Matu ransomware is a file-encrypting malware, one of the most recent Djvu/STOP ransomware versions. The malicious actors operating this malware family release new versions regularly, usually at least one or two every week. Ransomware is one of the most dangerous malware infections because it encrypts personal files. You will be able to recognize all encrypted files by the .matu extension. Once files are encrypted, you will not be able to open them unless you first use a special decryptor on them. Acquiring the decryptor will not be easy because only cybercriminals currently have it. They will not just give it to you, but rather try to sell it to you for $980.


Matu ransomware note


All personal files will be encrypted as soon as the ransomware is launched. Photos, images, videos, documents, and other types of files will all be encrypted and have the extension .matu added to them. An encrypted image.jpg file would become image.jpg.matu, for example. A _readme.txt ransom note will also be dropped by the ransomware in folders containing encrypted files. The note explains how victims can get decryptors to decrypt their files. The decryptor costs $980 normally, but victims who get in touch with the cyber crooks within the first 72 hours are allegedly eligible for a 50% discount. You must decide whether to pay the ransom, but we feel it’s important to warn you about the dangers of engaging with cybercriminals. Most importantly, just because you pay does not guarantee that you will receive a decryptor. There is nothing to force the malware operators to send you the decryptor and they are unlikely to feel compelled to fulfill their end of the bargain. Additionally, the money would be used for future criminal activities.

Matu ransomware files

As soon as you remove Matu ransomware from your computer, you can begin recovering your files from backup if you were regularly backing up your data before the ransomware infection. Ransomware is a pretty complex malware, therefore you need to remove Matu ransomware from your computer using anti-malware software. You can start recovering files from your backup once the ransomware has been completely removed from your computer.

Although it is not available right now, malware researchers may later be able to develop a free Matu ransomware decryptor. However, because this ransomware uses online keys to encrypt files, developing a free decryptor is rather challenging in this particular case. As a result, each victim has a unique key, making it incredibly challenging to create a decryptor that would work for all victims without these keys. However, it’s not unheard of for ransomware operators to release the keys themselves when they decide to close up shop. Back up your encrypted files and wait for a free Matu ransomware decryptor to become available if you have no other choice. When released, the decryptor would appear on NoMoreRansom.

Ransomware distribution methods

The majority of malware that affects common users is spread through email attachments, torrents, advertisements, dubious download sites, etc. Users who engage in risky activities when online are considerably more likely to infect their devices with malware than those who have good browsing habits. It is possible to prevent quite a bit of malware by taking the time to learn how it is distributed and by forming better habits.

It goes without saying that individuals who illegally download copyrighted content are considerably more likely to come across malware infections. Torrents in particular are frequently used to spread malware. Because torrent sites are often poorly monitored, any torrent with malware that is posted may remain up for some time. It is practically a given that a torrent for a well-known movie, TV show, software, or video game will contain malware of some sort. Using torrents to pirate copyrighted content or pirating in general poses a serious risk to your computer and data. Additionally, it is effectively content theft.

Malicious actors frequently use email attachments to spread malware. From various hacker forums, they purchase thousands of leaked email addresses and then spam those addresses with emails that contain malicious attachments. Malware distributors generally disguise the emails to make them look like they were sent by legitimate companies. Malicious actors use often use well-known company names to trick people into dropping their guard. But most of the time, malicious emails are pretty obvious. In particular, spelling and grammar mistakes make malicious emails extremely obvious. It’s pretty clear that something is off when senders claim to be from legitimate businesses and contact you with important matters but the emails are full of grammar/spelling mistakes.

It’s also worth mentioning that the way users are addressed in emails can often give them away. Malicious emails always address users with generic words like “User”, “Customer”, “Member”, etc., while legitimate emails from companies whose services you use will address you by name.

It’s also important to note that if malicious actors have access to specific personal information, their malicious emails may be far more sophisticated. Because of this, we advise against opening any unsolicited email attachments without first running a VirusTotal or anti-malware scan.

How to delete Matu ransomware

If you have a backup, do not access it until you’ve used anti-malware software to remove Matu ransomware from your computer. We advise against attempting to manually delete Matu ransomware because you risk damaging your computer even more. It’s a complicated process that should be left to the professionals. Once the ransomware has been completely eliminated by anti-malware, you can safely access your backup to begin restoring your files.

Users without backups have no choice but to wait for a free Matu ransomware decryptor to be released. There isn’t one available right now, but one might be released in the future. However, you should exercise caution when looking for decryptors because there are a lot of fraudulent decryptors advertised on questionable forums. One of the safest places to get free decryptors is NoMoreRansom.

Matu ransomware is detected as:

  • Win32:BotX-gen [Trj] by AVG/Avast
  • UDS:Trojan.Win32.Packed.gen by Kaspersky
  • GenericRXUW-KT!9595E75FB836 by McAfee
  • Trojan:Win32/Raccoon.RC!MTB by Microsoft
  • Gen:Heur.Mint.Zard.52 by BitDefender
  • A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HRXK by ESET
  • Delphi.Trojan.Downloader.DDS by Malwarebytes
  • ML.Attribute.HighConfidence by Symantec

Matu ransomware detections

Quick Menu

Step 1. Delete Matu ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

Remove Matu ransomware from Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP
  1. Click on Start and select Shutdown.
  2. Choose Restart and click OK. Windows 7 - restart
  3. Start tapping F8 when your PC starts loading.
  4. Under Advanced Boot Options, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Remove Matu ransomware - boot options
  5. Open your browser and download the anti-malware utility.
  6. Use the utility to remove Matu ransomware
Remove Matu ransomware from Windows 8/Windows 10
  1. On the Windows login screen, press the Power button.
  2. Tap and hold Shift and select Restart. Windows 10 - restart
  3. Go to Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings.
  4. Choose Enable Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking under Startup Settings. Win 10 Boot Options
  5. Click Restart.
  6. Open your web browser and download the malware remover.
  7. Use the software to delete Matu ransomware

Step 2. Restore Your Files using System Restore

Delete Matu ransomware from Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP
  1. Click Start and choose Shutdown.
  2. Select Restart and OK Windows 7 - restart
  3. When your PC starts loading, press F8 repeatedly to open Advanced Boot Options
  4. Choose Command Prompt from the list. Windows boot menu - command prompt
  5. Type in cd restore and tap Enter. Uninstall Matu ransomware - command prompt restore
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. Delete Matu ransomware - command prompt restore execute
  7. Click Next in the new window and select the restore point prior to the infection. Matu ransomware - restore point
  8. Click Next again and click Yes to begin the system restore. Matu ransomware removal - restore message
Delete Matu ransomware from Windows 8/Windows 10
  1. Click the Power button on the Windows login screen.
  2. Press and hold Shift and click Restart. Windows 10 - restart
  3. Choose Troubleshoot and go to Advanced options.
  4. Select Command Prompt and click Restart. Win 10 command prompt
  5. In Command Prompt, input cd restore and tap Enter. Uninstall Matu ransomware - command prompt restore
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and tap Enter again. Delete Matu ransomware - command prompt restore execute
  7. Click Next in the new System Restore window. Get rid of Matu ransomware - restore init
  8. Choose the restore point prior to the infection. Matu ransomware - restore point
  9. Click Next and then click Yes to restore your system. Matu ransomware removal - restore message


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