.DATAWAIT Files Virus – Remove It

.DATAWAIT Files Virus – Remove It

This article will help you remove DATAWAIT ransomware totally. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

DATAWAIT is the name of a virus that encrypts your files, while appending the .DATAWAIT extension to each file. Files are locked with both AES and RSA 1024-bit military grade encryption algorithms. The DATAWAIT cryptovirus will encrypt your data and when finished, it will demand money as a ransom to allegedly get your files restored. Continue to read through the article to see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

Name.DATAWAIT Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the help of the AES and RSA encryption algorithms. All locked files will have the .DATAWAIT extension appended to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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DATAWAIT Ransomware Virus – Distribution Ways

DATAWAIT ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

DATAWAIT ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.

DATAWAIT Ransomware Virus – In-Depth Overview

DATAWAIT is a virus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files.

DATAWAIT ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption the DATAWAIT virus will place a ransom note message inside a file called “!readme.txt”. You can see its contents from the following screenshot given down here:

The ransom note states the following:

==================================================ATTENTION PLEASE!==================================================

Your databases, files, photos, documents, databases and other important files are encrypted and have the extension: .DATAWAIT
The only method of recovering files is to purchase an decrypt software and unique private key.
After purchase you will start decrypt software, enter your unique private key and it will decrypt all your data.
Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.
You need to contact us by e-mail BM-2cXonzj9ovn5qdX2MrwMK4j3qCquXBKo4h@bitmessage.ch send us your personal ID and wait for further instructions.
For you to be sure, that we can decrypt your files – you can send us a 1-3 any not very big encrypted files and we will send you back it in a original form FREE.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.


E-mail address to contact us:

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:

Your personal id:
[redacted – contains 40 symbols]

The following e-mail address is used to contact the cybercriminals:

  • BM-2cXonzj9ovn5qdX2MrwMK4j3qCquXBKo4h@bitmessage.ch
  • savefiles@india.com

The note of the DATAWAIT ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 500 US dollars in 3 days’ time, otherwise the price will change. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.

DATAWAIT Ransomware Virus – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the DATAWAIT ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the .DATAWAIT extension. The encryption algorithms used to lock the files are AES and RSA 1024-bit.

The targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted are currently unknown and if a list is discovered, it will be posted here as the article gets updated. The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The DATAWAIT cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.

Remove DATAWAIT Ransomware Virus and Restore .DATAWAIT Files

If your computer got infected with the DATAWAIT ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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  1. AvatarAbu

    thank yiu for explaining i used sywarehuntern i formatted C but the effected files are all in D rive and external can you please help?

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      Hello, Abu.
      You should try a data recovery program, although formatting the C drive (system drive), might make it impossible for such a tool to work.

  2. AvatarHanif


    my jpeg and cr2 file change extension like(sample.jpeg.datawait and sample cr2.datawait)

    i already format and reinstall windows and make new partitions.

    all jpeg and crs file in my external hard disk and recopy to desktop.but file cant open

    uplode 3 file here: https://files.fm/u/b6nm45jn

    please give me a salution.
    thank you

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      Hello Hanif,
      since you formatted and reinstalled your drives,
      a data recovery program won’t work.
      Your best bet is to wait for a possible decryption software.
      The article will get duly updated if such a tool comes out.

  3. Avatarmohankumar

    Hi ,
    .DATAWAIT virus which is recently attacked to my server shared folder/ network shared folders.and those attacked files are encrypted . I tried to decrypt my files by renaming only one or two files succeeded but remain are still in encrypt.

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      Hi, mohankumar,
      interesting how renaming files worked for any files.
      Whatever the location of the files is, it doesn’t matter – they will still be encrypted in this case. If a decryption tool is released you will be notified with all others.


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