SADStory ransomware removal guide

At the very end of this March, cyber security experts discovered the arrival of yet another ransomware virus called SADStory. This Python-based malware surely can deliver a sad message to all its victims. The virus is distributed rather quickly using all common methods to maximize the amount of potential income from people willing to recover their data.

Interesting fact that makes SADStory ransomware removal a bit difficult is that it was written by high-level programmers who are far more than familiar with the sophisticated programming language. In this particular case, all infected files get a new extension of «.sad». The virus attacks your video files, databases, audio, images, archives, and so on. It is easy to miss that something is wrong right away as the malware stays stealthy while encryption is active. After finishing the encryption procedure, SADStory ransomware informs the user with a note that demands a ransom to be paid.

All instructions from malware creators are written in the txt file named SADStory_README_FOR_DECRYPT.txt. It holds general information about the virus and limited victim’s options. Malicious programs like SADStory Ransomware often threaten users to delete corrupted files if the owner of the hacked PC does not contact scammers or pay immediately. Don’t fall for this trick and just proceed with the SADStory ransomware removal guide instead.

There is no detailed information about the ransom – most likely it is variable for each individual who contacts scammers via emails provided in the note: tuyuljahat@hotmail.com and lucifer.fool@yandex.com. As we mentioned before, the malware can identify most valuable files on your PC and encrypt them. To avoid losing those files we recommend them backed up somewhere safe. We also strongly suggest against contacting the developers and paying a ransom. There are no guarantees that cyber criminals will actually unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one.

According to our analysis and reports we receive, this locker infiltrates your computer via spam emails from the unknown sender. It comes in the form of suspicious attachment (it can be a text file, video, picture and so on). If you receive an email from the unknown source with a strange message and suspicious attachment, don’t rush to open it. Do not download and run executable files or applications from your inbox. Be aware of corrupted websites and infectious links as they might open a pathway for Trojans into your system.

Ransomware viruses like SADStory Ransomware are dangerous and should be treated accordingly in order to ensure your privacy and cybersecurity. They don’t have specific uninstallers, so you have to deal with the malicious software manually or leave it to suggested anti-malware programs that have proved their effectiveness. Luckily most advanced anti-malware solutions are already able to detect this threat. Try using Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-Malware or SpyHunter for that. Read additional tips how to delete SADStory Ransomware below.

SADStory ransomware Removal Instruction

Automatic Removal for SADStory ransomware

Symptoms of SADStory ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for SADStory ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.

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Manual Removal Instruction for SADStory ransomware

Step 1
UNINSTALL SADSTORY RANSOMWARE AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Click on the Start button in the left lower corner and select → Control Panel. After that find the Programs and Features (if you are running Windows XP , then click on Add/Remove Programs).
    SADStory ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.1
Windows 8/8.1/10
  • If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system , then right-click on the Start which is in the lower left corner of the screen. After that select Control Panel and go to Programs/Uninstall a Program.
    SADStory ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall SADStory ransomware and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the SADStory ransomware or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    SADStory ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
REMOVE SADSTORY RANSOMWARE FROM YOUR WEB BROWSERS
  • Step 3
Remove suspicious add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Manage Add-ons.
    Remove SADStory ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the SADStory ransomware and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove SADStory ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.2
How to change your homepage if it was modified by browser hijacker:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.
  • On General tab remove unwanted URL and enter your desired domain name such as google.com. Click Apply to save changes.
    Remove SADStory ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.3
Resetting Internet Explorer browser
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and chose Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Now click on Reset button, the new window should appear. Select the Delete Personal settings option and click on Reset button again. Now you have deteled SADStory ransomware completely.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon which is located in the top right corner. Now select Add-ons and go to Extensions.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select SADStory ransomware and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.2
Resetting Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu icon which is on the upper left corner of the browser and click on the question mark. Now, choose Troubleshooting Information option.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.3
  • New windows will pop-up where you can see Refresh Firefox to its default state message and Refresh Firefox button. Click this button to remove SADStory ransomware completely.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon in the upper right corner and select More Tools and then select Extensions.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the SADStory ransomware and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.2
  • Click on menu icon once again and select Settings and then Manage Search engines it will be right under the Search section.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.3
  • Now you will see all of the Search Engines installed in your browser. Remove any suspicious search engines. We advise you to leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.4
Resetting Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon which is on the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser. Now select Settings. Click Show Advanced Settings...
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and find there Reset settings and click on it.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove SADStory ransomware completely.
  • Remove SADStory ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3
FINAL SADSTORY RANSOMWARE REMOVAL PROCEDURE

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the SADSTORY RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.

Information added: 03/29/2017 03:29 AM;