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“All your personal files are LOCKED!”– Remove Fake DMA Locker 3.0

This article aims to help you remove the fake DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware virus and restore files with the !Encrypt! file marker in their hex.

A ransomware virus, named fake DMA Locker 3.0 has been reported by malware researchers to use the combination of AES and RSA encryption algorithm to encipher the files on the computers infected by the virus. The virus also uses the ransom note of DMA Locker 3.0 which is titled “All your personal files are LOCKED!”, but does not have a name itself. The fake DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware’s end goal is to get the victims of the virus to pay 1 BTC in order to get their files restored back to working state. In case you have been infected by this virus, we advise you to read this article.

Threat Summary

NameFake DMA Locker 3.0
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the files on the compromised computer after which demands the victims to pay 1 BTC to get them to open again.
SymptomsDMA Locker 3.0 ransom note (on the picture above) is displayed.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, malciious Email Attachments or URLs embedded on e-mails that lead to the infection links or files, executable files, fake setups, fake updates.
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Fake DMA Locker 3.0 – Infection Methods

In order to infect it’s victims, the fraudulent DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware may use spam campaigns that help it to come 1 step closer to it’s end goal – to get the victims to pay the ransom. To do this, the cyber-criminals may undertake multiple different activities such as:

  • Distributing the malware via spam e-mails, pretending it is an important invoice attached to the e-mail.
  • Via fake Java or Flash Player updates advertised online or via adware.
  • Through other files, pretending to be key generators, activators or game cracks uploaded on suspicious sites.

Once the victim has opened the malicious file, which is usually a loader, the fake DMA Locker 3.0 drops it’s malicious files on the victim’s computer, among which is the fake process svchosd.exe. It most likely aims to mimic the legitimate process svchost.exe. This malicious file and other files of the fake DMA Locker 3.0 infection may be dropped under different names in various Windows locations, for example:

Fake DMA Locker 3.0 – Analysis

In addition to dropping the files, the Fake DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware virus is responsible for series of malicious activities on the infected computers. The first one of those activities is to obtain administrative permissions via the fake process it executes. Then, the Fake DMA Locker 3.0 virus may modify the registry sub-keys of Windows that are responsible for the running of the file that encrypts data on your computer. The keys are as follows:

  • Run
  • RunOnce

They are located in the Windows Registry Editor. You can use the following command to see which values are added in the Run and RunOnce keys:

→wmic startup get Caption, Location, Command /format:list > 0 & notepad 0

After this it will save the results in a notepad file.

Besides this activity the fake DMA Locker 3.0 virus may also delete the shadow copies of the infected computer, eliminating the option to restore the files via this feature. The commands may be the following:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

Then, the fake DMA Locker virus may proceed with encrypting your files.

Fake DMA Locker’s Encryption Process

The encryption of this virus is a more sophisticated one. It uses a combination of RSA as well as AES encryption algorithms to render the files on the infected computer unable to be opened. The ransomware may attack the following file types:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com

After the encryption has been completed, no file extension is added to the encrypted files. The only method to see if the files are encrypted by this specific variant is to check their file marker in a hex editor or reader software. The file marker !Encrypt! is appended to all the encoded documents, videos, audio files and other important documents.

The ransomware also adds the DMA Locker 3.0’s ransom note which is as follows:

“All your personal files are LOCKED!
WHAT’S HAPPENED?
* All your important files(including hard disks, network disks, flash, USB) are encrypted.
* All of files are locked with asymetric algorithm using AES-256 and then RSA-2048 cipher.
* You are not possible to unlock your files because all your backups are removed.
* Only way to unlock your files is to pay us 1500 GBP in Bitcoin currency ( 1.0 BTC ).
After payment we will send you decryption key automatically, which allow you to unlock files.
HOW TO PAY US AND UNLOCK YOUR FILES?
1. Please read the steps carefully.
2. To pay us, you have to use Bitcoin currency. You can easily buy Bitcoins at following sites:
* https://www.coinfloor.co.uk/
* https://localbitcoins.com/
* https://www.coinbase.com/
3. If you already have Bitcoins, pay us 1.0 BTC (1500 GBP) on following Bitcoin address:
1EEHF6uucK2UNtbwxTyAzZ74wNudApYWQm
4. After payment, necessarily contact with us to get your decryption key:
data0001@tuta.io In mail title write your unigue ID:
01:07:91:50:32:25:30:07
5. We will automatically send you decryption key file after bitcoin transfer .
When you receive your decryption key file, press “OPEN” button and choose your received
decryption key file.
Then, press the “UNLOCK FILES” button and it will start unlocking all your files.
* You have 96 hours to pay us!
* After this time ransom will grow to
200 percent
* Ransom grow time:”

Remove Fake DMA Locker 3.0 and Get Back Your Files

After this ransomware has been identified, you can remove it by following the removal instructions down below. They are divided in manual and automatic instructions and experts strongly suggest to remove the virus automatically for best results.

After removing this threat, it is strongly advisable to focus on restoring the files encrypted by it using alternative methods, like the ones below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Fake DMA Locker 3.0”. They are specifically designed to assist you in recovering at least some of the encrypted files since at the moment there is no decrypter for this virus that can directly decode the files. However, we advise you to check this article often as we will update it as soon as there is one available.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Fake DMA Locker 3.0 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Fake DMA Locker 3.0

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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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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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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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0.

Ransomware infections and Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0:

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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0. 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0. 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0. 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0.

Ransomware infections and Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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.


Fake DMA Locker 3.0 FAQ

What is Fake DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware and how does it work?

Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 .Fake DMA Locker 3.0 files?

You can't. At this point the .Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 .Fake DMA Locker 3.0 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 ".Fake DMA Locker 3.0" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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 Fake DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Fake DMA Locker 3.0 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Fake DMA Locker 3.0 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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