DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

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This page aims to help you remove DMA Locker 3.0 . These DMA Locker 3.0  removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.

You are probably on this page, because you came across a really disturbing message on your screen that said something about your files being encrypted, or you no longer having access to them – something along those lines. It probably also requested that you pay a certain amount for access to be granted again. To you. For your own files. Your own property. Talk about outrageous, huh?

If all of this sounds overly familiar, then you have been infected by one of the nastiest pieces of malware known as DMA Locker 3.0 , which is a type of ransomware. You can surely guess that the name is derived from the fact that a ransom is actually demanded in return for being able to use your computer as normal. Unfortunately, these types of viruses are extremely widespread and have been experiencing exponential growth over the past several years. Initially only present in Russia back in the nineties, ransomware is today a worldwide issue, spanning across every virtual inch of the globe.  We have put together the below guide to help you remove the virus and deal with the encrypted files you may have, because removal alone will not solve the whole problem.

How was I infected?

It’s hard to say for sure, because ransomware is particularly stealthy and when it comes travelling with its best friend – a Trojan Horse, which is notorious for being exceptionally covert – detecting them proves nearly impossible. There are however known methods by which ransomware like DMA Locker 3.0 is distributed, and the most effective one seems to be via email. What happens is you receive an email (spam, for the most part) with either an attached file or a link inside. If you aren’t cautious, you proceed to download and open the file, because it might very well seem extremely harmless to you (for real now, how dangerous could a simple PDF or Word document be?). What you don’t know, is that the file has been injected with a Trojan, which will automatically download the ransomware onto your computer. Same goes for the link in the email – click on it and you will be redirected to some malicious website and things will follow the same scenario. Note that none of this will let you know of the processes taking place, so you probably won’t even suspect anything until it’s too late.

Luckily, you might have a chance, though. Depending on a few factors like the power of your processor and amount of data stored, your computer could become incredibly slow while DMA Locker 3.0 is at work. This should prompt you to open your Task Manage and sort the processes in it by memory used. DMA Locker 3.0 uses an awful lot of RAM, you see, therefore you should be able to see it somewhere at the top. Should this be the case, you need to shut down your system immediately and seek a professional to help.

Should I pay the ransom?

We advise you not to; at least because there’s no guarantee that it will help the situation. For all you know, those hackers might not even be thinking of sending you the decryption key, which you need in order to restore access to those files of yours. There’s also no way of being sure that the key they send will work for all of the encrypted files. We do not promise that our methods will work 100% either, but they at least won’t inflict any harm on your data. Aside from that, you should know that thanks to the miracles of the deep web, which offers a great degree of anonymity, these cyber criminals are practically unstoppable and a lot of the times cannot be tracked by the authorities. Do you really want to encourage them further by paying them to do what they’re doing?

How do I protect myself from DMA Locker 3.0 ?

Like it is with cyber security in general (as with pretty much anything else in life), common sense applies. If you want to avoid getting robbed at night, you’ll stay away from those dark allies, won’t you? So if you want to be safe from malware – don’t go browsing shady websites that might be teeming with viruses. Naturally, you shouldn’t download anything from them either, including the attachments in suspicious emails. And of course, you should always have an antivirus program running, as well as administer virus checks on a regular basis.


Name DMA Locker 3.0
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (May leave certain files permanently encrypted) 
Symptoms  None, until ransom notice is posted on screen. In some cases, PC’s performance could be noticeably slacking. As a result, access will be denied to certain files. 
Distribution Method In most cases via email with the help of a Trojan horse. Can be through program bundles, as well.
Detection Tool DMA Locker 3.0  may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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.

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this. DMA Locker 3.0  may have hidden some of its files.

Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

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:

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

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.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

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!

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal 

How to Decrypt files infected with DMA Locker 3.0

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”

DMA Locker 3.0 Ransomware File Encryption Removal

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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About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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