SynAck Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Feb. 2019 Update

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

Ransomware viruses have become synonymous of the plague in the world of cyber threats and technology. This dangerous type of malware has grown to become an immensely profitable criminal scheme and has also become a very sophisticated and difficult threat to deal with. Take, for example, SynAck ransomware, which is one of the latest ransomware viruses to be encrypting innocent users’ files and then demanding they pay for their decryption. This malicious piece of programming, though relatively new, has already become the nightmare of dozens of users out there. This article is dedicated to explaining exactly what makes this specific malware category so dangerous, so malicious and so cunning, as well as so elusive for cyber security specialists and government authorities. In addition, we will also try to provide victims of SynAck ransomware with some help in the form of a removal guide, which will aid you locating and removing this virus from your system. The same guide also features instructions on how to try and recover your encrypted data from system backups. But before you head over to the guide, we recommend you spend a few minutes to read the below information on SynAck and ransomware in general.

Why ransomware has become the most feared threat on the internet

Ransomware viruses have been around more or less since the dawn of the internet. However, it wasn’t up until roughly a decade ago that they started becoming the global scale threat that they are now. What’s more, they’re only growing in numbers and show no signs of slowing down. There are several factors that have contributed to this growth and success. One of them is the appearance of cryptocurrencies, more specifically – bitcoins. Most hackers behind viruses like SynAck demand they be paid the ransom amount in bitcoins and provide detailed instructions on how to make the transfer. That is due to the fact that bitcoins have proven exceptionally difficult for authorities (and anyone really) to trace. So, this ensures that the criminals can maintain their anonymity and continue to blackmail their victims without fearing persecution. This is also why complying with the ransom demands wouldn’t be your wisest decision.

Another thing that has propelled these viruses to where they are today is the fact that they are constantly evolving. The encryption algorithms are becoming more complex and the viruses are better equipped to bypass most security software. As a matter of fact, one of the main reasons people’s files end up getting encrypted by ransomware like SynAck is the fact that their antivirus program was unable to put a stop to the whole process. And it’s a tedious process at times, mind you. But on top of that, once the process has already been completed, due to that same complexity, there are very few options left to deal with its consequences. The solutions that we can provide you with here involve removing SynAck, which is not something you should underestimate. Failing to get rid of the virus can result in the further encryption of any files you manage to save, or any ne files that enter your system. After that, we can guide you towards restoring your files from system backups, however, due to the nature of this malware, we can’t guarantee that this will necessarily be possible.

SynAck Ransomware Removal



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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 

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:

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:


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
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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!


How to Decrypt SynAck files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Other options of recovering your data include using a decryptor tool that’s been designed to crack the encryption code. There are many of these available online and we’ve listed a few of them on our website. Our list is also updated on a regular basis, so be sure to have a look. But the most important thing in fighting ransomware is learning how to prevent attacks before they happen. And it’s not as difficult as it may first sound. As a matter of fact, ransomware viruses rely on users’ utter negligence and lack of basic safety habits to infect their computers. For example, spam emails – the oldest trick in the book – are still among the leading sources of infection. Learn to never interact with incoming email or other correspondence, unless you are 100% it is trustworthy. Don’t go blindly clicking around on links and buttons – think before you do that. Also, try to limits your access to various shady and illegal websites, as these are often also responsible for the distribution of malware. And last but not least, make it a habit to regularly back up the data you think is most valuable to you and keep copies of it on separate drives, so that even in the event of an attack – no serious harm will essentially be done.


Name SynAck
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.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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