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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Save Ransomware

Save Ransomware is one of those dangerous infections that enter your system unexpectedly. More often than not, it is possible to avoid getting infected with ransomware if users are really careful about the content they encounter, but people often think that malware will not reach them, that it will not happen to them. As a result, they are too negligent about dealing with unfamiliar content, and dangerous infections enter their systems. Then they have to scramble to remove Save Ransomware from their computers, and the problem is that removing the ransomware is a lot easier than restoring their files.

Why restoring the encrypted files is so hard? Because the files are usually encrypted with a unique encryption key, and each case of the infection has a different encryption key. Therefore, there might be so many variations of the same encryption algorithm there that it is virtually impossible to brute-force it. In other words, you may need either the decryption key from the criminals or a public decryption tool designed for Save Ransomware to unlock all the files. What are the chances of getting that decryption tool? Pretty low, to be honest. Thus, users need to come up with other measures that would protect them from ransomware infections.

Of course, the best way to protect your data from a ransomware infection is to back it up. It means that you can save copies of your files on an external hard drive or maybe upload them to a virtual cloud drive, where you can keep them, and regularly update them. This way, if anything happens to the files on your computer, you can easily get them back by transferring the copies into your main hard drive. That is also the reason file backup is probably the best way to mitigate a ransomware infection.

Another thing we have to remember about ransomware infections is that we CAN avoid them. Save Ransomware and other programs from the Dharma Ransomware family usually come in spam email attachments. We all know that spam email attachments do not get downloaded onto the target system automatically. Users launch these files willingly, and that happens because they think the files are useful or important. The messages that spam emails come with convince users to open the dangerous files, saying it is important they check out those documents. If users do not think twice, they install Save Ransomware (and other similar infections) on their computers.

Then, ransomware programs run a full systems scan. The scan is performed to locate all the types of files that can be encrypted by the malicious infection. Then, Save Ransomware launches the encryption. This encryption affects most of the files that are saved in the %UserProfile% directory. For instance, if you save your files in the default Pictures, Videos, Documents folders, it is very likely that Save Ransomware will encrypt those files. After file encryption, all filenames receive an additional extension. The extension contains the email address you’re supposed to use to contact these criminals and your unique infection ID. Needless to say, the ID will be different across affected systems.

Finally, when the encryption is complete, Save Ransomware also drops a ransom note. The ransom note is dropped in the TXT format file RETURN FILES.txt. The ransom note is actually very simple. Here’s what it says:

All your data is encrypted!
for return write to mail: or

And that’s it. The affected users have to trust the criminals to issue a reply, but of course, there is no guarantee that it would ever happen. Ask any security specialist out there, and they will tell you that paying the ransom doesn’t solve anything.

The only way to deal with Save Ransomware is to remove it for good. You can do that by following the manual removal instructions below this description. On the other hand, if you do not want to deal with the infection on your own, get yourself a powerful antispyware tool that will terminate the ransomware automatically. However, please remember that you have to look for other options to restore your files. A public decryption tool might also be available, so be sure to address a professional. You need to explore all the options that you have.

How to Remove Save Ransomware

  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Delete the Info.hta file.
  3. In the same directory, go to Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
  4. In the folder, delete the Info.hta and a random-symbol EXE file.
  5. Remove the most recent files from Desktop.
  6. Delete the most recent files from Downloads.
  7. Press Win+R and type %TEMP%. Click OK.
  8. Delete the most recently downloaded files from the directory.
  9. Run a full system scan with SpyHunter.
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