Aliases: Ransom_SPORA.F (Trend Micro) Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Spora.d (Kaspersky) Win32/Filecoder.Spora.A trojan (ESET) W32/Injector.DJXG!tr (Fortinet)
Windows Defender AV detects and removes this threat.
This ransomware can stop you from using your PC or accessing your data. It might ask you to pay money to a malicious hacker.
Notably, this ransomware has worm capability, which means that it can spread to other computers in the network.
We have seen it being distributed via email either as a document with malicious macro codes or as an HTML application (HTA) packaged in a .zip file.
Our ransomware FAQ page has more information on this type of threat.
The trend towards increasingly sophisticated malware behavior, highlighted by the use of exploits and other attack vectors, makes older platforms so much more susceptible to ransomware attacks. From June to November 2017, Windows 7 devices were 3.4 times more likely to encounter ransomware compared to Windows 10 devices.
There is no one-size-fits-all response if you have been victimized by ransomware. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will give you access to your files. If you've already paid, see our ransomware page for help on what to do now.
Run antivirus or antimalware software
Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:
- Windows Defender for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, or Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Microsoft Safety Scanner
You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.
Get more help
If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.