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What is file-encrypting malicious software

Sad Ransomware might be the file-encrypting malicious software that encoded your files. Fake downloads and spam emails are the most probable way you acquired the threat. File-encoding malicious software will encode your files immediately upon entry and demand money, which is why it’s believed to be a highly damaging contamination. If if you regularly backup your files, or if damaging software analysts release a free decryptor, file-recovery would not be difficult. But otherwise, there is a big chance you will lose your files. Paying the ransom won’t necessarily result in file decryption so keep that in mind if you are considering paying. There are of cases when file-encrypting malicious software authors just take the money and leave files encoded. We would encourage that you uninstall Sad Ransomware instead of complying with the requests.

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What does file-encoding malicious software do

The most possible way you got the file-encoding malware was by opening a spam email. A contaminated file is adjoined to an email and sent to hundreds or even thousands of users. The ransomware will download onto the device the moment the email attachment is opened. This is why opening every single email attachment you get is very risky. You ought to be able to differentiate a malicious email from a secure one pretty easily, you simply need to learn the signs. A big red flag is the sender pressuring you to open the file adjoined to the email. We encourage you always ensure the security of the attachments before you open them if you want to dodge malware. You also must stop getting programs from not trustworthy web pages. Only rely on dependable websites with secure downloads.

Immediately upon entry, the file-encoding malware will begin encoding your data. All your important files will be locked, like images, videos and documents. The ransom note, which should appear after encryption, will explain what has occurred and how you ought to continue, according to the cyber crooks. The note will claim that payments is required so as to get your data back. People, however, tend to forget who they’re dealing with and do not realize that trusting cyber crooks to keep their word is somewhat unsafe. Thus, paying wouldn’t be the greatest idea. You receiving the decoding application for which you have to pay, may not be the result of this whole situation. We wouldn’t be surprised if crooks took your money and provided nothing in exchange. Had you had backup, you can just eliminate Sad Ransomware and proceed to recover the files. We advise that you eliminate Sad Ransomware and instead of giving into the requests, you invest that money into backup.

How to uninstall Sad Ransomware

We always warn inexperienced users that the only safe method to remove Sad Ransomware is by using professional malware removal software. By hand Sad Ransomware uninstallation is rather complex and if you do not know what you are doing, you might you can cause additional damage to your OS. We ought to note, however, that the security utility will not decrypt your data, it will only abolish Sad Ransomware

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Learn how to remove Sad Ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove Sad Ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart How to remove Sad Ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode How to remove Sad Ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart How to remove Sad Ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options How to remove Sad Ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu How to remove Sad Ransomware

b) Step 2. Remove Sad Ransomware.

You will now need to open your browser and download some kind of anti-malware software. Choose a trustworthy one, install it and have it scan your computer for malicious threats. When the ransomware is found, remove it. If, for some reason, you can't access Safe Mode with Networking, go with another option.

Step 2. Remove Sad Ransomware using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart How to remove Sad Ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode How to remove Sad Ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart How to remove Sad Ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options How to remove Sad Ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu How to remove Sad Ransomware

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. You will need to type in cd restore in the window that appears. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and again, press Enter. command-promt-restore How to remove Sad Ransomware
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point How to remove Sad Ransomware
  4. Press Yes.
While this should have taken care of the ransomware, you might want to download anti-malware just to be sure no other threats are lurking.  

Step 3. Recover your data

While backup is essential, there is still quite a few users who do not have it. If you are one of them, you can try the below provided methods and you just might be able to recover files.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro, preferably from a trustworthy website.
  2. Scan your device for recoverable files. data-recovery-pro How to remove Sad Ransomware
  3. Recover them.

b) Restore files through Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files through Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find a file you want to recover.
  2. Right-click on it.
  3. Select Properties and then Previous versions. windows-previous-version How to remove Sad Ransomware
  4. Pick the version of the file you want to recover and press Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete your shadow copies. They are made by your system automatically for when system crashes.
  1. Go to the official website (shadowexplorer.com) and acquire the Shadow Explorer application.
  2. Set up and open it.
  3. Press on the drop down menu and pick the disk you want. shadow-explorer How to remove Sad Ransomware
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

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