The Dharma Ransomware is one of the most popular malware families that exhibits large-scale attacks against a variety of targets. In this article, we explore how you can identify Dharma Ransomware infection, remove it from the system and restore .wallet affected files.
.Wallet Dharma Ransomware Virus Details
The Dharma Ransomware family has grown to be one of the most popular malware families in the last few months. A lot of large-scale attacks have led to the surge of campaigns that have used the virus to extort thousands of dollars from victims worldwide. By learning to identify the threat you will be better protected against attacks.
The Dharma Ransomware is a new offspring of the old CrySiS family. The classic Dharma ransomware uses a strong encryption cipher to encrypt target user files. Depending on the strain a .dharma, .wallet or .zzzzz extension can be used. In the majority of the cases the affected files receive an email prefix before the final the extension which is tied to the contact address that is used by the criminal operators.
Some of the early Dharma ransomware viruses have only affected certain files of locations such as the C:\Users folder. Virtually all of the variants use a very strong cipher – AES-256 to encrypt the target user data. Depending on the virus strain this may include hundreds of file type extensions or only the most popular ones. Still the majority of the user data is affected by all Dharma ransomware samples.
The first large-scale attacks with Dharma infected target hosts using a variety of different methods. We have witnessed attacks via software vulnerabilities against terminal and exchange servers as well as large email campaigns served by botnets and hacked mail servers.
Depending on the strain the ransom note, email contact address and the ransom sum varies.
How To Protect Yourself From Dharma Ransomware and The .Wallet Virus Strain
The Dharma ransomware and the .wallet strain are distributed across the web via different methods. One of the most popular is spam email messages. They can be one of the following types:
- Spam messages with malicious attachments – These types of email messages are sent in bulk to the targets and they include infected binaries as file attachments. Various social engineering tricks are used to make the computer users download and open the file. The files may pose as financial documents, important messages or other types of data that may be of interest.
- Spam messages with malicious links – They are similar to the above-mentioned messages however they feature links to various hacked and malicious sites that host the binaries instead of offering them as attachments. This is done to prevent the automatic virus scanners from discarding the message.
- Spam messages that deliver both malicious links and attachments – A widely used strategy by computer criminals.
Other infection methods include exploit kits, browser hijackers, Trojans and other types of hacking attacks.
Before the recovery process, make sure that all malicious files and objects associated with Dharma .wallet ransomware are no longer on your computer. Otherwise, the threat will encrypt your data again.
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How To Restore .wallet Files
It is of great importance to make copies of all .wallet corrupted files and store them on the computer or on a flash memory. This step will prevent total data loss in case that a mistake happens during the restore process.
- 1) Use present backups
- 2) Use professional data recovery software
- – Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery – a specialist tool that can restore partitions, data, documents, photos, and 300 more file types lost during various types of incidents and corruption.
- 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