What is DASHA Ransomware

DASHA Ransomware is a new variant of Eternity Ransomware. This malware is designed to encrypt system-stored data and demand money for its decryption. While restricting access to files (e.g., photos, videos, documents, databases, etc.), the virus alters file appearance with the .ecrp extension. For instance, a file previously named 1.pdf will therefore change to 1.pdf.ecrp and become no longer accessible. Once this process gets to a close and all targeted files are eventually renamed, DASHA replaces the desktop wallpapers and displays a pop-up window with ransom instructions.

Pop-up MessageWallpaper Text
All of your files have been ENCRYPTED with DASHA RANSOMWARE
Your computer was infected with a ransomware. Your files have been encrypted and you won't
be able to decrypt them without our help.
What can I do to get my files back?
Contact us
Email: dashasupport@proton.me
Telegram: hxxps://t.me/dashasupport
Email: dashasupport@proton.me
Telegram: @dashasupport

The ransom message outlines the exact steps victims should take to recover their data. It is said an affected user should contact the ransomware developers using one of the provided communication channels (either e-mail or Telegram chat). After this, cybercriminals will supposedly give further guidelines on what should be done to purchase a unique private key for file decryption. Extortionists will most likely ask you to pay a certain amount in crypto. As a general rule, it is not recommended to collaborate with cybercriminals – this is because there is always a risk of ending up scammed. In other words, you may not receive the promised decryption keys/tools even after paying the ransom. Unfortunately, decrypting data without the help of cybercriminals is also a challenge – many infections use military-grade algorithms that run strong encryption of files and make the reverse process almost impossible. The only and best solution to avoid being scammed and recover access to data as well is to use your backups. If there are copies of files stored on some external device or cloud, you can easily use them to restore your data. In the article below, you will also find some general recommendations of reputable decryption/recovery software, however, it is likely that their capacity will not be enough to deal with files encrypted by DASHA Ransomware. You can give them a try in case no other option is left. Note that before trying to recover the blocked data yourself, it is first important to delete the infection from your computer. Do it in our guide, and also explore how DASHA Ransomware could infiltrate your system down below.

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How DASHA Ransomware infected your computer

There is no single way how ransomware attacks its victims. It can happen through fake software updates or installers that contain trojans, through unprotected RDP configuration, backdoors, keyloggers, unreliable software cracking tools, and e-mail spam letters as well. E-mail spam letters might be the most popular distribution vector to specify from this list. This scheme works as follows: cybercriminals design messages into a nice-looking cover to make users believe they received them from legitimate parties, such as delivery firms (DHL, DPD, FedEx), banks, tax authorities, lottery campaigns, and so forth. Such messages may contain a lot of call-to-action highlighted in color text meant to bait inexperienced users into opening some malicious files or clicking on links. When it comes to malicious attachments, it is usually Word, Excel, PDF, JavaScript, EXE, ZIP, or RAR types of files that are bundled inside of such messages. Malware developers use them to easily execute the installation of malware – with few steps required from users. This is why it is important to avoid opening suspicious files or links, especially if you received them for no founded reason. Read our guide below to explore what can be done in order to protect your system from such threats in the future. There is plenty of useful material that you can familiarize yourself with.

  1. Download DASHA Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .ecrp files
  3. Recover encrypted files with Stellar Data Recovery Professional
  4. Restore encrypted files with Windows Previous Versions
  5. Restore files with Shadow Explorer
  6. How to protect from threats like DASHA Ransomware

Download Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

To remove DASHA Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of DASHA Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download Norton Antivirus

To remove DASHA Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of DASHA Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.

DASHA Ransomware files:

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DASHA Ransomware registry keys:

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How to decrypt and restore .ecrp files

Use automated decryptors

Download Kaspersky RakhniDecryptor

kaspersky dharma ransomware decryptor

Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .ecrp files. Download it here:

Download RakhniDecryptor

There is no purpose to pay the ransom because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.

Dr.Web Rescue Pack

Famous antivirus vendor Dr. Web provides free decryption service for the owners of its products: Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web Enterprise Security Suite. Other users can ask for help in the decryption of .ecrp files by uploading samples to Dr. Web Ransomware Decryption Service. Analyzing files will be performed free of charge and if files are decryptable, all you need to do is purchase a 2-year license of Dr.Web Security Space worth $120 or less. Otherwise, you don’t have to pay.

If you are infected with DASHA Ransomware and removed from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:

Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .ecrp files

stellar data recovery professional

  1. Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
  2. Click Recover Data button.
  3. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
  4. Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
  5. Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
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Using Windows Previous Versions option:

  1. Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
  2. Select Previous Versions tab.
  3. Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
  4. To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
  5. In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.

Using Shadow Explorer:

  1. Download Shadow Explorer program.
  2. Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
  3. Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
  4. Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
  5. In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.

If you are using Dropbox:

  1. Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
  2. Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
  3. Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.

How to protect computer from viruses, like DASHA Ransomware , in future

1. Get special anti-ransomware software

Use ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

Famous antivirus brand ZoneAlarm by Check Point released a comprehensive tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. The tool provides Zero-Day protection against ransomware and allows you to recover files. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is compatible with all other antiviruses, firewalls, and security software except ZoneAlarm Extreme (already shipped with ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware) or Check Point Endpoint products. The killer features of this application are: automatic file recovery, overwrite protection that instantly and automatically recovers any encrypted files, file protection that detects and blocks even unknown encryptors.

Download ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

2. Back up your files

idrive backup

As an additional way to save your files, we recommend online backup. Local storage, such as hard drives, SSDs, flash drives, or remote network storage can be instantly infected by the virus once plugged in or connected to. DASHA Ransomware uses some techniques to exploit this. One of the best services and programs for easy automatic online backup is iDrive. It has the most profitable terms and a simple interface. You can read more about iDrive cloud backup and storage here.

3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox

mailwasher pro

Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.

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