Snake is malicious software of the ransomware type that aims at encrypting user files and demanding a ransom for their decryption. The victims infected by Snake are typically faced with a threatening notification that prompts them to transfer a fixed amount of money to a given cryptowallet.
Infections of the Ransomware type are on the rise right now and they pose a serious danger to any web user and their digital information. Snake is also a Ransomware representative, which demonstrates the typical negative effects of the viruses of this category: secret file encryption, unannounced entry into your PC, use of a certain vulnerability of the system and a blackmail message that demands payment of a ransom. The following article discusses all these features in general and suggests alternative methods to remove Snake and avoid the ransom payment that the criminals demand.
The Snake Malware
The Snake virus is a ransom-demanding infection that encrypts a number of valuable user files and then requires a ransom payment to reverse it. Typically, the Snake virus informs its victims about the applied file encryption through a ransom-demanding message on their screen.
Ransomware is a type of software that initially emerged as a malicious threat in Russia at the end of the 20th century. Ever since then, millions of Ransomware-based programs have been continuously emerging. Today we can even distinguish different Ransomware subtypes. Among them is the most common form – the file-encrypting Ransomware. The representatives of this virus subtype are designed to encrypt the files on your computer. This means that these applications search the entire content of your device and pick files that are very valuable to you. Then, they proceed to secure these files with a special encryption code. Usually, after the file-encryption process is complete, Snake surprises you with a ransom-demanding notification on your screen. The role of this notification is to blackmail you to pay a certain amount of money for the decryption of the sealed information. The notification usually contains payment information such as a preferred currency and a deadline.
The Snake Virus
The Snake file is a regular user file the file extension of which has been changed after the Snake file encryption has taken place. The Snake file cannot be opened by any software and typically returns an error message when users try to click on it.
Unfortunately, no matter what you do, whether you pay the ransom to the hackers or you use some other file-recovery alternatives, there is no guarantee about the future of your encrypted information. This is what makes Ransomware infections so bad and Snake is not an exception – no intervention against this virus can ensure that you will decrypt the data it has encoded. What we should say here is that it’s up to you to decide how exactly to deal with the infection. Our best advice will be to try to remove this hazard from your device using professional software, a removal guide or the assistance of an expert. Keep the ransom payment as your very last resort because by paying it, you can only encourage the hackers to try the harassment technique on more people.
|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|
Remove Snake Ransomware
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).
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.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt Snake 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!