Salsa Ransomware is a malicious program that can slither onto your system without your knowledge and make irrevocable damage to your files by encrypting them. This new threat seems to be linked to last year's Razy Ransomware, which was also a major hit to victims. This particular ransomware could be a new record breaker since it tries its best to make itself understood with virtually anyone around the world; its ransom note is available in a mind-blowing 40 languages. Obviously, this severe threat is trying to target the computer users of the whole planet if the creators thought of such a spectrum. The only way for you to be ever able to use your files again is if you comply with the demands and transfer the ransom fee. Your files should be automatically released after your payment. However, you should not really get your hopes up because you are dealing with criminals who are not famous for keeping their promises. This simply means that there is little chance that your files will be decrypted. But even if you have a backup copy of your most important files on a removable disk, the first move to restore your security is to remove Salsa Ransomware immediately.
It seems that there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to the distribution of this vicious malware program. The main method here, as in most similar cases, is spamming campaigns. The malicious executable file can be disguised as an image or a text document allegedly regarding an unsettled invoice, wrongly given credit card or banking details, undelivered parcel, or a problematic flight booking. These are usually matters that most users would consider urgent or important to know more about. Therefore, the subject line of such a spam is a major bait. The sender name and e-mail address may also seem to be authentic to make this scam more convincing.
The worst thing about such an attack is that by the time you get to deleting Salsa Ransomware, it would be too late to save your files from encryption because generally you cannot notice a ransomware program's operations only when they are finished. Downloading and running the attachment you find in this spam is the verdict on your computer because it initiates this malicious program. This is why you should be more cautious around your mails and never open questionable ones, let alone their attachments. But there could be other ways for this ransomware to show up on your computer without your noticing it.
It is possible that you land on a malicious webpage set up as a trap using Exploit Kits that can take advantage of your browsers and your drivers (Java and Flash) if they have not been updated recently. One click on the wrong third-party content on a suspicious file-sharing, online gaming, or porn site and you could easily be redirected to such a page, not to mention when your computer is infected with malware, such as adware programs. Clearly, in such cases you will never see it coming either so when you remove Salsa Ransomware, you need to prepare for the possibility that you will never use your files again.
When you initiate this attack by launching the downloaded malicious file, it creates an Autorun entry ("%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\DONOTDELETESALSA"), which means that every time you reboot your system, this infection will run time and time again. Similarly to its predecessors, this ransomware also attacks your photos, documents, archives, and third-party program files to hit you where it really hurts so that a ransom fee could be extorted from you in exchange for your files. All affected files get a new extension (".salsa222") that helps you identify this threat and see the extension of its devastation, too.
This malicious program also creates a folder called "CLICK HERE TO UNLOCK YOUR FILES SALSA222" everywhere on your system, including your desktop. This folder contains the ransom note called "READ TO UNLOCK FILES.salsa.html." After the encryption operation is over, your desktop background image is changed to replace it with the ransom note. This warning informs you that your files have been locked and it requires a one-time payment for you to be able to restore them. If you do not pay until a given time, the price doubles. If 5 days after that you still fail to transfer the fee, your files will be deleted. At least, this is what these criminals claim.
It seems that this ransomware may demand different amounts depending probably on your location or even the number of files encrypted. We have found samples that ask for 0.084 BTC, which is around 100 US dollars, and ones that demand 0.465 BTC, which is around 540 dollars, from its victims. After your payment, your encrypted files should be automatically decrypted. Unfortunately, experience shows that this almost never happens, although there are certainly a few professional hacker teams that take their promise seriously. We would also like to remind you that paying this fee would support further online crimes. Since this infection can start up every time you restart your system, you can only eliminate this threat if you remove Salsa Ransomware right away.
The good news is that we can help you if you decide to take matters into your own hands and want to make Salsa Ransomware go away without leftovers. If you follow our guide below, you can get rid of this ugly beast in a few minutes. But we also understand that you may not be skilled enough to do so if you are an inexperienced computer user. This is why we also advise you to use a reliable anti-malware application like SpyHunter to safeguard your PC automatically against all kinds of malware infections and attacks.