Spora Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Decrypt) June 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Spora Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how many Spora Ransomware files can be recovered.

We shall begin this article with the frightening message that you have already received: “Your computer has been infected with a Ransomware program, called Spora. All of the files you most enjoy accessing or you need to use have been encrypted. If you want to recover your access to them, it is necessary that you pay ransom.”. Such a bothering alert could also contain a deadline, before which you should pay the required amount of money, as well as the accepted payment methods and the actual sum that the hackers are demanding from you. The worst about these threats is the fact that they are real and the uncertainty about your favorite data that comes after such an infection.

Additional characteristics of Spora Ransomware

As a product identified as one of the Ransomware-type programs, the main purpose of Spora is to find the data that appears most important to you and lock it up, in this making you more compliant when it comes to the demands of the hackers. However, there is one specific feature that is raising even more concerns than the actual contamination process and this is the fact that Ransomware rarely gets distributed on its own. Normally, Spora comes to your PC in the company of another really scary virus – a Trojan horse. In fact, Trojans typically serve as the tool the Ransomware programs use to infiltrate your computer. The Trojans have the ability to look for, find and exploit even the tiniest vulnerability that your machine may have. For instance, if you haven’t updated your anti-malware tool and it is outdated, any typical Trojan finds a way to use this fact to help it infect your system. After such a system/program weakness is used for invading your PC, the Trojan usually hides and does whatever it has been programmed to do in a stealthy way. Spora Ransomware does the same – it continues according to its usual agenda. First, it explores all your disks and drives to define which data you use the most. Later, after compiling a thorough list of all such favourite files, it proceeds with the true contamination process, which involves locking up this data with an encryption key, typically consisting of two separate pieces. The first element of the key is shared with you right after the infection process is over. The second element is the one you are required to pay for and the one having the ability to decrypt your files. Upon the completion of the contamination process, Spora informs you about all the harm it has done by broadcasting a creepy ransom notification on your monitor.

The most frequently asked question – to pay  the ransom or not to pay it

A crucial aspect of understanding this virus is the moment when you realize you have been harassed by dishonest cyber criminals. They had no scruples at the moment when they unleashed this cyber danger. How could you be sure that they will show some when you give them your money? Indeed, you have no guarantee. We are trying to be as unbiased as possible and we are also going to state that by refusing to pay, you will also put your encoded files in danger. Whoever possesses the infected computer, should decide which is the lesser risk of the two. Our honest advice is to try all possible options before you proceed with paying the demanded money. Maybe an expert or a removal guide will help you fight Spora.

Only prevention could really guarantee the safety of your computer and your data

No removal tricks are as efficient as the following prevention advice when it comes to Ransomware. What we will first advise you is to be smart when you browse the web – avoid shady online locations, sites, torrents, bundles. Also, restrain from opening any emails from senders whose nicknames appear unfamiliar to you, as Spora might be lurking inside them or some of their attachments. However, what works best against Ransomware is to learn to always back up all the data that is essential to you, your accounts or your work. In this way you will be truly safe from all online threats that are waiting for you on the Internet. In order to completely uninstall Spora from your machine, our Removal guide may be just what you need. It is important that you follow all the instructions and implement them all and see what will happen. Hopefully, it may help you with your task to remove Spora from your PC and perhaps it will even help restore some or all of the encrypted files.

SUMMARY:

Name Spora
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Nothing really warning before the popping up of the ransom-demanding notification.
Distribution Method Via fake ads/ update requests; drive-by downloads; torrents; spam letters inside your email; illegal software and web pages streaming videos and movies.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Spora 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!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

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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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Scan Results


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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 Spora files

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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!