Sage 2.0 Ransomware Removal (File Recovery Included)


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This page aims to help you remove Sage 2.0 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how many Sage 2.0 files can be recovered.

How to remove Sage 2.0 Ransomware? Can I decrypt my files? Should I pay the ransom? If these are the questions that brought you on this page, then you have come to the right place. Sage 2.0 Ransomware is really one of the nastiest online threats one could encounter and, unfortunately, there aren’t many options that will help you eliminate it. However, on this article, we are going to talk about all the possible methods to deal with Sage 2.0 and its dreadful consequences. In the next lines, we will provide you with enough information about the specifics of this malware for you to better understand its nature and characteristics, as well as a special removal guide, which will help you find and remove the nasty Ransomware form your computer. We suggest you take your time and carefully go through all the steps given below, so you won’t miss any important details.

What should you know about Sage 2.0?

Typically, Ransomware is a special type of malware, developed with the sole idea to encrypt its victims’ data and blackmail them for ransom if they want to get it back. This is a popular criminal scheme among hackers nowadays, and, unfortunately, they work day and night to come up with new are more complex versions of Ransomware just in order to make more money out of the unsuspecting online users. Sage 2.0 is one of the latest and very sophisticated cryptovirus threats that has been discovered just recently. What is specific about this threat is that it uses a very complex encryption algorithm that locks the files found on your computer and this way prevents you from accessing them. Locked this way, the files are kept hostage and the hackers behind the Ransomware usually ask you to pay ransom if you want to have access to them.

How can you catch a threat like Sage 2.0?

Sage 2.0 is able to infect you without any visible symptoms and this is one of its most dreadful abilities. Its creators usually mask the threat so well, and spread it in ways and locations that nobody expects. A Ransomware infection of this type may be lurking in practically everything – sketchy content, misleading links, ads, pop-ups, torrents, installation kits, spam emails and attachments, etc. Another bad thing about this type of malicious software is that Ransomware is often accompanied by a Trojan horse, which practically helps the cryptovirus to sneak inside the system and remain undetected until it preforms its malicious encryption. The process of encryption may take some time, during which all the commonly used files such as documents, projects, pictures, music, games, presentations, videos and all sort of users’ data are locked with a complex algorithm of symbols. Generally, it is impossible to open any of the encrypted files without a special decryption key and this is the aim of the crooks behind the malware. Once Sage 2.0 finishes with its encryption, a ransom note appears on the victim’s screen where the hackers place their ransom demands. The special decryption key, as you may guess, is in their possession and they usually promise to give it to you once you pay the required amount. The hackers may even threaten to delete the encrypted files if a payment is not made within the given deadline. That is how their blackmail scheme usually works.

What are the options of dealing with the Ransomware?

Generally, there isn’t much you can do once you have been infected with Sage 2.0. Removing the malware may be possible, however, the encryption that has been applied to your files may not be possible to decrypt. This means that even when you clean your computer from the infection, some of your files may remain locked forever. Basically, your options in this case come down to the following: you either have to pay the ransom and hope for receiving the decryption key or you can remove the Ransomware form your computer and seek for other options to restore your files. If you have some backups on external drives or a cloud, this would be the best option. The only thing you need to do is to follow the steps in the removal guide below to effectively eliminate Sage 2.0 and the nasty Trojan that has compromised your machine. If you have no backups, then you can try to restore some of your files with the help of the instructions we have provided below. They may not work 100%, but you will surely lose nothing if you try.

If you decide to pay the ransom, however, you should know that there is a real risk of losing your money, because what the crooks usually do is disappear the moment they get the payment and there is absolutely nothing that could make them remember about you and your misery, let alone send you a decryption key or whatever. And while it is entirely up to you what risks you would like to take, one is sure – keeping malware on your computer is the worst thing you could do, so make sure you remove the infection as soon as possible to prevent even worse consequences for your system and security.

SUMMARY:

NameSage 2.0
TypeRansomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsYour files become encrypted and you are not able to access them. A ransom note appears on your screen.
Distribution MethodSketchy content, misleading links, ads, pop-ups, torrents, installation kits, spam emails and attachments, Trojan horse infections.
Detection Tool

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.

Sage 2.0 Ransomware Removal


 

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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Sage 2.0 successfully!

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:

Maximum file size: 128MB.

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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 Combo Cleaner - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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 Sage 2.0 files

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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!