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DotRansomware RaaS Remove and Restore Files


This article aims to help you remove the iterations of DotRansomware and restore your files (.locked file extension) if they have been encrypted by it.

A ransomware-as-a-service virus, calling itself DotRansomware has appeared on the deep web. The virus has been created in English and is highly modifiable. It also uses AES encryption algorithm to encode the files on the victims’ computers. This encryption is sophisticated and generates a unique decryption key. The virus comes with it’s custom sales page which is oriented primarily towards selling it to people who want to infect users with it. The ransomware virus uses the TOR networking system to infect various users and hence remain untraceable. In case you have been infected by DotRansomware, recommendations are to read the following material and learn what DotRansomware exactly performs and how to neutralize it and try getting back the data.

Threat Summary

Name

DotRansomware

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe malware is offered online as a part of a scheme to distribute it in a final variant for 50% of the ransom the victims pay for their files encrypted by the virus.
SymptomsThe 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 but may be changed with different versions.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner. Depends on who is part of the RaaS scheme and spreads it.
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How Does DotRansomware Spread

This particular virus is advertised online to absolutely everyone who has access to some particular areas of the deep web. This means that DotRansomware may spread depending on what the cyber-criminal decides. Typically most cyber-criminals choose e-mail spam messages with deceitful content, like the example picture below shows:

Such e-mails aim to get the user to open malicious e-mail attachment which is the infection malware that downloads the payload of DotRansomware, in this hypothetical scenario.

However, there are many other methods by which this ransomware infection could infect users:

  • Via fake installers or updates downloaded from shady websites.
  • If the user activates a fake patch for cracking unlicensed software, usually downloaded from torrent websites.
  • Via other malware that has previously infected a computer.
  • Via potentially unwanted program (PUP) that aims to perform an infection via multiple different advertisements, redirects or pop-ups.

DotRansomware – Further Analysis

The virus has been uploaded on a TOR-based web page and as soon as you open it, the terms of the developers immediately become evident:

The cyber-criminals offer as much as half of the extorted money paid by the victim to the one who distributes their own version of DotRansomware. The registration process of the virus is also quite simple. All one needs to begin infecting is a BitCoin address. As tempting as it sounds, this is quite the risk and at the end, trusting cyber-criminals is never a good idea at all.

During the infection process, DotRansomware may drop multiple malicious files on the computers it compromises. The files may have different names and may be located in different Windows folders, for example:

The official file extension of the DotRansomware virus is .locked, but the ransomware may undergo some changes, it really depends on how it is configured:

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Amongst the files types this virus encrypts are around 400 different files that are connected with various programs that are used on a daily basis:

→.001, .1dc, .3ds, .3fr, .7z, .a3s, .acb, .acbl, .accdb, .act, .ai, .ai3, .ai4, .ai5, .ai6, .ai7, .ai8, .aia, .aif, .aiff, .aip, .ait, .anim, .apk, .arch00, .ari, .art, .arw, .asc, .ase, .asef, .asp, .aspx, .asset, .avi, .bak, .bar, .bay, .bc6, .bc7, .bgeo, .big, .bik, .bkf, .bkp, .blob, .bmp, .bsa, .c, .c4d, .cap, .cas, .catpart, .catproduct, .cdr, .cef, .cer, .cfr, .cgm, .cha, .chr, .cld, .clx, .cpp, .cr2, .crt, .crw, .cs, .css, .csv, .cxx, .d3dbsp, .das, .dat, .dayzprofile, .dazip, .db, .db0, .dbf, .dbfv, .dcr, .dcs, .der, .desc, .dib, .dlc, .dle, .dlv, .dlv3, .dlv4, .dmp, .dng, .doc, .docm, .docx, .drf, .dvi, .dvr, .dwf, .dwg, .dxf, .dxg, .eip, .emf, .emz, .epf, .epk, .eps, .eps2, .eps3, .epsf, .epsp, .erf, .esm, .fbx, .ff, .fff, .fh10, .fh11, .fh7, .fh8, .fh9, .fig, .flt, .flv, .fmod, .forge, .fos, .fpk, .fsh, .ft8, .fxg, .gdb, .ge2, .geo, .gho, .gz, .h, .hip, .hipnc, .hkdb, .hkx, .hplg, .hpp, .hvpl, .hxx, .iam, .ibank, .icb, .icxs, .idea, .iff, .iiq, .indd, .ipt, .iros, .irs, .itdb, .itl, .itm, .iwd, .iwi, .j2k, .java, .jp2, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpf, .jpg, .jpx, .js, .k25, .kdb, .kdc, .kf, .kys, .layout, .lbf, .lex, .litemod, .lrf, .ltx, .lvl, .m, .m2, .m2t, .m2ts, .m3u, .m4a, .m4v, .ma, .map, .mat, .max, .mb, .mcfi, .mcfp, .mcgame, .mcmeta, .mdb, .mdbackup, .mdc, .mddata, .mdf, .mdl, .mdlp, .mef, .mel, .menu, .mkv, .mll, .mlx, .mn, .model, .mos, .mp, .mp4, .mpqge, .mrw, .mrwref, .mts, .mu, .mxf, .nb, .ncf, .nef, .nrw, .ntl, .obm, .ocdc, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .omeg, .orf, .ott, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pak, .pct, .pcx, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .php4, .php5, .pic, .picnc, .pkpass, .png, .ppd, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prj, .prt, .prtl, .ps, .psb, .psd, .psf, .psid, .psk, .psq, .pst, .ptl, .ptx, .pwl, .pxn, .pxr, .py, .py, .qdf, .qic, .r3d, .raa, .raf, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rb, .re4, .rgss3a, .rim, .rofl, .rtf, .rtg, .rvt, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .sav, .sb, .sbx, .sc2save, .sdf, .shp, .sid, .sidd, .sidn, .sie, .sis, .skl, .skp, .sldasm, .sldprt, .slm, .slx, .slxp, .snx, .soft, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sr2, .srf, .srw, .step, .stl, .stp, .sum, .svg, .svgz, .swatch, .syncdb, .t12, .t13, .tar, .tax, .tex, .tga, .tif, .tiff, .tor, .txt, .unity3d, .uof, .uos, .upk, .vda, .vdf, .vfl, .vfs0, .vpk, .vpp_pc, .vst, .vtf, .w3x, .wallet, .wav, .wb2, .wdx, .wma, .wmo, .wmv, .wotreplay, .wpd, .wps, .x3f, .xf, .xl, .xlk, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xvc, .xvz, .xxx, .ycbcra, .yuv, .zdct, .zip, .ztmp

These important files are rendered no longer openable and the virus also has a ransom note which can be customized. Malware researchers believe that it may be somehow connected to Unlock26 ransomware – a relatively new virus that hit the wild recently.

Remove DotRansomware and Try Getting Back the Files

In case you have been infected by an instance of this ransomware infection on your computer, the first deal of business is to immediately back up the encrypted files.

Then, experts recommend removing this ransomware infection from your computer with the one and only purpose of creating a safe environment to try the methods In step “2. Restore files encrypted by DotRansomware” below. In case you have difficulties in manually removing this ransomware infection from your computer, reccomendations are to focus on scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software. It will fully remove all files associated with this threat and make sure to protect your computer in the future as well.

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How to Remove DotRansomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DotRansomware

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 DotRansomware 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 DotRansomware 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 DotRansomware 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 DotRansomware 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.


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Get rid of DotRansomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall DotRansomware 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 DotRansomware:

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 DotRansomware. 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 DotRansomware. 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 DotRansomware 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 DotRansomware. 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 malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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.



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Remove DotRansomware 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.


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Erase DotRansomware 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.



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Uninstall DotRansomware 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.



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Remove DotRansomware 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the DotRansomware will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate DotRansomware 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.


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