What is Worm.exe? Should I remove it?

All you need to know about Worm.exe file on your desktop

Worm.exe is a malicious executive file that is usually associated with Dharma ransomware. Many users have reported that this file appears on the desktop right after Dharma virus infiltration; we must point out that this file is related to one variant of the ransomware because there are many faces of this particular ransomware. Worm.exe file appears on systems infected with worm01@india.com ransomware version. Once installed, the virus securely encodes all files on the system, changing them on a structural level. Encrypted files will be marked with .[worm01@india.com].dharma file extensions. Reversion to the initial file condition is impossible only with the help of a decryption key, and criminals aim to sell it for the victim. To put it shortly, criminals take away your right to access your own files and ask you to pay a ransom; however, unlike other viruses, worm01@india.com virus does not provide a lot of information for the victim. It crafts up a ransom note in README.txt file, which it also saves on the desktop, and it isn’t verbose. It contains only several lines, which say that the victim must contact ransomware developers via worm01@india.com email for instructions how to restore the system. We are disappointed to say that there are no tools that could decrypt .[worm01@india.com].dharma files for you, so we hope that you have a data backup. If you do, remove worm.exe file along with all other malicious files that Dharma malware brought to your computer using anti-malware program. You can use FortectIntego if you do not have such program yet.

How did I get infected with this ransomware?

Ransomware viruses, Trojans and other forms of malware typically reach the computer system when the user opens a malicious email attachment or clicks on a link included in the email message. Consequently, the worm.exe file gets installed, which is believed to be the main ransomware’s file. We would like to provide some tips how you can avoid installing ransomware:

  • Do not open emails coming from unknown people. Google sender’s email address, look for grammar errors in the message, and be suspicious of prompts to view attached files” urgently – these are the main aspects that can help you identify a phishing email.
  • Keep all your programs up-to-date. This way, in case you confront an exploit kit, your computer most likely won’t be compromised.
  • Use a good anti-malware software. A trustworthy security program is a must-have tool when trying to protect your PC from spyware and malware.

Other malware related to worm.exe file

Worm.exe is also known to be an executable file associated with other malicious viruses, and its primary purpose is to run a certain parasite or launch some of its components.The Worm.exe file is installed and used by worm W32.HLLW.Syney, worm I-Worm.Gift.b, worm Digital Doom Worm, worm Docworm, worm I-Worm.Hybris.b. Once executed, the Worm.exe file runs a process that is responsible for the parasite's payload. Worm.exe is a significant part of a dangerous threat, but it can also work on its own. DO NOT execute it! The parasite will continue to violate your privacy and harm your computer unless Worm.exe and all related objects will not be completely removed from the system. If you have difficulties erasing the file consider using an anti-spyware program. 

How to remove worm.exe file?

Worm.exe virus should be immediately detected by your antivirus or anti-malware software after running a full system scan with it. If you do not have a security program, but you can see worm.exe file on the system, please do not try to remove Dharma ransomware or its executive file on your own. Ransomware is not a regular program, and its removal should be performed professionally. That is why we recommend using automated malware removal tools.

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