How to uninstall .aa1 Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) permanently
.aa1 Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) is yet another variant of Dharma ransomware that encrypt the targeted files and makes it inaccessible for the users. It silently infiltrates in the targeted PC and starts encrypting the personal files and folders of the users. It appends .aa1 extension on every file that it encrypts. A unique Id is given every victim and email Id of the cyber-criminals is provided to make any kind of communication or negotiation. The encrypted files look like .aa1 Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware).jpg.unique Id.[[email protected]].aa1.
The ransom note has a clear message that is to provide ransom money to the cyber-criminals to get the files back. You are asked to contact the cyber-criminals through the provided email ID. The money is asked to be paid in Bitcoin crypto-currency and reason is to hide the identity of cyber-criminals. There is not fixed ransom money to all the victims. It fluctuates in between $500 to $1500. The files are encrypted using advanced symmetric and asymmetric crypto cipher and unique decryption keys are generated for each victim. The ransom keys are stored in the remote server that is owned by cyber-criminals.
The victims are blackmailed to pay the ransom money otherwise their personal files and data will get deleted or destroyed permanently. It is to be noted that you should not pay any money to cyber-criminals as ransom. This is a spam and cheat. The cyber-criminals totally ignore the victims once they receive the money. They don’t reply to email Id or any other communication channels.
How to Recover Files Encrypted by .aa1 Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware)
As already mentioned, paying ransom money to cyber-criminals is not the solution. It is a spam and you can’t trust cyber-criminals that they will help you. The best way is to use the backup files that would have created earlier in some external storage device. On the other hand, you can also try using “Volume Shadow Copies” or a third-party data recovery tool. The retrieval of encrypted files is only possible if all the related payloads, scripts and files of .aa1 Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) are removed. So, first scan the PC with a powerful anti-malware tool and then use any data recovery process.
Some Precautionary Measures to Avoid Ransomware Attack:
- Browser safely and avoid visiting unsafe webpage. Don’t click on random links and pop-ups
- Don’t download suspicious plug-ins and add-ons in the browser
- Avoid visiting websites related to porn, Online dating, gambling and so on
- Avoid using peer-to-peer file sharing networks such as torrents, free file hosting websites and so on.
- Don’t download software updates that are bogus or software that are cracked
- Improve the PC security settings by using a powerful anti-malware tool
The Ransom Note Displayed by .aa1 Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware)
“All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail [email protected]
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:[email protected]
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying 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.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
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.”
.aa1 Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) is a perilous malware. In order to avoid its removal, it hides its payloads and scripts deep inside the PC. You may try downloading SpyHunter Malware Scanner and check if it detects this malware for you.