How to remove php ransomware from your system
How to remove php ransomware from
Understanding php ransomware
Dharma malware family has a new feather in its cap. The arsenal of this notorious
ransomware is getting better day by day. The latest edition php ransomware is no
different in executing the malicious intentions of its creators. As always, the
targeted operating system is Windows.
Alike, its cousins, php attack initiates with the encryption of data in your system.
Eventually, it creates a unique decryption key on the hacker’s server. In order to
recover .php files, the victim need the decryption key! The decryption process is a
challenging task without this private key. Apart from it, the developers ask for
large amount of ransom to enable the decryption key. Hence, the victim users are
left with no other choice than paying the ransom.
However, this is not the only way out of this problem. There are a few virus
removal guidelines that you can follow to remove ransomware virus manually.
Scroll down to find the steps on how to remove php ransomware.
Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
The seeds of a malware are carefully planted on questionable websites to frame the
honey trap for the users! The moment a connection is established followed by a
wrong click on the website, these dangerous codes come in the existence with a
silent switch and without the knowledge of the users, and they spread in the
Apart from the malicious websites, Trojans are another deceptive method used to
distribute php file virus. Trojans are destructive programs designed to cause
‘chain-infections’. They gradually attack your system with the intention to further
installation of nasty software.
Once in, php ransomware shows the qualities of a true master of disguise! It has its
own set of rules to ensure it presences on a connecting network as well! It could be
a data transfer request, the contact list of email client or even your favourite social
networking list, php file virus is fined tuned to evade security protocols and
journey to their selective destinations.
The moment this variant of dharma malware family establishes its identity in an
affected system, it hunts for popular extensions that majorly represent user specific
To show its unethical presence and set the fear in the mind of users, it encrypts the
file content with strong algorithm and makes the content unreadable. It appends a
unique extension - .php to the file names. For example – ‘sample.jpg’ would be
renames to ‘sample.jpg.php’.
Alike its siblings, it uses a powerful cryptography algorithm to encrypt the data.
RSA – 1024 encryption algorithm is used to fulfil the evil idea of the developers of
php virus. Once, the files are successfully encrypted by php malware, it generates a
unique decryption key on the remote server. Keep in mind, obtaining the key is not
a piece of cake! However, it offers a solution to the victim users. It asks for hefty
ransom from the users to decrypt their sensitive information. The ransom amount
may vary from $500 - $1500. Of course, in the form of bitcoins! In addition, these
cyber crooks allow you to attach one .php file of around 1MB, which they decrypt
for free as a proof. It is the trick to get the trust of victim users. After the
encryption of the files/ documents, the ransom note ‘RETURN FILES.txt’ will be
created in the victim’s system.
Many of the users fall in the trap set by this expert marksman and end up paying to
the demands. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee to the cure offered and the
information may never be restored in many cases.
Removal guidelines for php ransomware
STEP A: Reboot your system to Safe Mode
STEP B: Delete the suspicious file from Configuration Settings
STEP C: Remove malicious file from Command Prompt
STEP D: Restore the system files & folder
Tips to prevent your system from php ransomware