The .harma files virus is a threat with highly complex code that infects computer systems with the goal to corrupt some essential settings and then encrypt valuable personal files. Its name is a derivative of one of the extensions it appends to the name of each file it corrupts. The ransomware is also associated with a ransom message that tries to convince victims into paying ransom fee for .harma files recovery.
If you are a victim of this ransomware, you should consider the immediate removal of all malicious files from your infected system. Otherwise, it could spread its malicious files across the whole network and infect all devices connected to it.
In this article, you will find more information about .harma files virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from the infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
|Name||.harma Files Virus|
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware designed to plague computer system settings, utilize strong cihper algorithm and encrypt valuable files.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with a string of a few extensions. Ransom message insists on payment for a decryption program.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .harma Files Virus |
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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.|
.harma Files Virus (Dharma) – Distribution and Impact
Dharma ransomware has been released in new attack campaigns one again. This time hackers set the ransomware to append the extension .harma to the names of all files it encrypts. That’s why the threat is called .harma files virus. Currently, samples of this threat are lurking around the web. Guesses are that the spread is realized mainly via malspam campaigns. Malspam enables hackers to deliver malicious code on users’ devices with the help of massive email campaigns. Spam emails which are part of attack campaigns usually contain one or more of the following components:
- A link to compromised web page that is set to download and execute infection files directly on the PC. The URL address to this page may be presented in the form of an in-text link, banner, image, button or full URL address.
- A malicious file attachment that is presented as legitimate document by the text message. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.
The .harma files virus is a threat with highly complex code that infects computer systems with the goal to corrupt some essential settings and then encrypts valuable personal files.
Once started on a computer system .harma ransomware attempts to evade detection by running specific checks for active security measures. When ready, it initiates a long sequence of malicious operations that affect the settings of some essential system components like the Registry Editor.
By adding malicious entries under the registry keys Run and RunOnce, the ransomware becomes able to misuse their functionalities for obtaining a persistent presence on the infected device. So every next, time you start your PC, .harma files virus will load automatically along with all important system startup processes and applications.
In fact, almost all initial attack stages performed by .harma virus support the completion of its main goal which is encryption of personal data. Once it reaches this stage of the attack, the ransomware performs an encryption process by utilizing sophisticated cipher algorithm.
As a result, of this process, it prevents you from accessing the data stored by your valuable files. A distinctive trait of a corrupted file is the long sequence of extensions that appears appended to its name. Below you can see the pattern it follows:
- trip.mp4.id-F444271M.[[email protected]].harma
Yet another reason for .harma virus to affect the registry key RunOnce is the need to display its ransom message at the end of the attack. It first drops this message on the system and then loads it on the screen in an attempt to blackmail you into paying ransom fee for .harma files recovery.
Similar to some recently detected Dharma ransomware strains like.beets files virus, .good files virus and .ТОР13 files virus the .harma variant is likely to present the following ransom message:
Here is a copy of the text of .harma virus’ ransom message:
All FILES ENCRYPTED “RSA1024”
All YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!!! IF YOU WANT TO RESTORE THEM, WRITE US TO THE E-MAIL [email protected]
IN THE LETTER WRITE YOUR ID, YOUR ID ********
IF YOU ARE NOT ANSWERED, WRITE TO EMAIL: [email protected]
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.
Apparently, this message aims to persuade you to contact hackers at [email protected] so that they could send you back more details on the ransom payment process. Beware that they could fool you into paying for a broken decryption tool that cannot recover .harma files or even skip answering you once you transfer them the ransom.
Remove .harma Files Virus and Attempt to Restore Data
The so-called .harma files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by .harma ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.