If you still have time to protect your Windows operating system against Snake Ransomware, you need to take all security measures to ensure that it does not attack. That means that you need to be extra careful about the files you download from unreliable websites or are sent via spam email and social networking platforms. It also means that you need to revise your virtual security. Is your operating system up-to-date? Are there any pending updates to be installed? Do you need to disable remote access systems? Whatever you can think of, you need to take care of it because even the smallest security backdoor could help cybercriminals attack. If you have already faced the threat, you might be looking for information that will help you delete Snake Ransomware. The problem is that even if you remove this malware, it is unlikely that you will successfully evade the attackers. First of all, the files affected by the infection will remain encrypted. Second, your system will not run normally.
Snake Ransomware is also known as Ekans Ransomware, and this infection is quite reckless once it slithers into an operating system. Normally, file-encrypting and ransom-demanding infections go after personal files. There are thousands of infections that do that, but a few of the more recent ones are PhobosImposter Ransomware, Prometey Ransomware, C0hen Ransomware, and BDDY Ransomware. Just like these infections, Snake Ransomware encrypts documents, photos, videos, and other “personal” files. It attaches an extension to every single file, which is unique every time. What is unusual is that this threat also encrypts system files. The operating system holds everything together until it is restarted. If you restart the PC, you find that you cannot boot your Windows operating system anymore. If you can, integral parts of the system are likely to be dysfunctional, and you are likely to need to reinstall Windows anyway. Unfortunately, not all victims realize this right away, and that is because they find a file named “Fix-Your-Files.txt.” You should find it on the Desktop and in the %HOMEDRIVE% directory.
The text file dropped by Snake Ransomware opens a message that asks, “What happened to your files?” The question is answered stating that a military-grade encryptor was used to corrupt files and that they cannot be accessed unless a decryption tool is applied. The message, of course, does not include a download button or link to acquire the tool, but it instructs to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information. It is stated that the tool has to be purchased, but the exact sum – which is the ransom – is not disclosed. Most people might think that sending a message is not a big deal, but it is. If the attackers can connect to you, they can send you malicious files, extort money from you, and make you do other risky things. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get your files back? Well, it is quite unlikely that you would get a decryptor and get your files restored if you followed the instructions introduced to you by Snake Ransomware. What can you do then? Most likely, there is nothing you can do. In the best-case scenario, you can use copies of files stored on external drives or online to replace the encrypted files. Hopefully, you have such copies.
You can remove Snake Ransomware from your operating system before reinstalling Windows, but that is a waste of time. Unfortunately, if you delete the infection before your system crashes, you will achieve nothing because your files are already encrypted. If you have no idea how to reinstall Windows yourself, we suggest employing a more experienced friend to help you out, or consider using professional assistance. After you have your operating system set up, you have to start thinking about your virtual security immediately. We suggest installing anti-malware software. If it is legitimate and up-to-date, you will never have to worry about deleting Snake Ransomware or, hopefully, any other infection. Also, do not forget to be cautious about the security backdoors (e.g., spam emails or malicious bundles) that could be used to expose you to ransomware and other kinds of threats.