File Extension Library

.ADOBE File Extension

  • Category: Encoded Files

What is an .ADOBE file?

.ADOBE file extension has been classified as Encoded Files.

.ADOBE is Dharma Ransomware Encrypted File

A file with an .ADOBE extension has been encrypted by Dharma ransomware, a type of malware utilized by cybercriminals. It is not associated with the software company Adobe, Inc.

Dharma ransomware renames standard files, such as .MP4, .DOCX, and .PDF files with a ".ADOBE" extension. The files are encrypted with AES and RSA ciphers so it is not possible to open the files by simply changing the file extension.

The purpose of ransomware is to take your files hostage and force you to pay the perpetrator, often through bitcoin, to unlock your files. It may be introduced to your computer through an executable file disguised as another type of file. This may be an email attachment, a file downloaded from a website, or a file included in a software installer.

Once the executable file is run, it begins scrambling your files, renaming them with the .adobe extension, and encrypting them. The virus then generates a .TXT ransom note (FILES ENCRYPTED.txt or _openme.txt) informing you of the takeover and what you need to do to recover your files.

The virus renames your files using the following naming convention:


For example, if you have a sample.pdf file it may become[].adobe.

ADOBE files became prevalent in late 2018 and early 2019 and are similar to .LOCKY and .WALLET files. Currently, there is no program available to effectively restore your files. If you have a recent backup of your files, you can perform a system restore.

List of all softwares that can open the Dharma Ransomware Encrypted File
EnigmaSoft SpyHunter

How to Open .ADOBE file on different platforms

Open .ADOBE File on Windows

  • Right-click a .ADOBE
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .ADOBE file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .ADOBE files" Press "Ok"

Open .ADOBE File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .ADOBE file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .ADOBE File on Linux

Right click on the .ADOBE file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .ADOBE File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .ADOBE file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .ADOBE File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .ADOBE files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .ADOBE files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .ADOBE files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .ADOBE file format
  2. You need to check the .ADOBE file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)