This page aims to help you remove DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware. These DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
What is DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware and what you need to know about it?
DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware is a malicious program of the ransomware type. It is an illegal and malicious virus, that, once inside your OC, renders all your files unreadable by encrypting them with a sophisticated code. Unlike other viruses, DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware usually does not aim at stealing personal information and does not try to outright harm your system’s normal functions. Instead, once it has finished encrypting your files, the ransomware displays a message informing the user of it’s presence. The message tells you that your files have been encrypted by DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware and that you have to pay a ransom in order to be given the code necessary for accessing your files. There will also be instructions on how to pay the ransom. This usually happens via bitcoins – a form of virtual currency that is practically impossible to track down. This unfortunately also means that the blackmailer cannot be found and brought to justice.
In order to take the right precautions against a potential DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware infection, you will have to know how this thing gets into your system and how it operates once inside.
Firstly, we will cover the topic of how people usually land the nasty ransomware. This specific type of virus typically needs another program/virus, which serves as a gateway to your computer. Such is the infamous Trojan or other viruses like Spyware. This means that if you’ve landed DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware, you probably had another malicious software in your system beforehand.
Knowing this, it should be pretty clear that a reliable anti-virus program is a must. Also, viruses and other malicious programs are typically screen for in trusted and popular sites, so if you aren’t lurking in the shady parts of the web, you should be fine. If you are, then reconsider this habit of yours, because it can land you DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware or a similar nasty program and this is never a good thing.
Another very important piece of advice is to always keep a backup of your files – especially the ones that are important for your work. Have a flash memory or even a portable hard-drive, where you store everything important (or possibly sign for a cloud backup storage service). This can be helpful on more than one occasion. However, know that if you have DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware and during the encryption period such a device is connected to your PC, the files in it will also become encrypted. So if you suspect that your machine may have been infected, do not connect any devices to it.
There is a way to intercept the encryption process, if you pay attention to any unusual behaviour of your computer. DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware first needs to copy all your files (encrypting them in the process) and then delete the originals. This may take some time, depending on how many things you’ve got stored on your hard-drive. This may also make your machine behave differently than usual, since the process requires CPU and RAM usage and also hard-drive space. If you notice that your PC works slower than normal, you may want to check how much RAM and CPU are being used and by what processes (this is done via the task manager). If you see an unfamiliar process or service hogging all the system resources it is likely that is is a virus currently copying and encrypting your files. If you have enough clues that something is currently messing with your system, shut down your PC immediately and contact a specialist – it might just not be too late.
In case it is too late
You may not be so lucky as to intercept the virus in time. You receive the message, that requires you to pay the ransom and unless you send the money, you cannot access any of your files. What can you do?
Paying the ransom seems obvious, but this is actually a bad idea. You can never know, whether you are going to be given the code, even if you pay the money. Also, by doing this, you are encouraging the criminals to keep blackmailing other users, since it effectively earns them revenue.
Instead of outright paying the ransom check out your alternatives. We have provided you with a possible guide, that might just save you the headache of dealing with the criminals behind all of this. Please, note that there is no 100% guarantee that the guide will solve your problem. Viruses are getting smarter and ransomware are some of the smartest out there. While we can’t guarantee that you will recover all of your files it will cost you nothing and if it doesn’t help, you can always go back to paying the ransom.
But, once again, we strongly advise against doing that, because you can simply waste your money and gain nothing in return. Keep that in mind!
|Name||DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware|
|Danger Level||High (Once DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware encypts your files, you may no longer be able to access them, no matter what you do)|
|Symptoms||Slow-down of PC productivity, big amounts of hard-drive space used (during the encryption period)|
|Distribution Method||Malicious emails and through other viruses/harmful programs|
|Detection Tool||DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware may have hidden some of its files.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.
Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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