How to remove Spartacus Ransomware and recover .Spartacus files

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What is Spartacus Ransomware?

Spartacus ransomware

Spartacus is a cryptovirus that demands a ransom in exchange for your files. The malware spreads mostly via spam emails with attached SF.exe file and if you accidentally launch executable file, virus will start to infect your system. It scans your system to find more sensitive files like documents, photos, videos and so on. All sensitive files is encoded and gets .Spartacus or [MastersRecovery@protonmail.com].Spartacus extension, for instance, “mydoc.doc” will turn into “mydoc.doc.Spartacus”. Upon completion, virus displays pop-up window and leaves a ransom note (“READ ME.txt”) containing the following information:

All of your data has been locked us.
You want to return?
Write email MastersRecovery@protonmail.com or MastersRecovery@cock.li
Your personal ID KEY: XXXX
The same notification shows up in the form of a lock screen.

Spartacus Ransomware uses a complicated AES-256 encryption algorithm that makes your files unreadable without decryption key. The thing is that unique victim’s id is created during the encryption and is immediately sent to unavailable remote cloud. Malefactors blackmail people in this way, however, we still urge you not to contact them as it’s fraught with money loss. In most cases, malefactors just vanish once money is transferred. To complicate matters further, Spartacus Ransomware also deletes all shadow copies of files which are necessary for data restore. We still don’t know whether Spartacus Ransomware can delete files or not in case of non-payment so we will not take risks. To protect our files we need first remove Spartacus Ransomware completely from a computer and then to restore the files. Below you’ll find detailed instruction about it.

How Spartacus ransomware gets on your PC?

This type of virus can be infiltrated through several methods, including a freeware software, spam messages, trojans, software from dangerous sources, etc. A process of installation can start hidden and automatically. Besides that, some malware programs can mark Spartacus Ransomware as a trusted software program.

What to do if your PC is infected with Spartacus ransomware

As soon as you notice the presence of the ransomware on your system, you should turn your computer off. If it is possible to try to create a backup or image of your hard drive info. This may let you to reserve the state of your drives in case a decryption method would be created afterward.

How to remove Spartacus ransomware?

To make sure that the ransomware won’t reappear, you need to delete Spartacus ransomware completely. For this you need to remove the files and registry entries of the ransomware. We should warn you that performing some of the steps may require above-average skills, so if you don’t feel experienced enough, you may apply to automatic removal tool.

Download Removal Tool

Performing an antimalware scan with SpyHunter Removal Tool would automatically search out and delete all elements related to Spartacus ransomware. It is not only the easiest way to eliminate Spartacus ransomware but also the safest and the most assuring one.

Steps of Spartacus ransomware manual removal

Restart Windows in Safe Mode

For Windows XP:

  1. Restart the system
  2. While computer is rebooting press F8 several times
  3. In the appeared list of options choose Safe Mode

For Windows 7 and Vista:

  1. Restart the system
  2. While computer is rebooting press F8 several times
  3. In the appeared list of options choose Safe Mode

For Windows 8 and 8.1:

  1. Restart the system
  2. While computer is rebooting press F8 several times
  3. In the appeared list of options choose Safe Mode

For Windows 10:

  1. In the Start menu click on the power button
  2. Hold Shift and choose Restart
  3. Choose Troubleshoot
  4. In the Advanced Options choose Startup Settings
  5. Click Restart
  6. Select Enter Safe Mode

How to decrypt and restore .Spartacus files

Changing extensions manually

You may try to change file extension manually. After a changing of suffixes a file usually change icon, depending on type, and becomes readable.

Restore files with an automatic tool

For those types of ransomware viruses that rather remove files than encrypt them we would suggest using Recuva program.
recuva tool

  1. Download Recuva tool and launch it
  2. Within the on-screen wizard choose the type of the files you want to recover
  3. Choose the location of the files
  4. Wait until the application finishes scanning
  5. Select the required files and click the Recover button

Nevertheless there are no other tools able to restore and decrypt .Spartacus files, you may try applying to the manual methods described below, however, they might not work with the latest versions of Spartacus ransomware.

Restore the system

  1. Initiate the search for system restore
  2. Click on the result
  3. Choose the date before the infection appearance
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

Roll the files back to the previous version

  1. Right-click the file and choose Properties
  2. Open the Previous Version tab
  3. Select the latest version and click Copy
  4. Click Restore

If the above-mentioned methods didn’t help in eliminating the threat, then it’s better to rely on an automatic way of deleting Spartacus ransomware.

Download Removal Tool

We also recommend to download and use SpyHunter to scan the system after Spartacus ransomware removal to make sure that it is completely gone. The antimalware application will detect any vicious components left among system files and registry entries that can recover Spartacus ransomware.

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