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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

Dharma-Ninja Ransomware

Dharma-Ninja Ransomware was created by cybercriminals who do not care about you at all. They did not care about you when they sent you a malicious email message, when they invaded your operating system, when they encrypted your personal files, and when they demanded money from you. That is the modus operandi of cybercriminals. All they care about is themselves, and their main goal is to make as much money as possible. To achieve success, they can set up misleading emails – as well as use bundled downloaders or exploit vulnerabilities – and if they can trick unprotected Windows users into letting the infection in, files are encrypted immediately. That is how Deal Ransomware, RSA Ransomware, VIRUS Ransomware, and all other infections from the Crysis/Dharma Ransomware family operate as well. While we look at them as unique threats, for the most part, they are clones of one another, and that is why we know exactly how to delete them. If you want to learn about Dharma-Ninja Ransomware removal, you should continue reading.

Although personal files on your computer are encrypted silently by Dharma-Ninja Ransomware, the threat does not hide itself afterward. The “” window is launched on your screen, and you have no other option but to read the message inside. It declares that files were encrypted and then it pushes to email or to access information on how to pay for a decryptor tool. A free Crysis/Dharma decryptor exists, but with so many new clones emerging all the time, they are not always prepared to decrypt the files corrupted by the latest variants. That being said, if you are in a desperate situation, you should definitely try using this tool first. What you should NOT do is email the attackers and pay the ransom. As we have noted already, the attackers behind Dharma-Ninja Ransomware do not care about you at all, and the message represented via the window is simply meant to trick you into thinking that your only option is to pay the ransom and that that option is trustworthy enough. The “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt” file is created to push you into taking risks also, and we suggest that you delete it right away.

We cannot say whether or not the creator of Dharma-Ninja Ransomware has an effective decryptor or if they would provide it to the victims who are willing to pay the ransom. What we know is that cybercriminals do not have a good track record in being trustworthy, and so we must assume that this is all just a scam. As soon as the money is in the pocket, they can disappear. Of course, if you email them from your personal account, you will always be at risk of facing new spam emails sent by them or the parties associated with them. This could lead to the exposure of new threats and devious virtual scams. If you ever receive spam emails that clearly belong to schemers, report them and delete them from your inbox immediately. Since we do not commend paying attention to the “solution” offered by the attackers, hopefully, you can use a free decryptor. Alternatively, perhaps you can replace the corrupted files with backups? Whatever your method is, as long as you do not need to risk your own security, communicate with Dharma-Ninja Ransomware creators, and postpone removal, you need to do what you need to do.

You can see a Dharma-Ninja Ransomware removal guide below. If you want to perform these steps successfully, you need to have some knowledge of Windows Explorer and Registry Editor, or you need to be very careful with what you do. Of course, whether or not you are experienced, if you cannot find the .exe file that executed the threat, you will not succeed. That is not a tragedy because you can have Dharma-Ninja Ransomware deleted automatically. In fact, this is the method of removal that we recommend. Once you install anti-malware software – and it has to be trustworthy and effective – you will not need to examine the system, find the launcher, or do much to eliminate it. The complete removal of active threats will be one click away. It is most important that this software will provide you with full protection for your operating system. If you ensure this, and if you backup personal files from now on, ransomware will not scare you again.

Dharma-Ninja Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete the launcher of the threat.
  2. Delete the FILES ENCRYPTED.txt file from Desktop or the affected locations.
  3. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E together.
  4. Enter %APPDATA% into the bar at the top to access the directory.
  5. Delete the file named Info.hta (the one that launches the window).
  6. Delete the same file in these directories:
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
  7. Delete the malicious {unique name}.exe file from these directories:
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  8. Launch Run by tapping keys Win+R keys together.
  9. Enter regedit into the Run dialog box to access Registry Editor.
  10. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  11. Delete {unique name} values that point to the Info.hta/{unique name}.exe file location.
  12. Exit the utility and then Empty Recycle Bin.
  13. Install a legitimate malware scanner to check for potential threat leftovers.
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