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SPORA Ransomware Virus (Restore Files and Remove)

An article created to learn more about SPORA ransomware, remove virus files and try to decrypt encrypted data.

The notorious SPORA ransomware which was first detected back in 11th of January has begun to have worm-like spreading capabilities. This virus aims to perform multiple modifications on pictures, music, documents on the computers it infects resulting in those files becoming corrupt. But not permanently, SPORA ransomware begins to demand from the user to pay a hefty ransom fee, but this is not all, the virus also offers unique payment options and even offers future immunity. In case you have become a victim, we’d still advise not to pay any ransom to the crooks, behind it. Instead, read our article on SPORA and see other methods on removing it and restoring encrypted files.

Threat Summary

Name

SPORA

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.
SymptomsThe user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” linking to a well-designed web-page.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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The SPORA Virus – Ransomware Information

This really appears to be ransomware on the next level, based on how it was created and the “customer service” this threat offers. But there are other innovations as well, primarily in terms of how it infects.

SPORA’s Infection Methods

To cause an infection, the criminals who are behind SPORA have used quite the unique technique – they are using a worm. These type of worms cause much more damage in much shorter time frames. A worm does not traditionally infect by opening an executable, instead it automatically moves from one infected computer to another one in a given network. So the cyber-criminals may still use spammed e-mails to spread SPORA ransomware, but this time they may aim to inflict maximum damage to a network by infecting other computers in it, besides the “patient zero” PC.

The e-mails that were detected to spread SPORA ransomware were e-mails that contain .ZIP archives and in those there were .HTA types of files. These files aim to resemble fake .PDF files and end with “.pdf.hta” where the actual file extension is the .hta one. The user is usually driven to be misled that this is a document that was processed, like a request, for example and becomes fooled into opening it.

After opening the file, SPORA drops it’s distinctive payload which consists of:

  • The flash exploit kit file, belonging to RIG-V(latest RIG EK) version).
  • A randomly named .tmp.exe file which is the actual encryption module.
  • An .html file, linking to SPORA’s web page.
  • Another .html file with the ransom note and unique ID of the victim.

Security researchers feel strongly convinced that SPORA ransomware is injected by connecting the .hta file from a compromised website. From there the virus may begin to spread from a computer to computer to terrorize users.

SPORA Ransomware’s Encryption and Ransom

SPORA is very interesting when it comes to encryption, because it looks evolved there as well. One key indicator for the ransomware to be evolved is the extremely well-designed payment web page which offers multiple methods to pay and even “kindly” enough offers future immunity against attacks and the free decryption of 2 files.

The ransomware even has an online chat service which can help the victim establish communication with the criminals. All of these tools and tricks are believed by experts to be created for the purpose of giving users the sense that they have fallen in the right wrong hands, increasing the belief that their files will be restore after paying the ransom. However, paying is still highly inadvisable for obvious reasons:

  • You may not get your files back.
  • You may not be immune against future attacks.
  • You support the cyber-criminals to spread SPORA even more.

This is why we advise you to follow our guidelines for removing the virus and trying to restore your files while waiting for a decryptor.

Remove SPORA and Try Decrypting Your Files

The first thing to do if you are infected by SPORA ransomware is to immediately turn of the internet connection of the infected computer because this virus uses a worm to infect other PCs on your network.

Then, we advise immediately downloading and installing an advanced anti malware tool on the infected computer, and hence removing SPORA automatically. This can happen if you follow the removal instructions below.

After having removed this virus, we recommend you to backup the encrypted files and leave copies of them on your computer. Then you can try the file restoration methods we have suggested below at step “2. Restore files encrypted by Spora”. They may not be fully successful, but some users have reported restoring encrypted files, so it really depends on what is your situation.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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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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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.

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

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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.

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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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


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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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.


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Step 3 (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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


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?

Via several ways.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?

Do not panic and backup the files. 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)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. 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?

There is still a lot you can do. 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.

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