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

BlackSheep Ransomware

Being hit by BlackSheep Ransomware today is probably the worst thing that can happen to you. If this malicious program manages to sneak onto your computer, it can encrypt all your important files, including your documents and photos. The only way to recover you files is to pay the high ransom fee and pray to get the decryption key in return. However, there is no guarantee that these cyber criminals will send you anything. In fact, there is only one real way out of such a dire situation, and it is to have a backup copy of your files on a removable drive or a in a cloud storage account. There is no free tool on the web for the time being that could help you decrypt your files. If you want to restore the security of your computer, you definitely must remove BlackSheep Ransomware from your system. We are here to assist you with that but first, let us see how this dangerous ransomware program can infiltrate your system and how it attacks.

This ransomware follows the "footsteps" of most of its predecessors in the aspect of distribution; it can be mostly found spreading via spamming campaigns. The malicious executable file of this infection is spread as a disguised attachment in spam mails. This attachment can appear to be an image or a text document but sometimes it can also look like a video file or .zip archive. This file can be quite misleading as it may show a matching icon as well to convince you that it is indeed an image or document. However, it is an .exe file, which is usually quite obvious for the trained eye, as this file may look something like "Invoice #2017FHS233.jpg.exe." But, of course, this spam and its authors try to hide this fact from you by misleading you to believe that what you are about to save and open is an image of an unpaid invoice or a speeding ticket, a proof of your providing the wrong credit card details while shopping online, and so on. Obviously, the subject field of this spam also refers to this urgent issue so when you see this e-mail even in your spam folder, you would want to open it right away. Please remember that prevention is the only way for you to save your files against ransomware attacks if your PC is not protected with a powerful anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. When you click to view the downloaded attachment, you will simply activate this malicious attack and probably lose all your important personal files. Deleting BlackSheep Ransomware cannot and will not recover your files but it is still the only way out of this nightmarish situation if you want to use your computer again.

If not via spam e-mails, you can also easily get infected with such a dangerous threat if you do not keep your browsers and drivers (Java and Flash) always updated. Cyber criminals can set up malicious webpages using so-called Exploit Kits (e.g., Angler) that can exploit outdated software versions and trigger malicious Javascript or Flash codes to drop the infection without your noticing it at all. It is not that complicated to end up on such a malicious page if you click on questionable third-party ads, for example, on suspicious websites (torrent, freeware, online gambling, etc.) or when your system is infected with adware or other malware programs. We highly recommend that you update all your programs and drivers regularly to decrease your vulnerability to cyber attacks.

When you release this beast on your system, it targets all your personal files and encrypts them. All affected files get a new ".666" extension appended to the original name; therefore, your files will look like "myimage.jpg.666," which makes it quite clear what just hit you. This vicious program also blocks main system processes, such as explorer.exe and the Task Manager. This is bad news because it makes it a bit more complicated to delete BlackSheep Ransomware. What you can see from all this on your end is that this infection displays a blue screen resembling the blue screen of death with a note in broken English: "Wait untill completed. Window Update in progress." Well, this should already signal you that there is something wrong with your PC since official updaters would not make such a mistake as calling your system "Window" instead of "Windows," right?

Once the damage is done, the ransom note covers your full screen with an orange window. This screen has two buttons. The "More details" button displays a pop-up window with information about how to get a Bitcoin wallet if you press it. The other one is the "Contact us" button that shows a pop-up with an e-mail address (steverusell@mail.com). The note itself claims that your important files have been encrypted and the only way for you to get them back is to transfer $500 worth of Bitcoins within 54 hours to the given Bitcoin wallet address. If you try to close this ransom window by pressing the Alt+F4 combination, this infection displays a pop-up saying "Stop the shit, pay your ransom." Unfortunately, you can only remove BlackSheep Ransomware if you restart your PC in Safe Mode as soon as possible. Of course, we cannot stop you from paying this relatively high ransom but please remember that there is little chance that you will really get the decryption key needed to unlock your files. Also, paying any money to cyber criminals actually means supporting cybercrime so please consider that as well before making any decision.

Ransomware programs are probably one of the most damaging reasons apart from hardware failures that teach us to make regular backups on a removable drive or on one of the now so trendy cloud storage places. If you do not have a backup, it may mean that you have just lost all your personal files if this beast hit you. In order for you to be able to recover at least your system, you need to remove BlackSheep Ransomware by restarting your PC in Safe Mode first and then, you can delete the related file. Please follow our instructions below if you want to eliminate this dangerous program manually. As you can see, it is quite easy to let even such a devastating malware infections enter your system. If you cannot protect your PC properly, maybe it is time for you to think about employing a professional anti-malware program.

Restart your PC in Safe Mode

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. On the Metro UI screen, click the Power icon.
  2. Tap and hold the Shift key and click Restart.
  3. Select Advanced options from the Troubleshooting menu.
  4. Click Startup Settings and pick Restart.
  5. Restart in Safe Mode by pressing the F4 key.

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Reboot your computer and keep tapping F8.
  2. Select Safe Mode from the boot menu and press the Enter key.

How to remove BlackSheep Ransomware from Windows

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Locate the suspicious .exe file you saved from the spam and ran prior to this attack.
  3. Delete this file.
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  5. Restart your computer in Normal Mode.
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