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.like Files Virus (Dharma) – Remove It

Remove .like Files Virus Dharama ransomware Restore Data

This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with .like files virus and provides a complete guide on how to remove malicious files and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

The so-called .like files virus is identified to be data locker ransomware that belongs to Dharma threat family. Its main goal is to encode valuable files stored on infected devices with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithm. Afterward, hackers become able to extort ransom payment from victims who want to obtain the decrypter. In case of infection with this ransomware, all your important files could be renamed with the extension .like. This is a sure sign that their content cannot be accessed until their original code is restored.

Threat Summary

Name.like Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt files ostored on infected devices. Following data encryption, it demands a ransom payment for decryption solution.
SymptomsImportant files are corurpte and renamed with .like extension. A ransom message appears on screen to extort a ransom payment.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.like Files Virus – Distribution

Security researchers reported that hackers are currently spreading this .like Dharma ransomware strain. Its distribution campaigns could be set against users worldwide.

It is most likely that the infection payload of .like files virus is spread with the help of malspam campaigns. E-mails that belong to these campaigns could contain one or more of the following components:

  • A link that lands on compromised web page set to download and execute the infection file directly on the PC. It may be presented as in-text link, banner, image, button or direct URL address.
  • A malicious file attachment that according to email text is a legitimate document. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.

In addition, fake software installers, fake update notifications, compromised software setups, files shared on forums and other techniques may download and activate the ransomware module.

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.like Files Virus – Overview

The .like files virus is a threat designed to compromise computer systems and encrypts valuable data stored on them. It has been identified to be a strain of the infamous Dharma ransomware.

In case of infection with this ransomware your system will be heavily damaged by the changes it applies. When loaded on the system, the payload file of the so-called .like files virus initiates a sequence of malicious activities that lead the attack through several infection stages.

First of all .like files virus should find a way to establish all needed malicious files and objects on the device. For the purpose it could be either connect to its command and control server and download the files or create them directly on the system. Several system directories are likely to store harmful files associated with the ransomware:

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

Analyses of .like files virus reveal that some of its associated files manipulate functionalities of legitimate system processes in an attempt to perform malicious activities without being detected by active security and analysis components.

As detected another issue caused by the ransomware is the automatic load of malicious scripts and applications on each system start. How this becomes possible is via certain changes of registry values. Since Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys have the functionality to auto-execute all files and objects set under them, they could be compromised by .like Dharma virus.

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

These sub-keys are used when the virus wants to load its ransom note on the screen. The note is dropped during the infection process. The note could be copied several times so that it could appear on your desktop as well as in folders with corrupted files. Its message is likely to urge you to contact hackers at GetDataBack@fros.cc so that they can send you details about the ransom payment process.

.like Files Virus – Encryption Process

Like some previous Dharma ransomware versions (

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.bkp, etc.) Dharma .like crypto virus aims to utilize its built-in encryption module as it completes the primary infection stage.

This module could be set to utilize a single cipher algorithm or a combination of two cipher algorithms. One of these algorithms is considered to be the AES. Following encryption, valuable files become inaccessible due to essential changes of their code. Unfortunately, all of your important files could be affected by the ransomware including all your:

  • Audio files.
  • Videos.
  • Image files.
  • Databases.
  • Archives.

How all corrupted files could be recognized is by the distinctive extension .like as it appears at the end of their names. Your access to information stored by .like files remains restricted and hackers attempt to blackmail you into paying them a ransom for their decrypter. However, there is no guarantee that they could provide you a working solution as the code of their threat could be broken.

Remove .like Files Virus (Dharama Ransomware) and Restore Data

Below you could find how a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove .like Dharma ransomware. The manual removal approach demands practice in recognizing traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So it should be secured properly before it could be used regularly again.

The automatic approach enables you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few clicks after the scan. Reliable anti-malware program is also one of the best ways to protect the PC from ransomware. Additional security layer that will prevent you from ransomware attacks is

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If you want to understand how to fix .like files without paying the ransom make sure to read carefully all the details mentioned in the step “Restore files” from the guide below. Beware that before recovery process you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .like Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .like Files Virus

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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 .like Files Virus 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 .like Files 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 .like Files Virus 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.

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Step 4: Scan for .like Files 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.

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

Ransomware infections and .like Files 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 reccomended 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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .like Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .like Files Virus and remove related files and objects

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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 .like Files Virus:

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 .like Files Virus. 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 .like Files Virus. 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 .like Files Virus 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 .like Files Virus. 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.


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

Ransomware infections and .like Files 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 reccomended 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.


.like Files Virus FAQ

What is .like Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.like Files 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 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 .like Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..like Files Virus 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 .like Files 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 ..like Files Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..like Files Virus 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 ..like Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .like Files Virus 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 "..like Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..like Files Virus 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 .like Files Virus 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 .like Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..like Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .like Files Virus 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.

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