Sanction ransomware removal instructions
What is Sanction?
Sanction is ransomware-type malware that stealthily infiltrates systems and then encrypts stored files (photos, videos, etc.) Furthermore, a ransom demand is made to victims to decrypt their files. If the ransom is not paid within the given time frame, decryption supposedly becomes impossible.
Victims are informed that they must pay a ransom of 3 BitCoin (at time of research, equivalent to $1244.91) within 72 hours, otherwise the private key (used to decrypt the files) will be deleted and the files will remain encrypted forever. After encrypting the files, Sanction ransomware generates a pop-up window containing all information on how and where to pay the ransom. The window also contains three text-input boxes in which, after paying the ransom, victims must enter their BitCoin addresses, email addresses, and GUIDs (shown at the top of the window). This will supposedly send a request for decryption. Unfortunately, at time of writing, there were no tools capable of decrypting these files and, thus, you can only solve this problem by restoring your files from a backup.
There are many ransomware infections similar to Sanction including, for example, CryptoWall, TeslaCrypt, JobCrypter, and NanoLocker. The only difference between these varieties of malware is the algorithm used to encrypt the files and the ransom payment demanded. Research shows that paying the ransom will not decrypt files encrypted by Sanction ransomware - you will simply support the malicious business of cyber criminals. Therefore, you should never pay the ransom or attempt to contact these people. Ransomware such as Sanction is usually distributed via infectious email attachments, P2P networks, trojans, and fake software updates. For this reason, express caution when opening files sent from unrecognized email addresses and downloading files from untrusted sources. Use legitimate anti-spyware/anti-virus software and keep all installed programs up-to-date.
Here’s a screenshot of an updated variant of this ransomware (adds “.wallet” extension to encrypted files):
HOW_TO_DECRYPT.HTML ransom-demanding message:
Your unique GUID for decrypt:
Send me some 3 bitcoin on adress:
After confirming the payment, all your files can be decrypted. If you do not make payment within 3 days, you will lose the ability to decrypt them.
Make your Bitcoin Wallet on: https://www.coinbase.com/ or hxxp://blockchain.info
How to buy /sell and send Bitcoin :
After the payment, enter the wallet from which paid, and email, in which contact you. After receiving the payment, we will contact you.
Sanction ransomware removal:
- What is Sanction?
- STEP 1. Sanction virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Sanction ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Sanction virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Sanction ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Sanction ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Sanction are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encrypting ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Sanction ransomware.)
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove Sanction ransomware: