I wrote this article to help you remove Samas Ransomware. This Samas Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Samas is a typical member of the dreaded ransomware family. Ransomware pieces are considered the worst cyber infection you could possibly download. Why? Because they blackmail you for money. Like most cyber threats, ransomware is also interested in your bank account. Unlike the others, on the other hand, it does not steal your money. It practically makes you voluntarily give it. Samas is no different. It follows the same pattern. First, it finds its way into your system without you realizing. Second, it locks all of your files. And third, it extorts you for money. If you have been particularly unlucky to have fallen victim to this pest, you are in big trouble. And you have to act fast.
Samas slithers in your system in complete silence and it is almost impossible to notice its presence until it is too late. These parasites are very secretive and don’t show themselves until they have accomplished they goal. But how does it get in? One of the most popular methods is the usage of a Trojan horse, which in turn is distributed via email. Usually, the email lands directly in your regular inbox and it either has an attachment or a link to some webpage. Whit this, the crooks` job is done and the rest is up to you. If you open the file or click on the link you automatically get Samas on your machine. This method is so effective because the majority of users tend to open absolutely everything they receive without thinking twice about it.
This is how you being careless helps a treat to infect you. If you are a little bit more cautious and delete the email right away the ransomware cannot get in. Also, stay away from shady pages/link/ads as the chances are they are corrupted. And last but not least, get yourself a reliable anti-malware program. Keep it up to date and perform regular scan on your PC to be sure it is infection-free.
Once in, the parasite proceeds with step who without wasting time. It starts encrypting all of your files with a strong encryption algorithm. Nothing is beyond its reach. It locks pictures, videos, music, documents, presentation, Word files, work-related files, etc. Pretty much everything you have stored on your PC falls into the ransomware`s hands. It becomes inaccessible to you and, due to the malicious “.rsa” extension Samas ads to it, your machine is unable to recognize it anymore. What you are left with are unusable empty icons. You still see them but you cannot open them. This is the exact moment when most people would panic, which is understandable. However, this is exactly what the crooks want. If you panic you will be more likely to give them what they want – your money.
So, no matter how hard it is, do your best to stay calm. When the file-locking process is complete, Samas drops its ransom note, informing you of the situation. According to it, the only way to get your files back is by paying for a special decryption tool. The cybercriminals give you detailed instructions on how to make the payment. They may even try scaring you by saying that the sum will double if you don’t pay right away. All of these are tactics so don’t fall do them. The developers use the untraceable online currency Bitcoin so they can keep their anonymity. However, this also means that there is no way for you to get your money back in case something doesn’t work put. And most of the times, something actually doesn’t work as planned.
The crooks are not famous for being trustworthy and reliable and there is no guarantee that they will keep their end of the bargain. As long as they get your money, they don’t care about anything else. There is big chance that you will end up double-crossed with no money and still locked files. Another scenario is they send you the tool you paid for and you decrypt your data but the tool doesn’t remove the ransomware. The parasite remains on your system ready to send you back to square one anytime it wants.
How many times are you willing to pay these people? You shouldn’t even pay them once. Not only may they not send you a decryptor but you are also sponsoring their business. That’s right. They will use your money for nothing but expanding and developing more treats. Not to mention that by paying you are exposing your private and financial details to them. Forget paying as an option. Use our removal guide instead. It is completely free and will help you both remove the pest and unlock your data.
Samas Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Samas Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Samas Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: