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Remove Sinopal Ransomware Virus (+ .Sinopal File Recovery) August 2019 Update


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

A new Ransomware-based cryptovirus which goes under the name of Sinopal is the malware we will be discussing in this article. This threat is very different from other computer threats (such as Trojans, Spyware, Viruses, etc.) because, unlike them, Sinopal is not only very hard to remove, but it also tries to secretly perform something very malicious without actually harming the system or corrupting anything on it. What this Ransomware does is, it tries to extort money from its victims via blackmailing.

To do that, the malware gets inside the system without being noticed, usually with the help of some of its numerous transmitters, and applies a complex encryption code to the files stored on the machine. Typically, the file types which get encrypted by the Ransomware belong to categories like documents, images, videos, audios, spreadsheets, and other commonly used files types which may be valuable to the user.

The moment they become encrypted, the victim becomes unable to open them in any way. And this is where the blackmailing part comes into play.

The hackers behind Sinopal ask for a ransom payment in BitCoins (or in another untraceable cryptocurrency) – if they receive the ransom, they promise to provide their victims with the corresponding decryption key for their files. The amount of money that the crooks usually ask for may vary and there is often no guarantee that it won’t increase over time.

Typically, the Ransomware infection reveals itself with the help of a ransom-demanding notification immediately after the file-encryption process gets completed. The victims are given only a short period of time to pay the money and are promised to receive the special decryption key needed for their data. Those who don’t pay, however, are threatened to never access their files again.

The Sinopal Ransomware and file backups.

Sinopal Ransomware

The Sinopal Ransomware will display this image when it is done encrypting your files.

The users who back up their most important files on a regular basis and keep backup copies on an external drive won’t be heavily affected by the attack of Sinopal. They can easily restore those files and don’t have to pay the ransom to the hackers. The only thing users with data backups need to do, is to safely remove the infection from the computer before they start any file-recovery process.

The removal guide below can be very helpful when it comes to this task, but to ensure that you have successfully deleted all the Ransomware traces, it is also advisable to run a full system scan with a professional malware removal tool.

Sinopal file-recovery alternatives.

Sinopal File

How an encrypted Sinopal File looks like.

In case you don’t have data backup copies to recover your encrypted information from, it is advisable to explore some alternative file-recovery suggestions, such as the ones mentioned in the guide below. Paying the ransom is generally not a good solution to the Ransomware problem and should only be considered as a last resort option, when every other alternative has failed. This is because, first of all, giving your money to the hackers is a direct sponsorship of their blackmailing scheme, and second, there is no guarantee that you will receive the decryption key from them. The hackers may simply vanish once they receive the payment, or they may decide to ask you for more money if you have agreed to pay once.

SUMMARY:

Name Sinopal
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

Sinopal Virus 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. 

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 Sinopal 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!


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