.Skymap Virus


This text serves the purpose of providing plenty of important details concerning a specific virus known under the name of .Skymap virus. What is absolutely necessary for you to know about this harmful piece of programming is that it belongs to the Ransomware family so this malicious piece is fully capable of utilizing a very intricate code to make you unable to access your files.

.Skymap Virus

Skymap virus is another strain from the Stop Ransomware malicious family. It will modify the extension of your files to .Skymap

After the ransomware encrypt your files, it leaves a _readme.txt file as a message for the user with instructions to follow:


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The basic idea of the encryption process is that after it is finally completed, the user will not be able to access their own files and would therefore be forced to pay a ransom to the hacker for the liberation of the inaccessible files. To ensure the needed ransom is indeed paid, this virus usually shows a special message on the affected user’s desktop as soon as the process of encryption has ended successfully. Within the said message, there would normally be instructions explaining exactly how the ransom is to be paid. Normally, some of the warnings claim that you will never access your data unless you agree to fulfill all the requirements of the hackers. Commonly, the hacker would claim that the reversing of the encryption process is guaranteed provided you complete the payment, however, it’s worth asking yourself whether or not the people harassing you are trustworthy in any way. In case you are indeed harassed by such a virus, we encourage you to proceed with the next paragraphs and the Guide we have attached here since there, you may find a solution for this nasty infection.  

The .Skymap Virus

There are certainly a number of crucial facts that an individual must keep in mind when confronted with a Ransomware. First and foremost, such a virus may be fully capable of doing its shady job unnoticed by most conventional cyber security programs. Generally, this usually means that .Skymap virus may be blocking files in full stealth which often means that the encryption would get executed unseen.

What’s really interesting about Ransomware is that these threats could be able to avoid getting detected by most common anti-virus software programs. The fact that no damage is caused to the PC is the reason why such malicious software could stay hidden from the vast majority of antimalware applications.

The .Skymap file encryption

Everything a Ransomware will generally do is generate encrypted illegal copies of the files in your machine and subsequently remove the original versions – this is how any encryption operates. Because of the fact that file encryption is often utilized for file protection, your anti-malware application may not actually see it as anything dangerous.

As soon as this process gets accomplished, the victim in most cases receives an alert telling them about the completed encoding procedure. Such a scary pop-up normally consists of ransom demands as well as details with regards to how the ransom must be transacted. The hackers want their victims to specifically follow the instructions from the ransom note so that the money is sent to the exact online address of the people behind the malware attack. Paying the ransom, however, is not something we’d advise you to go for due to the risk of losing your money without getting an access key for your files.


Name .Skymap
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most users don’t notice anything suspicious until the ransom-note comes up.
Distribution Method The hackers who use Ransomware heavily rely on the use of pirated downloads as means of spreading their viruses.
Data Recovery Tool Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove .Skymap Ransomware Virus

.Skymap Virus

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).

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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. 

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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.

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    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:

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    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.

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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!

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    How to Decrypt .Skymap 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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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