What is Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware is a file-encrypting threat that belongs to the Hidden Tear ransomware family. It seems like the developers of this crypto-malware has chosen to use the elements from a well-known video games series called “Diablo”. As soon as it is able to get a hold of a targeted PC, it will start looking for files to encrypt. Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware is designed to encrypt files with the following extensions:
.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp
During the encryption, Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware will use the AES encryption algorithm in leaving the files inaccessible to victims. After the encryption, it will append the .locked extension on each one of the encrypted files. It then opens a program window containing its ransom note:
“Satan’s Doom Crypter 2
< What happened to My Computer? >
All your files has been encrypted with advanced military encryption.
Your documents, photo’s, videos and much more are no more accessible to you.
You can only gain access to it again using our own decryption tool
< How do I get my files back? >
We can easily decrypt your files remotely, but you have to do something first.
It’s plain simple. You want your files safely decrypted again?. Then you need to pay.
If you don’t pay within 4 days the amount will be doubled.
If we haven’t received a payment within 3 more days we will destroy the unique decryption key.
Even we won’t be able to decrypt any of your files.
< How do I Pay? >
The only way to pay is using Bitcom only. Send the correct amount of Bitcoin to the address specified below.
Once you have made the payment click check payment.
If the payment gets verified you will be given the unique key to Decrypt all your files.
< I Cannot Pay! >
If for some reason you cannot pay (and please be honest) email to
[email protected] for why you cannot pay or if you think your data has something personal (not games, but say photos of your kids e.t.c.), then that email is for you.
A PAYMENT OF $250 HAS TO BE SEND TO THIS BITCOIN ADDRESS
[CHECK PAYMENT] [DECRYPT FILES]”
This crypto-malware also creates a file named READ_IT.txt which also contains another ransom note which states:
“SATAN’S DOOM CRYPTER 2.0
Your personal files have been securely encrypted with an advanced military algorithm. Send us BTC to get decryption code. YOUR UNIQUE UNLOCK ID:
After that, you’ll be able to see your beloved files again.
SATANS DOOM CRYPTER 2.0”
Moreover, the ransomware also changes the desktop wallpaper with a black image. If you are one of the victims of this threat, know that paying the ransom it demands won’t really help as it does not really guarantee your file’s recovery. The best thing you could do is to obliterate the threat first and then try recovery options to decrypt your encrypted files.
How does Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware spread its malicious file(s)?
It isn’t clear how Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware spread its malicious files but just like typical ransomware threats it might be utilizing spam emails. Cybercrooks often attach an infected attachment, be it a ZIP file, a document or an executable file. These emails are usually in disguise to make them look like they’re legitimate and even use well-known companies’ names just to get users to open the email and download the attachment.
Use the removal guide below as a reference to delete Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware from the infected PC.
Step1. Close the ransomware’s program window and open the Task Manager by simply tapping Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.
Step2. Under the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious-looking process which takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware.
Step3. After that, close the Task Manager.
Step4. Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Control Panel’s list of installed programs.
Step5. Under the list of installed programs, look for Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step6. Next, close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step7. Navigate to the following locations below and look for Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware’s malicious components such as READ_IT.txt as well as other suspicious files and then delete all of them.
Step8. Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use PC Cleaner Pro, this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then, by all means, go on to the next steps.
Step9. Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step10. Navigate to the following path:
Step11. Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware.
Step12. Close the Registry Editor and empty your Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
It is important to make sure that nothing is left behind and that Satan’s Doom Crypter 2 ransomware is completely removed using the following antivirus program. To use it, refer to the instructions below.
Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro
A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.
- A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. The installation will start automatically once a download is done.
- Click OK to launch it.
- Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.
- After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.
- Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.