Snatch Ransomware

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

Snatch Ransomware

Snatch is a ransomware infection that can extort money from web users by encrypting their files without their knowledge. Snatch demands a fixed amount of money from its victims in order to provide them with a decryption key needed to liberate their files from the encryption.

Snatch Ransomware

Once the Snatch Ransomware has encrypted your files it will leave a Readme_Restore_Files.txt file behind.

In the case of an infection with a Ransomware like Snatch , most users feel shocked, scared, and confused. After all, the Ransomware viruses are considered as some of the most harmful forms of online threats and the main reason for that is their ability to make it almost impossible for the victims to open their most important files stored inside the attacked machine’s hard-drives. That’s why many web users are ready to try every possible alternative that could potentially help them remove the infection and recover whatever could still be recovered. With this in mind, on this page, we have added a comprehensive removal guide that explains how to remove Snatch as well as how to recover your files from system backups whenever this is possible.

The Snatch virus

The Snatch virus is a money-extortion infection designed to encrypt user data and demand a ransom for its decryption. After the attack, the Snatch virus typically displays a ransom-demanding message on the screen of the victims and requests a money transfer to a given cryptocurrency wallet.

Ransomware viruses such as Snatch are incredibly lucrative pieces of malware that generate huge profits for their criminal developers. One of the factors that has proven to be very beneficial to the popularity of these threats is the fact that most antivirus programs do not detect the ransomware-based viruses in the system. This is because the file-encryption, in general, is a method that does not destroy or corrupt anything on the system. And since there is no actual damage, there is nothing that can trigger an action from your security software. The file encryption is simply used to keep digital data inaccessible to those who don’t have the matching decryption key. Therefore, if you get infected with Snatch , there’s little to no chance that you’ll get warned about the infection before your files get encrypted and the ransom-demanding notification gets displayed on your screen.

The Snatch file decryption

The Snatch file decryption is a sophisticated procedure that can decipher the information that has been encrypted and return it to its previous state. To activate the Snatch file decryption procedure, the victims need a special decryption key which the hackers offer in exchange for a ransom payment.

Nonetheless, we may give you some alternatives to paying the ransom and you should definitely give them a try because complying with the ransom demands of the cyber criminals behind Snatch does not give you any guarantee about the future of your files and your computer. In fact, the statistics show that there is a large number of victims who have transferred huge amounts of money to pay the ransom and and have gotten nothing in return. Oftentimes, the crooks behind the ransomware either disappear without sending a decryption key or they send a key that turns out to be ineffective and fails to recover the encrypted data. So, instead of risking their money, we encourage our readers to first remove Snatch from their systems (which will keep it from further encrypting new data) and then give a try to the file-recovery section from the guide below.


Name Snatch
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.
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Detection Tool

Remove Snatch Ransomware

Snatch 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).

Snatch Ransomware


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

Snatch Ransomware

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

Snatch Ransomware
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Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at:

Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result
Snatch RansomwareClamAV
Snatch RansomwareAVG AV
Snatch RansomwareMaldet

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.

Snatch Ransomware

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:

Snatch Ransomware

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:

Snatch Ransomware

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.

Snatch Ransomware

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!

Snatch Ransomware 

How to Decrypt Snatch 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


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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