- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Adame Ransomware is a computer infection that can encrypt personal files and then demand that the affected user pays ransom for the data that is being held hostage. It is probably the most common type of malware infection these days. It is very unfortunate that public decryption tools are seldom available for these infections, but we can still remove them from the infected systems.
Aside from ransomware removal, we have to be ready for these attacks, and the best way to prepare is to back up our files. If you think it will never happen to you, better think again: ransomware can infect anyone!
Our research team says that Adame Ransomware is a newer version of the Phobos Ransomware infection. It means that both programs share the same code, and they might exhibit similar infection symptoms. However, even when ransomware programs come from the same family, it is very unlikely that the same decryption key can be applied to all of them. Usually, programs use unique encryption keys to lock up user’s data, and thus each program requires a new decryption key, too. So even if we have encountered Dharma Ransomware, Kiratos Ransomware, and Phobos Ransomware before, we have to treat Adame Ransomware as a completely new infection.
It is true that Adame Ransomware can be considered copycat ransomware, but it is written in a different .NET language, compared to the previously released programs. The malicious code itself is obfuscated, too. Although such technical details do not tell much to the users who want to get rid of this program, it is still necessary to point out such details.
In fact, rather than focusing on removing Adame Ransomware for good, we should actually pay a lot of attention to ransomware infection prevention, too. Seeing how, most of the time, it is really complicated to retrieve the encrypted files, it would be for the best if we knew how to recognize a carrier of a ransomware infection, and then prevent it from entering our system.
Most of the time, Adame Ransomware and other similar infections travel via spam emails. They can also come through spear-phishing attacks, when cyber criminals attack specific targets. If that is the case, then it is a lot more likely that this program will target companies and business entities. After all, there is a bigger chance that a spam email would seep through someone’s tired eyes at a corporate system, as opposed to an individual desktop.
Either way, the point is that it we should NOT open emails from unknown senders, especially if these emails come from attachments. It is very often that such emails look presentable and reliable, and the attachments masquerade as legitimate files. These files usually come with some urgent message that pushes users into opening them. If you think that you must open a certain file, but you are not 100% the file is safe, before opening it, you can scan it with a security tool. If the file happens to be malicious, the security tool will notify you.
Now, when Adame Ransomware enters the target system, it launches the file encryption, and soon all the target files become locked. It also drops a ransom note file on your Desktop. The ransom note says that all your files have been encrypted, and you now you have to contact the criminals via the given email address. It also says that if you do not receive an answer within 24 hours, you should contact them via a different email address. This just proves how shaky the server connection is. And it’s very likely that these crooks can’t even issue the decryption key in the first place.
Therefore, you need to focus on removing Adame Ransomware first, and then look for other file recovery options. The files affected by the encryption will be located in the %USERPROFILE%, %APPDATA%, %HOMEDRIVE%, and %PROGRAMFILES% directories.
If you have copies of your files saved on an external hard drive, you can simply remove the encrypted data, and transfer healthy copies back into a clean computer. If not, please do not hesitate to address a professional technician in search of other methods to get your files back. But please be ready to face the direst option: creating your file library anew.
How to Remove Adame Ransomware