Update September 2019. What is firstname.lastname@example.org ransomware? Let’s find out in this article.
According to our research, the so-called is email@example.com ransomware, also known as is firstname.lastname@example.org virus or is email@example.com file virus, is an iteration of the well-known Dharma ransomware family.
Being a ransomware, the sole purpose of the firstname.lastname@example.org virus is to encrypt the data on compromised systems, and extorting users to pay a certain ransom amount, typically in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency.
In the event that your PC has been infected by Dharma email@example.com ransomware, your files will be locked and unusable. As a consequence, you will be presented with a ransom message that forces you to contact the ransomware operators. Continue reading to learn how to proceed after the infection.
|Short Description||An iteration of Dharma ransomware designed to encrypt files stored on compromised computers so that it can then extort ransom fee from victims.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and inaccessible. Ransom message extorts a payment for files recovery.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by firstname.lastname@example.org |
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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.|
firstname.lastname@example.org Virus (Dharma Ransomware) – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The email@example.com is a dangerous new malware threat which is being spread by аn unidentified cybercriminal group, most likely as part of the ransomware-as-a-service model. Our analysis indicates that this is in fact a new iteration of the Dharma ransomware family.
The current version of the Dharma family ransomware encrypts files and allegedly appends the firstname.lastname@example.org email address as an extension to them, making them inaccessible. It also may add a unique identification number as previous versions did. 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.
email@example.com virus might spread its infection via a payload dropper, which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware. The ransomware can be distributed in malspam campaigns, or in freeware packages and malicious torrents. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful and can also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
Long story short, firstname.lastname@example.org is a ransomware that encrypts your files and shows a ransomware note with payment instructions.
We usually advise against paying any ransom sum as this further enables cybercriminals to initiate new ransomware campaigns. There is also no guarantee that a decryption key will be sent to you, as, after all, you’re dealing with criminals.
Also note that this ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows system. All encrypted files will likely receive the email@example.com extension, and perhaps a unique identifier number is also added. That extension in Dharma versions is usually placed as a secondary one to each file. Audio, video, image files as well as documents, backups and banking data can be encrypted by the ransomware.
The firstname.lastname@example.org is advanced ransomware and can erase Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Remove email@example.com Virus
If your computer system got infected with the so-called firstname.lastname@example.org virus that we believe is part of the Dharma ransomware family, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. Consider getting rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it gets the chance to spread further and infect even more users. You can remove the ransomware by following the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove email@example.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of firstname.lastname@example.org from Mac OS X.
How to Remove email@example.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Uninstall email@example.com 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by firstname.lastname@example.org on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by email@example.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for firstname.lastname@example.org with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by email@example.com.
Ransomware infections and firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of email@example.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall firstname.lastname@example.org and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 email@example.com 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove firstname.lastname@example.org files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as email@example.com, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by firstname.lastname@example.org on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac email@example.com aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
What is firstname.lastname@example.org ransomware and how does it work?
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ransomware infect my computer?
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .email@example.com files?
You can't. At this point the .firstname.lastname@example.org files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your .email@example.com files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ".email@example.com" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .email@example.com files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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.