.LOVE Files Virus (Dharma) - Remove It
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.LOVE Files Virus (Dharma) – Remove It

LOVE dharma ransomware

What is .LOVE files virus? What is Dharma ransomware? Can files encrypted by .LOVE files virus be recovered?

Dharma ransomware is back with a new cryptovirus variant. The current version of the Dharma family ransomware encrypts files by appending the .LOVE extension to them, making them inaccessible. It also may add a unique identification number as previous versions do. All encrypted files will receive the new extension as a secondary one. The ransomware drops a ransom note, which gives instructions to victims on how they can allegedly recover their files.

Threat Summary

NameLOVE
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .LOVE extension to them, along with a unique identification number placing the new .LOVE extension as a secondary.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss LOVE.
Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

.LOVE Files Virus (Dharma) – How Did I Get It and What Damage Has It Done?

LOVE Dharma virustotal

.LOVE Files Virus might spread its infection via a payload dropper, which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware. That is being spread around Internet, and you can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service on the right of this text. .LOVE 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. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.

.LOVE Files Virus is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a ransomware note. This is how the ransom note looks:

LOVE Dharma ransomware note

It says the following:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail [email protected]
Write this ID in the title of your message [Redacted] In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails: [email protected]
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
hxxps://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
hxxp://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum.

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. .LOVE Files Virus ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows system. All encrypted will receive the .LOVE extension alongside a unique identifier number. That extension will be placed as a secondary one to each file and look something like work.docx.id-1E857D00.[[email protected]].LOVE. Audio, video, image files as well as documents, backups and banking data can be encrypted by the ransomware.

The .LOVE 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

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 .LOVE Files Virus (Dharma)

If your computer got infected with the .LOVE 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.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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