Serpent Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

If Serpent Ransomware gets onto your PC and you have valuable personal files stored on it, you are in a serious trouble. This is why it is of utmost importance that users are well aware of the danger that viruses like this one represent and how to protect one’s files from it.

Our goal

Serpent Ransomware falls under the Ransomware virus category – malware programs of this type, unlike other kinds of viruses, in most cases do not try to directly cause any actual damage. Instead, they use encryption to deprive the user of access to their own files and later blackmail them for the decryption key. The current article’s purpose is to inform its readers about some specific characteristics of Serpent Ransomware and other Ransomware viruses so that everyone who reads it will have a better chance of protecting their machine and files from these viruses. If your data is no longer accessible to you due to a Ransomware encryption, we can potentially help you handle the issue with our removal guide that you can find below. However, it is important to bear in mind that a lot of times the effectiveness of Ransomware-removal and decryption methods really depends on the specific situation, which is why we cannot give any guarantees regarding how successful our guide will be in every single scenario. Still, opting for our removal and decryption methods is almost always much safer and much more sensible in comparison to agreeing to the cyber-criminal’s terms and actually paying the ransom.

How is Ransomware able to remain hidden?

When talking about Serpent Ransomware and other viruses of its kind, one important thing to mention is that they rarely get detected by any antivirus programs that the user might have. In the beginning of the article we mentioned that Ransomware programs hardly ever cause any actual damage to both the system of the infected PC or the personal data of the user. This is important because it is one of the main reasons why antiviruses oftentimes fail to spot a Ransomware attack. Since no real damage is being caused, the security software does not detect the malicious encryption process that is running in the background.

This leads us to the second main reason why those viruses are so elusive to most conventional forms of malware detection. Encryption is widely used and more often than not, it is actually not supposed to cause any problems but instead serve as an advanced method of data protection. Most antivirus tools make no difference between a Ransomware encryption and one that is not aimed at locking your personal files and making them inaccessible to you. Combining both of these factors makes Serpent Ransomware a piece of malware that is very difficult to detect, which is why it is so successful in completing its malicious purpose while remaining absolutely undetected until it’s way too late.

Are there any symptoms?

Even though viruses of this type also hardly display any conspicuous symptoms, there are still some signs of a Ransomware infection that a vigilant enough user might be able to spot. For example, noticing that your computer has become slower might serve as a red flag that something undesirable is going on in your system. If that’s the case, the first thing that needs to be done is to check the Task Manager for RAM and/or CPU spikes. If there is indeed an increase in virtual memory and CPU time usage, it is a good idea to check what’s causing it from the Processes tab – if the user is lucky, they’d be able to spot the Ransomware process. One other very typical, though difficult to notice, Ransomware symptom is a sudden and unexpected decrease of the free physical memory on the computer. This might mean that Serpent Ransomware is on the PC and is currently trying to encrypt the user’s files by first copying them into identical encrypted copies and then deleting the originals files that are still accessible (which is how Ransomware encryption works in general).

Learn how to protect your machine!

An essential part of fighting Ransomware is learning how to ensure the safety of your personal files and the general security of your computer. There are a lot of aspects to that and here we have summarized the most important ones:

  • Antivirus protection, though oftentimes ineffective against Ransomware, should certainly not be underestimated and overlooked. A reliable antivirus can stop Trojans that are used for Ransomware distribution from getting inside your system.
  • Obviously, being careful online is another very important factor. The only websites you should be visiting are ones that have a good reputation and do not have any shady contents throughout their pages.
  • Users’ emails are another easily exploitable Ransomware distribution method. Be sure to always be on the lookout for any potential spam letters and so that you do not accidentally open one such message.
  • File backups are a perfect way of neutralizing threats such as Serpent Ransomware. Be sure to fully backup your data on several separate different locations using different methods to do it. Also, do not forget to update the backups on regular basis.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Serpent
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms If you are lucky, you might be able to spot an increase of the CPU, RAM or HDD free space usage – those are the usual symptoms of a Ransomware virus that is encrypting your files.
Distribution Method Sketchy banners and pop-ups, illegal downloadable content from shady sites and also Trojan horses used as a backdoor into the victim’s PC.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Serpent 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!

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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:

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.
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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 Serpent Ransomware 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!