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Remove Stampado Ransomware and Restore .locked Files


Stampado is the name of ransomware, which appeared on the Dark Web earlier this week. Offered as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) for only 39$ and a full-time license, this piece of malware is fairly accessible to cybercriminals. Heavily advertised as being very cheap, buyers are expected to show up. The ransomware encrypts files while adding the .locked extension to them. Read the whole article to find out how you can stop the ransomware and possibly decrypt any encrypted data.

Threat Summary

Name Stampado
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware will encrypt all of your important files and display a well-written ransom note, giving out sufficient details about ransom payment.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt files with .locked extension appended to every file.
Distribution Method Exploit Kits, Spam Emails, File Sharing Networks
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Stampado Ransomware – Distribution Ways

Stampado ransomware is being promoted on the Dark Web with the help of aggressive advertisement campaigns, according to Heimdal’s security blog. Also, at the time of writing, no samples with the malicious code have been found in the wild. The ransomware is sold for 39 US dollars for a lifetime license. By being so cheap on the market, the ransomware is bound to find buyers. With no malware samples to examine, researchers cannot yet tell if this crypto-virus can be decrypted.


In the future, Stampado can be distributed in different ways, depending on how cyber crooks decide to infect users. Exploit kits, spam emails with malicious attachments, targeted attacks, social media and file sharing networks are the broader set of the possible distribution tactics. Be extremely careful when you click on various online content, what privileges you set in documents and about browsing in suspicious web space.

Stampado Ransomware – Technical Overview

Stampado is the name given to a very recent ransomware. The origin of the name allegedly comes from Italian, meaning “to print” or “to press.” The ransomware even has a presentation video on the Dark Web eliciting its capabilities and strong suits. Clearly, it does not require administrator privileges, as most modern ransomware viruses. It will lock data with the very well-known .locked file extension

Stampado ransomware creates a copy of itself to this location:


Afterward, Stampado creates the following registry key:

→HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”Windows Update” = “%AppData%\scvhost.exe”

The above registry entry makes the ransomware persistent, because it will make it start automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

When the encryption process is complete Stampado ransomware leaves a ransom note written in proper English and very few ransomware viruses can boast about the same. Here is how that ransom note looks like, by default:


The text from the ransom note is the following:

All your files is have Been encrypted.
The All your files is have Been encrypted!
The All your documents (databases, texts, the images, the videos, the musics etc) Were encrypted of The encryption WAS done The using the a secret key That is now! Just on Our servers.
to decrypt your files you will need to buy the secret key from us. Are the only for We the world on the who CAN Provide the this for you.
The Note That every 6 hours, a random file is permanently deleted The faster you are. the less See files is you will of Lose.
Also, in 96 hours, the key will of the BE permanently deleted and there will of the BE the no way of Recovering your files is.
for What CAN I of do?
Contact us by an email telling your ID (the below) and: wait for us to the instructions the send.
Contact us by an email teste@email.com
of As a proof, you CAN the send one’s encrypted file SO we will of the send IT back decrypted. IT as with a the Use That we CAN guarantee your decrypt the files is.
The Next Russian Rollette file deletion:
5 hours, 44 minutes and 59 seconds
Time The total loss The until:
3 days, 23 hours, 44 minutes and 59 seconds

From the ransom note, we can see that files which are going to be encrypted are associated with:

  • Databases
  • Texts
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

Those are the most important and very personal files of every user. The ransomware can use executable files, like .exe and .bat, but also .scr, .dll and .cmd files for the delivery of its payload and all other malicious activities. That makes the ransomware flexible and with all other characteristics combined can make it the preferable choice among cyber criminals.

According to Symantec, some of the files that Stampado ransomware searches to encrypt have the following extensions:

→.7z, .avi, .bmp, .doc, .docx, .flv, .gif, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .txt, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xml, .zip

The Stampado ransomware provides 96 hours for victims to make the needed payment of the ransom. The default ransom price is put at 1 Bitcoin, which is a huge amount considering what criminals pay for it. The most intriguing feature of Stampado is that if 96 hours pass without payment, a Russian roulette is triggered – every 6 hours a random file will get deleted.

If you stumble upon this ransomware, do not pay the ransom. Nobody can make a guarantee that you will restore all of your data. Save your most important files somewhere safe (not on the computer) and wait for a possible way of recovery or decryption. Let’s hope some flaw in the ransomware is found sooner than later.

Stampado ransomware is not described whether it erases the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system. That is interesting, although it is most likely one of the basic features of the virus.

Remove Stampado Ransomware and Restore .locked Files

If your computer machine got infected with the Stampado ransomware, you should have some experience in malware removal. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it encrypts other files and spreads deeper in the current network. The recommended action here is for you to remove the ransomware completely by following the step-by-step instructions guide given down 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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About the Stampado Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Stampado how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the Stampado ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.


1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware

Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Stampado from Windows.

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


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Stampado 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 Stampado 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 Stampado 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.

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 Stampado 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.


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


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.


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

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

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

Ransomware infections and Stampado 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 recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Stampado from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall Stampado and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 Stampado:

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 Stampado. 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 Stampado. 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 Stampado 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 Stampado. 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

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Stampado:


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

Ransomware infections and Stampado 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 recommended 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.

Stampado FAQ

What is Stampado ransomware and how does it work?

Stampado 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 Stampado ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Stampado 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 Stampado 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 .Stampado files?

You can't. At this point the .Stampado 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 .Stampado files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Stampado 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 ".Stampado" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Stampado 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 Stampado 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 Stampado ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Stampado files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Stampado 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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