This article is about .Adobe Virus which is a variant of Dharma ransomware. If you notice that your personal files extension stored in the PC hard-disk changes to .adobe extension then this means that your PC infected. Don’t panic and read the blog till the end to get complete details and easy solution.
Dharma ransomware is continuously coming in various versions in past few months. This is a crypto-virus that adds .adobe extension in the targeted files. Every files gets unique identification number similar like previous versions does. Apart from encrypting the files, it drops a ransom note on every folder that contains that encrypted files. This ransom note contains the alleged instructions to get het files back. Basically, it contains instructions to pay the demanded to money in order to get the encrypted files back. As per its alleged claims, the encrypted files will become accessible again after the money is paid. As per the claims, the money is to be paid within 24-48 hours of time otherwise the data will get deleted permanently.
Depth Analysis on .Adobe Virus
This crypto-virus locks the files immediately after it settles down. Every time when you try to access them, a ransom note appears on the screen. Sometime this ransom note appears as the desktop wallpaper. In order to achieve its persistence, it makes its separate entry in the Windows registries. It can launch its process in any Windows environment. It modifies the registry such as →HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ and →HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\.
After settling down, it tries to convince you for paying the large sum of money to extortionists as ransom. It scares the innocent victims through bogus claims and deceiving tactics. The ransom note associated with .Adobe Virus looks like:
“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
Write this ID in the title of your message
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:
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
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seler 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.”
The email id used by cyber-criminal is [email protected]
What cyber-experts Says:
In any situation, it is never advised to pay the ransom money to cyber-criminals because this is the wastage of time and money. The cyber-criminals will not provide the original decryption key even after receiving the money. And above all, the money that you pay will be used for creating other perilous infections. They ask you to pay the money over TOR network and in crypto-currency hence the real identity of cyber-criminals remains hidden.
How to Recover the Encrypted files:
If the locked files are important then you should first check whether you have its copy or not. Otherwise you will have to rely on “Shadow Volume Copies” or some third-party data recovery tool. However, it is important to remove .Adobe Virus from PC so that it could not damage other files again. So, scan the PC with a powerful anti-malware tool that has strong scanning algorithm and programming logics.Leave a reply