.RIDIK Virus File (Dharma Ransomware) – Remove It
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.RIDIK Virus File (Dharma Ransomware) – Remove It

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The .RIDIK files virus is a ransomware from the Crysis/Dharma family. It is extremely dangerous ransomware due to the fact that it encrypts personal files located on the local drives as well as shared network directories. The primary goal of Dharma .RIDIK ransomware is to extort a hefty ransom fee from infected users. The extortion happens via a ransom note file named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt

Security experts strongly advise all victims against paying the demanded ransom to hackers. Otherwise, cyber criminals will be encouraged to continue developing vicious ransomware infections like .RIDIK files virus and harassing online users. Keep up with this ransomware removal guide and find out how to clean malicious files from infected PC as well as how to potentially recover .RIDIK files.

Threat Summary

Name.ROGER Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA ransomware dsigned to corrupt valuable files and extort a ransom free for their decryption.
SymptomsImportant files cannot be opened due to changes of their code. They are all renamed with .RIDIK extension.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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A new release of the Dharma ransomware family has been uncovered, this time being known as the .RIDIK virus. It is named after the extension it places on the victim data. The initial report which we received about it shows that only a sample of viruses are released in the wild. This could indicate that a beginner hacking group may be behind the attacks. The Dharma ransomware code is easily obtainable on the underground markets which makes the creation of custom variants very easy.

Such releases are usually delivered to the target users via phishing campaigns that rely on both email messages and websites that are created with the intention of spreading the virus.

The virus samples will be attached or linked in the email messages — they themselves will often imitate the notifications and frequent messages that are sent in by well-known companies or web services. On the other hand the hacker-operated websites that spread the virus are often disguised to appear as safe download portals or product landing pages. The dangers associated with visiting these sites is that they can insert virus infection content in different sections — pop-ups, banners, the main content, in links, redirects, scripts and etc. The .RIDIK virus code can easily be made part of different types of infected payload carriers. They can be anything from macro-infected documents down to app installers of popular software. They are very suitable for such ransomware infections as they can be easily made to look like a safe file. In addition they can be uploaded to various file-sharing networks like BitTorrent where both pirate and legitimate data can be shared.

Whatever the case the .RIDIK virus will probably exhibit typical Dharma ransomware behavior. Based on previous releases and their attacks we suspect that the most popular modules will be launched. The list of the most popular malicious actions which can be run is the following:

  • Data Retrieval — Many of the Dharma ransomware samples have the ability to hijack sensitive information from the victim hosts. This includes any data that can reveal the identity of the users or a detailed profile of their machine’s hardware. This can be used to generate an unique identifier for each individual machine.
  • Persistent Infection — This particular ransomware can be installed in a way which will automatically start it once the computer is powered on. It can also disable access to the recovery boot options.
  • Data Removal — The main virus engine can identify important user files and delete them. This can also affect system data like the Shadow Volume Copies and backups.
  • Other Malware Installation — Ransomware infections of this family are commonly used to infect the machines with other threats such as Trojans, cryptocurrency miners and etc.
  • Windows Registry Changes — The main engine can be used to create new entries to the Windows Registry or change existing ones with the intention of causing system-wide issues. They can range from performance issues, unexpected errors and data loss to the inability to access certain features of applications and/or the operating system.

The initial sample analysis shows that once everything has completed running the ransomware engine will be run. Based on a built-in strong algorithm the virus engine will process target user data and make it inaccessible and locked. Commonly the most frequently accessed files will be affected: backups, archives, documents, multimedia files and etc. The affected data will be renamed with the .RIDIK virus. To extort the victims for a decryption fee payment an associated ransom note will be presented to them.

Remove .RIDIK Virus Files and Restore Data

The ransomware associated with .RIDIK extension is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So you should clean and secure your infected system before you could use it regularly again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this ransomware.

Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.

In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should consider the installation of a reliable anti-malware program.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .ROGER Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .ROGER Virus

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 .ROGER Virus 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 .ROGER Virus 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 .ROGER Virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for .ROGER Virus 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 .ROGER Virus.

Ransomware infections and .ROGER Virus 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

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2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .ROGER Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .ROGER Virus and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 .ROGER Virus:

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 .ROGER Virus. 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 .ROGER Virus. 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 .ROGER Virus 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 .ROGER Virus. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove .ROGER Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .ROGER Virus, 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 .ROGER Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac .ROGER Virus 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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