Satan Ransomware is a malicious application that was discovered in January of 2017. This program is dedicated to encrypting your personal files and demanding that you pay money for the decryption key stored on a remote server. Due to the fact that you might not receive the key once you have paid, we suggest that you remove this malicious program using our guide provided below. However, if you want to find out more about it, we kindly invite you to read this whole article.
While gathering information about this new ransomware we found that it is a Ransomware-as-a-Service-type (RaaS) ransomware, which means that its developers grant certain people permission or license to distribute and use this ransomware. The developers get a cut of the profits, which is arguably more profitable than distributing and managing the whole campaign on your own. We have received information suggesting that this particular ransomware is disseminated among cyber criminals on an underground TOR network. Satan Ransomware’s developers have set up a site on which cyber criminal wannabes can register an account and get their hand on this malicious software. Also, it appears that they can customize their ransomware according to their needs, but we do not have any details on this just yet.
When it comes to getting people’s computers infected with Satan Ransomware, it is really up to the criminals that got the permission to use it to decide how they want to distribute it. Some of them may opt for distributing it via websites that host downloads of pirated software and games, others might infect legitimate websites with exploit kits that download this ransomware automatically when the victim accesses the site. However, the most likely method for distributing this ransomware has got to be email spam. Email spam is highly effective because it can be sent to thousands of unwary users and the infection rate is pretty high as well.
Our research has revealed that this ransomware only has one file, and executable that can be named Satan.exe, Satan Ransomware.exe, or something else because that is up to the people that distribute it to decide. It uses the AES-256 and RSA-2048 encryption algorithms to encrypt your files. Therefore, decrypting them is next to impossible because Satan Ransomware.exe creates a unique key that is sent to its command and control server and stored. Testing has shown that this particular ransomware is capable of encrypting a lot of file formats. For example, it can encrypt .mp4, .txt, .rtf, .flac, .docx, .ppt, .jpeg, and many other file formats. When it encrypts files, it replaces their names and appends them with the “.stn” file extension. Replacing the extension does nothing, so doing this is useless. Once the encryption is complete, this ransomware will create a file named HELP_DECRYPT_FILES.html in all folders where files were encrypted. The note is opened with the web browser, and it provides instructions on how to pay the ransom. The ransom payment can vary between 0.1 - 1.63 Bitcoins ($92.41 and $1,500). Of course, the sum to be paid varies because the license to use it is given to many cyber crooks.
Satan Ransomware is inherently unreliable, and there are too many variables at play, so there is no guarantee that you will receive the promised decryption key. We recommend that you remove it from your computer using our guide that involves using SpyHunter’s free scanner because this ransomware can drop its files in a hidden location anywhere on your computer.