This page aims to help you remove the SamSam Ransomware. These the SamSam Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
If you’ve ever been in a situation where your PC seems to be locked up or your access has been restricted, then this article is made for you. This also goes for people who’ve been greeted by a message saying something along the lines of “Your files have been encrypted with a strong algorithm. It is impossible to decrypt them without a special key” along with some steps they tell you to follow. If this sounds familiar, then continue reading as we’ll explain to you what this phenomenon is and how to deal with it. What you are experiencing right now is a computer infection from a ransomware virus called SamSam. We will be explaining what its dangers are and what you should avoid.
What makes the SamSam Ransomware as dangerous as you guys claim it to be?
If you ever experienced complete PC lockup, you’d know how restrictive these viruses can be. It basically takes control over your whole system and forces it to do the SamSam Ransomware‘s bidding. It begins working hard by encrypting every single file in your system. Resource usage skyrockets, evident if you open the task manager and go to the performance tab. These are one of the first tell-tale signs that you have a virus inside your computer.
The dangerous part comes when you consider what kind of encryption these viruses use. Ranging from your standard 128-bit AES encryption all the way up to 384-bit elliptic curves. The higher the complexity of the algorithm, the stronger it is. This goes hand in hand with the time it takes to crack it, increasing exponentially as you increase the bits involved in the algorithm. In most cases, it is impossible to crack it within a reasonable time frame (reasonable being less than hundreds of years). In that case, your only chance of getting your files back is if you have a backup set up or you use the restore point feature in Windows. In some cases these options won’t be available to you. When that happens, your files are more or less gone.
In addition to that, the way the virus propagates is a quite dangerous feat. Most of the time it never enters your system on its own and is instead downloaded when another virus that is the carrier enters your machine. This carrier virus is a Trojan horse. Trojans are made to break into systems and cause havoc. They are hiding in seemingly safe downloads and wait until an unsuspecting user decides to download them. At the start, you wouldn’t notice that its inside, since it makes sure that it stays hidden for the longest time until it fully secures itself inside the target computer. Only at that point does it begin to execute phase 2 of its attack. Namely, deploying the payload. It contacts a remote server and installs the ransomware. This provides a clear path for software such as the SamSam Ransomware. Then, the symptoms begin to show.
What are the most prominent symptoms of the SamSam Ransomware?
The symptoms start immediately once the ransomware is inside after being “called by” the Trojan. It begins by encrypting the data on your hard drives, effectively locking it up. This whole process takes a while depending on the speed of your PC and can be very noticeable, mainly because you’d experience slowdowns and abnormal CPU and disk usage even when your PC is idle. As it does its job, more and more files would appear to have changed icons (sometimes missing altogether) and their name would be modified to usually have an email address or the name of the virus. This is the most immediate sign of an attack. Later on, when it’s done encrypting, it reveals itself by displaying a message similar to the one provided at the start of the article. We recommend you ignore this message completely. It may seem like a valid option to just pay and end it all, but it isn’t that simple nor straightforward. The attackers may leave a backdoor and come back at a later date. There is no guarantee.
If you’re done reading everything so far, you may proceed to the removal instructions outlined below.
|Symptoms||Abnormal resource usage is the first tell-tale sign, while the reveal is the latter one.|
|Distribution Method||Propagated by utilizing Trojans hidden in program downloads. After the Trojan is in the system it downloads the SamSam Ransomware.|
|Detection Tool||Ransomware are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove SamSam Ransomware
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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. The SamSam 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 the SamSam Ransomware
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected. There are two options you have for this:
The first is a full system restore. To do this type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.
When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.
Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, 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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