The Dextop screenlocker ransomware is a threat that not only locks the screen of the computers it infects and displays a threatening message, but also performs numerous other activities among which are modifying system files, deleting backups and modifying the Windows Registry Editor. In case you have become an unfortunate victim of the Dextop ransomware virus, we recommend reading this article and learning how to remove it and restore files that have been encrypted with the .locked file extension added.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using an encryption algorithm and locks the screen, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” linking to a web page and a decryptor. Changed file names and the file-extension .locked has been used.|
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Dextop Ransomware – More Information
This threat, in proximity to other ransomware viruses may cause an infection in proximity to many other ransomware viruses out there – via spam e-mail. The threat may be downloaded via third-party infection file that is executed on the victim’s computer. Such files may come in different forms – as executable files as well as files that are documents with malicious macros that activate a script upon enabling. Such may also be in the form of fake installers or drive-by download links caused by malvertising campaigns that target unsuspecting users.
Dextop Ransomware – Infection Process
This screenlocker type of ransomware has not been so far related to any other malware threat out there, however the people who are behind it may have some experience in cyber-crime, more specifically ransomware viruses.
When the virus infects a given computer, it begins to execute malicious scripts. One of those may modify the Windows Registry Editor and hence create values with data in the Run and RunOnce sub-keys. These may allow the execution of this ransomware on the victim’s computer when Windows boots up.
After infecting a system, Dextop rasnsomware may also download it’s malicious payload, which is usually located in critical Windows folders.
Then, the virus may begin to encrypt files of the following type:
→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com
The files may or may not be encrypted and could have the .locked. They may appear like the following:
After locking the files on the computer, the virus displays a ransom note, that is similar to the police type of ransomware viruses, convicting innocent victims of committing online crimes:
THE DEXTOP IS LOCKED
Dear GB citizen, your dextop computer has been locked for commiting multiple crimes that violate GB law.
-Pornography of a disturbing nature
-Breaking copyright law
These broken laws are serious offenses. As a result, all files will be ceased when the designated time is over unless you gain an appeal licence key from the Metropolitan Police.
Do not attempt to close or remove the locking software from your PC. Only the authors and the Metropolitan Police hold the rights to do so. Removing the software manually will not only corrupt your personal data, but will make you criminally responsable for a vandalism of police equipment.
Time Until Removal:
1. Visit the appeal website. click to appeal
2. Enter the unlock key in the text field below
3. Click “Unlock” to recover your files
Remove Dextop Ransomware and Restore .locked Files
For the removal of Dextop ransomware, we advise you to follow our removal instructions below. They will help you to successfully get rid of the malware from your system by isolating it first. You can choose to follow the manual removal option, but experts strongly advise using and advanced anti-malware program to perform the removal of Dextop ransomware automatically and more efficient.
In case you have removed Dextop ransomware and are looking for methods to restore your files, we have several suggestions, mentioned in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Dextop” below. They are in no way fully efficient against this ransomware, but they may get some of your files back. Also, make sure to make copies of the encrypted files first and then test those copies with the methods, instead of the original encrypted files.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Dextop from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Dextop from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Dextop from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Dextop from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Dextop from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Dextop from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Dextop from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Dextop from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Dextop
Step 2: Uninstall Dextop and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Dextop on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Dextop there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Dextop from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Dextop and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Dextop via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Dextop files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Dextop, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Dextop from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Dextop from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Dextop from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Dextop from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Dextop will be removed.
Eliminate Dextop from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.