This article will help you remove the latest version of the Dharma ransomware virus and show you how you can try to possibly restore files encrypted with the .air extension.
Dharma ransomware authors keep on building new variants of their cryptovirus, which spread across computers worldwide. The current variant of Dharma encrypts files by appending the .air extension to them, making them inaccessible. It also may add a unique identification number as previous versions do. All encrypted files will receive the new extension as a secondary one. The ransomware drops a ransom note, as usual, which gives instructions to victims on how they can allegedly restore their files, and tries to make them pay money as a ransom. Continue to read the article and see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files without paying the ransom fee.
|Name||.air Files Virus (Dharma)|
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .air extension to them, along with a unique identification number placing the new .air extension as a secondary.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.air Files Virus (Dharma) – Distribution Ways
.air Files Virus might spread its infection via various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:
.air Files Virus might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.
.air Files Virus (Dharma) – In-Depth Description
.air Files Virus is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a ransomware note. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files, same as with the previous Dharma / CrySis ransomware family variants, for example the.Bkp Files Virus (Dharma).
.air Files Virus ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
Two of the most common registers that are modified are the following:
After encryption the .air Files Virus virus shows a ransom note inside a file, trying to make you want to pay the extortionists a large sum of money as a ransom. In that note it will be stated that with time the price will keep increasing or something along those lines, to try and trick you with this scare tactic to pay now.
This is how the ransom note looks:
Here is what it says:
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 [email protected]
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails: [email protected]
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.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
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 following e-mail address is used to contact the cybercriminals:
In addition, the following text file will be present after the ransomware drops all of its contents onto a compromised computer system:
The file is called FILES ENCRYPTED.txt and reads the following:
However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts. One more reason not to proceed with payments is that the criminals will make you pay over the TOR network.
Criminals prefer these services because of the TOR network, which helps the crooks to stay undetected and anonymous.
.air Files Virus (Dharma) – Encryption Process
The encryption process of the .air Files Virus happens in the same way as previous variants. All encrypted will receive the .air extension alongside a unique identifier number. That extension will be placed as a secondary one to each file and look something like work.docx.id-1E857D00.[[email protected]].air.
The targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted are currently unknown and if a list is discovered, the article will get duly updated. The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Image files
- Document files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
The .air Files Virus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .air Files Virus (Dharma)
If your computer got infected with the .air Files Virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.