.Karma File Ransomware Virus Removal (File Recovery Included)

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How irritating is this virus?

This page aims to help you remove .Karma File Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Karma Ransomware files can be recovered.

The purpose of the following article is to inform you about the possible effects of one very dangerous virus – Karma Ransomware, as well as of its characteristic features and its way of functioning. Having in mind the fact that this program has been regarded as a Ransomware version, what you might expect from it is the following:

  • Self-installation on your PC: this means that such software doesn’t even need to trick you into installing it; such malware becomes a part of your system immediately and automatically after being downloaded.
  • A complete scan of all your hard drives that serves to define which exactly of all your files you tend to use more. Then a creation of a full list with all of them follows.
  • Unfortunately, this horrible program then proceeds with the encryption of all the above mentioned files, one piece after another, according to the predetermined list. When all the files have finally been locked up, you will receive a scary notification in the form of a pop-up (or similar) on your screen. This appalling message usually informs you about the fact that your data has been blocked and you are expected to pay a ransom in order to unblock it.

Honestly, rarely could you come across a more dangerous kind of software. So far Ransomware tops this classification. Still, the situation is not entirely hopeless. Please, read the entire article and you will see the possible choices when it comes to fighting this awful cyber threat.

.Karma File Virus

.Karma File Virus

Does Ransomware always mean encryption?

As a matter of fact, only the members of the data-encoding category of this malware family DO encrypt files. The other versions of this malicious software could have other functions. There are Ransomware categories whose members are used for blocking the screen of your device. The monitor-locking and the mobile-locking Ransomware are the two biggest subgroups. Actually, they have similar functions – they only affect the screens of your devices and make them inaccessible to you, by covering them with a huge ransom-demanding message, which is the same as the other ransom-demanding notifications. Generally, such a message will inform you about the fact that you will need to pay in order to decode the display of whatever device you are using (laptops/ tablets/ phablets/ smartphones). Fortunately, no data becomes a victim of encryption in the case of a screen-locking Ransomware infection. However, the biggest Ransomware subgroup DOES consist of file-encoding programs such as .Karma.

The usual means of distribution

Ransomware could get around in many various ways. The programmers of such software are pretty creative when it comes to distributing their malware. Honestly, we cannot mention all the distribution possibilities here; however, we are going to point out the most common ones:

  • Spam emails and their corresponding attachments:
    This is a very common way of spreading Ransomware. In this case, the virus could automatically come if you open a contagious email or download and open any of its infected attachments. In fact, all sorts of attachments could be contaminated: images/ documents/ .exe files/ archives.
  • Fake pop-ups – both advertisements and messages, pretending to be system-generated. The ads you may come across on the Internet could be contaminated. That’s why it is essential to just avoid them all as you can’t really tell the harmless from the harmful ones. What’s more, sometimes the malicious programs you happen to reach on the web may generate fake system messages, made to resemble the ones your PC typically produces. Our recommendation in this case is to simply check for updates yourself and pay attention to your Action Center, so that you will know when something on your PC needs updating or renewing.
  • Torrents, illegal-software sharing web pages; video and movie-streaming websites. These are also very common sources of Ransomware. It is recommended that you download and use only software, movies and videos from trustworthy sources to avoid serious infections like the one caused by .Karma.

What could be done in case your PC has caught .Karma?

This is probably the worst part, as whatever you decide to do may not be enough either for the encryption of your files, or for the removal of the virus from your system. Everything could be tricky and you may be willing to pay the ransom. However, you should NOT do that before you have run out of other options. There could still be a better way of dealing with this malware – such possibilities include:

  • Asking someone, who is an expert at computing for assistance – it is better to pay for advice than to fund criminals.
  • Purchasing a program that is designed to fight the contamination.
  • Last but not least, we recommend using the Removal Guide below to complete this difficult task. It might be helpful in your case, you never know. It is worth a shot!

SUMMARY:

Name .Karma
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Really none before the popping up of the ransom-demanding message. 
Distribution Method Via fake ads and spam mostly. Also via contaminated web pages and torrents.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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.Karma File Ransomware Virus Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove .Karma successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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 delete entries not related to the ransomware.

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 out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt .Karma files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!