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Remove DIKE Virus Ransomware [.DIKE Files]

What is DIKE Ransomware?

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DIKE is the name given to malicious software based on the code of the Phobos ransomware. What DIKE ransomware aims to do is to extort ransom fees from its victims. When this ransomware infects a computer system it leaves lots of files that store valuable data completely inaccessible. To make those files recognisable, the DIKE virus adds three extensions to original names. The first one is a specially crafted ID number for every victim, the second is an email address associated with hackers and the third is the .DIKE extension. Following data encryption, the threat will drop two files that contain ransom messages.

If you are one of DIKE’s victims then keep reading this article to learn more about the specifics of this cryptovirus and the process of its complete removal.

DIKE Summary

Name DIKE also known as Gen:Variant.Ransom.Phobos.62, W32/Generic.AP.34AB98!tr, Ransom-Phobos!25A984B212E7, Trojan.Win32.Phobos.fa
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Malicious Extensions ID numner + email address + .DIKE
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt personal files stored on the infected computer. It demands a ransom for a decryption solution.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed completely. Their names are changed with three extensions, the last of which is .DIKE. Corrupted files remain unusable until their code is reverted back to original state.
Ransom Messages info.hta and info.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Websites, Software Installers
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How Does DIKE Ransomware Infect PCs?

Ransomware infections like DIKE try to infect computer operating systems via techniques that install them unnoticeably. Techniques that are used to hide the risk of malware infection are malspam (spam email messages that host malicious files), malicious adverts, software cracks, free applications and others.

Malicious files attached to legitimate-like email messages are considered to be the most popular technique for distribution of ransomware. The same spam email messages may also feature links that open hacked web pages.

Sites that host dangerous scripts may download the ransomware and run it in the background of all other running apps. Except email messages, social media and other bogus sites like Emolumentsurvey.top redirect may open those dangerous pages. Beware of the places you visit online. Always keep an active program for system protection to prevent falling victim to nasty malware.

What Does DIKE Ransomware Do?

DIKE ransomware is software that supports hackers’ goals as well as vicious operations. Its purpose is to damage some major computer settings and then encrypt personal files that are typically used for the storage of valuable personal data. The end goal of this program is to force victims to pay a ransom fee for a decryption tool that will allegedly restore .DIKE files.

For the activation of this ransomware on a computer system, a malicious executable file should be started. Then this file triggers a lot more operations including download and installation of additional harmful files. There are several directories that can be used by DIKE ransomware for the storage of those files and they include:

  • %AppData%
  • %Windows%
  • %SystemDrive%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%
  • %System%

Once the DIKE virus plagues essential system components, it proceeds with a data encryption process which we will reveal in the next paragraph. What happens at the end of the attack is the creation of two ransom messages that urge victims to contact cyber criminals. All victims of DIKE ransomware may find the file info.txt on their infected machines. This file informs the following:

ATTENTION!
ALL YOUR DATA ARE PROTECTED WITH RSA ALGORITHM
Your security system was vulnerable, so all of your files are encrypted.
If you want to restore them, contact us by email: taoshan@privatemail.com
in the header of the letter indicate your encrypted ID –
If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact us by Telegram.org account: @supp_taoshan
BE CAREFUL AND DO NOT DAMAGE YOUR DATA:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Do not trust anyone! Only we have keys to your files! Without this keys restore your data is impossible
WE GUARANTEE A FREE DECODE AS A PROOF OF OUR POSSIBILITIES:
You can send us 2 files for free decryption. Size of file must be less than 1 Mb (non archived). We don`t decrypt for test DATABASE, XLS and other important files.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DECODE YOUR DATA YOURSELF, YOU ONLY DAMAGE THEM AND THEN YOU LOSE THEM FOREVER.AFTER DECRYPTION YOUR SYSTEM WILL RETURN TO A FULLY NORMALLY AND OPERATIONAL CONDITION!

The message info.hta states the following:

ATTENTION!
ALL YOUR DATA ARE PROTECTED WITH RSA ALGORITHM

Your security system was vulnerable, so all of your files are encrypted.
If you want to restore them, contact us by email: taoshan@privatemail.com
in the header of the letter indicate your encrypted ID (you can find it in the names of your encrypted files)
If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact us by Telegram.org account: @supp_taoshan

BE CAREFUL AND DO NOT DAMAGE YOUR DATA:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Do not trust anyone! Only we have keys to your files! Without this keys restore your data is impossible

WE GUARANTEE A FREE DECODE AS A PROOF OF OUR POSSIBILITIES:
You can send us 2 files for free decryption. Size of file must be less than 1 Mb (non archived). We don`t decrypt for test DATABASE, XLS and other important files.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DECODE YOUR DATA YOURSELF, YOU ONLY DAMAGE THEM AND THEN YOU LOSE THEM FOREVER.
AFTER DECRYPTION YOUR SYSTEM WILL RETURN TO A FULLY NORMALLY AND OPERATIONAL CONDITION!

The virus originates from the ransomware family Phobos. Similar to its predecessors, DIKE may start an information-gathering module that is set to collect sensitive details. All the data can then be transferred to remote servers and provided to hacker. Hackers, in turn, may misuse harvested data for financial abuses and future malware attack campaigns.

A basic Trojan module may also be used as part of the infection. If this happens, the virus may gather even more data and enable crooks to establish a permanent remote connection with the infected PC.

.DIKE Virus Files

The encryption of personal files happens after the execution of a module configured to run a sophisticated cypher algorithm every time it detects a target file. The bad news is that all files encoded by DIKE ransomware remain inaccessible for an unspecified period of time.

You can easily spot encoded files by noticing the following renaming pattern applied to their names:

    .id[9ECFA84E-3316].[taoshan@privatemail.com].DIKE

For example the file photo.jpg will appear as a broken file with the name photo.jpg.id[9ECFA84E-3316].[taoshan@privatemail.com].DIKE

If you want to prevent being tricked by cybercriminals once again, you should avoid paying the demanded ransom. There is no guarantee that they have a working decryption tool which they will send you for the recovery of your .DIKE files.

Remove DIKE Ransomware Virus and Attempt to Restore Files

The so-called DIKE is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. That’s why it is recommendable that all steps presented in the ransomware removal guide below should be completed. Beware that manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.

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About the DIKE Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this DIKE 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 DIKE 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.

References

1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware



Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove DIKE from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DIKE

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1. Hold Windows Key + R.


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".

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.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall DIKE 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


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"

Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DIKE 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 DIKE there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.

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.

IMPORTANT!
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: Scan for DIKE 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.

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by DIKE.

Ransomware infections and DIKE 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.

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of DIKE from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall DIKE and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to DIKE:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to DIKE. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash

”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.

Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to DIKE. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 DIKE 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as DIKE. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for DIKE:


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by DIKE.

Ransomware infections and DIKE 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 top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


DIKE FAQ

What is DIKE ransomware and how does it work?

DIKE 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 algorithm how 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.

How does DIKE ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.DIKE Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, 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 DIKE 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 .DIKE files?

You can't. At this point the .DIKE files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by DIKE ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".DIKE" files (Other Methods)?

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

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

How do I get rid of DIKE ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate DIKE ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .DIKE files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like DIKE ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

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 it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files 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:

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

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