Make no mistake; the Mcafee Ransomware is not associated with the security company that bears the same name. Instead, it is likely that this is the product of a disgruntled customer who has some programming knowledge and was able to craft this product and launch it as a smear campaign against a certain security product vendor. The good news is that the author of the Mcafee Ransomware has opted to borrow the encryption algorithm used by the Xorist Ransomware, an infamous ransomware builder that has been rather popular in the past two years. Thankfully, Xorist and its variants are decryptable thanks to a free decryptor that was developed by cybersecurity researchers, and victims of the Mcafee Ransomware should be able to get their files back free of charge.
Another peculiar thing about the Mcafee Ransomware is the ransom note it leaves behind. Usually, these notes are used to provide the victim with more details about the attack, the contact information of the attacker, as well as additional details regarding the amount of money the attackers demand in exchange for their decryption service. However, the Mcafee Ransomware’s note does not feature any information of this sort, and it just states that it is ironic that a user would get infected by ransomware carrying the name of a PC security product.
Recognizing the files locked by the Mcafee Ransomware is easy because the file-locker will add the ‘.macafee’extension to their names. Another trait of this ransomware’s attack is the presence of a useless ransom note titled ‘HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt.’ If you think that this particular file-locker has encrypted your files, then we suggest that you run an anti-virus scanner to help you dispose of the unsafe files immediately. When you do this, you can proceed to recover your files either from a backup or by using the free Xorist decryptor.