This page aims to help you remove .Sage File Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how many .Sage files can be recovered.
At the present moment, the Web is not a safe place at all. It is full of serious threats and really irritating programs that might turn your online experience into a nightmare. In the present article we will discuss one of the most serious threats known to users worldwide – .Sage Ransomware. The most dangerous aspects of its presence on your computer are the possible encryption of all your important files and the blackmail for money that follows the encoding process.
Why is .Sage so dangerous?
This is an example of file-encrypting Ransomware. The viruses based on this malware subtype are particularly hazardous. Their nature is cunning and harassing. The mechanism of working they usually follow is described below:
- First of all, such a virus, including .Sage, must sneak into your system. There is a variety of different distribution methods employed for that purpose. Possible sources may include emails from unknown senders and their attachments, fake update notifications, malicious online ads leading to contagious web addresses, torrents, shareware, contaminated websites. Once you visit/ open any of the aforementioned potential sources, the virus simply sneaks into your PC immediately (as a drive-by download) and you will have no idea of the contamination process happening.
- Once your computer has been contaminated with such a threat, the virus begins to act according to its plan. Firstly, it detects all the storage places, all the disks and drives where you keep essential files. Secondly, .Sage determines which data exactly you are particularly keen on using. Then the virus assembles a list with all of the predetermined files.
- As soon as .Sage has the detailed list with all the to-be-encrypted files, it starts the process of encrypting them. That happens one by one. Sometimes this process might use up a great amount of system resources and the victim user might be able to notice it. If this happens, you should shut down your computer immediately. After that we recommend that you do not boot your PC again before you have figured out a way to get the malware removed. However, spotting the virus is a very rare occasion and the victim user has usually no clue about the ongoing encryption process.
- After the process of encoding is complete, the victim user receives a notification with all the details about the infection and a ransom demand. All the payment details, deadlines, and sometimes the names of the encrypted files, are mentioned inside the alert message. It could also contain some warnings and threats to convince you to pay the required ransom as soon as possible.
In case you have been unlucky enough to catch .Sage, how should you behave after getting infected?
After receiving such a threatening screen notification, you may be a little shaken and concerned for the future of your system as a whole and your encoded data, especially if you have to access it on a regular basis. However, venturing into paying off the hackers behind .Sage as soon as you get the message is NOT wise at all. You have to bear in mind a few important details about the Ransomware-inflicted contaminations:
- They are awfully hard to be removed and it’s even more difficult to decrypt the affected data. Your files are likely to remain inaccessible forever if you do something wrong or in case the hackers are not in a good mood.
- Paying the ransom may encourage the criminals, who are harassing you, to recover your data. However, this may not be your case. The people who are blackmailing you may only want your money and may very well have no intention to give you back your files. It is your choice of risking your money and to pay. Though it is still risking your data, you could also try to seek another way of dealing with the issue.
- The alternatives of paying off the hackers include consulting a specialist in the Ransomware field to help you; purchasing a special program to do that or simply saying bye to your files and reinstalling your OS.
- We can also offer you a possible solution, which will help remove the virus, but we cannot promise that your files will be restored. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth a try. Scroll down and check the Removal Guide below. Hopefully, it will eliminate the infection and help you encrypt your files.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||In some rare cases, the actual process of encryption could be spotted. Usually, however, the infection is not visible.|
|Distribution Method||Sometimes assisted by a Trojan horse inside spam emails; possibly included in malvertisements and fake update requests. Sometimes present in torrents and shareware.|
.Sage File Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
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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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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt .Safe File Virus 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!