This article will help you remove the latest iteration of the Dharma ransomware virus and show you how you can try to possibly restore files encrypted with the .gdb extension.
Dharma ransomware authors continue to target victims by rapidly spreading newer variants of their cryptovirus, which seem to be complete and fully operational. The latest strain of this virus encrypts files by appending the .gdb extension to them, rendering them unusable, while also adding a unique identification number like previous versions. 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 supposedly restore their files, and tries to make them pay money as a ransom. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files without paying that ransom fee to the cybercriminals.
|Name||.gdb 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 .gdb extension to them, along with a unique identification number placing the new .gdb 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.|
.gdb Files Virus (Dharma) – Infection Spread
.gdb Files Virus might spread its infection via various methods. 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:
.gdb 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.
.gdb Files Virus (Dharma) – In-Depth Analysis
.gdb 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.
.gdb 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 .gdb 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.
Here is how the ransom note of most Dharma variants usually looks:
The following e-mail address is used to contact the cybercriminals:
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.
.gdb Files Virus (Dharma) – Encryption Process
The encryption process of the .gdb Files Virus happens in the same way as previous variants. All encrypted will receive the .gdb extension alongside a unique identifier number. That extension will be placed as a secondary one to each file and look something like 07BC0366-1510-441C-AB59-BBC8FFAFC2B5.vmcx.id-40003002[[email protected]].gdb.
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
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
The .gdb 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 .gdb Files Virus (Dharma) and Try to Restore Files
If your computer got infected with the .gdb 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.