Spartacus Ransomware Removal (+.spartacus File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Spartacus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .spartacus file can be recovered.

Ransomware viruses are an extremely dangerous malware threat that, unfortunately, oftentimes cannot be fully dealt with with the currently available means. This particular virus group, as its name would suggest, is used by its creators to extort money from their victims by making them pay a ransom. In most cases, the malware is used to either lock the files of the user through an encryption process or block the access to the whole PC which gives the cyber criminals a leverage through which they are able to blackmail the user. There are many such viruses out there and their number is quickly increasing as Ransomware has become throughout the past several years one of the most “popular” and commonly encountered malware threats. In today’s article, we will focus on one new version of Ransomware, it’s name is Spartacus and it belongs to the cryptovirus Ransomware subcategory. Those viruses are particularly nasty and are typically highly advanced which makes dealing with them especially difficult. 

Spartacus Ransomware

 

What we can provide you with in this article

Down below, you will learn more about Spartacus and cryptoviruses in general and you will also be provided with some valuable tips on how to protect your PC against this dangerous malware type. Also, we have tried to put together a guide that might help you with removing the virus and restoring the files that it might have locked-up in case it has managed to infiltrate your system. We cannot promise full recovery, though, simply because there’s no universal method for handling a Ransomware infection and in many instances there’s not much that can be done. That said, it is always a good idea to first try our guide before you consider giving in to the demands of the hackers and paying the ransom. Bear in mind that giving money to those cyber criminals is almost always a very bad idea. Know that such people couldn’t care less about whether you get your files back or not – their profit is their only focus and it wouldn’t be surprising if they simple decide not to send you the means to unlock your files.

 

Spartacus Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Spartacus 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!

Cryptoviruses and Spartacus Ransomware

Unlike other, less advanced forms of Ransomware such as the infamous screen-lockers that are much easier to deal with, encrypting viruses like Spartacus are a real pain in the neck and there are several reasons for that.

First of all, even if you manage to remove the virus, it’s encryption is more than likely to remain on your files. Once encrypted, the your personal data would stay that way until you figure out a way to have it unlocked and removing the Ransomware wouldn’t change much in that regard. However, note that it is still crucial that you make sure to eliminate the virus first, before you attempt to unlock anything because, in case you manage to recover some of the files and the virus is still there, it will likely re-encrypt them all over again.

The next problem with cryptoviruses like Spartacus is that they are especially stealthy and even advanced and high-quality security programs might have difficult time detecting them. This is primarily due to the “harmless” nature of Ransomware. We say harmless because such a virus wouldn’t typically try to damage or corrupt your data or your system. It’s encryption doesn’t really cause any damage which oftentimes makes the infection “invisible” to the antivirus program installed on the PC as the encryption process doesn’t get blacklisted as something malicious.

The third thing is that we need to mention here is that there are typically not many symptoms that can give away a Ransomware that’s currently on your system. The most notable red flags are normally surges/spikes in the RAM and CPU use but on more powerful computers, this might be difficult to notice and oftentimes there could also be other causes for such symptoms triggered by something else entirely.

Protecting your PC from Ransomware

As with most other malware forms, Ransomware infections, too, rely on a variety of insidious and stealthy techniques in order to infect more computers. Such techniques are various types of online spam, malvertising, social engineering, phishing, fake update prompts coming from unreliable sites or from adware/hijacker programs and others. In order to stay safe in future, you need to be really careful with regards to the online content you tend to interact with as well as with regards to what web addresses you normally visit. Always use your common sense and never let your curiosity get the better of you. Two other really essential pieces of advice are to always keep a backup of your most valued and important files and also to have a strong and reliable antivirus program – even if it might not be able to detect a Ransomware, it could still stop other viruses that could potentially carry Ransomware infections (backdoor Trojan Horses for example).

SUMMARY:

Name Spartacus
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware viruses do not cause many symptoms but you might still be able to notice RAM and CPU spikes during the encryption process which is a possible Ransomware infection red flag.
Distribution Method Fake update requests, backdoor viruses (Trojan Horses), illegal sites with downloadable content, spam e-mails and spam social network messages, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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