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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Dablio Ransomware

Dablio Ransomware is the kind of malware that goes after your personal files. It uses an encryption algorithm to cipher them, which makes it impossible to read them. To restore the files back to normal, a decryptor is required, but, of course, cyber criminals have no intention of giving it to you. Would they give it to you after you paid the ransom? That is what they expect, and they make that clear using a ransom note delivered via a window that the threat launches after encryption. Unfortunately, the promises of cyber attackers cannot be taken seriously. We certainly do not recommend paying any money because it is likely to go to waste, and if you choose to go along with the plan of the attackers, do so at your own risk. Unfortunately, even removing Dablio Ransomware is not an easy, straightforward task. If you keep reading, you will learn more about the infection, the encryption of files, different methods you can apply to delete the threat, and, of course, how to secure your system and files to ensure that this kind of attack does not occur again.

You should be able to notice the encrypted files with a glace because Dablio Ransomware adds a prefix to their original names. This prefix is “(encrypted),” and so a file, for example, named “test.mp3” should be renamed to “(encrypted) test.mp3” after the attack. Besides encrypting data, the malicious infection also messes with the operating system by disabling the Task Manager, Cmd, and Registry Editor utilities. This is done to ensure that the victims of Dablio Ransomware cannot terminate malicious processes and easily delete the infection itself. The manual removal guide you can find below the article explains how to enable Task Manager and Registry Editor. Unfortunately, due to the fact that these get disabled, you only have a very limited time when you can eliminate the threat after it is dropped onto the computer. Of course, it is dropped silently, and so you should not notice it. According to our researchers, spam emails and RDP configurations are likely to be exploited for the successful execution of the infection’s launcher.

After execution and after the files are encrypted, Dablio Ransomware launches a full-screen window. It has a black background with text in red and vibrant green. At the very top, you are introduced to the “#DABLIO” hashtag, and this is where the name comes from. The message then informs that the entire computer was encrypted and that files were “committed.” The note also reassures the victims that their files can be restored if they agree to purchase Bitcoins at It is stated that after the payment was made, an “unlock code” would be sent to decrypt the files. Since there is no information regarding how much money that the attackers behind Dablio Ransomware want, the victims have no other option but to email Of course, you could choose NOT to communicate with the attackers and NOT to follow their demands. That is what our research team recommends. Although you cannot close the infection’s window by clicking the “Exit” button on the left, the window should be closed or minimized if you clicked “Show Console.” Hopefully, this works, and you can remove the threat.

The instructions you can see below can guide you in the manual removal of Dablio Ransomware. Of course, we cannot give you the exact details regarding the launcher file because the name could be changed, and its location should vary too. Needless to say, if you are not able to find and delete the launcher of the infection, you should not waste any time. Quickly install an anti-malware program that will find and delete Dablio Ransomware automatically. First, you want to enable Task Manager and Registry Editor, which you can do using the Group Policy. Do not be intimidated by the process because it is not too complicated. Of course, if you face any kinds of issues, or you come up with questions regarding the threat and its elimination, you can always contact us using the comments section.

Dablio Ransomware Removal

  1. Click Show Console on the ransomware window to close it.
  2. Launch RUN (tap Win+R keys) and enter gpedit.msc into the dialog box.
  3. In Local Group Policy Editor select User Configuration.
  4. Double-click Administrative Templates and then double-click System.
  5. Double-click Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options and then double-click Remove Task Manager.
  6. Choose Disabled and click OK.
  7. Go back to the Settings menu and double-click Prevent access to the command prompt.
  8. Choose Disabled and click OK.
  9. Go back to the Settings menu and double-click Prevent access to registry editing tools.
  10. Choose Disabled and click OK.
  11. Exit the tool and then launch Windows Explorer (tap Win+E keys).
  12. Enter %WINDIR%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\ into the quick access field at the top.
  13. Delete the unfamiliar [random name].exe file (it could be named Cmd.Exe or Dablio.exe, and its icon could represent Google Chrome – this is the ransomware launcher file).
  14. Empty Recycle Bin.
  15. Perform a system scan to check for malware leftovers.
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