written both in Spanish and English. The text of the Mcafee Ransomware ransom note reads:

Spanish: 'Usted fue encriptado por Mcafee que ironia no?'
English: 'You were encrypted by Mcafee what an irony, no?'

Unfortunately, once the Mcafee Ransomware attack has occurred, the corrupted files cannot be decrypted without the encryption key. Therefore, the best protection against threats like the Mcafee Ransomware is to have backup copies of all files.

Dealing with the Mcafee Ransomware Attack

Unfortunately, the Mcafee Ransomware damages the files, and they cannot be restored. This is true of most encryption ransomware Trojans, which use strong encryption algorithms in their attacks. Because of this, it is an essential computer security measure to have file backups, which should be stored in places out of reach of most encryption ransomware Trojans. Having it allows the victims of the Mcafee Ransomware attack to simply replace the compromised data with the file backups. The Mcafee Ransomware Trojan itself can usually be removed with a security program. However, once the victim's files have been encrypted, they will no longer be recoverable, even if the Mcafee Ransomware Trojan itself is removed from the affected PC.

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