Threat Database Ransomware Shade Ransomware

Shade Ransomware

By GoldSparrow in Ransomware

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 8,372
Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 4,612
First Seen: September 23, 2015
Last Seen: August 24, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Shade Ransomware is an encryption ransomware infection. The Shade Ransomware is specifically designed to take over the victim's computer, encrypting the victim's files and then asking for the payment of a ransom to restore these files to the affected computer user. The number of encryption threats that are active in the wild is growing up. Like many other encryption threats that are currently active, the Shade Ransomware encrypts the victim's files, which become unrecoverable unless the victim pays the Shade Ransomware's ransom. PC security analysts strongly advise computer users to avoid paying the Shade Ransomware's ransom. Paying to restore the affected files enables the creators of the Shade Ransomware to continue carrying out their attacks. There is also no guarantee that the encrypted files will be restored, even if computer users pay the ransom. Instead, precautionary measures should be taken to ensure that the files encrypted by the Shade Ransomware can be recovered from a backup.

How the Shade Ransomware Infection Works

PC security researchers have observed a marked increase in encryption ransomware in recent years. What makes these kinds of attacks devastating is that computer users cannot recover the encrypted files, even if the infection is removed.The Shade Ransomware is no exception. The Shade Ransomware attack is simple: once the Shade Ransomware enters a computer, it scans the victim's computer for all files matching a list of extensions. After encrypting all these files and changing their extensions, the Shade Ransomware displays a ransom note. The Shade Ransomware uses text files, displays pop-up messages, and changes the victim's desktop image to display a ransom note demanding to decrypt the victim's files. The Shade Ransomware has been associated with the following message:

"All the important files on your computer were encrypted.
To decrypt the files you should send the following code:
to e-mail address or
Then you will receive all necessary instructions.
All the attempts of decryption by yourself will result only in irrevocable loss of your data."

The Shade Ransomware also uses a message written in Russian, reflecting the Shade Ransomware's Russian origin. The Shade Ransomware demands payment using Bitcoin and TOR to ensure that payments remain anonymous. The Shade Ransomware ransom amount may add up, totaling several hundred dollars. Even after paying, computer users receive no guarantee that their files will be restored.

Protecting Your Computer from the Shade Ransomware and Similar Attacks

Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to restore files that have been encrypted by the Shade Ransomware. The decryption key for these kinds of attacks is not stored anywhere on the victim's computer or in the threat's code itself. Some files may be recovered from the infected computer's shadow volume. However, the Shade Ransomware deletes shadow copies of encrypted files, so this is not a reliable method for recovery. The best way to thwart the Shade Ransomware attacks is protecting your machine from them preemptively. Some measures you can take to avoid becoming a victim of the Shade Ransomware and other ransomware attacks include:

  1. Back up all of your files using an external memory device or a Cloud-based backup method.
  2. Use a strong security program that is fully up-to-date to intercept any threatening components.
  3. Avoid visiting websites considered unsafe, such as pornographic websites or websites with pirated content.
  4. Use a reliable anti-spam filter to ensure that spam emails with threatening file attachments never make it to your inbox.

If your files become encrypted, the best way to deal with the Shade Ransomware is to wipe the affected hard drive entirely and restore its contents from a backup. You should ensure that the Shade Ransomware is entirely removed before restoring backed-up files, or your files may be re-encrypted by the Shade Ransomware.

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File System Details

Shade Ransomware may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. svchost.exe 9c4bc5f6bc61fadc7d5c1481990ab451 680
2. B32035D7.exe 8fbe9a961300fb62df587ed708160655 355
3. csrss.exe ab2e8454afb5c75203112e3d8dcae230 106
4. csrss.exe b16c65233fa26ceea22ef9043cfae1ea 69
5. csrss.exe 2a7c8bca9ad261e4b62710b9363c1701 67
6. csrss.exe 00e5fd81757577c200885ead52a069b4 51
7. csrss.exe c205c5c82decdc6426898cdfcf10ec32 25
8. csrss.exe 5d543cb856073fc4ca3d7839a049d5b5 22
9. csrss.exe 1aa87f415c7beb01bc2a03e87901a46d 18
10. csrss.exe c3196c5cd9efe23bafde3c987a11fd03 18
11. csrss.exe 5ba67ca7810e2d629ea02f37cacbcf2f 15
12. csrss.exe 730b0b8834adfb9a50defc8605c9f669 12
13. csrss.exe 3eab70b9665b5c771b31070a88f64f6c 12
14. csrss.exe bf84c61c1dc271dfc4e9fb2a811601af 10
15. csrss.exe 03ad9bc240b6d1d720e73f555c5e3e3c 9
16. csrss.exe 1e140e77700af01f407c979bea72a570 9
17. csrss.exe 9c10082e105343827930eaa2d2d9c729 9
18. csrss.exe 4039c1e8c180688104b67c315473fdb4 5
19. csrss.exe 89b3d4340686d28650420e04f58e6d56 4
20. csrss.exe 39782e4ecb1d8cac00ab9ab6ea4b916e 4
21. csrss.exe c9af62171da7a019f96f964e479f0106 1
22. fcvsasas.exe bbcf995c22756a6a634a0f54bae05ea0 1
23. csrss.exe 6f14ef7bc3bcb59d1b9aed257ff06567 1
24. csrss.exe 97f5363fde5840aa0955fa7973b55bd6 1
25. doc.exe dfcd797a1ffdab6dbedafe190d0992ad 0
26. file.exe 5f215d2597d27189d34034d80d24e485 0
27. file.js 63ba865c22863ef7d354634bace10166 0
28. file.exe 84307f2217068875dd710248c6f5fedf 0
More files

Registry Details

Shade Ransomware may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
Regexp file mask
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Drivers\csrss.exe

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