BlackSnow Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove BlackSnow Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any BlackSnow Ransomware file can be recovered.

If a Ransomware virus called BlackSnow Ransomware has attacked your PC and encrypted your personal files pressuring you into paying a ransom to get them back, you would probably want to read the next lines. Here, you can acquaint yourself with cryptoviruses such as this one and learn more about what they do, how they function and what methods are used to distribute them. There are also instructions on what you should do in order to remove the nasty malware from your PC. Therefore, once you have read the article, we advise you to visit the removal guide down below and complete the steps in it if you have BlackSnow Ransomware on your machine. Since removing the virus would not be enough to restore your access to the encrypted data, there is a part of the guide focused solely on restoring the sealed files. However, the restoration methods that we are about to present you might not work on all machines attacked by Ransomware. There simply isn’t a universally effective way for handling Ransomware infections and unlocking files that have been encrypted by this type of malware. Still, the ransom payment option should really only be considered if everything else has failed to recover your data. Becoming another link of a cyber-criminal’s illegal scheme is never a good idea. Besides, even if you do pay the demanded money, it is still not guaranteed that the hacker would actually send you the decryption key that you need to unlock the files. Many unfortunate users have wasted their money like that without even getting their files restored so bear that in mind.

Stealth

Obviously, malware viruses are made in such a way so that they are as difficult to detect as possible. However, with Ransomware this stealthiness is taken a step further due to the fact that most security programs and antivirus tools are often ineffective when it comes to spotting the infection. Since a Ransomware program wouldn’t usually try to cause actual damage to the computer it is on, a regular antivirus program would not regard the cryptovirus as a security threat. The process that BlackSnow Ransomware uses to lock your files isn’t normally associated with malware. Encryption is actually a legitimate technique for securing files and protecting them from corruption. However, when such a process is utilized by Ransomware, something that is otherwise not harmful becomes a huge issue for the user.

Symptoms

Another big problem that greatly hinders Ransomware detection is the fact that this kind of malware doesn’t have many symptoms. Normally, if your machine has been infected by such a virus it will probably start using more RAM and CPU, as well as free physical memory. However, especially on more powerful computers, noticing such a thing is rather unlikely. Also, even if the user does notice that there’s something shady going on with their PC, they might not have enough time to react to it since depending on the circumstances, the encryption process might be over in just a couple of minutes.

System defense

The further away you keep BlackSnow Ransomware and other similar viruses from your PC, the better. As we already said in one of the previous paragraphs, there’s simply no universal method for dealing with Ransomware infections. Even though a lot of big security software companies are working on potential solutions for the cryptovirus threats, so far nothing universally effective has been developed. This is why it is incredibly important that users are well aware of the methods via which these malicious programs get distributed so that they’d be able to successfully protect their data. Some common Ransomware distribution methods include spam online messages, malvertising, illegal websites, shady download sources, other viruses that are used as backdoor, etc. Obviously, in order to avoid those, one needs to be especially careful when browsing the internet. We strongly advise you to keep away from any sketchy and unreliable web addresses and to never open file attachments or links that have been sent to you via suspicious-looking messages. Another very important thing to remember is that a potential Ransomware attack can be fully neutralized if the user has backed-up their important and sensitive data on another location. By doing so, you can always have access to your files and even if your computer gets infected, the hacker will have nothing to use as leverage for blackmailing. However, it is crucial that you never connect to your PC the device you use for backing up your data if you think that the computer has Ransomware on it because the said device might get infected as well.

 

SUMMARY:

Name BlackSnow
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Increased use of free hard-drive space, virtual memory and CPU time without any visible reason can be a sign that there’s a Ransomware on the computer.
Distribution Method Shady and malicious browser ads, banners and box messages, spam e-mails and Facebook/Skype messages, illegal websites, backdoor malware (usually Trojans).
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Remove BlackSnow Ransomware


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

A lot of people ignore what is written and then ask us, so we are putting this information here. To remove parasite without it coming back, you WILL 100% have to:

  Delete files belonging to suspicious processes in your Task Manager.

 

  Meddle with system files and folders, including ones belonging to Windows.

Both of these can damage your system. If you want a fast safe solution, we always recommend SpyHunter, because it has an option, allowing its owners to send a customized fix made for your PC. We guarantee it will work. You can access it at "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> Select Problem Type ---> Unremoved Parasite. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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Scan Results


Virus Scanner Result
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AVG AV
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt BlackSnow Ransomware files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!