Adame Ransomware is one of those reasons we always emphasize the importance of backing up your data. It is very often that we cannot get a hold of public decryption tools for random ransomware infections, and when that happens, a file backup is probably your best option. All you have to do is remove Adame Ransomware for good, and then focus on restoring your file library by transferring the healthy copies back into your hard drive. Unfortunately, not all users are that prepared, and they often have to face the option of starting from scratch.
Our research team suggests that Adame Ransomware is another version of Phobos Ransomware. In turn, it is a copycat of Dharma and Kiratos Ransomware infection. Nevertheless, it doesn’t look like the criminals are using the exact same code for Adame Ransomware. We have found that the program is written in a different .NET language, and its code itself is obfuscated.
It is rather doubtful whether knowing the exact type of code would help regular users protect themselves from this infection. The point with ransomware programs is that once they are in, it is almost impossible to revert the main damage unless (as mentioned) you have a file backup.
Therefore, it is important to educate ourselves about ransomware distribution methods. We have to know how Adame Ransomware and other similar infections spread so that we could recognize the potential infection immediately.
The most common ransomware distribution method is spam email campaigns. Although spam email attacks might seem random, it is also common for ransomware to spread via spear-phishing attacks when spam emails are sent directly to a specific target. That target is usually a company or some institution. It is far more likely that ransomware will infect a bigger computer system as opposed to an individual desktop. After all, there is a bigger chance that a company will pay for the decryption tool because they desperately (supposedly) need their data.
So it is necessary to avoid opening emails from unfamiliar senders. All the more so if those emails come with attachments. Normally, spam emails that distribute malware employ a very urgent tone, where they try to push the targeted users into taking immediate action. That action would be opening the attached file. Needless to say, the moment you open the file, you infect your system with Adame Ransomware or any other ransomware.
What if the file is legitimate though? Well, you can always check that by scanning the said file with an antispyware tool. This could be a good habit that would save you the trouble of dealing with dangerous infections.
Now, once Adame Ransomware enters the target system, this program runs the encryption algorithm that encrypts files in %USERPROFILE%, %APPDATA%, %HOMEDRIVE%, and %PROGRAMFILES% directories. It then drops a ransom note on the Desktop in a TXT format file. The ransomware note just says that your files were encrypted, and now you have to contact these criminals via the given email addresses. It doesn’t say anything in particular about the ransom that you have to pay. We can only assume that further information is provided once the contact is made.
It doesn’t mean that you need to contact these criminals. As mentioned, just remove Adame Ransomware from your system following the instructions below, and then focus on restoring your files. If you have copies of your files, simply delete the encrypted data and transfer the copies back into the clean computer. If not, you might want to address a professional who would let you know more about the potential recovery options. But whatever you do, paying the ransom is never an option.