How to delete .mike files

Malware

Is .mike files a dangerous threat

.mike files is classified as file-locking ransomware. Ransomware is classified as a high-level infection, which may lead to highly serious consequences. Specific file types will be locked immediately after the ransomware launches. Photos, videos and documents are the commonly targeted files due to their value to users. A decryption key will be required to decrypt files but unfortunately, the hackers who encrypted your files have it. If the ransomware can be cracked, researchers specializing in malicious software may be able to develop a free decryptor. This might be your only choice if backup isn’t available.

Among the files that have been affected or on your desktop, a ransom note will be placed. The note you’ll find should contain an explanation about what happened to your files and how much you should pay to get a decryption tool. While it might be the only way to get your files back, giving into the demands is not a great idea. We would not be surprised if the cyber crooks do not actually help you but simply take your money. More malicious software would be created using the money you give cyber crooks. Thus, think about buying backup with that money instead. If backup is available, just remove .mike files and recover files.

Fake updates and spam emails were possibly used to distribute the ransomware. Those two methods are the cause of most ransomware infections.

Ransomware spread methods

You likely got the ransomware via spam email or false software updates. If you opened a strange email attachment, you need to be more cautious in the future. Before opening an attached file, a careful check of the email is needed. It is also not unusual to see cyber crooks pretending to be from legitimate companies, as a well-known company names would make users less cautious. It is pretty common for the sender to pretend to be from Amazon or eBay, with the email saying that a receipt for a purchase has been added as an attachment. You may make sure the sender is who they say they are rather easily. All you really need to do is check if the email address matches any that belong to the company. You ought to also scan the added file with a malware scanner just to be sure that it is safe.

False software updates could have also been how you picked up the threat. Fake notifications for updates pop up on various pages all the time, constantly pestering you into installing updates. They also appear as adverts and wouldn’t necessarily seem questionable. For anyone that know how updates are usually suggested, however, this will look suspicious immediately. If you do not want your computer to get infected on a regular basis, never download anything from ads or other dubious sources. Keep in mind that if software has to be updated, the application will either automatically update or notify you through the software, not via your browser.

What does this malware do

You’re likely well aware of that your files have been encrypted. File encrypting probably happened without you knowing, right after the infected file was opened. All affected files will be marked with a weird extension, so you’ll know which files have been affected. Attempting to open those files will not get you anywhere because a powerful encryption algorithm was used to encrypt them. Information about what you have to do to restore your files should be found on the ransom note. All ransom notes appear essentially identical, they initially say your files have been locked, ask for money and then threaten you with removing files for good if you do not pay. It is not impossible that crooks behind this ransomware have the only available decryptor but even if that is true, paying the ransom is not suggested. You that you would be relying on the people who locked your files in the first place to help you. In addition, you might be targeted specifically next time, if hackers know that you would be willing to pay.

It may be possible that you’ve uploaded at least some of your files somewhere, so check that. If there are no other choices, back up the locked files and keep them for the future, it is possible a malware researcher will release a free decryption tool and you may be able to restore files. You will have to to erase .mike files whichever choice you pick.

Having copies of your files is very important, so begin frequent backups. If you don’t, you might end up in the same exact situation again, with the likelihood of losing your files looming over you. Several backup options are available, and they’re quite worth the investment if you don’t wish to lose your files.

.mike files removal

Unless you’re an advanced user, we can’t recommend manual removal. You have to get anti-malware program in order to safely remove the threat. You may have to boot your system in Safe Mode for the anti-malware program to work. As soon as your device has been booted in Safe Mode, open the malware removal program, scan your system and erase .mike files. Ransomware elimination will not help with file recovery, however.

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Learn how to remove .mike files from your computer

Step 1. Remove .mike files via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to delete .mike files
  2. Tap and keep tapping F8 when your computer starts loading.
  3. In the Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Networking.
  4. When your computer boots in Safe Mode, open your browser and download anti-malware software of your choice. win7 safe mode How to delete .mike files
  5. Use the anti-malware to delete .mike files.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Open Start, press on the Power button, tap and hold Shift and press Restart. win10 restart How to delete .mike files
  2. In the menu that appears, Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings. win 10 startup How to delete .mike files
  3. Select Enable Safe Mode (Enable Safe Mode with Networking) and press Restart.
  4. When your computer boots, open your browser and download anti-malware software. win10 safe mode How to delete .mike files
  5. Install the program and use it to delete .mike files.

Step 2. Remove .mike files via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to delete .mike files
  2. Tap and keep tapping F8 when your computer starts loading.
  3. In the Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7 safe mode How to delete .mike files
  4. In the Command Prompt window that pops up, type in cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Next type in rstrui.exe and press Enter.
  6. In the window that appears, select a restore point that dates prior to infection and press Next. win7 command prompt How to delete .mike files
  7. Read the warning and press Yes. win7 restore How to delete .mike files

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Open Start, press on the Power button, tap and hold Shift and press Restart. win10 restart How to delete .mike files
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Command Prompt. win 10 startup How to delete .mike files
  3. In the Command Prompt window that pops up, type in cd restore and press Enter. win10 safe mode How to delete .mike files
  4. Next type in rstrui.exe and press Enter.win10 command prompt How to delete .mike files
  5. In the window that appears, select a restore point that dates prior to infection and press Next. Read the warning and press Yes.win10 restore How to delete .mike files

Step 3. Recover your data

You can try to recover files in a couple of different ways, and we will provide instructions to help you. However, these methods might not always work, thus the best way to ensure you can always recover your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Data Recovery Pro

  1. Use a trustworthy site to download the program, install and open it.
  2. Start a scan on your computer to see if you can recover files. data recovery pro How to delete .mike files
  3. If files are found, you can recover them. data recovery pro scan How to delete .mike files

b) Method 2. Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before your files were encrypted, you can recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Select Properties, and go to Previous Versions. win previous version How to delete .mike files
  3. Select the version from the list, press Restore.

c) Method 3. Shadow Explorer

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete the Shadow Copies of your files, which are made automatically by your computer in order to prevent data loss in case of a crash.
  1. Open your browser and access shadowexplorer.com to download Shadow Explorer.
  2. Once it is installed, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date, and if folders are available, select Export. shadowexplorer How to delete .mike files

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