Wallet Ransomware is a virus from the Dharma ransomware family that has appeared on our radars lately. It utilizes a powerful combination of two encryption algorithms – AES and RSA – to block users from accessing their valuable files.
According to the latest reports, Wallet and Dharma have almost identical codes, but it is too soon to judge if there are no differences in Wallet’s behavior. Cyber criminals are always trying to improve their creations and provide new contact emails for users to contact them. In this articles, we will explain how to remove Wallet Ransomware and cover some other aspects regarding malware distribution.
When Wallet Ransomware gets into the system, it initiates a scan to find specific files on your computer. Those files mostly belong to the category of your private documents, media files, archives, so expect extensions like .MOV, .MP3, .MP4, .MPG .MPEG, .3GP, .7Z, .APK, .AVI, .BMP, .RAR, .RTF, etc. to be corrupted. All infected files receive a new extension of «.wallet» added to them which makes them unreadable.
When encryption is complete the user receives a ransom note – the desktop image transforms into one. Hackers promise to fix your files for the ransom. It is a common practice to threaten users with the removal of all infected files unless a decryption key is entered. Same story here – you have 72 hours to do what they want. We don’t recommend doing that. There are no guarantees that cyber criminals will actually unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one. Just go on with our Wallet Ransomware removal guide below.
But before that, we want to stress on the method which was used to infect your computer. According to our analysis and reports we receive, this locker infiltrates your computer via spam emails from the unknown sender. It comes in the form of suspicious attachment (it can be a text file, video, picture and so on). If you receive an email from the unknown source with a strange message and suspicious attachment, don’t rush to open it. Do not download and run executable files or applications from your inbox. There is a high chance of catching a virus, worm, Trojan, etc. by simply clicking infectious links.
There are two ways to get rid of the Wallet Ransomware. You can do it manually if you know where the original malicious file is hidden. But it might take time. Plus, if you don’t know where to look you can accidentally delete wrong files. To avoid this, we recommend using an anti-malware program such as Plumbytes Anti-Malware or SpyHunter, for example. If your computer is infected with Wallet Ransomware, it will be eliminated along with other threats found. Having an additional protection against cyber-attacks is highly recommended because other threats might come your way after previous are eliminated.
Symptoms of Wallet Ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for Wallet Ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the WALLET RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.