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Remove Sanction Ransomware and Restore .Sanction Encrypted Files

Update! Apparently, a new variant of this ransomware has been spotted in the wild. The new variant bears the name of Rush ransomware and encrypts files with a .crashed extension. For more detailed information, take a closer look at the article about Rush ransomware.

There is a SensorsTechForum-sanction-ransomware-ransom-message-note ransomware called Sanction. Its name comes from the extension .Sanction it attaches to encrypted files. For encryption, the ransomware uses an RSA-256 bit algorithm. The ransom asks payment of 3 Bitcoins within the first 72 hours after encryption.

To remove the ransomware and see how to try restoring your files, you should read the article.

Threat Summary

NameSanction
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files with 256 bit RSA algorithm and demands a ransom for decryption.
SymptomsFiles get encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom message with instructions for paying the ransom is in a file that appears on your desktop.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks
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Sanction Ransomware – Delivery

Sanction ransomware can be delivered various ways. One is via spam emails which contain an attachment with a malicious file. If that attachment is opened, it will automatically inject malware inside your PC. Malicious code can also hide in the text of the email itself. That signifies that you can be infected only from opening the email, regardless if you opened the attachment. Exploit kits are not used to distribute this variant of the ransomware.

Other ways of delivery for this ransomware are social networks and file sharing services, which may contain malicious attachments and files related to the Sanction ransomware. The files can be introduced to you as ones you need or something useful. Visiting untrusted websites and clicking links that are suspicious can lead to an infection from this malware as well. If a file is downloaded to your PC, know that your computer might be compromised and remotely accessed from a Trojan horse.

Sanction Ransomware – Technical Information

The Sanction malware is classified by researchers as a ransomware. When your computer is infected an executable or type of batch file is created, and the ransomware could make new entries in the Windows Registry for endurance.

The executable can have a different name on different computers and be generated at random. Modifications in the Windows Registry are usually created in the following registry entries:

HKLM/Software/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon/Shell

and

HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/

Unfortunately, that can make the ransomware load automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

Afterward, the ransomware creates a file with a name, similar to HOW_TO_DECRYPT.HTML which has the ransom message inside. Here you can view how that file looks:

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The instructions in it of how the ransom can be paid are always the same:

Your unique GUID for decrypt: j43as8fk-29gp-61da-3671-h03c83472r74
Send me some 3 bitcoin on adress: 1HTeqoW6HKPxxn5y7HrjeQNaLJTa7LxKC
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 https://blockchain.info
How to buy /sell and send Bitcoin :
1)https://support.coinbase.com/customer/en/portal/topics/796531-payment-method-verification/articles
2)https://support.coinbase.com/customer/en/portal/topics/601090-buying-selling-bitcoin/articles
3)https://support.coinbase.com/customer/en/portal/topics/601112-sending-receiving-bitcoin/articles

After the payment, enter the wallet from which paid, and email, in which contact you.
After receiving the payment, we will contact you.

You are asked to pay 3 Bitcoins within 3 days. When writing this article, that amounts to 1248 US dollars.

Contacting the ransomware makers with the intention of paying the ransom money is NOT advised. Absolutely no guarantee exists that you will have your files unlocked and restored. Paying ransomware creators is also considered the same as supporting their criminal activity. That could encourage them to make an even tougher version of the malware.

The Sanction ransomware searches files for encryption with files found on your Disk drives. Files that can be encrypted have these extensions:

→.odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .txt, .pdf, .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .csv, .sql, .mdb, sln, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .php

After the encryption process is complete, encrypted files have the .Sanction extension. The encryption method used is suspected to be RSA-256 bit. Researcher Fabian Wosar of EMSIsoft has found that the cyber-criminals used the Hidden Tear’s project as a foundation for their ransomware.

For now, it is not known if Shadow Volume Copies are deleted from Windows. After the removal of the ransomware, you should check the fourth part of the instructions provided below, containing a few ways for restoring your files you could try.

Remove Sanction Ransomware and Restore .Sanction Encrypted Files

If you were infected by the Sanction ransomware, you should have a little bit of experience in removing malware. The ransomware can lock all of your files if you don’t act fast. So it is highly recommended that you are quick and follow the step-by-step instructions given below.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Sanction from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Sanction

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Sanction and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Sanction on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Sanction there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Sanction with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Sanction.

Ransomware infections and Sanction aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Sanction from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Sanction and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Sanction:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Sanction. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Sanction. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Sanction via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Sanction. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Sanction.

Ransomware infections and Sanction aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Sanction FAQ

What is Sanction ransomware and how does it work?

Sanction is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Sanction ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Sanction Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Sanction is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Sanction files?

You can't. At this point the .Sanction files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Sanction files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Sanction ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Sanction" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Sanction files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Sanction ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Sanction ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Sanction files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Sanction ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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