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.Karma File Ransomware Virus Removal (File Recovery Steps)

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In this article we are going to try and help you remove .Karma File Ransomware Virus. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.

You have probably already heard about the increasing danger of Ransomware viruses. Each newer version seems to be more evolved and dangerous than the previous one. Every day, an increasing number of users are falling prey to this malicious type of malware. Ransomware viruses are known for their devious approach and methods they use. Instead of attacking your system directly, they simply encrypt your files, thus making you unable to open them. Then, you’d need to pay ransom if you want to receive the key for the encryption. This particular article has been written with the purpose of providing our readers with detailed information concerning one of the newest Ransomware viruses. This new threat is known under the name of .Karma and here we will explain to you how it works, what the most common symptoms are and what you need to do in order to protect your PC from any future Ransomware infections.

How these viruses work

As we already said above, Ransomware works quite differently in comparison to other, more common forms of malware. Due to the fact that these viruses use encryption, they often remain fully undetected by many security programs. This is because encryption processes are not actually something malicious. In fact, this method is commonly used as a form of file protection by many legitimate programs. Most antivirus programs allow such processes to be carried out on your PC, since they are not considered harmful. However, Ransomware would use this method on your personal files and once it has finished, you’d be unable to access them unless you have a specific key on your PC. Obviously, to acquire the key, the user is supposed to pay a certain amount of money to the hacker. Instructions on how to do that are provided within a message that pops-up once .Karma has finished its job and locked all targeted files.

Are there any symptoms of the infection?

Ransomware viruses are really sneaky and difficult to notice. However, there is a way to spot them even if your antivirus program is unable to do that for you. This is why it is of utmost importance that you pay close attention to your machine’s behavior at all times. You must be able to sense when something is not quite right. The usual symptoms of a Ransomware infection (during the encryption period) are high CPU and RAM consumption in combination with less HDD space than you should actually have. This all comes from the specific way the encryption process works. For your files to be locked by it, they first need to be copied. The copies are actually the files that have an encryption on them. This is why free hard drive space is used during the process. Once this stage has been completed, the original data is deleted and the only files left are the copies that have been locked by the Ransomware encryption. If you manage to notice the signs of the infection in time or if you suspect that .Karma is currently encrypting your data, make sure to immediately fully shut down your machine and then call for professional support. That way, you might be able to save at least some of your data from being locked by .Karma.

The ransom demand

If the ransom demand is not too big and if you can spare the money, then you are probably thinking “Why not simply pay the hacker?”. As tempting as it might sound to just get it over with, you must know that this is actually a very bad idea. First of all, the payment currency in which the money is usually demanded is bitcoins. The reason for this is because bitcoins are very difficult to trace and that way hackers have no fear of getting tracked down and caught. Secondly, there’s nothing to guarantee that you won’t be simply throwing away your money by paying the cyber-criminal since nothing obliges the latter to send you they decryption key. Last but not least, the only certain effect that paying the ransom would have is to further encourage the usage of Ransomware viruses for blackmailing more and more people. What we would advise you instead is to go ahead and try out our Ransomware removal guide. You can find it below this article. Still, bear in mind that the instructions there might or might not be able to solve everything depending on a lot of factors. However, it is still a better and a much safer alternative that will cost you nothing.

A couple of protection tips

Here is our short list of rules on how to defend your machine from any potential Ransomware attacks in the future.

.Karma File Ransomware Virus Removal

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Enter Windows Safe mode.

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Open Task Manager and locate any processes associated with .Karma.

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Open the Registry Editor and search for .Karma.

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Try to recover your files. First you will need System Restore.

Secondly use program that can access your Shadow Copies.

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If you have questions or suggestions feel free to use our comments section!

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