Mischa Ransomware Removal

Welcome to our Mischa Ransomware removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Mischa Ransomware from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.

If you are reading the following article, you have probably been seeking advice or solutions to your current technical issues. You have most likely become a victim of a Ransomware computer virus. The information below may come in handy to you if you want to make an informed decision about the actions you can take against this virus infection.

Mischa Ransomware
Mischa Ransomware Removal

A few words about Ransomware

Ransomware is malicious software which prevents or limits users from using their computers fully or properly. Typically, it persuades its victims to pay an amount of money in return for giving them back access to their files. Such payments can be done via particular online payment methods, most often Bitcoins. However even if the victim does pay, nobody really guarantees that the encrypted files will be decoded and returned to their owners. According to experts, the price of the ransom may vary from $USD 24 to more than $USD 600.  Also, remember that paying such a ransom also counts as a criminal activity and by doing that you may encourage hackers to continue with their illegitimate practices.

It is possible to encounter the Ransomware threat via plenty of means. You can download it by visiting contagious or compromised websites. One more way of catching it is as a payload that is either dropped or downloaded by other malware. In most of the cases users get Ransomware by opening an email which has been infected with it or by downloading malicious attachments. What should be noted is that Ransomware almost never comes alone- it is usually carried by a Trojan Horse virus. Beware, after you have dealt with your Ransomware problem, you should search your system for the Trojan and eliminate it as well.

How does Ransomware work?

Once executed in the system, this malicious software will either lock the computer screen or begin encrypting predetermined files using a strong encryption method. Under the first circumstances, the Ransomware will display a message on the monitor that stops the victim from accessing their computer. The payment instructions for the requested ransom are also included in the message. If you have been unfortunate enough to “catch” the other type of Ransomware, it will block your most widely and often used files (for example, documents, spreadsheets and other important files).

Mischa Ransomware and its features

Mischa Ransomware attacks your system just as any other Ransomware program does. You have probably been tempted to enter a suspicious website, have clicked on an infected hyperlink or have downloaded a contagious attachment. And, of course, all its characteristic features do not much differ from the ones of the typical Ransomware. Once inside your system, Mischa Ransomware will begin scanning your hard drives for the most usually used files and their locations, and will start encoding them. This can take time as well as resources- at that particular moment you may notice there is something wrong with your system because it can become noticeably slower. The encryption process uses an incredible amount of RAM. If you do notice the malicious activity in progress- make sure that you disconnect from the Internet and turn off your computer. Later, it is recommended that you consult a specialist.

What’s important to mention here is that Mischa Ransomware is particularly nasty because you cannot be absolutely sure that you will get back the access to your data. Neither paying the ransom, nor removing the virus can actually make sure that you will have your encrypted files back.

The situation is not hopeless and our guide is here to help you try to successfully get rid of that virus. Nevertheless, we will also give you some tips on how to avoid such a malware infection in the future, because prevention is always easier than dealing with an already escalated issue.

Here come our advice on prevention:

  • Make sure that you use reliable antivirus software;
  • Remember to install a firewall and keep it up-to-date. Keeping your firewall fully functional will enhance your security;
  • Don’t forget to back up your important files as often as possible. If you keep a copy of your information, no one can later blackmail you into paying to get it back;
  • It’s always a good idea to turn on your pop-up blocker;
  • Simply be more careful when surfing the net. Don’t pay attention to any tricky notification and messages asking you to open or download anything from the web;
  • Blackmailing is a crime. You can always let the authorities know about your problem. Maybe their cyber crime teams will have a solution;
Threat Mischa
Classification Ransomware
Security Alert
High.
Negative Effects Incredibly slower system performance; a full-screen notification asking for paying off a ransom. 

Mischa Ransomware Removal

IMPORTANT!!!

It appears this Ransomware Virus is of the screen-locker type. What this means is you will first need to do some preparations before you can actually log-into your OS and start removing the virus. Also although the people behind Mischa Virus claim it uses a RSA-4096 and AES-128 encryption it is entirely possible that this is just a front. As of right now it is not entirely clear whether the Mischa Ransomware actually does anything more than lock you out of your device. To fix this please follow these instructions.

Preparation: You need to repair the Master Boot Records of your PC. In order to do that you will need the Windows installation CD. Once you put it in your DVD drive, select the boot Windows from CD/DVD option. Once Windows boots from the CD/DVD select Windows Repair. Now you will need to open the Command Prompt. On most Windows OS versions you can do that by typing Command Prompt in the Search Field and clicking on the corresponding action. If you are running on a Windows 10 though, you can do that by opening Start Menu => All apps=>Windows System=> locate Command Prompt. Once you run it you need to do the following:

Type bootrec / fixmbr and hit enter.

Type bootrec / fixboot and hit enter.

Type bootrec / rebuildbcd and hit enter.

You can now reboot your system and proceed with the removal of Mischa Ransomware.

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 3

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Mischa Ransomware. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 4

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

Step 5

Get Your Files Back!

The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:

  • System Restore. Start Button => Search field => Type System Restore => Enter.
    Choose a Restore Point.
    Restore Point
    Click Next until the process has been completed.
  • Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com , a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people. In his off time he is an avid book reader, occasional PC gamer and affectionate football spectator. Daniel would hardly begrudge anyone who might call him a computer nerd, yet this might be just the thing one needs in case of a security issue.