Complete .bip Dharma Virus Removal Guide

An infection with the dangerous .bip Dharma Ransomware virus leads to serious security issues. Victims can restore and protect their computers by following our complete removal guide.

Manual Removal Guide
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Distribution of .bip Dharma Ransomware Virus

The .bip ransomware virus is a new data locker ransomware that has been released in attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. The threat could be utilizing widely used tactics of distribution to infect computer systems.

One of the easiest ways for the criminals to spread the payload of .bip Dharma ransomware is by attaching it to email messages that are later released in active attack campaigns. The method allows hackers to send the virus to large lists of potential victims. The attachments to malicious email spam messages usually have Word documents or other types of files which users open without hesitation. Once opened on a target host these compromised files trigger the ransomware payload and infect the device with .bip crypto virus. Other infection tactic related to emails is hyperlink inserted in the content of the messages. The links are usually labeled as leading to a familiar website or a file of user interest.

Computer criminals behind this new ransomware can be using malicious sites or download portals to distribute malware of different kinds, including .bip virus. A popular option is the use of infected documents which may be of different types ‒ spreadsheets, rich text documents, presentations and databases. They are modified to initiate the virus once the built-in scripts are run. Usually when the files are opened a notification will ask the users to run the macros (scripts). If this is done the infection follows.

The hacker-controlled sites are specialist portals that have been created either manually or automatically by the criminals behind .bip Dharma virus. They can either directly distribute the threat by initiating various scripts or automated operations or link to such instances. Redirects are usually caused by email interaction, ad networks or other browsing activity. However one of the main sources is the availability of browser hijackers. They are malicious add-ons made for the most popular web browsers ‒ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Once installed they not only infect the users with the malware, but also redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled site. Depending on the configuration the browser hijackers can also steal sensitive information such as any stored passwords, account credentials, history, bookmarks, form data and settings.

Make sure to change the passwords on all your access points and set strong ones as in case of infection with the latest Dharma ransomware – .bip there is risk of it breaking weak passwords and spread across the whole network.

Impact of .bip Dharma Ransomware Virus

The .bip Dharma virus is the latest strain of the Dharma ransomware family. It is very possible that the strain has been made by the same hackers that are behind the previous attempts. As such the malware will launch a series of dangerous actions against the infected host, this is done usually in stages.

The first part of the .bip Dharma virus infections is used to prepare the host system for the actual ransomware component. The initial infection engine can launch a multi-component information harvesting mechanism that is able to harvest both anonymous and persoanlly-identifiable information about the users. The anonymous data is used for the attack campaign metrics while the other one is done in order to extract sensitive user data. The hackers can hijack information about the victim’s name, adddress, telephone number, geographical location, interests, passwords and account credentials.

Further steps that are performed by the .bip Dharma engine are the modification of the Windows Registry entries of the user-installed software and the operating system. This can lead to the inability to start certain services or functions, overall system performance may also be affected. To make recovery more difficult the threat can also delete the accompanying Shadow Volume Copies and backups. This means that the victim data be restored effectively only by using a quality recovery solution, refer to our instructions below.

Advanced strains of the Dharma ransomware engine can engage in a network connection that can be used to gather the harvested data and spy on the victims in real time, as well as take over the computers.

An additional measure is the institution of the .bip Dharma virus strain as a persistent threat which makes it execute at computer boot.

When all components have completed execution the ransomare engine is started. It uses a strong AES cipher in order to encrypt target user data. Previous strains have been known to affect the following file type extensions which are governed by a built-in list. An example list is the following:

.XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V

The .bip extension is applied to the victim files along with the specialist email: [email protected]. An associated ransom note can be generated using a typical template.

Hackers could use different emails for the different attack campaigns. As the first extension is usually the contact email address provided by cybercriminals, it is likely that only .bip is a constant part of the sequence of two extensions that rename all corrupted files.

At the end of infection, the ransomware displays a ransom note which aims to convince victims into paying a ransom fee to recover their files back to normal. The file is named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt and is most likely located on the desktop.

Remove .bip Dharma Ransomware Virus and Restore PC

Please note that paying the requested ransom fee to cyber criminals does not really solve your problem with .bip crypto virus. In fact, you only encourage hackers to continue spreading ransomware of this kind. Instead, you must remove the threat immediately, and only then look for optional ways to recover your data.

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.bip Dharma Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps

Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network

This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently. The steps below are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

2. A Run window will appear. In it, write msconfig and then press Enter

3. A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named Boot

4. Mark Safe Boot option and then go to Network under it to tick it too

5. Apply -> OK

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

1. Open My Computer/This PC

2. Windows 7

    – Click on Organize button
    – Select Folder and search options
    – Select the View tab
    – Go under Hidden files and folders and mark Show hidden files and folders option

3. Windows 8/ 10

    – Open View tab
    – Mark Hidden items option

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4. Click Apply and then OK button

Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

1. Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

2. Get over to Processes

3. When you find suspicious process right click on it and select Open File Location

4. Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose End Process

5. Next, you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit and hit Enter

3. Type the CTRL+ F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable

4. In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

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Recover .bip Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with .bip Dharma ransomware virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

2. Use professional data recovery software

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3. Using System Restore Point

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps


4. Restore your personal files using File History

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Type restore your files in the search box
    – Select Restore your files with File History
    – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

  • Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
  • Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
  • Disable macros in Office documents.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
  • Backup regularly your data.
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    Author : Martin Beltov

    Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.

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