SaveTheQueen Ransomware might sound like a tool created for noble reasons, but, in reality, it is unclear for which purpose the malware was created. Usually, such threats are employed for money extortion, as many of them show ransom notes with demands to pay for decryption tools that could decrypt such infections’ locked data. However, while this malicious application does encrypt lots of files located on an infected device, it does not show any ransom note. At least that is how our encountered sample works. Our specialists suspect the malware could be still just a test version, which would explain why it does not create a ransom note. To find out more about it, you should read our full report. If you are interested in how one could erase SaveTheQueen Ransomware manually, you should check the instructions located at the end of this article too.
A lot of threats similar to SaveTheQueen Ransomware are distributed via malicious email messages, unreliable file-sharing web pages, and sources alike. Of course, it is possible that this malicious application is not being spread yet since it might be still in development. If it was, we would recommend being cautious with emails from unknown senders to avoid it. Especially if they contain any attachments or links. If you want to interact with such material despite the possibility it could be malicious, we advise scrutinizing links before clicking them and scanning attachments with a reliable security tool before opening them. It is best to take such precautions even if data seems to be coming from reliable sources as many hackers are capable of disguising malicious files and creating convincing emails. If the malware was spread, it could be distributed via file-sharing sites too. Therefore, we also advise against downloading software from untrustworthy web pages. The safest way to obtain need tools is to download them from legitimate sources.
What happens if SaveTheQueen Ransomware enters a system? The sample we tested encrypted all files, except data with the following extensions: .dll, .iso, and .exe. Files affected received the .SaveTheQueen extension, for example, picture.jpg.SaveTheQueen. Thus, recognizing encrypted files should not be a problem. Also, our researchers noticed that the malicious application was programmed to encrypt files only if they are located in these directories: %USERPROFILE%, %APPDATA%, and %HOMEDRIVE%. No doubt, some users might not keep important files in these folders, in which case the malware may not do a lot of damage. Of course, if the threat is in development, it is possible that the number of its targeted directories could still increase, or it could be programmed to encipher files in all locations except a few. It is usual for such malicious applications to drop a document or open a window with a ransom note after they finish encrypting files, but, as said earlier, SaveTheQueen Ransomware does not do so yet.
All in all, the current version of SaveTheQueen Ransomware might not cause a lot of problems if you store your most essential files in directories that it does not target. In case it locks your precious data, your only chance to restore it could be your backup. Of course, even if the malicious application displayed a ransom note promising decryption tools in exchange for a payment, we would recommend against it. That is because there is always a possibility that hackers could scam their victims, in which case, their money could be lost in vain. Usually, we recommend removing such threats for users who do not want to take any chances. The instructions located below show how to erase SaveTheQueen Ransomware manually. Keep it in mind that they may not work if the malware gets updated, which is why it might be safer to use a reliable antimalware tool instead, if you come across this infection.