What is .PLUT files virus? .PLUT files virus is malware that encrypts your files and demands a ransom. Part of the Dharma ransomware family. See if you can decrypt files encrypted by the PLUT virus.
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in May 2019. But we gave it an update in July 2019.
Dharma ransomware is back with a new cryptovirus variant. The current version of the Dharma family ransomware encrypts files by appending the .PLUT 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.
|Name||.PLUT Files Virus|
|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 .PLUT extension to them, along with a unique identification number placing the new .PLUT extension as a secondary.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .PLUT Files Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .PLUT Files Virus.|
|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.|
.PLUT Files Virus (Dharma) – Update July 2019
July 2019 brings a new update to the .PLUT Files Virus. A newer ransom note reveals that the ransomware is changing, evolving. There is also a new email address for contacting the cybercriminals – MasterLuBu@tutanota.com. Down here you can see the ransomware note:
And as long as the email address is changed, the files encrypted by the .PLUT Files Virus will also change accordingly – work.docx.id-1E857D00.[MasterLuBu@tutanota.com].PLUT.
.PLUT Files Virus (Dharma) – How Did I Get It and What Damage Has It Done?
.PLUT 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. .PLUT 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.
.PLUT Files Virus is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a ransomware note. This is how the ransom note looks:
It says the following:
All FILES ENCRYPTED “RSA1024”
All YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!!! IF YOU WANT TO RESTORE THEM, WRITE US TO THE E-MAIL email@example.com
IN THE LETTER WRITE YOUR ID, YOUR ID 1E857D00
IF YOU ARE NOT ANSWERED, WRITE TO EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR SECRET KEY WILL BE STORED ON A SERVER 7 DAYS, AFTER 7 DAYS IT MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY OTHER KEYS, DON’T PULL TIME, WAITING YOUR EMAIL
FREE DECRYPTION FOR PROOF
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.)
When you make sure of decryption possibility transfer the money to our bitcoin wallet. As soon as we receive the money we will send you:
1. Decryption program.
2. Detailed instruction for decryption.
3. And individual keys for decrypting your files.
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. .PLUT 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 .PLUT 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@example.com].PLUT. Audio, video, image files as well as documents, backups and banking data can be encrypted by the ransomware.
The .PLUT 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 .PLUT Files Virus (Dharma)
If your computer got infected with the .PLUT 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.