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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • System crashes
  • Slow Computer

Satan Ransomware

As the infection’s creators say, Satan Ransomware is a malicious application “that once opened in a Windows system, encrypts all the files, and demands a ransom for the decryption tools.” What is interesting is that instead of distributing the malware and collecting the payment themselves, the threat’s developers came up with a plan to sell the software as a kit. It means anyone who purchases it on the dark web can generate a customized version of Satan Ransomware. This is why the asked ransom or some other terms might vary to different victims. However, despite all the promises that could be made, you should understand there are no reassurances the malware’s buyers will bother to send the promised decryptor once the payment is made. Therefore, we advise you to eliminate the malicious application and look for other ways to recover at least some part of the encrypted files. The instructions located at the end of the text should help you with the removal process.

Since the malware’s creators are selling the malicious application to anyone interested; it might be spread with different distribution methods. A popular way to distribute threats like Satan Ransomware is to send infected files via Spam emails. Victims who receive such data can identify it as malicious and avoid the threat, but often users fail to notice anything suspicious about such attachments or open them without thinking. Unfortunately, once the infected file is launched, there is no turning back unless you have a reputable security tool capable of stopping the ransomware. Users who do not have a security tool yet should at least consider such option because this might be not the last malicious application to enter the system and you might need a trustworthy antimalware software in the future.

If Satan Ransomware enters the system, it should locate its targeted data first and only then begin the encryption process. It is known to us that the malware targets a broad range of different file types. For example, it could lock data with the following extensions: .mpg, .sxd, .kdc, .jpeg, .psafe3, .flac, .dtd, .qba, .vob, .cdrw, .eps, .bkf, .mdc, .cib, .rar, .mov, .cdf, .m4v, .ab4, .bank, .pps, .dot, .dgc, .exf, .flv, .xlsb, .ddrw, .adb, .xltx, .srw, .plc, .csh, .xls, .fxg, .otg, .pas, .xlt, .indd, .rwz, .apj, .stw, .xltm, .orf, .ott, .qbb, .max, .cls, .obj, .docx, and so on. Both the original file’s title and its extension could be replaced. For instance if the file was titled as document.docx before, it could be named as uwvnmke.stn after the infection encrypts it.

What’s more, each folder containing locked user’s data should have a file named as HELP_DECRYPT_FILES.html. If launched it may redirect the user to a site with the ransom note. The given message might demand you pay a ransom that could be approximately from 0.1 to 1.6 BTC or 91 to 1,500 US dollars at the moment of writing. At this point, we would like to remind you that putting up with these demands could be extremely risky. Once you transfer the money, there is no way to get it back. The Satan Ransomware’s distributors might not care about your precious data so they might not bother to send the decryptor even if they said they would. Accordingly, we would advise users save their money and look for alternative ways to recover encrypted files. Perhaps you uploaded some of your photos to social media or shared with them with anyone else who could send you copies.

For safety matters, it would be best to eliminate Satan Ransomware before transferring any new files to the computer. If you believe you are experienced enough you could try to erase the infection manually as it is shown in the instructions located below. Users who are not so skilled could simply acquire a reliable antimalware tool, set it to perform a system scan and click the removal button that should appear as soon as the tool finishes scanning your computer. Lastly, if there is anything else you would like to know about the ransomware, you could contact us through social media or leave a comment below.

Erase Satan Ransomware

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Go to the directory where you might have saved the malicious file belonging to the malware, e.g. Downloads, Temporary Files, etc.
  3. Identify the malicious file, then right-click it and select Delete.
  4. Find the ransom notes and erase them the same way too.
  5. Empty the Recycle bin.
  6. Reboot the computer.
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