Steps to delete .qbtex Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) permanently
As the name suggest, .qbtex Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) is a data encrypting malware that belongs to popular Dharma Ransomware family. The encryption is done for the motive of earning money. The encrypted files become inaccessible for the users and they are asked to pay hefty money as ransom in order to get the decryption key. You will receive ransom note that contains the brief information regarding data encryption and instruction to pay the ransom money. It also contains the necessary unique ID of the victims and email ID of the cyber-criminals.
How .qbtex Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) Gets inside the PC did and what does it do?
The cyber-criminals have multiple options to inject the files, payloads and scripts associated with this Dharma malware in the targeted System. Some of the popular methods are spam email campaigns, peer-to-peer file sharing networks, unsafe hyperlinks, bundling with freeware and shareware and so on. You may receive emails that contain attachments that are presented as an invoice, receipt, important docs etc. When you open the file, the payloads of .qbtex Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) secretly get downloaded.
In the same way, its scripts could come bundled with freeware and shareware. They are presented as a security patch, crack, key generator etc. but they execute malware payloads in reality. The suspicious malware files gets stored in Windows Directories suchc as %AppData%, %Local%, %Roaming%, %Temp% and %LocalLow%. Once it settles down, it does some basic activities like:
- Get Administrator right and permission to make read and write
- Changes the registries and System files
- Collects network details
- Checks whether the PC got infected with Dharma Ransowmare earlier or not
After doing the above mentioned process, it does a quick scan of PC hard-disk in search of the files that it can encrypt. Technically, it can encrypt various kinds of files such as:
“PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”
On every encrypted file, it adds .qbtex extension name along with the unique ID of victims and email ID of the cyber-criminals. For example, if a file named as .qbtex Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware).jpg gets encrypted, its name will get changed to .qbtex Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware)[email protected] When you try to access the files, a ransom note appears on the screen asking you to may payment to get decryption key. The ransom note claims that paying the ransom money is the only solution to get your data back. In order to wind the victims trust, it offers to decrypt 3 files for free.
Should I Pay the Ransom Money?
In any situation, it is never recommended to make any payment to cyber-criminals because this is a spam. They don’t provide any decryption key even after the money is paid and totally ignore the victims. For your file recovery, you should use some alternative tricks such as using backup files, “Shadow Volume Copies” or use a third-party data recovery tool.
Note: it is important to remove all the payloads and files of .qbtex Files Virus (Dharma Ransomware) from the PC before you being the data recovery process. In case if the malware is still persistent in the PC, it will continue encrypting other important files and programs. So, first remove the malwre from work-station and then use any backup files or recovery software for retrieving the encrypted files.
.qbtex 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.