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SnowPicnic ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Ransomware

SnowPicnic ransomware is a threat that uses a few malicious modules to lock your data and stay running on the system 

SnowPicnic ransomware
SnowPicnic ransomware is a virus that demands 0 Bitcoins so it might be a joke. However, decryption is not possible.

SnowPicnic ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts users' data using AES encryption algorithm and marks those files with .snowpicnic extension. The initial ransomware attack[1] starts when the virus infects the system from malicious document and runs a module designed to retrieve information and change system files. Then it scans the system and finds data for the encryption process. It may also collect users' personal information found on the system or even use those credentials for other malicious purposes. This virus categorizes as ransomware because it demands ransom for encrypted files in the ransom message that is delivered by Read.TXT. and Read.HTML. However, the message displayed in this ransom note states about paying 0 bitcoins. 

Name SnowPicnic ransomware
Type  Cryptovirus 
File extension  .snowpicnic
Encryption method  AES-256
Ransom amount  0 BTC
Ransom note  Read.TXT. and Read.HTML
Distribution  Spam email attachments
Elimination  Use Reimage for system cleaning and SnowPicnic ransomware removal

SnowPicnic ransomware virus locks victims' data using AES-256 encryption[2] algorithm and marks them with .snowpicnic file marker. The main goal of this kind of cyber threats usually is money extortion but this virus seems to be either still in development or a joke.

It is possible that SnowPicnic ransomware is released to test the system and the malware itself or simply to mess around with users because it doesn't demand cryptocurrency payment. Unfortunately, it infects the system and affects various parts of the device, including the performance and speed.

The ransom message that SnowPicnic ransomware displays on the system read the following:

Your files has been encrypted with Millitary Grade Algorithm AES-256 (Advanced Encrypting Standard) h[tt]ps://en.wikipedia[.]org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard,
And for decrypt: Buy to my wallet 0 bitcoins, not 0.5, not 1, not 2,0 bitcoins!ator will be crypted, obfuscated, and encoded with ASCII chars. Abort – spread to all computers. Retry – Record to BIOS and Hard Disk for installation and spreading before reinstalled:***
Good luck!
Good bye!’

Even if the hackers behind SnowPicnic ransomware are not serious, you cannot get a decryption key to recover your encoded files. Unfortunately, the only option for you is to replace encrypted files with the ones from a backup in cloud services or external devices.

If you do not have a file backing routine, you can employ data recovery software or methods that we suggest below. You can also find a few SnowPicnic ransomware removal methods below the article. Security experts[3] advise following them closely.

You need to remove SnowPicnic ransomware no matter what and the best option is tools like Reimage. A full system scan is required because cryptovirus may add other files on the system or alter the registry keys to make sure the malicious script is launched after every reboot.

Infected MS documents spread ransomware on the device

One of the main malware spreading tactics is spam emails, especially for ransomware because this way the virus gets on many devices at the time. These emails contain documents that look safe and legitimate but immediately when opened on the system loads malicious script on the targeted device.

Documents on these emails may be presentations, Word or Excel documents, PDF files, and even databases. When opened the file may initiate the malicious process or ask you to press on link and initiate internal scripts. When this is done ransomware gets on the system directly and starts its malicious processes.

SnowPicnic ransomware elimination require professional help

To remove SnowPicnic ransomware, you need to rely on professional anti-malware tools like Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes and use them to scan the system fully. This step is crucial for crypto-demanding malware because keeping this threat on the system may lead to permanent data or money loss.

Make sure that you pay close attention during SnowPicnic ransomware removal and follow the suggested steps on your program. Also, you may benefit from rebooting the device in Safe Mode with Networking before running a scan because ransomware can disable your antivirus or affect the results. You can follow a step-by-step guide below to know how. 

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To remove SnowPicnic virus, follow these steps:

Remove SnowPicnic using Safe Mode with Networking

To remove SnowPicnic ransomware from the system in your first try, you should enter the Safe Mode with Networking and then scan the system using antivirus program:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove SnowPicnic

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete SnowPicnic removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove SnowPicnic using System Restore

System Restore can undo SnowPicnic ransomware changes by recovering the system in a previous state:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of SnowPicnic. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that SnowPicnic removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove SnowPicnic from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by SnowPicnic, you can use several methods to restore them:

If you need an alternative to file backups, you can try Data Recovery Pro

Data Recovery Pro is a program that helps with encrypted files and can recover accidentally deleted data

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by SnowPicnic ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature can be used for file restoring after SnowPicnic ransomware attack

However, this feature only works if System Restore was enabled before

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer recover data encrypted by SnowPicnic ransomware

When ransomware leaves Shadow Volume Copies, ShadowExplorer can restore your encoded files

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Decryption is not possible

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from SnowPicnic and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Alice Woods
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