..Doc File Virus Removal – Restore ..Doc Files
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..Doc File Virus Removal – Restore ..Doc Files

This article will help you to remove the ..Doc File Virus entirely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end.

The ..Doc File Virus is the name of a ransomware which is a variant of the GlobeImposter virus. After encryption it places the ..Doc extension as a secondary one, without altering the original file names. Next up, a ransom note is placed inside an .html file containing instructions on how to pay the ransom and allegedly restore your data. Continue to read and check what ways you could try out to potentially recover your files.

Threat Summary

Name..Doc File Virus
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer device and it shows a ransom note afterward.
SymptomsThis ransomware virus will encrypt your files and place the ..Doc extension on each one of them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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..Doc File Virus – Delivery Ways

..Doc File Virus might spread its infection via different ways. The payload file which executes the malicious script for this ransomware, that in turn infects your computer machine, is circling around the Internet. It has been spotted as a .vbs script file inside a .zip archive spreading with malicious spam email campaigns as seen in the example below:

Sent: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:14:48 +0530
To: Kellett, Tamera
Subject: Message from “G10PR0378651.VICTIMSDOMAIN.COM”

This E-mail was sent from “G10PR0378651.VICTIMSDOMAIN.COM” (Aficio MP C305).

Scan Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:14:48 +0530

Samples of this ransomware have been found by a few different malware researchers. You can see the detections of some security vendors for one such sample embedded into an executable file by checking the image taken of the VirusTotal service below:

The ..Doc File Virus might be using other ways to deliver the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Web could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum.

..Doc File Virus – Technical Data

The ..Doc File Virus is a ransomware, which has been circulating with different variants. When the ..Doc File Virus encrypts your files and put ransom note messages around your computer’s directories. The virus is a variant of the GlobeImposter ransomware family.

The ..Doc File Virus can be set to make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Such entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, such as the example shown right here below:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

The ransom message is placed inside a file called Read_ME.html. This is how it looks:

The ransom note states the following:

Your files are Encrypted!
For data recovery needs decryptor.
If you want to buy a decryptor, click “Buy Decryptor”:
[Buy Decryptor] If not working, click again.
Free decryption as guarantee.
Before paying you can send us 1 file for free decryption.
To send a message or file use this link.
Support
If you can not contact, follow these two steps:
1. Install the TOP Browser from this link:
torproject.org
2. Open this link in the TOP browser: https://n224ezvhg4sgyamb.onion/sup.php

If you click on the TOR link (https://n224ezvhg4sgyamb.onion), another page with further instructions will show up and you can see it here:

It states the following:

To buy the decryptor, you must pay the cost of: 0.094 Bitcoin ($ 1000)
You have 2 days for payment
time left :
after finishing offer, decryptor cost will be 0.188 Bitcoin
You can buy bitcoin on one of these sites:
blockchain.info
localbitcoins.com
google.com
send 0.094 bitcoin on the Bitcoin address: 16QzEecSU858iaWFyLEEgGXGn9ehtvMJXG
After payment enter your REAL e-mail to get the decryptor
E-MAIL
SUBMIT E-MAIL

Free decryption as guarantee.
Before paying you can send us 1 file for free decryption.
To send a message or file click this link…

You should NOT under any circumstances pay the ransom or write to these criminals. Nobody can give you a guarantee that you will get your files decrypted upon payment, plus in that way you will support the crooks and probably motivate them to keep making ransomware or do similar criminal acts.

..Doc File Virus – Encryption Process

There is no official list with file extensions that the ..Doc File Virus seeks to encrypt and the article will be updated if such a list is discovered. However, all files which get encrypted will receive the ..Doc extension appended to them as a secondary extension. The virus doesn’t change or modify the original file name or extension of the encrypted files. 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 encryption algorithm which is used for the virus is currently unknown, but the ransomware is reported to encrypt files, with the following extensions so far:

→.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .jpg, .mp3, .pdf, .png, .txt

The ..Doc File Virus is reported by malware researchers to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Executing the above-stated command will make the encryption process more effective, as one of the main ways for file recovery will be eliminated. Continue reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove ..Doc File Virus and Restore ..Doc Files

If your computer got infected with the ..Doc File 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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove ..Doc File Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ..Doc File Virus

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall ..Doc File Virus 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ..Doc File Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ..Doc File Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for ..Doc File Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by ..Doc File Virus.

Ransomware infections and ..Doc File Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of ..Doc File Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ..Doc File Virus and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to ..Doc File Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to ..Doc File Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to ..Doc File Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 ..Doc File Virus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as ..Doc File Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove ..Doc File Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ..Doc File Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by ..Doc File Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac ..Doc File Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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