This page aims to help you remove Samas Ransomware. These Samas Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
If you’ve been infected by Samas, we’re sorry to say, but you’ve been befallen by one of the nastiest viruses out there. It’s a type of Ransomware, named so after the way it operates. In short, it encrypts the files on your computer, making them no longer available to you, and then offers to give you the encryption key in exchange for ransom. And here removing the virus won’t help restore those files – they will still remain coded. In this guide we will present you with a step-by-step instruction regarding how to proceed, once the data on your system has been encrypted.
Read on and we will also arm you with the necessary information about Samas Ransomware, what and how it does exactly and how to prevent it (and its counterparts) from every being an issue for you in the future.
About Samas Ransomware
As stated above, it’s software that belongs to the category of ransomware. One of the most common ways it uses to infect people’s systems is with the help of a Trojan virus, which in turn is distributed via email. Usually the victim will receive an email that has either an infected file enclosed (this can be ANY file) or has a link to some website in it. Regardless of which of the two it is, the outcome will be the same. After opening the file or following the included link, Samas Ransomware will be automatically downloaded to your computer. Unfortunately, there’s little to no way of detecting its presence before it’s too late, however, here’s something to consider and you may have noticed this yourself prior to finding out you have a problem.
Samas Ransomware usually uses a large amount of space while doing its dirty work, so, depending on the amount of data stored on your computer and the processor speed, your machine might end up functioning as slow as a snail. This is an opportunity you should seize to find out exactly what’s going on and you can do this by checking the Task Manager. If you find something there that’s taking up an unholy amount of RAM and you don’t recognize it, shut down your system now and seek out a professional to help you – either online from another device or by visiting a hardware store.
In case that Samas Ransomware is successful in its covert operation, it will inform you of the fact, usually via a message displayed on your screen. The message will let you know that your files have been encrypted and will demand you send money in exchange for the encryption key. Typically, it will also say something about doubling and tripling the ransom amount if you don’t pay right that very second. This is done purely to put some pressure on you and to discourage you from seeking an alternative solution. Stay cool.
Why is Samas Ransomware a big issue and how to guard yourself from it
Ransomware is growing increasingly popular every day largely due to the controversial crypto currency that is Bitcoin and the anonymity provided by the Tor network. The Tor network, also referred to as the Deep Web, is a nesting place for all kind of criminals. It allows them to spread all kinds of viruses from hosts that cannot be easily tracked and shut down. Bitcoins are nigh impossible to trace and track down, so when the hackers request their ransom in that specific currency, they become practically unreachable for authorities. Therefore, by paying them you will be ensuring they have just the right amount of encouragement to continue with their nasty scheme. And having that in mind, here’s another thing to consider: people who go about hacking into other people’s PCs and extorting money from them shouldn’t really be trusted to keep their end of the bargain. Ever. There’s no guarantee they will send you the encryption key they’ve promised you or that it will even work, once they have. For this reason we suggest you don’t rush into paying them the ransom and try the following steps first.
Additionally, we can only recommend some simple, but effective tips to keep your computer safe from such danger. Needless to say, you should always have a good antivirus program set up and working at all times. Avoid opening emails from suspicious senders, especially if those include attachments, and if you have opened one – please do not hurry into downloading the enclosed file(s) or clicking on the hyperlink, if there is one. Also, you’d be wise to stay off obscure websites, which can potentially be hiding viruses like this one.
|Danger Level||High (All your private files may remain unusable) |
|Symptoms||Computer running extremely slow. You’ve seen a message informing you of the file encryption. Inability to access given files|
|Distribution Method||Most commonly with the help of a Trojan, via email or malicious link/website. |
|Detection Tool||Samas Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Samas Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Samas Ransomware may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with Samas Ransomware
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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