.Spade is a computer virus that is programmed to find potentially valuable files in its victims’ computers and lock them. Once the targeted files are locked, .Spade proceeds to ask the victim to pay a ransom for the recovery of their files.
This method of cyber blackmailing is nothing new and has been around for decades. Over the years, the hackers who use it have managed to perfect it, turning ransomware viruses such as .Spade into some of the nastiest forms of malware on the Internet. It is especially difficult to stop a new ransomware virus such as this one because the majority of antivirus programs wouldn’t have it included in their databases and so detecting the virus in time, before it has managed to lock your files, is nearly impossible even if you have an otherwise strong and reliable antivirus.
Most users learn that there is ransomware on their computer either once they try to access a given file that has already been encrypted or once a ransom message from the virus appears on their screen, informing them that their only hope for restoring their files is if they follow the strict instructions from the message to pay the demanded ransom. Of course, not everybody has the required money readily available and even if you are among the people who do, we still do not advise you to go for this course of action.
The .Spade virus
The .Spade virus is a member of the VoidCrypt ransomware file-locking type of viruses and its goal is to block the access to your files. The .Spade virus will not release your data until you send money to its creators.
The problem here is that you cannot really be sure of what happens after you send the requested sum. Maybe you do indeed get the decryption key, in which case the ransom payment would have been a necessary compromise. However, the question you should ask yourself now if .Spade is keeping your files hostage at the moment is whether there is anything stopping the hackers from keeping the decryption key and not sending it to you even after you’ve paid them. Usually, the answer would be negative and so it seems that it is better to at least first try some other possible solutions before you come back to the ransom payment as a potential option.
The .Spade file
The .Spade file is a file with a changed extension that has been encrypted by the ransomware and can’t be opened without the private decryption key. The .Spade file isn’t harmful to the computer but you won’t be able to access it while it stays encrypted.
If you desperately need to recover your data, paying is still an option but we suggest that you first give try the instructions in our guide and if nothing from there works for you, you can always try the ransom payment (although we still don’t recommend that).
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Unfortunately, there are very few symptoms while the encryption is still underway – in most cases, the only sign of the ransoware’s activity would be the unusually high use of system resources such as CPU and RAM as well as temporarily decreased free storage space.|
|Distribution Method||Methods such as spam messaging and the distribution of clickbait ads as well as the use of backdoor Trojans are the most commonly used strategies for spreading ransomware.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Not Available|
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Remove .Spade Ransomware
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt .Spade 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!