Remove Spora Ransomware and Restore Your Files (Update June 2017)
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Remove Spora Ransomware and Restore Your Files

This article will help you to remove Spora ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Spora is the name of a ransomware virus, that is meant to primarily target Russian speakers as its payment page and ransom note are written in Russian. However, other users may become victims as well. Your files will become encrypted with a very strong mixture of the AES and RSA algorithms. Afterward, the Spora cryptovirus displays a ransom message with demands for payment. See all specific Spora Virus updates below.

Threat Summary

NameSpora
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine. Then it displays a ransom note in Russian, although the language can be changed to English.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the help of RSA and AES encryption algorithms.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Spora Ransomware – Ways of Distribution

Spora ransomware could be distributed by different ways. The payload file that drops the file with the malicious script (which uses both JScript and VBScript scripting languages) for the ransomware which infects your computer device is the following:

  • Скан-копия _ 10 января 2017г. Составлено и подписано главным бухгалтером. Экспорт из 1С.a01e743_рdf.hta

The .hta file is contained inside a .zip file attached to an email which looks like the following:

The email is written in the Russian language and a rough translation in English reveals that the email is lying to the user, in order to get him to download the attachment. The translation in general states that some “application has been accepted and processed, and two bills are attached – one with a deposit, the other without and to pay attention to the correctness of dates and details”.

The .hta file has been processed through the VirusTotal service and you can preview the results in the screenshot below:

Spora ransomware might also be distributing that payload file on social media sites and file-sharing networks. Do not open files right after you have downloaded them, especially if they come from suspicious sources like emails and links. Instead, you should first scan them with a security tool, check their size and signatures for anything unusual. You should read the ransomware prevention tips topic in the forum section.

SPORA Virus – June 2017 Update

Spora ransomware is still being spread worldwide. New malware samples have been discovered by researchers that have been obfuscated scripts. For example, there is a sample that pretends to be a needed font for Google Chrome. Once that executable is launched, a computer becomes infected. What is different from before is that Spora now uses a new infection chain scheme along with a new thread execution that use the Explorer process in Windows. What is more, the virus now has many threads for self-deletion of its processes. All of the things mentioned above proves that Spora keeps growing and evolving.

SPORA Virus – May 2017 Update

Spora ransomware has continued to evolve, but not as much in it’s activity after it infects, but more in the methods it uses to infect. One of the methods used by the virus, as of late reports is via a pop-up that is displayed solely on Google Chrome. This pop-up leads to a compromised website. From this website, a malicious EITest injection occurs which causes the pop-up to occur. The website looks like the following as reported by malware-traffic-analysis.net:

As soon as the site is opened, it immediately injects a malicious script, and it causes a forced download of a malicious .exe file, named “Chrome font.exe” after being clicked on. If opened, the executable runs an infection malware which is intermediary and causes the download of the malicious Spora ransomware files. This is a new and unique social engineering scheme, but it does not mean that the virus has stopped using the RIG 4.0 exploit kit version which was reported to be associated with the IP 92.53.127.86. The latest version 4.0 of the exploit kit is used in many other ransomware viruses like HELP_HELP_HELP Cerber ransomware, CryptoShield ransomware and Locky .osiris virus. The exploit kit is still used and still causes infection on computer systems that are not properly secured.

Spora Ransomware – Technical Information

Spora ransomware is a sophisticated cryptovirus. What makes it so is its strong encryption which has a few layers and uses different encryption algorithms and techniques. Different malware researchers say that the cryptovirus is mainly targeting Russian users and its name is also Russian (“Spora – meaning Spore). The ransomware will encrypt files on your computer system without changing the names of the files.

When your files are being encrypted, the fake documents will display errors to simulate corrupted documents, so you don’t suspect that something is amiss:

Spora ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence. Those registry entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System.

The ransom note will be dropped on your Desktop. Once you enter your ID, you will be redirected to one of several domains with a payment page. On those domains you can navigate through and see the payment details. The ransom note will have the name of your ID and use the extension .html. You can check out the ransom note in the screenshot below:

That ransom note reads the following:

All your work and personal files were encrypted
To restore data, obtaining guarantees and support,
follow the instructions in your account.

SPORA RANSOMWARE

https://spora.bz>

Personal Area

authorization
What happened?
1. Only we can restore your files.
Your files have been modified using RSA-1024 algorithm. Reverse recovery process is called decryption. This requires your unique key. Choose or “hack” it is impossible.
2. Do not turn to intermediaries!
All recovery keys are stored only in our country, respectfully, if you someone will offer to restore the information, in the best case, he first buys the key at us , and then you sell it at a premium .
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The cybercriminals who are behind the Spora virus have put demands and detailed instructions on the payment page, which you can see below:

You should NOT in any circumstance pay the cyber crooks. Your files may not get recovered, despite the guarantee given on the payment page. Moreover, giving money to those criminals will probably just motivate them further to pursue a career in cybercrime.

Below you see the complete list with file extensions that the Spora ransomware seeks to encrypt:

→.xls, .doc, .xlsx, .docx, .rtf, .odt, .pdf, .psd, .dwg, .cdr, .cd, .mdb, .1cd, .dbf, .sqlite, .accdb, .jpg, .jpeg, .tiff, .zip, .rar, .7z, .backup

A .KEY file will be created with a sophisticated technique, using a couple of encryption algorithms:

  • Generates the AES and RSA keys
  • Encrypts the RSA key using the AES one
  • Encrypts the AES key using a public key embedded in the .exe file
  • Stores both keys inside the .KEY file

Then, every file will get encrypted by the following structure:

  • Generates an AES key
  • Encrypts the AES key using a generated RSA key
  • Encrypts a file by using the AES key
  • Stores everything to each file

That process is repeated quickly in succession to all files, which have extensions that the ransomware searches to encrypt. After the encryption process is finished the files’ names will remain intact with no extra extensions or other affixes being added to them.

The Spora cryptovirus is reported by researches to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system, disable Startup Repair and modify the BootStatusPolicy by utilizing the following command in the Windows Command Prompt service:

→process call create “cmd.exe /c vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet & bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no & bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures”

Read on to see some ways with which you might potentially be able to restore some of your files.

Remove Spora Ransomware and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the Spora ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Spora from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Spora

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Spora and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Spora on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Spora there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Spora with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Spora.

Ransomware infections and Spora aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Spora from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Spora and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Spora:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Spora. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Spora. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Spora via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Spora. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Spora files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Spora, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Spora on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Spora aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:


Spora FAQ

What is Spora ransomware and how does it work?

Spora is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Spora ransomware infect my computer?

Spora Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users. After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Spora is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Spora files?

You can't. At this point the .Spora files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Spora files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Spora ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Spora" files (Other Methods)?

We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Spora files. These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Spora ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Spora ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Spora files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Spora ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.

Try to contact your friends relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.

Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re downloaded from the web.

Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.

You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

3 Comments

  1. AvatarMr. Chorizoverde

    Esto es todo una mierd@!!!!!!!!!!!!!, nadA FUNCIONA NI SIRVE..

    Reply
  2. AvatarJorghe Arrate

    un asco el post no sirve para nada…

    Reply
  3. AvatarJoe

    Alguien sabe como desencriptar archivos encriptados por spora?

    Reply

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