.Adage Virus


The .Adage Virus ransomware is the newest representative of the Phobos ransomware family. Hackers use many different malware viruses to extract money out of web users and to scare them. One of their newest creations is .Adage – a Ransomware cryptovirus that locks the victim’s personal files and asks a certain amount of money to be paid for their decryption.

The crooks rely on stealth and panic to make you unable to think straight and to force you to release the payment in exchange for a special decryption key which is supposed to decrypt the sealed files. This is exactly why, even in the event that your personal documents have been encrypted by .Adage, you must remain cool and take time to assess your possible options instead of instantly opting for something you may later regret. To begin with, think about this – the preferred payment technique required by the online hackers behind the cryptovirus is typically the infamous bitcoin currency mainly because this cryptocurrency can’t be tracked. By using this Internet currency, the hackers that are blackmailing you would more than likely be able to get away with their noxious scheme without getting caught. Really, there are almost no recorded instances of hackers who’ve been caught and/or revealed for Ransomware-based blackmailing and harassment. In addition, there are even cases of customers who have agreed to pay the required money but have nevertheless been denied access to their encrypted data.

The .Adage Virus posts an “All your files have been encrypted!” ransomware note.

What our advice for you is in the instance of .Adage-inflicted contamination is the following – take your time to think, take into consideration all your available options, and only pay a ransom in the event that nothing else looks like a good course of action.  One thing that we offer our readers as an alternative way for fighting off .Adage is our removal Instructional manual down below. Though we can’t offer you any guarantees that your files will be restored, the steps inside this Guide manual are still worth trying.

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After you’ve had your documents encrypted by .Adage, the most important thing you should focus on is how to remove the Ransomware using the removal guide which we have provided you with down below. The reason why it is so crucial to first remove the virus from the computer is that by doing this you’ll make sure it won’t be able to lock-up any more of your data. When you have successfully dealt with .Adage, you should proceed to the file-restoration methods that we have provided within our guide’s next part. Unfortunately, sometimes the techniques that we have provided our visitors with may not be as effective as you want them to be. Yet, it’s nonetheless better to complete the whole guide manual before going for any other solution. What we must mention here is that it’s always far better to ensure that no Ransomware viruses get on your computer or laptop, which is something you should keep in mind for future reference. One of the most effective methods of handling possible Ransomware invasions is backing up your valuable computer files on another location or by using a cloud service (or both). This truly is one of the wisest measures you can take because even in the event of an infection, you will still have copies of your digital documents, thus greatly reducing the chances of being blackmailed in any way.


Name .Adage
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
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Detection Tool

Remove .Adage Virus Ransomware

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

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    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

    • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

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    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

    Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

    Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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    How to Decrypt .Adage files

    We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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