Thanks to Avast researchers, a decryption method has been updated in their CrySiS ransomware fix tool, which can now decrypt .wallet files encrypted by the 2nd iteration of Dharma ransomware, discovered in March, 2017. In case your computer has been infected by the .wallet version of Dharma ransomware, we recommend that you follow the instructions in this article. They are designed to help you (1) remove Dharma ransomware from your computer and then (2)decrypt the files using the CrySiS fix tool, created by Avast security researchers.
Dharma Ransomware – Decryption Process
Before any decryption process related to the .wallet file virus begins, recommendations are to use an advanced anti-malware tool to remove the infection and then to back-up the encrypted files by creating several copies of them on different removable drives or in the cloud.
Then, we advise you to follow these steps:
Step #1: Download “CrySiS Fix” tool from Avast’s website by clicking on the Download button below:
Make sure to save the file somewhere where you can easily find it:
Step #2: Run the program and click on the “Next” button:
Step #3: Choose the drive which you want to be scanned for encrypted files and click on “Next” once more. You can also add a folder that has important files, by clicking on the “Add Folder” button on the bottom-right:
Step #4: Now, the final step is to decrypt the files on the compromised computer by clicking on the “Decrypt” button. Bear in mind that you need to have patience, because the decryption process may take some time. Do not turn off your computer during the process.
After the decryption process is complete the files should be openable once more. Make sure the back them up on another drive. Also, to prevent such situations from happening in the future, we strongly advise you to read the following related article on how to safely store data:
How to Remove .wallet from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .wallet
Step 2: Uninstall .wallet and related software 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .wallet on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .wallet there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .wallet with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .wallet.
Ransomware infections and .wallet 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .wallet from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .wallet and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove .wallet via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .wallet files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .wallet, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .wallet on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .wallet aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.