.frend Files Virus (Dharma) - How to Remove It

.frend Files Virus (Dharma) – How to Remove It

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This article has been created with the main idea to explain what is the .frend files version of Dharma ransomware and show you how you can remove it from your computer and how you can try and restore files, encrypted by it.

Yet another variant of Dharma ransomware virus has been detected to this time use the .frend file extension which it adds to the files that have been encrypted by it. The ransomware aims to scramble the files on the computers which are attacked by it. The ransomware also drops a ransom note file containing Dharma’s extortionist message, which aims to notify victims to pay ransom in order to get the encrypted files recovered back to normal. If your computer has been infected by the .frend variant of Dharma ransomware, we would recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name.frend Dharma Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionTEXTTT
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Dharma .frend Ransomware – Distribution Methods

According to the latest information that is concerning Dharma ransomware, the virus aims to convince victims that the files redistributed by it are legitimate, but instead it uses cunning tactics to be replicated.

One tactic is to send the virus via massive spam campaigns, which target users of all types. The e-mails spread often contain the infection file as a malicious attachment:

In addition to e-mails, the ransomware may also be spread as a result of being uploaded on various different types of websites, where the virus file causing the infection itself may pretend to be a legitimate file, like:

  • Setup.
  • Crack.
  • Patch.
  • Key generator.
  • Portable executable for a problem.

Whatever the distribution scenario of Dharma ransomware may be, the virus may be replicated on a massive scale and could be the production of someone who may have coded it completely or purchased it’s source code in the deep web.

Dharma .frend Ransomware – More Information

As soon as Dharma ransomware has conducted the infection on the compromised machine by it, the virus may begin to drop it’s virus files on the compromised computers of victims. The main infection file of Dharma .frend ransomware hs the followiing information added to it:

→ SHA-256: 3235e03928b204a9586cbdf7956c83108e102d6a1538ef58c1c3812420c8908a
File name: shafao.exe
File size: 92.5 KB

Dharma ransomware may then activate it’s payload and as soon as this is done, the following activities may be performed on the victim machine:

  • Tamper with sub-keys.
  • Create mutexes.
  • Delete backups and shadow copies.
  • Disable Windows Recovery.
  • Create tasks and schedule them.
  • Obtain information from the infected machine and send it to the C&C servers of the cyber-criminals.
  • Check if it’s running on an actual OS or a Virtual Environment.

To delete the shadow copies on the comrpomised machine, Dharma ransomware may run the following commands as an administrator:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Furthermore, the virus may also create registry values in the following Windows registry sub-keys:

→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

Last but not least, the virus sets it’s ransom note file to begin running automatically on the victim computers:

Dharma .frend – Encryption Process

In order to encrypt the files on the computer that has been infected by this virus, it may immediately start encrypting files that are pre-set in it’s code. Dharma .frend ransomware may encrypt files of the following file types:


The .frend variant of Dharma ransomware is also clever enough to skip encrypting Windows and system files as well as files, belonging to drivers.

After files are encrypted, Dharma ransomware adds the .frend file extension to the victims’ computers, along which there is an e-mail for contact and a unique ID:

Remove Dharma Ransomware and Try Restoring .frend Files

Since Dharma ransomware is an advanced threat and it is very unpredictable, it is stronlgy reccomended that you do a backup before you try to remove the virus, since you risk damaging your files if you tamper with them.

To remove Dharma ransomware, we would advise you to follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been created to help you delete the virus files either by manually looking for them or automatically(recommended) by scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software.

Furthermore, if you want to try and restore files that have been encrypted by Dharma ransomware, we would suggest that you try and use the alternative file recovery methods underneath. They may not be able to restore all of your files, but with their aid, you might be able to recover at least some of your data.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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  1. AvatarDavide

    I got infection by Dharma-Frend.
    Fortunately i have the backups and i restore my PC.

    I found one of files infected not completely encrypted. I think it’s a bug of the virus.

    The file is a “.sql” from Mysql Dump of 18Mb.

    I hope that helping someone to decrypt.

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Thank you for the provided information, we’ll look into it! And it’s great that you had backups!


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