Your photos and documents are not safe if you let in SATANA Ransomware. This infection usually hides within misleading spam emails, and users invite it in without realizing it. Once activated, this devious threat immediately encrypts your personal files and changes the MBR (Master Boot Record). Due to these changes, Windows will not load, which is why you should not rush to restart your computer once you discover this infection. Speaking of discovery, this infection reveals itself right after the encryption of your files is completed. Besides locking your files, it also changes the Desktop wallpaper to an image that carries a message from the developer of the ransomware. The same message is included in the TXT file called “!satana!.txt”, which you are likely to find along every encrypted file. Although deleting SATANA Ransomware is important, there are a few things that you need to learn before you jump to the removal.
According to our research, SATANA Ransomware might have been created by the developer of Mischa ransomware and Petya ransomware infections, both of which are known for messing with the MBR and encrypting files. Although the messages following these infections are different, they all push users to pay. In the case of SATANA Ransomware, the victims are asked to pay 0.5 BTC (~340 USD). According to the text files and the wallpaper message, this is the only way of restoring your personal files. Our research has revealed that authentic file decrypters are currently unable to decrypt the files corrupted by this threat. This means that paying the ransom might be your only option. The bad news is that making the payment is extremely risky as cyber criminals could easily take your money without fulfilling the promise to decrypt your files. This has happened to many users dealing with all kinds of ransomware infections. As you must have realized by now, there is no way out of the mess created by this ransomware. Unless, of course, your files are backed up, and the only worry you have is the removal of this infection.
If you decide to contact the developer of SATANA Ransomware by emailing email@example.com, you should do that using a new email address. If you contact them using your work email or your main one, you are at risk of being exposed to scams. Cyber crooks could record your email address, as well as other information you decide to share, and use it to expose you to other infections or scams. Of course, if you do not even think about paying the ransom, this communication is worthless. Now, if you pay the ransom, you will have to do so using a virtual Bitcoin Wallet, and transactions made using this method cannot be revoked. The law enforcement authorities will not be able to help you either. Needless to say, these are terrible news. On top of that, you have to worry about your Boot Master Record and fixing it. If you are not experienced with such a task, you might be very lost and confused.
Removing SATANA Ransomware is crucial, regardless of whether you manage to decrypt your files or not. If you keep the malicious components of this ransomware active, the attack could be repeated, and other malicious processes could be initiated. Our removal guide explains how to fix the MBR, but you can do this only if you have the original Windows installer CD. Once you are done fixing MBR, there are a few components that you need to erase, and, for this, you need to know which file is responsible for the execution of this ransomware (e.g., the corrupted spam email attachment you have downloaded). If you are unable to figure this out yourself, employ a trusted anti-malware tool to clean your operating system automatically. Also, keep this tool updated at all times to ensure that you do not need to deal with dangerous infections – like this ransomware – in the future.
N.B. Do not fix the MBR if you are still trying to decrypt your files.
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