Infected with Stampado Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is Stampado Ransomware
Stampado Ransomware is ransomware virus, that uses asymmetric AES-256 encryption to encrypt important files on users machine. Its particularity is that anyone can buy “license” for this ransomware and spread it using his or her own channels. Virus then demands a ransom from user to send secret key that will allow to decrypt infected files. Stampado “encourages” user to pay the ransom faster by giving 96 hours deadline. It also removes random files every 6 hours and that is called “Russian Roulette”. This is done After this period private key will be deleted and encryption will be impossible. Ransomware uses extension .locked, that it adds to every encrypted file. After finishing encryption Stampado opens window that contains instructions to pay the ransom. At the time of writing this article there was no working decryptor to recover the files, however, we will update the article as soon as solution appears. Currently, only way to restore your files is from online or local backups (if you have ones) or use Windows standard features. In this article we created this guide to remove Stampado Ransomware and decrypt files with .locked extension using available methods.
How Stampado Ransomware infected your PC
Stampado Ransomware distributes using standard methods (malicious email attachments, torrent (P2P) networks, fake invoices). Stampado Ransomware uses TOR network for receiving ransom, which makes it very difficult to trace the attacker. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police, as user in this network are often anonymous. Encryption starts in the background. Way to protect your computer from such threats is to use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.
First of all don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer, before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Stampado Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Stampado Ransomware:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
How to decrypt files infected by Stampado Ransomware (.locked files)?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky that can decrypt .locked files. It is free and may help you restore .locked files by Stampado Ransomware virus. Download it here:
You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .locked files.
Decrypt .locked files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of Stampado Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged (in our case – Stampado Ransomware by Stampado Ransomware). This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Restore .locked files using shadow copies
- Download and run Shadow Explorer.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
- Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov