This article will help you understand about a certain Ransomware called BlackSnow Virus, what it does, how you get infected by it and a thorough instructions on how to remove it.
What is a BlackSnow Virus?
BlackSnow virus is classified as a kind of Ransomware virus that runs by a Trojan horse. It is designed to encrypt your files and requires you to pay a ransom to retrieve your files back. Removing the BlackSnow virus won’t be enough to retrieve your encrypted files and can only prevent you from being infected in the future. Be warned though, before you even consider paying the ransom, you have to do everything you can to diminish it. And that’s what we are here for; to prevent you from becoming the next victim and waste a hefty amount of money. But if you think that by paying the ransom you’ll get to unlock your encrypted files, well no, there is no hundred percent guarantee of it from being recovered. So don’t get your hopes up.
How does the BlackSnow virus works?
This ransomware program is often missed by almost all security programs and antivirus because they don’t consider this as a threat since it does not cause any ‘actual’ damage to your computer. This virus works by using Encryption which is a legitimate way of securing your computer’s files and to keep it from being corrupted.
As mentioned, most antivirus and security programs are unable to detect this threat, all because it does not have many symptoms. If your computer is infected with this type of virus, it uses your computer’s RAM and CPU and even your free physical memory. High-end computers won’t probably notice though, for they have excellent RAM and CPU. And even if you do notice, it is most likely that the encryption process is already finished since it would only take a couple of minutes.
Despite the efforts for a possible solution to the BlackSnow virus of some big security companies, nothing much works for all types has been created yet. Us users, must take it upon ourselves to protect and prevent our data from all kinds of threats especially BlackSnow virus and must be aware of how this virus works.
Usually, ransomwares like this are distributed by malicious ads, spam emails, illegal websites, unreliable download sources, and other virus that are used in an indirect way. Being mindful of browsing the internet; opening dubious attachments or links sent to you can help you avoid being troubled. Also, keep this in mind that it would be a whole lot better if you have backup files saved to another location.
Removing BlackSnow Virus:
Step 1: Restart your computer into Safe Mode.
Step 2: Open the Processes tab under the Windows Task Manager by Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc
And look for any suspicious processes. Right-click on them and select Open File Location then scan them using any up-to-date antivirus. After opening each folder, end the infected processes and delete their folders.
Step 3: Press the Start button+R, then copy+paste:
Then click OK.
After that, click the Windows button located at the lower-left corner on your screen and type msconfig on the search box and this window below will show up:
Go to the Startup tab and uncheck entries which have an unknown manufacturer.
Step 4: Click the Windows button again and type Regedit and hit Enter. Once opened, press Ctrl+F at the same time and type the virus’ name. Look for the ransomware in the registries and delete the entries, but be careful though, deleting the wrong registry might affect your computer.
Type all of these in the search box after clicking the Windows button.
Erase everything on the Temp folder.