In this article we are going to try and help you remove Spora Ransomware. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.
Ransomware infections are on their rise at the present moment. The problem, though, is not in their constantly growing number, but in their disturbing nature. The Spora Ransomware virus that we are going to discuss in the paragraphs below is also a type of Ransomware and all the corresponding negative effects of these viruses could also be found in its usual behavior: encryption of files, sneaking into your PC without your approval exploiting a certain vulnerability, and sending blackmailing messages with detailed instructions about the payment of the required ransom. Ransomware in general and Spora particularly will be thoroughly explained in the article below.
General overview of Ransomware
The characteristics of Ransomware in general fully follow the description of Spora above. This is a type of software, identified as malicious, which was created at the end of the 20th century somewhere in Russia. From then untill now the programs from this malware group have constantly been evolving. Nowadays several subtypes of Ransomware could be distinguished:
- The most common kind – file-encryption Ransomware. This subfamily of viruses is responsible for locking up the files on your PC it has concluded you most usually open or that are almost constantly in use by some programs. This means that these programs will scan the whole content of your computer and will specifically choose such data, which in most of the cases is very important to you. Then the encryption progresses with the locking up of these files with a special key, consisting of two components (private and public). After this process is completed, Spora usually displays a notification that lets you know about the contamination, and blackmails you for a certain ransom amount, usually including various payment details like preferred currency or a deadline. Sometimes this ransom alert may contain the public component of the used key.
- Some Ransomware programs have been specifically developed to assist government agencies in their fight against pirating and violating human rights. This means that there are programs based on Ransomware, which are used for block the screen of users, who are doing something illegal, and their actions are detected by the agency that is responsible for dealing with such crimes.
- Screen-locking Ransomware. The programs based on it could just block your monitor and prevent you from opening anything – no files get truly encrypted, just your screen gets locked up. Nowadays there are hardly any infections with this version of the malware.
- Of course, there is a version of Ransomware that attacks mobile phones. Its principles are the same – it encodes the device for real and after that wants money in exchange of the decryption key that gives the user back their control over a given device. It is also a pretty common infection.
What sort of a virus is Spora?
Spora belongs to the file-encrypting version of Ransomware. It functions exactly as described in the first paragraph. What additional details you should know about this program is that it often gets spread around the web together with a Trojan. The two awful kinds of malware may get distributed in various ways, the most common ones being letters in your email and their attachment, no matter whether we are talking about an image, an entire archive, a folder or a kind of a document.
What about simply paying the necessary ransom and heal the infection with Spora in this way?
Unfortunately, this scenario of just paying and getting your files back may not be your specific case. Sometimes it doesn’t work that way. Neither the payment, not the avoidance of completing one may give you back the access to your files. Everything depends on the initial intentions of the hackers. This is what makes infections with Ransomware so terrible and Spora doesn’t represent an exception – absolutely no action against this virus guarantees you success in removing it and decrypting your encoded data. What we should say here is that such a decision about how exactly you will risk your encrypted files – by paying the ransom or by refusing to do so, is totally up to you. Our honest advice is not to pay before you try dealing with the contamination using other means – a special type of software, a Removal Guide like the one below here or an expert to clean your PC from Spora. This is recommended because by paying the hackers, you may only encourage them to try this harassment technique over more people. Also, when it comes to healing this infection, don’t forget to clean your computer from the Trojan corresponding to Spora Ransomware as well because if these two infection, or even just one of them, remain bothering your machine and you, you may have even more serious trouble. But first of all, try our own Removal Guide below to remove Spora and at least make an effort to save your files.
Spora Ransomware Removal
Enter Windows Safe mode.
- Win 7 Users: Restart your PC –> keep on clicking F8 –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Win 8 Users: Start Button –> Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative Tools –> System Configuration –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Boot –>
- Win 10 users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> Startup Settings –> Restart –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
Open Task Manager and locate any processes associated with Spora.
- Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys simultaneously –> Processes Tab –> Select a suspicious process (use Google or ask us in the comments if you are not sure about a process) –> Right Click and Open File Location –> End the suspicious process in Task Manager –> Delete the Folders containing the suspicious files.
Open the Registry Editor and search for Spora.
- Win 7 Users: Click Start and type regedit –> Enter –> Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Cryp1 Virus in the search field.
- Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Enter Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Spora in the search field.
Try to recover your files. First you will need System Restore.
- Win 7 Users: Start button –> Type Windows System Restore –> Enter –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and revert to it.
- Win 8 Users: Hold down the Windows key + Q –> Type Recovery –> Settings –> Choose the Recovery icon –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point.
- Win 10 Users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and apply it.
Secondly use program that can access your Shadow Copies.
- Use Google to find the official website of such a program and download it.
- Use the program to select the file types and the hard drive locations you want the program to scan for.
- Start the scan and keep in mind that it might take a while.
- Once the scan has been completed just select the files you want to be recovered.
If you have questions or suggestions feel free to use our comments section!