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.bip Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) – Remove and Restore Files

This article has been made in order to best explain to you how you can remove the latest version of Dharma ransomware virus and explain how you can recover as many encrypted files as possible, containing the .bip file extension.

We have encountered reports from multiple victims about new iteration of the notorious Dharma ransomware. The malware has the .bip file extension embedded to it and it’s main goal is to conduct a lot of malicious activities, which results in leaving your files encrypted with a combination of several encryption algoritms. These ciphers aim to render your files to remain no longer able to be opened and looking like the following: Filename.id{ID-here}.[restoresales@airmail.cc].bip. The malware also leaves behind a ransom note file, named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt, which aims to convince victims into paying a hefty ransom fee to recover their files back to normal. If your computer has fallen victim to the .bip version of Dharma, we advise that you read this article since it contains information that can help you to recover your encrypted files without paying ransom.

Threat Summary

Name .bip Dharma Virus
Type File Encryption Ransomware
Short Description A new iteration of the Dharma/CrySiS ransomware viruses. Utilizes sophisticated encryption mode on data of infected machines in order to extort victims to pay in BitCoin for their encrypted files..
Symptoms Encrypts documents, images, videos and other important files and adds the .bip file suffix plus a unique ID and the e-mail to pay the ransom.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.bip Dharma Ransomware – Information Database:

.bip Files Virus - Update June 2018

.bip Files Virus – Update June 2018

The .bip files virus has been detected by security researchers to be spread even more vigorously since the beginning of June, 2018. The ransomware virus spammers use the same techniques – malicious e-mail attachments which infect the users via malicious macros. The chain of activities, leading to the successful infection is performed as the graphic underneath displays:

There has also been a new variant of Dharma ransomware to be released out in the wild, using the .combo file extension added to the encrypted files. The ransomware virus is based on the .cezar family of Dharma ransomware and you can find more information about it in the related article underneath:

.bip Files Virus - How Does It Infect

.bip Files Virus – How Does It Infect

In order to effectively infect the computers of victims, the .bip files virus uses a rather often used mean of distribution – via e-mails automatically sent to victims, in other words spam. These type of messages aim to convince victims to open a malicious attachment via trusting in its content in the sense that it is a legitimate document of some sort, for example:

  • An invoice for a purchase.
  • Banking statement document.
  • Receipt of a purchase.
  • Orders which you may or may not have conducted.
  • Other important files.

The e-mails which are sent, carry the infection file of Dharma ransomware, using the .bip file extension are made as if they come from people who are employees of companies in order to convince victims into opening them, for instance:

In addition to this, besides via e-mails of a spamming origin, the latest Dharma ransomware iteration could be spread via other means as well, such as claiming to be legitimate setups of software, keygens, patches or fixes for games and other software license activation files. If you look to download software online for free, we recommend that you always check the software via online scanners, like VirusTotal.

Dharma .bip Files Virus - Malicious Activity

Dharma .bip Files Virus – Malicious Activity

When the infection with this ransomware virus has taken place on your computer, the initial action of it is to conduct preparation type of activities, such as:

  • To create mutexes.
  • Interact with the Windows Registry Editor.
  • Delete system backups and shadow copies.
  • Change the wallpaper or automatically schedule the ransom note file to open on your desktop.
  • It may touch some of the Windows key files in order to obtain administrative privileges.

The main malicious file of the .bip variant of Dharma ransomware has been reported to be an executable type of file, with the following name and signature:

File size:431 KB

After the .bip version of Dharma ransomware has already dropped it’s infection file on the computers of victims, it may drop its payload files into the following directories of Windows:

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

After doing so, the .bip iteration of the Dharma virus may also begin to interact with the Windows Registry Editor. The malware may add Windows Registry entries in the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys of Windows, with the following location:

→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

These registry sub-keys are mainly the ones used if you want to run programs on Windows start-up and Dharma ransomware uses them to set it’s own settings to run the malicious files and other modules of it which perform nefarious activities on the infected PC automatically when you start Windows. One of those activities is to delete the Windows shadow volume copies, which is done via a script that is automatically executed and runs the following commands in Windows Command Prompt:

→ bcdedit /set bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
bcdedit /set recoveryenabled No
bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
vssadmin delete shadows /for={volume} /oldest /all /shadow={ID of the Shadow} /quiet

The ransomware virus aims to perform multiple different types of activities in order to make sure the victim knows it’s presence. This includes dropping it’s ransom note in the files of the victim’s computer, which appears like the following:

Dharma .bip Ransomware - Encryption Process

Dharma .bip Ransomware – Encryption Process

Just like other variants of Dharma , this iteration uses the AES (advanced encryption standard) cipher that is classified as a Suite.B encryption algorithm and also used by the NSA for encrypting eyes-only types of files. This algorithm changes the data on the files of your computer so that they become no longer able to be opened. This activity then results in the Dharma ransomware leaving the files on your computer to seem as if they are corrupt and they cannot be opened by any form of software in the future.

The Dharma virus performs a scan before encrypting your files since the malware looks for types of files that contain the most often used file extensions, such as:


The .bip files variant of Dharma is clever enough not to encrypt files in those folders:

  • %Windows%
  • %System32%
  • %System%
  • %Local%
  • %Temp%
  • %Program Files%

This is a preventive measure to leave your computer intact while you cannot use your important documents. The files which are encrypted by Dharma ransomware start to appear like the following image shows:

After they are encrypted, the .bip files can no longer be opened via any program and their code structure has been replaced with data from the AES encryption cipher. This cipher generates an asymmetric decryption key which can be used only by the cyber-criminals in a special type of software designed to decrypt those files. So the only chance of getting all the files back is by either the crooks releasing the decryption key to the public, malware researchers cracking the virus and locating a master decryption key or you paying the ransom. But do not despair and do not support them by paying the ransom – there are other ways via which you can try and recover .bip encrypted files as well. Keep reading this article to understand how to remove the .bip variant of Dharma ransomware and get your files back.

Remove Dharma Ransomware and Restore .bip Encrypted Files

Removing Dharma ransomware is the best method to go for and a recommended way to do it is via following the instructions underneath this article. They have been created to explain step by step how to remove Dharma ransomware manually if you have the time and experience in malware removal. If not, the we’d advise you what most experts advise users – to download an advanced anti-malware software. This type of software will effectively make sure to get rid of all of the malicious files that are associated with the .bip file version of Dharma ransomware and protect your PC against future infections automatically.

If you want to restore files, encrypted with the .bip file extension, do not despair, because there are several alternative methods which you can try. They are located in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .bip Dharma Virus” and they have been created in order to help you restore as many files as possible without having to pay the ransom, even though there is not 100% chance you may be able to recover all of your files, encrypted by this malware.

Ventsislav Krastev

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Step 1: Scan for .bip Dharma Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.

2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

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Step 2: Uninstall .bip Dharma Virus and related malware from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.
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2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.
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3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
delete ransomware from windows step 3Follow the instructions above and you will successfully delete most unwanted and malicious programs.

Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .bip Dharma Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .bip Dharma Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
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2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
delete ransomware virus registries step 2

3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
delete ransomware virus registries step 3 Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .bip Dharma Virus


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows Key + R.
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2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.
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3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
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Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.

4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.
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5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.
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Step 5: Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .bip Dharma Virus.

Method 1: Use STOP Decrypter by Emsisoft.

Not all variants of this ransomware can be decrypted for free, but we have added the decryptor used by researchers that is often updated with the variants which become eventually decrypted. You can try and decrypt your files using the instructions below, but if they do not work, then unfortunately your variant of the ransomware virus is not decryptable.

Follow the instructions below to use the Emsisoft decrypter and decrypt your files for free. You can download the Emsisoft decryption tool linked here and then follow the steps provided below:

1 Right-click on the decrypter and click on Run as Administrator as shown below:

stop ransomware decryptor step 1

2. Agree with the license terms:

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3. Click on "Add Folder" and then add the folders where you want files decrypted as shown underneath:

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4. Click on "Decrypt" and wait for your files to be decoded.

stop ransomware decryptor step 4

Note: Credit for the decryptor goes to Emsisoft researchers who have made the breakthrough with this virus.

Method 2: Use data recovery software

Ransomware infections and .bip Dharma Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.

.bip Dharma Virus-FAQ

What is .bip Dharma Virus Ransomware?

.bip Dharma Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. 

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithms to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

Can .bip Dharma Virus Ransomware Cayse Damage?

Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.

Should I Ignore Viruses, Like .bip Dharma Virus?

No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.

Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.

How Does .bip Dharma Virus Infect?

Via several ways..bip Dharma Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, containing virus attachment

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users. 

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way you may become a victim of .bip Dharma Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to Open ..bip Dharma Virus files?

You can't. At this point, the ..bip Dharma Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.

What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?

Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..bip Dharma Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

Can I Restore "..bip Dharma Virus" Files?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..bip Dharma Virus files. 

These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How To Get Rid of .bip Dharma Virus Virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.

It will scan for and locate .bip Dharma Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..bip Dharma Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .bip Dharma Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.

What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.

  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.

Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei

United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre

United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police

France - Ministère de l'Intérieur

Italy - Polizia Di Stato

Spain - Policía Nacional

Netherlands - Politie

Poland - Policja

Portugal - Polícia Judiciária

Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)

India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell

Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?

Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.

Can .bip Dharma Virus Ransomware Steal Your Data?

Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.

In many cases, the malware authors or attackers will threaten to delete the data or publish it online unless the ransom is paid.

Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?

Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.

Should I Pay Ransomware?

No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.

What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?

If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.

Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?

Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.

Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?

Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.

It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.

Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?

Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.

About the .bip Dharma Virus Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this .bip Dharma Virus how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the .bip Dharma Virus ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

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