Remove .2048 Virus Files (Ransomware Removal Guide)
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.2048 Virus Files (Dharma Ransomware) – How to Remove

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The .2048 files virus is a ransomware from the Crysis/Dharma family. It is extremely dangerous ransomware due to the fact that it encrypts personal files located on the local drives as well as shared network directories. The primary goal of Dharma .2048 ransomware is to extort a hefty ransom fee from infected users. The extortion happens via a ransom note file named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt

Security experts strongly advise all victims against paying the demanded ransom to hackers. Otherwise, cybercriminals will be encouraged to continue developing vicious ransomware infections like 2048 files virus and harassing online users. Keep up with this ransomware removal guide and find out how to clean malicious files from infected PC as well as how to potentially recover .2048 files.

Threat Summary

Name2048 virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA ransomware dsigned to corrupt valuable files and extort a ransom free for their decryption.
SymptomsImportant files cannot be opened due to changes of their code. They are all renamed with .2048 extension.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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2048 Virus Files – Technical Analysis

They usually inject the ransomware activator in the code of a file attachment or in the source code of any web page. Both elements could be shown in the email. What we recommend you to do every time you have a doubt whether an email element is harmful or secure is checking its security status. The free help offered by some online scanners like VirusTotal and ZipeZip could save you a lot of troubles.

The 2048 files virus is a nasty ransomware infection that has been released in active attack campaigns. A tweet by the security researcher Amigo-A reveals that the threat is based on the code of the infamous Dharma/CrySiS ransomware. As a strain of this ransomware, the 2048 virus plagues computer systems in order to reach target types of files, transform their code and extort a ransom fee from victims.

The main spread channel used by hackers is likely to be malspam. Emails that are part of such campaigns usually attempt to trick you into running malicious software on your device. For the purpose hackers often configure the emails to pose as representatives of legitimate institutions, businesses and services.

When started on a target computer system, 2048 ransomware creates a bunch of malicious files that support the contamination of essential system components and their settings. For their location are supposed to be chosen some of the following system folders:

  • %Roaming%
  • %Windows%
  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Temp%

By executing these malicious files on the infected system, the 2048 virus becomes able to evade detection and compromise needed system settings. Affected is likely to be the Registry Editor. Since the Registry Editor is an essential system component that contains some of the most important low-level system settings, it is highly recommendable to check it for any present malicious entries in case of infecton with .2048 virus ransomware.

.2048 File Extension

The 2048 virus Dharma strain aims to reach a data encryption stage when it becomes able to utilize strong cipher algorithm to corrupt target files. This algorithm transforms parts of the original code of personal files that store valuable information. As a result, you may be unable to open files like:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The moment 2048 virus encrypts a file, it appends the following sequence of extensions to its original name:

  • .id-XXXXXXXX.[rsa2048@cock.li].2048

If you want to understand how to potentially fix encrypted files with the help of alternative data recovery approaches, make sure to read carefully all details mentioned in step 5 from our ransomware removal guide. We remind that you should before you begin with the data recovery process, you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive as this will help you to prevent their irreversible loss.

When 2048 virus completes all planned infection stages, it drops a text file that contains its ransom message. The purpose of this message is to force you into contacting hackers so they can send you back their further demands. Here is the text message you could see when you open the file FILES ENCRYPTED.txt

all your data has been locked us
You want to return?
write email rsa2048@cock.li or 2048rsa@tutanota.com

FILES ENCRYPTED txt ransom note 2048 files virus sensorstechforum

Like the latest Dharma ransomware strains – .kharma Virus and .SySS Virus, the 2048 ransomware virus is supposed to be set to generate the following message:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail rsa2048@cock.li
Write this ID in the title of your message
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails: 2048rsa@tutanota.com
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
http://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

The same message may lock your screen and make it look like this:

2048-virus-file-dharma-ransomware-note-stf

We know that you need to recover your valuable files but beware of the fact that ransom payment does not guarantee their recovery. Cybercriminals could mislead you again by sending you broken decrypter or ignoring your messages. So you may not be able to restore files even after you pay the ransom. That’s why we advise you to avoid paying hackers and attempt to restore .2048 files with the help of alternative methods.

Remove 2048 Virus Files and Restore Data

The ransomware associated with .2048 extension is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So you should clean and secure your infected system before you could use it regularly again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this ransomware.

Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.

In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should consider the installation of a reliable anti-malware program.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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