.gate Files Virus (Dharma) - How to Remove It
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.gate Files Virus (Dharma) – How to Remove It

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What is .gate files virus? How did it infect your system? Is there a chance to restore your .gate files?

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The so-called .gate files virus is yet another version of the infamous Dharma ransomware family. Its main goal is to encrypt target files stored on the devices it compromises. By doing this, the ransomware becomes able to blackmail its victims into paying ransom fee in a specified digital currency. In the event that your PC has been infected by Dharma .gate ransomware your valuable files will be locked and renamed with the extension .gate. As a consequence, you will be presented with a ransom message that forces you to contact hackers.

Threat Summary

Name.gate Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionSevere malware that is designed to encrypt valualbe files stored on compromised computers so that it can then extort ransom fee from victims.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and renamed with a long sequence of extensions that ends with .gate file extension. Ransom message extorts a payment for files recovery.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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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.

.gate Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

As identified by security researchers, .gate files virus is an iteration of the infamous

Dharma ransomware. Ransomware infections like Dharma .gate are mainly spread via e-mail spam messages. These messages have several common traits like file attachments, URL addresses, typos, and counterfeit email addresses. Their primary goal is to trick you into running the ransomware on your device without noticing its presence. Interaction with any poorly secured websites with low reputation could also lead to the unnoticed activation of .gate files virus on the computer.

Soon after, the payload file of .gate ransomware is started on your device, it triggers the infection process. For the completion of the attack, the threat needs to establish a bunch of additional malicious files. Many of these files could usually be found in the %AppData% system directory. However, beware that the manual detection of malicious files associated with Dharma .gate could be a hard task even for experienced computer users.

After passing through several attack stages, .gate cryptovirus reaches the main one which is data encryption. During this stage, it activates a built-in encryption module that scans the system for target files and transforms their code by applying sophisticated cipher algorithm. At the end of this process, all corrupted files look like the file presented in the picture below:

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They are all locked and renamed with three extensions – an ID number, an email address (lockhelp@qq.com) and .gate. As a consequence, you are presented with the following ransom message:

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

Write this ID in the title of your message [Redacted] In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:

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.

Apparently, its purpose is to convince you to contact hackers for more details about the ransom payment process. We know that you need to restore .gate files but be advised to refrain from transferring your money to cybercriminals. For the sake of your security, we recommend you to clean your computer from present malicious files and consider the help of alternative data recovery methods.

Remove .gate Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) and Restore Data

The so-called .gate files virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages both essential system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system securely again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could follow our step-by-step removal guide.

In the event that you want to attempt to restore .gate files with the help of alternative data recovery methods, do check step four – Try to Restore files encrypted by .gate Files Virus. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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