How to Remove Darus Virus Ransomware (.darus File)

.darus Virus File (STOP Ransomware) – Removal Guide


This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with .darus virus file and provides a complete .darus virus removal guide. When following the steps below you will also find how to potentially recover .darus files.

There is a new strain of STOP ransomware and it is named Darus virus. It infects computer systems with the goal to reach personal files and encode them with strong cipher algorithm. Corrupted files could be recognized by the extension .darus in their names. Hence, the name of this STOP variant originates from the extension it appends to files it corrupts. The main goal of this ransomware is to blackmail you into transferring ransom to cybercriminals. That’s why it drops a ransom message file (_readme.txt) soon after it finishes the encryption phase.

In the event that your computer has been infected by .darus virus file, you should locate, isolate and remove all malicious files and objects. Otherwise, you won’t be able to use it safely again.

Threat Summary

Name.darus Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA version of the STOP/DJVU ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers and then extort a ransom from victims.
SymptomsImportant files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .darus
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom ($490 – $980).
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

.darus Virus File – Infection Overview

What is .darus virus file? It is a vicious computer infection that interferes with important system settings in order to encrypt personal files unnoticeably and blackmail victims into paying a ransom for their files.

Security researchers reported that the .darus virus file is a strain of the infamous

STOP ransomware. STOP (Djvu) ransomware is a threat that has been lurking across the web since the end of 2017.

Among the recently discovered predecessors of this STOP ransomware are the

Berosuce virus, Herad virus and Madek virus. Like most of them, .darus virus is likely to be spread via well-known techniques like malvertising, malspam, website corruption, freeware installers, and fake software updates.

The most preferred one is usually malspam. This spread technique is realized via massive spam email campaigns. The emails that are part of such campaigns attempt to deliver the malicious code directly on your PC. Typically, these emails have one or more of the following components:

  • URL address presented as button, direct link, in-text link, image, etc.
  • File attachment presented as invoice, order ID, purchase details, coupon, special offer, and even legal paper
  • The name of a representative of a well-known brand, service, financial or governmental institution

As soon as the malicious code is started on the system, the .darus ransomware attack begins. The attack ends after the completion of several stages. The main stage is definitely the encryption process. For the data encryption process, .darus ransomware activates a specific cipher module that scans all system drives for target types of files and encodes the matches with the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Unfortunately, it is likely that all common files listed below are among the targets of this nasty ransomware:

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

Following encryption, the ransomware leaves all encrypted files inaccessible and renamed with the extension .darus. As a result, you are forced to pay a ransom fee in cryptocurrency to cyber criminals. This happens via a ransom note message that could be placed on the desktop and in every folder that contains encrypted files.

Here you can see a copy of .darus virus file‘ ransom message (_readme.txt):


Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest
encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:

Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:

Our Telegram account:
Your personal ID:

darus virus ransom message readme txt sensorstechforum

According to the details presented in the ransom message, when you pay the ransom you will receive a decryption tool for encrypted files. However, since there is no guarantee that this tool will be working, we recommend that you avoid any negotiations with cybercriminals and attempt to solve the problem in a secure way.

Remove Darus Virus File and Restore Data

The so-called .darus virus is a threat with highly complex code that plagues the whole system in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by .darus ransomware. That’s why we recommend that all steps presented in the .darus removal guide below should be completed for the sake of your system and data security. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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