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Remove Dharma Ransomware and Restore .dharma Encrypted Files

dharma-ransomware-main-dharma-parody-sensorstechforum-funnyHow to remove Dharma Ransomware and restore your file ? Read all details and removal methods below. The virus encrypts the files on the compromised computers after which appends the .dharma file extension along with a unique identifier to them. Whether or not it is created based on the Dharma and Greg TV series it is yet to be confirmed but the ransomware sure does remind of it. After encryption, it extorts the users of the infected computer to make a payment and recover the .dharma files which have been encrypted and can no longer be opened. In case you have become an unfortunate victim of the Dharma virus, we advise you to backup the encrypted files and read the following article to learn how to remove Dharma and try to restore your files.

Update! Malware researchers have discovered that Dharma ransomware is a part of the CrySiS ransomware family. Decryption instructions for this virus can be found below.

Threat Summary

Name

Dharma

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.
SymptomsThe user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” linking to a web page and a decryptor. Changed file names and the file-extension .dharma has been used.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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Dharma Ransomware – How Does It Replicate

Users on security forums report that the malware has been infecting multiple computers on office networks, suggesting that the virus may not only be spread to home computers, but also attack organizations as well. This can be done in a number of ways:

  • A “dropped” flash drive that may directly cause the infection after being inserted in one office computer.
  • A worm-like features that aim to replicate the malware automatically from one system to another in a home or office network.
  • Massive spam campaigns that target the office network or multiple different computers with phishing e-mails and malicious e-mail attachments added to them.

Whatever the case of Dharma ransomware may be, the virus may be spread massively and may be a variant that has come up from either an open source project or someone may have purchased it’s source code in the dark net.

The Dharma ransomware was also undetected by most conventional antivirus programs, suggesting that the virus may use a sophisticated obfuscator that allows execution without detection.

More Information about Dharma Ransomware

As soon as the user is on the malicious URL or opens a malicious attachment that is carrying the infection vector of Dharma ransomware, the ransomware is automatically executed and it begins to immediately inject commands in the legitimate Windows processes, like svchost.exe and explorer.exe. The ransomware may initially delete any shadow volume copies or other backups on the computer, running the vssadmin command in concealed mode:

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After deleting all the file history, the Dharma virus may begin to add custom registry values with data in the Run and RunOnce 3Windows Registry subkeys. This data is usually configured with settings to make the malicious files of the virus run and begin encrypting:

  • Documents.
  • Pictures.
  • Audio files.
  • Video files.
  • Database types of files.
  • Various files associated with often used programs, like VMware, Photoshop, etc.
  • Microsoft Office files.
  • Adobe Reader .PDF’s.

After the virus completes the encryption, during which the computer’s explorer.exe process may enter a ‘Not Responding’ state, it appends e-mail address of the cyber-criminals and the .dharma file extension to the encrypted files, which can no longer be opened. Then a unique decryption key is generated which is believed to be sent out to the command and control servers of the cyber-criminals. The encrypted files look like the picture below after the process is complete:

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Remove Dharma Ransomware and Decrypt .Dharma Files

The conclusion for the Dharma virus is that the threat may be either developed by someone with coding skills who took an open source code or be a part of a ransomware as a service (RAAS) scheme. So far it is difficult to tell, but it may be an iteration of Shade or Globe ransomware. Whatever the case may be, we will update this article with more information if a decryptor is released. This is why we advise you to backup your files and use the instructions in this article to remove Dharma ransomware. After them you can find the decryption instructions for the .dharma encrypted files.

In order to remove the virus, we have posted below steps on how to achieve it manually, or unless you lack malware removal experience, how to do it swiftly and automatically with an anti-malware tool.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Dharma from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Dharma

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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 Dharma 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 Dharma 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 Dharma 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 Dharma 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 Dharma.

Ransomware infections and Dharma 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 Dharma from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Dharma 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 Dharma:

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 Dharma. 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 Dharma. 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 Dharma 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 Dharma. 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 Dharma.

Ransomware infections and Dharma 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.


Dharma FAQ

What is Dharma ransomware and how does it work?

Dharma 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 Dharma ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Dharma 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 Dharma 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 .Dharma files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Dharma 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 ".Dharma" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Dharma 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.

5 Comments

  1. AvatarThanasis I.

    What about .wallet files? The two decryptors don’t seem to fix them

    Reply
    1. AvatarΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΣΤΕΦΑΝΑΚΗΣ

      [ruined@india.com].wallet ….. it is not working foe this any idea ….

      Reply
  2. AvatarGarret Cunningham

    esetcrysisdecryptor.exe works on .wallet tested and succeeded

    Reply
  3. AvatarJames oliver

    tried this on .arrow crysis and still no joy. the email address is becky.cely2[@]aol.com anyone any further info please?

    Reply
  4. AvatarCarlos

    esetcrysisdecryptor.exe does not work for .arrow anyone have an update ??

    Reply

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