Ransomware File Removal

How to Remove Ransomware? is an email address belonging to a cyber criminal. It’s associated with the infamous Dharma Ransomware – a particularly harmful infection. You’ve been unlucky enough to download ransomware. This is (rightfully) considered to be among the most dreaded types of cyber viruses. Dharma caught our attention in November 2016. The problem with this pest is that hackers have drastically improved it. Yes, revisiting older infections and making them even more destructive is a trend. Terrible ransomware viruses such as Locky and Cerber have become incredibly problematic. As if they weren’t problematic before. What you’re stuck with is a brand new version of the Dharma Ransomware. It uses an AES encryption algorithm to lock your personal files. We’re talking pictures, photos, music, documents, videos. Anything of value this program finds on board, it turns into unreadable gibberish. Do you see why nobody wants to deal with ransomware? File-encrypting infections are aggressive and immensely harmful. Dharma is no exception. Once it gets installed, the virus performs a thorough scan on your device. This is how it locates all your private information. Next step is encryption. The parasite utilizes a strong encrypting cipher. It successfully denies you access to your own private data. Your own files on your own computer are now unreadable. Dharma adds the .wallet extension to the target data. Seeing this bizarre appendix means the encryption process has ended. However, if you manage to spot the infection on time, you might be able to save your files. While a ransomware program is encrypting files, the computer becomes noticeably sluggish. Unfortunately, most PC users realize their system is compromised when it’s too late. As we mentioned, the .wallet extension is a clear sign Dharma is holding your files hostage. The parasite copies your data and deletes the originals. Voila. You’re now unable to view or open your precious information. Furthermore, you’ll come across stubborn ransom messages. Dharma adds its instructions to all folders that contain encrypted data. It also changes your desktop wallpaper. Hackers are forcing their nasty instructions on you for one single reason. They are trying to trick you into paying. The question is, are you going to let hackers scam you? According to the ransom notes, paying will guarantee you a special decryptor. All you have to do is contact crooks via the email address. It goes without saying that’s nothing but an attempt for a cyber scam.

How did I get infected with?

The bad news is, ransomware rarely travels the Web alone. It could have landed on board with the help of a sneaky Trojan horse. That means Dharma may not be the only piece of malware that’s now harassing you. Definitely check out the machine for more infections. Another popular technique involves spam messages or spam email-attachments. Hackers often send infections straight to your inbox. Be careful what you click open as it may be corrupted and dangerous. Ransomware gets disguised as a perfectly harmless email. For instance, you may receive some job application or an email from a shipping company. Watch out for potential viruses and don’t overlook any threat. Also, stay away from illegitimate websites, third-party ads, questionable torrents and fake updates. Do not take any chances when it comes to your security. Be careful and attentive instead. Remember, prevention is a lot easier than having to delete a virus afterwards. Ransomware also gets spread via exploit kits and unverified freeware/shareware bundles. It’s quite obvious that your caution will pay off in the long run.


Why is dangerous?

Hackers now keep your private files hostage. Your data is left inaccessible, unreadable and practically useless. Your PC screen is covered with irritating ransom messages which are trying to scam you. Long story short, it’s not a good position to be in. The sum crooks demand varies between 350 and 750 USD. Every single cent they gain will be used to develop more cyber infections. Do you really want to support hackers’ business? If not, restrain yourself from giving your Bitcoins away. Paying guarantees you absolutely nothing. You’d be making a deal with cyber criminals. Providing you the decryption key you need to lock your files is their last concern. Instead of letting crooks involve you in a fraud, uninstall the virus. To do so manually, please follow our detailed manual removal guide down below. Removal Instructions

STEP 1: Kill the Malicious Process

STEP 2: Reveal Hidden Files

STEP 3: Locate Startup Location

STEP 4: Recover Encrypted Files
WARNING! Stopping the wrong file or deleting the wrong registry key may damage your system irreversibly.
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STEP 1: Stop the malicious process using Windows Task Manager

  • Open your task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
  • Locate the process of the ransomware. Have in mind that this is usually a random generated file.
  • Before you kill the process, type the name on a text document for later reference.


  • Locate any suspicious processes associated with encryption Virus.
  • Right click on the process
  • Open File Location
  • End Process
  • Delete the directories with the suspicious files.
  • Have in mind that the process can be hiding and very difficult to detect

STEP 2: Reveal Hidden Files

  • Open any folder
  • Click on “Organize” button
  • Choose “Folder and Search Options”
  • Select the “View” tab
  • Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
  • Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
  • Click “Apply” and “OK” button

STEP 3: Locate encryption Virus startup location

  • Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]

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  • Then open your explorer and navigate to:

Navigate to your %appdata% folder and delete the executable.

Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host

If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:


You can alternatively use your msconfig windows program to double check the execution point of the virus. Please, have in mind that the names in your machine might be different as they might be generated randomly, that’s why you should run any professional scanner to identify malicious files.

STEP 4: How to recover encrypted files?

  • Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your data from a recent backup, in case that you have one.

windows system restore

  • Method 2: File Recovery Software – Usually when the ransomware encrypts a file it first makes a copy of it, encrypts the copy, and then deletes the original. Due to this you may try to use file recovery software to recover some of your original files.
  • Method 3: Shadow Volume Copies – As a last resort, you can try to restore your files via Shadow Volume Copies. Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive you want to recover. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.

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