You do not need to panic if Dishwasher Ransomware slithers into your operating system because that will not be the end of the world, but, unfortunately, this infection can really leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth. If it invades the system and encrypts files successfully, these files will be unreadable, and it is unknown whether or not you will be able to ever restore them. According to our malware experts, just like Hakbit Ransomware, Nols Ransomware, Sorryforthis Ransomware, Kiss Ransomware, Ccryptor Ransomware, and many other threats alike, it can employ a complex encryption algorithm, and that means that decrypting the files manually is unlikely to be possible. What about third-party decryptors? They exist, but whether or not they will be able to decipher this particular threat, only time will tell. When we analyzed the infection, third-party decryptors could not help. Of course, whether or not you find a way to restore files, you must remove Dishwasher Ransomware.
You should be able to tell when files are encrypted by looking at their names because the “.clean” extension should be added to them. This extension is not significant, and you should not waste time removing it. According to our researchers, this extension should be added to images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, etc.), documents (.doc, .docx, .pdf, etc.), videos (.avi), audio files (.mp3, .mp4), and various other types of files. The good news is that Dishwasher Ransomware is most likely to encrypt files that are located in 5 specific folders: Desktop, Documents, Favorites, Music, and Pictures. These folders are located in the %USERPROFILE% directory, and if this is where you keep your files, they will be corrupted. If this is not where you keep your files, you might escape the attack without a scratch. At the time of research, a ransom note was not created, but an image was used to change the Desktop wallpaper. For what purpose, we do not know yet. All in all, if cybercriminals made their demands clear, it is likely that they would ask money in return for decryption, and we do not recommend obeying them. Why? Most likely, you would be scammed, and you would be left without money or a decryptor.
This is the perfect time to discuss backups. Have you set up a backup? Are you diligent about backing up all of your personal files? If you do and you are, you must have backup copies of your personal files, and that means that you can replace the encrypted files. When it comes to choosing the right platform, you have plenty of choices, but we do not recommend relying on internal backups because those can be affected by malware. On the other hand, if you choose, for example, an online cloud platform, you will not only have your files stored outside the computer, but you will also have easy access to any file wherever you are, given that you carry a smartphone with you. The victims of Dishwasher Ransomware cannot restore files, but they can replace them. Of course, only if backups exist. To ensure that backups are not affected, we recommend deleting Dishwasher Ransomware first.
We hope that you have replacements for the corrupted files, and we hope that you do not need to even consider whatever the attackers might suggest as a solution. Remember that they care only for themselves and their devious agenda. The first step is to remove Dishwasher Ransomware, and if you are not experienced with malware discovery and elimination, we do not think that it is a good idea for you to clear your operating system manually. Instead, it is best if you install authentic anti-malware software. There are several reasons for that. First of all, you will not need to identify the threat yourself, second, you will not need to delete it yourself, finally, and most importantly, you will not need to protect your operating system against Dishwasher Ransomware and similar threats in the future because the software will provide reliable security services. Of course, if you want to be sure that you do not face threats, you should be careful when interacting with strange emails, installing bundled software, or updating the system.
N.B. To access %TEMP%, tap Win+E (launches Explorer) and enter %temp% into the quick access field at the top. Then remove the .keys and .jpg files.