Saturn Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)


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

The viruses from the Ransomware family are by all means some the most dangerous cyber threats we can think of nowadays. The exact version we will be focusing on in the passages below – Saturn, is not an exception. This malware is capable of denying you access to your most important personal data files by locking them with a complex encryption. The idea is that you would be blackmailed into paying a certain amount of money to the hackers if you want your files restored to their previous accessible state.

Standard types of Ransomware

There are actually more than one type of Ransomware. What the majority of people see as Ransomware is actually the file-encrypting category – the one that fits the description above. Throughout the years, there have been introduced smaller categories of viruses that can also defined be as Ransomware. However, the viruses belonging to those groups have slightly different way of functioning. For instance, some Ransomware programs are exploited by the state agencies to block cyber criminals’ computer. Other types are just used for locking your desktop and asking for money to unlock it (instead of encrypting all data on the PC). What’s more, there are mobile Ransomware viruses that will make the display of your smartphone inaccessible and you will require you to pay so as to allow you to access it.

Some more details about the file-encryption Ransomware versions:

Encryption Ransomware (a.k.a. Cryptovirus Ransomware) is a type of malicious software that uses encryption to lock user data. After the process of locking the data is finished – such a program demands an amount of money in return for this data’s restoration. Such viruses are especially difficult to deal with. No matter whether the required ransom is paid, it is never sure that the affected users will ever be able to have their locked-up files recovered. Also, it doesn’t matter if the virus gets removed when it comes to removing the encryption as it is bound to remain on the files even if the malware is no longer on the PC.

Saturn 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

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. 

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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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:

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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.
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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 Saturn 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!

Ways of functioning of Saturn Ransomware:

Saturn may infiltrate and attack your device in many diverse ways. For instance, Trojans are often used for detecting a vulnerability in the OS or another program installed on your PC.  As soon as such a weakness is found, the virus uses it to sneak the Ransomware inside. One other possible distribution tool is the infamous malvertising –  the practice of creating fake pop-ups leading to web locations full of malware. In such a case, when you open the malicious ad, the virus could get into your system. Also, Ransomware may come from infected websites that you unintentionally see or visit, malicious torrents and some infected emails.

Regardless of how it has got to you, Saturn Ransomware usually acts in the following way:

  • All begins with the making of a list of all files on your PC that belong to certain data types/formats (text, audio, video, images, spreadsheets and other kinds of files). This list serves as the guidelines for the process of encryption. Actually, it shows the virus the locations and the names of the files that are to be encoded.
  • The process of determining all such files may consume a lot CPU and RAM since a scanning of your disks is performed. Then, the actual encrypting begins and all the data from the list is locked-up. This process may also be very heavy for the system in terms of the exploited resources. In some rare cases, some of users might notice a strange process in their Task Managers that uses unusually high amounts of memory and CPU. If this happens to you, you might be able to terminate the infection while it is still in progress. What we suggest you should do is disconnect your PC from all the networks, and to turn it off as soon as possible. Following that, you need to look for an expert’s’ help. Such a case is really unlikely, though. Most infections simply go on unnoticed.

What is the best solution then?

Unfortunately, no tool or strategy could guarantee full recovery of your encoded data. However, these are some options you can choose from.

    1. You might really pay the ransom. Simply keep in mind that this is not the best or wisest decision, especially if you haven’t previously tried anything else as it doesn’t necessarily mean the hackers are really going to decrypt your files. Nothing guarantees that the encrypted data will be recovered – even paying the money.
    2. You could try fighting the virus yourself. For example, by using a special Removal Guide. In case you want to try that – we have an option for you. Simply scroll to the end of the article and follow the instructions.

SUMMARY:

Name Saturn
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
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.


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