Dharma Ransomware

Restore [locksvbox@tutamail.com].vbox Files

Written by Brendan Smith

What is .vbox file virus?

Also known as Dharma ransomware1, it encrypts files and requesting for the ransom. Vbox virus uses locksvbox@tutamail.com as a contact.

Dharma ransomware is back with a new cryptovirus variant. The current version of the Dharma virus encrypts files by appending the .vbox extension to them, making them inaccessible. It also may add a unique identification number as previous versions do. All encrypted files will receive the new extension as a secondary one. The ransomware drops a ransom note, which gives instructions to victims on how they can allegedly recover their files.

Vbox Threat Summary

Name .vbox file virus
Extension [locksvbox@tutamail.com].vbox file virus
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms Dharma will encrypt your documents by appending the .vbox extension to them, along with a unique identification number placing the new .[locksvbox@tutamail.com].vbox extension as a secondary.
Distribution Method Spam, Email attachments, Compromised legitimate downloads, Attacks exploiting weak or stolen RDP credentials2.
Fix Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by .vbox file virus

.vbox File Virus – Dharma Ransomware

What Is It and How Did I Get It?

.vbox File Virus might spread its infection via a payload dropper, which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware. That is being spread around Internet, and you can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service on the right of this text. Vbox File Virus might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.

.vbox File Virus is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a ransomware note. This is how the ransom note looks:

[locksvbox@tutamail.com].vbox virus demanding message in a pop-up window

[locksvbox@tutamail.com].vbox virus demanding message in a pop-up window

It says the following:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail locksvbox@tutamail.com
Write this ID in the title of your message XXXXXX
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:locksvbox@tutamail.com
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
hxxps://localbitcoins[dot]com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
hxxps://www.coindesk[dot]com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

Remove [locksvbox@tutamail.com].vbox File Virus (Dharma)

Reasons why I would recommend GridinSoft3

There is no better way to recognize, remove and prevent ransomware than to use an anti-malware software from GridinSoft4.

Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware.

You can download GridinSoft Anti-Malware by clicking the button below:

Run the setup file.

When setup file has finished downloading, double-click on the setup-antimalware-fix.exe file to install GridinSoft Anti-Malware on your computer.

Run Setup.exe

An User Account Control asking you about to allow GridinSoft Anti-Malware to make changes to your device. So, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware Setup

Press “Install” button.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware Install

Once installed, Anti-Malware will automatically run.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware Splash-Screen

Wait for the Anti-Malware scan to complete.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware will automatically start scanning your system for Vbox infections and other malicious programs. This process can take a 20-30 minutes, so I suggest you periodically check on the status of the scan process.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scanning

Click on “Clean Now”.

When the scan has finished, you will see the list of infections that GridinSoft Anti-Malware has detected. To remove them click on the “Clean Now” button in right corner.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scan Result

How to decrypt .vbox files?

You can download and use this decrypter that Kaspersky released if you were hit by .[locksvbox@tutamail.com].vbox extension.

You can download and use this decrypter that Avast released or this decrypter that Kaspersky released if you were hit by .vbox extension.

What the next?

If the guide doesn’t help you to remove Vbox infection, please download the GridinSoft Anti-Malware that I recommended. Also, you can always ask me in the comments for getting help.

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References

  1. Read more about Dharma Ransomware: https://howtofix.guide/about-dharma-crysis-ransomware/
  2. How To Change Remote Desktop (RDP) Port: https://howtofix.guide/change-remote-desktop-port-on-windows-10/
  3. GridinSoft Anti-Malware Review from HowToFix site: https://howtofix.guide/gridinsoft-anti-malware/
  4. More information about GridinSoft products: http://gridinsoft.com/products/

About the author

Brendan Smith

Journalist, researcher, web content developer, grant proposal editor. Efficient and proficient on multiple platforms and in diverse media. Computer technology and security are my specialties.

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