- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
No one wants to get infected with ransomware. This has to be the most prevalent type of malware at the moment, and it doesn’t look like the onslaught of these threats is going to disappear any time soon. Dishwasher Ransomware is also another ransomware we can add to the ever-growing pile of malicious infections. We don’t know much about the infection, and it looks like it is still in development, but we know that several computers have been infected with it, and so here comes a description that also has manual removal instructions you can use to remove Dishwasher Ransomware for good.
Since the ransomware is still in development, it is very likely that it doesn’t have an actual distribution network. However, we can assume that Dishwasher Ransomware employs the usual distribution techniques. While ransomware can reach their victims in many ways, spam emails remain the most common mean of distribution. It also means that the successful infection rate isn’t that high. After all, more and more users become aware of the potential security threats that can reach them through spam, and so they choose to delete these messages no questions asked.
Nevertheless, due to the sheer number of spam emails sent out, some of them still manage to hit their target. Someone gets tricked into opening the attached document, thinking it is an important file and they have to open it immediately. Normally, the spam email also comes with an urgent message that tries to convince the user to take certain action (most of the time, it includes opening the file). So, if someone seems to be really eager to make you open something, that’s already the first red flag that something is off. If you want to be sure whether the file you are about to open is safe or not, just scan it with a reliable antispyware tool.
Now, what happens if Dishwasher Ransomware really enters your computer? It is probably more than obvious that the infection encrypts your files. Although we cannot be sure about it 100% (as the ransomware is still a WIP thing), it is very likely that all of the files located in the %USERPROFILE% directory will be affected by the encryption. Also, when the encryption is complete, the encrypted files also have additional extension added to their names. For instance, a file.jpeg filename would look like file.jpeg.clean after the encryption. Needless to say, there is nothing clean about this encryption.
Also, when the encryption is complete, Dishwasher Ransomware is supposed to display a ransom note, but the program does not seem to have one. It merely changes your desktop’s wallpaper into a black background with a mysterious figure in it. No message is displayed, so we cannot tell what Dishwasher Ransomware wants from us.
Likewise, it is not possible to contact the people behind this infection and get the decryption tool. Not that you should ever contact these cyber criminals in the first place. Paying the ransomware is never an option, and you should always remember that.
So how would it be possible to retrieve your files? Well, it is very unlikely that a public decryption tool will become available because the ransomware is incomplete. Sometimes incomplete ransomware programs file to encrypt the files properly. Therefore, you will do yourself a favor if you contact a professional technician. Professionals can help you check your files, and then go through a list of file recovery options you can choose from. Please bear in mind that it is often possible to restore at least some of your files.
Of course, the best way to get your files back is to transfer them back to your hard drive from a file backup. For that, you would need to have saved copies of your files on an external device or a cloud drive. Not everyone is that well prepared for the apocalypse, so don’t feel discouraged if you have only the latest files on your mobile device or something.
The bottom line is that you need to remove Dishwasher Ransomware today. After that, employ all the security measures possible to protect your computer from various malware infections. Also, create copies of your files so that ransomware wouldn’t catch you by surprise again.
How to Remove Dishwasher Ransomware