Ransomware

Remove SkyStars Virus Ransomware (+.SkyStars File Recovery)


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The .SkyStars Virus in Depth

.SkyStar Virus

The .SkyStar Virus will show you note , which contains instructions for paying the ransom

The main issue with Ransomware cryptovirus infections like SkyStars, MadekBerosuce isn’t their removal, it is the recovery of the files that they have locked-up. In fact, removing a Ransomware cryptovirus isn’t all that difficult – there are many security programs that can handle this, and you can even do it manually yourself (we will show you how in the guide below). The real problem with a cryptovirus attack is the fact that once the files that the virus has targeted become locked by its data-encryption, there are pretty much no way to guarantee their recovery. Of course, the hackers behind SkyStars and other similar infections readily offer their “assistance” with the restoration of the sealed files but only if their victims are willing to pay them a certain amount of money first. The problems with this option, however, are more often than not a deal-breaker. First and foremost, there’s really no way to trust those people – their promises of sending you a decryption key mean nothing, because as soon as the ransom money they demand of you is in their possession, there is nothing anyone can do to make them send the promised key. Another problem wit the ransom payment is that not all users can afford to pay the requested amount of money to begin with – usually the demanded sum is several hundred dollars, but in many cases it may even be in the thousands. And last but not least, paying the criminals would more than likely encourage them to keep on doing the same thing – blackmailing more and more users on the Internet for the access to their files. However, if the Ransomware hackers see that regardless of their harassment schemes, the users aren’t giving in to their demands, they may reconsider this tactic. Of course, there isn’t really a conceivable way in which this could happen – cryptoviruses like SkyStars oftentimes attack the networks of big businesses and institutions and lock some highly important data – in such cases, the payment is pretty much the only way to quickly retrieve the data (even if there is no guarantee that the files would actually get restored). Of course, a backup of all the important data which a Ransomware may lock changes everything, which is why we always try to remind our readers of just how effective of a precaution against Ransomware such file backups can be.

What to do against .SkyStars File

.SkyStars File

Once encrypted the .SKYSTARS file will have that extension.

We already told you that we will show you how to remove this infection – simply make sure to follow the steps from the guide. As far as the file recovery is concerned, you can try some of the recommended alternative options that we have on our site. Sadly, we cannot promise that those options would work in all cases – the encryption used by this sort of malware is very advanced and dealing with it may not always be possible at the given moment. Still, if you want to at least avoid putting your money on the line, this is the advisable course of action – remove SkyStars and then try the alternatives.

SUMMARY:

Name SkyStars
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware threats don’t normally reveal their presence in any way until their job of locking the user’s files is finished.
Distribution Method Methods that are commonly used to spread Trojans are the use of pirated software, malicious ads, spam letters, clickbait buttons inside questionable sites, and many more.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove SkyStars Ransomware


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:

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 SkyStars 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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