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Danger level 6
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

Silentspring Ransomware

Silentspring Ransomware is not a prevalent infection because it is still at an early stage of development, but everything might change soon, so you surely cannot keep your system unprotected. As researchers at have observed during the analysis, this infection already encrypts files, which clearly shows that it might cause problems to users if they ever encounter it, but it does not drop a ransom note, i.e. it does not demand money from victims. This also means that it is impossible to purchase the decryption tool from its author and unlock files with it. Therefore, if it happens that you encounter this infection, you could do nothing to decrypt your personal data. Even though files affected by Silentspring Ransomware cannot be unlocked, this infection still needs to be erased from the system fully because you might open its launcher accidentally and, as a consequence, it will start working on your computer again. This, without a doubt, will result in the encryption of all the newest files. Silentspring Ransomware is not sophisticated malware (it does not mean that it cannot become one), i.e. it does not drop any additional files, it does not make copies of itself, and, finally, it does not make any modifications in the system registry, so its removal will not be something impossible even if you have zero experience in the removal of malicious applications.

As has been observed by our malware researchers, Silentspring Ransomware uses AES and RSA to encrypt personal files on victims’ computers. It, first, scans where users’ files are located and then mercilessly encrypts all discovered files. It seems that it targets almost all folders except for %WINDIR%, %PROGRAMFILES%, and %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%. Users soon find out that their files can no longer be opened, so the entrance of Silentspring Ransomware does not go unnoticed. There is one more sign showing that your personal files have been affected by Silentspring Ransomware – you could find .Sil3nt5pring appended to all your files. Since this ransomware infection is still in development, it does not drop any ransom note after locking data. This means that it does not demand money from users, and, on top of that, users cannot get the decryption tool to unlock their files from the developer of this ransomware infection. At the time of writing, Silentspring Ransomware was not decryptable, so if you ever encounter the same version of Silentspring Ransomware analyzed by specialists at, you could only restore your personal files for free from a backup. You will simply need to transfer them to your computer after deleting the ransomware infection.

The chances are high that Silentspring Ransomware is not distributed actively yet, according to our malware researchers. Even though it is still in development, it does not mean that cyber criminals cannot start spreading it in the near future. They might finish developing this threat and start using it as a tool to obtain money from users, so we cannot promise that you will not encounter it. Ransomware infections are usually distributed via spam emails. As has been observed, they travel as attachments in most cases. Therefore, we highly recommend staying away from all spam emails. Unfortunately, it is not the only distribution method used by cyber criminals to spread malware. Cyber crooks might place harmful infections on file-sharing websites as well, so never download applications from dubious websites. Ransomware infections are not the only threats that might enter your system and cause you serious problems, so our security specialists do not recommend keeping the system unprotected. You will definitely ensure its maximum protection if you install a powerful security application on your computer.

If your files have been locked by Silentspring Ransomware, it means that you need to delete the launcher of this malicious application ASAP so that you could not launch this threat again accidentally. You should find it on your Desktop or in the Downloads folder; however, if it happens that you cannot locate any malicious file associated with the ransomware infection there, you should acquire a powerful antimalware scanner and then launch it to have all threats erased from your system automatically. The tool you use to clean your system must be 100% reliable if you do not want it to leave active malicious components.

Delete Silentspring Ransomware

  1. Open Windows Explorer (tap Win+E).
  2. Open %USERPROFILE%\Desktop and %USERPROFILE%\Downloads (copy and paste the path in the URL bar and tap Enter to access it).
  3. Delete the malicious file launched recently.
  4. Empty Recycle bin.
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