Dablio Ransomware

Also Known As: Dablio virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Dablio ransomware removal instructions

What is Dablio?

Dablio is a ransomware-type computer virus discovered by Karsten Hahn. Its purpose is to encrypt files (rendering them unusable) and make ransom demands for their release. Each encrypted file is renamed by adding "(encrypted)" to the filename. For example, "1.jpg" becomes "(encrypted) 1.jpg", and so on. When a system is infected with this virus, a ransom-demand pop-up window is displayed. This ransomware was developed using the Python programming language.

According to the pop-up, all Dablio files stored on the computer were encrypted. To restore them, affected users are encouraged to pay a ransom to purchase a decryption key. The cost of this key is unknown (these details are given when cyber criminals are contacted via the dablio@tuta.io email address). As with most ransomware developers, Dablio's developers demand payment in Bitcoins by transfer to their cryptocurrency wallet. It is not known which cryptography algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) Dablio developers use for data encryption, however, ransomware developers often use algorithms that generate unique keys. They store these keys on remote servers controlled only by them. In this way, they are able to blackmail victims. Furthermore, there is currently no free tool capable of cracking Dablio encryption. In any case, we recommend that you do not contact any ransomware developers, since they often ignore victims (who are simply scammed even if the ransom demands are met). If possible, restore your files using a backup.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

Dablio decrypt instructions

Most ransomware-type viruses are very similar and share the same goals: to encrypt data and demand ransom payments for decryption keys or tools. Generally, the main differences between these infections are cost of decryption and cryptography algorithm used. Ransomware victims are encouraged to contact cyber criminals (not recommended), since decryption without their involvement is usually impossible. Decryption is only possible if the virus is not fully developed or has bugs/flaws. Since the number of ransomware-type infections is growing daily, maintain regular backups and store them on remote servers or unplugged storage devices. Some examples of other viruses of this type include GandCrab 5.0.9, FilesLocker v2.0, and StevenSeagal.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

It is not known exact which method Dablio's developers use to distribute their virus, however, cyber criminals use spam email campaigns, trojans, third-party software download sources, and fake software updaters. Spam campaigns to cause infections through attachments. Cyber criminals attach malicious documents (Microsoft Office, archive, executable, PDF, and other files) and hope that recipients open them. Once opened, these malicious attachments download and install viruses. Torjans also proliferate computer infections. Once installed, these malicious programs spread other viruses, causing chain infections by opening backdoors for other malware to infiltrate the system. Untrustworthy software (or other files) download sources such as free file hosting, freeware download websites, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and so are used to present malicious (infected) files as legitimate. By downloading and opening them, users inadvertently install viruses. Fake software updaters are used to download ransomware (and other infections) rather than the promised updates, or to exploit outdated software bugs/flaws.

Threat Summary:
NameDablio virus
Threat TypeRansomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
SymptomsCan't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methodsInfected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
DamageAll files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Carefully study emails that contain attachments or links. If an attachment or link is presented in an email received from an unknown, suspicious, or irrelevant address, do not open it. Download software using official, trustworthy sources and direct links only. Avoid using third party downloaders such as peer-to-peer networks, dubious/unofficial websites, and other similar sources. Update your software (including the operating system) using tools or implemented functions that are provided by official developers. Keep your computer safe from infections by having a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and keep it enabled at all times. These tools can stop virus infiltration before any damage is done. If your computer is already infected with Dablio, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Dablio ransomware pop-up window:


Good Morning. Good afternoon. Good evening.

I'm sorry to inform you that your computer was ENCRYPTED.

Email: dablio@tuta.io

Cry Now. Laugh Later.

Enter Key for Unlocked your Computer and Files!

Screenshot of files encrypted by Dablio [renamed by prepending "(encrypted)" to the filename]:

Files encrypted by Dablio

Dablio ransomware removal:

Instant automatic removal of Dablio virus: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Dablio virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Dablio virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Dablio ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Dablio ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Dablio are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by Dablio, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Dablio ransomware.

Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.

Controll Folder Access

Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove Dablio ransomware: