This page aims to help you remove Stampado Ransomware. These Stampado removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
I cannot access any of my files! What is happening?
Lately many users have been reporting this same problem – they try to open some of their files and it says their computer is unable to access them due to an encryption. But what’s the reason behind this? Well, unfortunately, a virus software. There’s a specific type of malicious programs that are notorious for locking up people’s files and demanding ransom if the victim wants to regain access to them. This type of viruses is known under the name ransomware. If you currently face the same nasty problem and are unable to open anything on your computer, then your machine has probably been infected by Stampado – one of the newest ransomware viruses out there. In this article we will try to give you some detailed information on how these malicious programs operate and what your possible courses of action from now on are.
- Keep in mind that these are some of the nastiest and most problematic viruses you can possibly encounter. Many anti-virus software developers are working day and night to keep up with the newer and more advanced ransomware versions that come out every day. Unfortunately, it seems that the hackers are always managing to remain a step ahead. Therefore, there might often not be a fully effective remedy for newly released ransomware programs. Still, below this article we have provided a guide that will help you remove the nasty software as well as possibly regain access to your files.
How does Stampado operate?
As with most other ransomware viruses, once Stampado infects your computer, the first thing it does is it copies all your files. The new copies, however, are encrypted. The only way that you can open an encrypted file is if you have the code needed by your computer to read the specific encryption. Since you do not have that code, you cannot access those encrypted copies. After all your files have been copied, the ransomware deletes the originals, thus leaving you only with the inaccessible copies that it has made. After the process has finished, Stampado will actually reveal its presence by notifying you about the encryption that has just taken place. A message will be displayed on your screen. The message will usually read something among the lines of “Your files have been encrypted by Stampado” or something similar. The message will also tell you that if you want to receive the code for the encryption, you will have to transfer a certain amount of money to the hacker, who’s controlling the virus. Instructions on how to make the transfer will be provided in the message. The money is usually paid in the form of bitcoins – this is a cyber-currency that is almost impossible to trace. Therefore, it’s very unlikely that you’d ever find out who the blackmailer is. This makes it very difficult for the governments to bring those criminals to justice – one of the reasons why ransomware viruses are getting more and more popular among hackers with every passing day.
If your files have already been encrypted, you’re not left with many options. You can try and pay the ransom, hoping for the best, but we strongly advise against this course of action. There’s no guarantee that the code will be sent to you. Besides, paying money to a criminal only further encourages him to continue locking people’s files and blackmailing them afterwards. Instead of paying the ransom, we advise you to try our removal guide that we mentioned earlier. As we already said, there are no guarantees that this will solve all your problems concerning Stampado. Still, it is a much better alternative that will cost you nothing and could potentially save you a significant amount of money that you would have otherwise transferred to the hacker.
If you’re one of those lucky few, who are reading this article without having their files encrypted, here are several important tips on how you can protect your machine from a potential ransomware infection in future.
- Be careful when opening new e-mail letters. Spam e-mails are one of the most commonly used methods for distributing the nasty ransomware viruses. Always check the details of newly received e-mail messages before opening them. If you think that any of it looks suspicious, you might as well delete the letter without opening it.
- Make sure that you have a reliable anti-virus program ransomware often gets into your PC via another virus that serves as a gateway. That is why you should always have trustworthy, up-to-date security software.
- Pay attention to your PC’s behavior. It takes some time until Stampado can fully encrypt your files. During this time it will use high portions of your CPU, RAM and hard-drive free space to fulfill its agenda. If you notice that any of the following symptoms is present, shut down your machine and bring it to an IT professional as soon as possible.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Higher CPU and RAM usage along with less free hard-drive space than usual are strong indicators that ransomware may be currently encrypting your files.|
|Distribution Method||Spam e-mails are, by far, the most commonly used method. Other viruses, such as Trojan Horses, are frequently used as a gateway into your computer.|
|Detection Tool||Stampado may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Stampado Ransomware Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
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 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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 files infected with Stampado
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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