Amagnus@india.com is one of the e-mails the victims of the latest version of the Dharma ransomware (also known as the .Wallet virus), see after their computers have been infected by the malware. This type of ransomware infection aims to encrypt data via the AES algorithm on the computers it infects with the one and only purpose to extort the victim for a ransom payoff in BitCoin. In case you’ve become a victim of the Dharma virus it is advisable to read this material to help you remove the malware safely and try to restore the files encrypted by it.
|Short Description||.Wallet virus, also calling itself Dharma encrypts user files and leaves as contact e-mail addresses to contact the criminals behind it and pay the ransom fee.|
|Symptoms||Changes file extension of encrypted files to .wallet. Changes wallpaper to one with ransom instructions that have ransom e-mail.|
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How Dharma .Wallet Infects
To encrypt the files on compromised computer by infecting it, the criminals behind the .Wallet virus may undertake different approaches, varying from messages with links or attachments by suspicious users who send you friend requests on Skype, to suspicious e-mails sent to you, that resemble a bank or a legitimate service, like PayPal, Amazon or E-bay, for example.
Such messages may contain malicious files or scripts embedded in URLs that are masked as legitimate documents or even buttons. Opening those will lead to a malicious script causing an infection of Dharma ransomware and the download of it’s malicious payload under different names.
The infection file may have different tools embedded to cause a successful infection, such as:
- Obfuscators to hide the infection.
- An exploit kit to connect to criminal servers undetected and cause an infection via a bug.
- File joiners to combine malicious code with legitimate files.
- New URL’s that haven’t been flagged yet to cause a successful infection.
- Malicious scripts.
- Spamming affiliates or spamming software to spread the infection file/URL.
.Wallet Virus – More Information
About the Buddhist religion, the word Dharma means to act accordingly a natural order, but it may also mean a phenomenon of some sort. However, unlike the harmony Dharma preaches, there is nothing in harmony about it. In fact, it is the opposite, because this virus aims to wreak havoc on your computer, once you are infected.
The first task of Dharma ransomware after infecting your computer is to make several different objects in the Windows Registry. These so-called values might make the .Wallet ransomware to run on Windows startup and automatically begin to encrypt files. The main registry keys that are targeted are the Run and RunOnce keys in the Windows Registry.
Also, Dharma ransomware may change the wallpaper and drop a ransom note to make sure the victim of the virus knowns it’s presence on the computer. The ransom note of the virus may be the same like it’s older version:
→ “//hallo, our dear friend!
//looks like you have some troubles with your security.
//all your files are now encrypted.
//using third-party recovering software will corrupt your data.
//you have only one way to get them back safely – using our decryption tool.
//to get original decryption tool contact us with email. In subject like write your ID, which you can find in name of every crypted file, also attach to email 3 crypted files.
//it is in your interest to respond as soon as pissible to ensure the restoration of your files because we won’t keep your decryption keys at our servers more than 72 hours in interest of our security.
//P.S. only in case you don’t receive a response from the first email address within 24 hours, please use this alternative email address.
Regarding file encryption, Dharma ransomware may attack the most widely used type of files, for example the following file extensions:
→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG .CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com
Furthermore, this particular Dharma version also uses a very similar file format to encrypt the files. Besides using a strong AES algorithm to make the files no longer openable, it makes the files look similar to the image below:
After the encryption process is complete, bytes of the files’ code is altered, and they are no longer accessible.
Remove .Wallet Virus from Your Computer and Try to Restore Encrypted Files
Viruses similar to Dharma ransomware have previously proven to be more and more difficult to decrypt after their newer versions come out with patches to prevent malware researchers to decipher the files.
But despite that, trying to restore the files and removing Dharma is strongly recommended by experts. This is we advise you to perform the following steps in case you have become a victim of Dharma’s .wallet variant.
1. Backup your files, even though they are encrypted, because a decryptor may be released, which, if happens we will make sure to post an update on this web page.
2. Remove Dharma ransomware by following the specific instructions created below.
3. Trying to restore copies of the encrypted files by following the alternative methods suggested in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .Wallet Virus”.
Manually delete from your computer
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