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What is .dotmap ransomware? What are .dotmap files? How to remove .dotmap ransomware? How to try and restore .dotmap files?

The .dotmap ransomware virus is the type of ransomware, whose primary goal is to attack your computer and encrypt your files, so that you can no longer open them. The ransomware’s main purpose is to get users to pay ransom in order to get the files back, which is not reccomended. If your computer has been infected by this .dotmap ransomware virus, then we strongly recommend that you read this article.

Threat Summary

Name.dotmap Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt the files on your computer and extort you into paying ransom to be able to open them again.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted, having the .dotmap file extension. A ransom note could appear.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.dotmap Files Virus – Update May 2019

The good news for all victims of STOP .dotmap ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.

So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .dotmap decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.

Decrypt Files Encrypted by STOP Ransomware

Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .dotmap ransomware infections.

.dotmap Ransomware – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The main method via which you could have gotten infected by the .dotmap ransomware is to possibly be added on the computers of victims as a result of being downloaded from a website, where the file could have pretended to be a legitimate file, such as:

  • Setup.
  • Software activator.
  • Portable version of a program.
  • Key generator.
  • Patch.
  • Crackfix.

Another way via which you could have possibly gotten the .dotmap ransomware virus is likely by downloading it from an e-mail the criminals behind the virus might have sent you. Such e-mails often make it seem that the sent files are important documents, like invoices, receipts or other similar files of this type.

When the .docmap virus infects your computer, the ransomware may immediately being performing the following malicious activites:

  • Modify your registries.
  • Create mutexes.
  • Obtain system information from your computer.
  • Make sure that it has not infected your PC before.
  • Obtain read & write administrator rights.

Then, the virus may begin to encrypt files. The encryption may be conducted via the AES-256 encryption algorithm. The encrypted files may be of the following file types:

  • Documents.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Archives.
  • Virtual drive files.
  • Database type of files.
  • Other often used file types.

After encryption, the .dotmap ransomware may set the following file extensions to the encrypted files:

The interesting thing is that the ransomware virus skips encrypting files in important Windows folders, so that you can still use your computer to pay the ransom. Paying is not reccomended, because you cannot trust the cyber-criminals to restore your files and by paying there is no guarantee to get your files back.

Remove .dotmap Ransomware and Try Restoring Files

In order to remove this ransomware from your computer, we recommend that you follow the removal steps underneath. They have been created with the main idea to assist you in removing this ransomware either manually or automatically from your computer. If manual removal (steps 1 and 2) does not seem to help much, then we strongly suggest that you remove the .dotmap ransomware automatically by scanning your computer, using an advanced anti-malware software. Such program will guarantee that all virus files are removed from your computer.

The .dotmap ransomware virus is the type of malware that can encrypt your files beyond recovery, unless there is a decryptor. Usually decryptors get released eventually, so in the meantime we advise you to backup your files and try our alternative methods for file recovery In the “Try to restore” step underneath.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .dotmap Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .dotmap Ransomware

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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 .dotmap Ransomware 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 .dotmap Ransomware 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 .dotmap Ransomware 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 .dotmap Ransomware 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 .dotmap Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .dotmap Ransomware 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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .dotmap Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .dotmap Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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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 .dotmap Ransomware:

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 .dotmap Ransomware. 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 .dotmap Ransomware. 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 .dotmap Ransomware 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 .dotmap Ransomware. 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.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .dotmap Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .dotmap Ransomware 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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


.dotmap Ransomware FAQ

What is .dotmap Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.dotmap Ransomware is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does .dotmap Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..dotmap Ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of .dotmap Ransomware is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open ..dotmap Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the ..dotmap Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..dotmap Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .dotmap Ransomware ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore "..dotmap Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..dotmap Ransomware files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of .dotmap Ransomware ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .dotmap Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..dotmap Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .dotmap Ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

7 Comments

  1. AvatarNabilalhussiun

    Then sir how to restore files is spyhunter is able to restore files

    Reply
  2. AvatarHallder Hans Ramos Martel

    Hola Ventsislav Krastev, me podrias ayudar, mi maquina se infecto con el ransomware .DOOTMAP, te lo imploro porque necesito alguna informacion de esa pc

    Reply
  3. AvatarRichard Naces

    I installed and buy a lisenced spyhunter… it did kill all the viruses but sad to say IT WILL NOT RESTORE DOTMAP INFECTED FILES for NOW…

    Reply
    1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Richard,

      SpyHunter is an anti-malware program and not a decrypter. However, the .dotmap ransomware is partially decryptable, you can use this article https://sensorstechforum.com/decrypt-files-stop-ransomware/ to try and restore your files. Let us know if you have any questions!

      Reply
  4. AvatarYeyo

    Bonjour,
    j’ai été infecté par un virus dont j’ignore le nom véritable (Ransomware (.dotmap)). Mes fichiers ont été chiffrés (documents, films, images, pdf, enfin tout le disque dur externe). j’ai mis fin a l’activité du virus mais les fichiers restent chiffrés
    question:
    1 – Comment faire pour dechiffrés ces fichiers ?
    STOPdecryptor ne parvient pas a les déchiffrés
    le site web de Kaspersky offre une liste de déchiffreur mais hélas ne tiens pas en compte le (.dotmap)
    comment faire ????
    Besoin d’aide……
    Merci

    Reply
    1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

      Bonjour,
      Désolé d’entendre parler de votre infection. Pouvez-vous s’il vous plaît utiliser notre support de chat ici: https://sensorstechforum.com/spyhunter-download-and-install-instructions/?nr=1
      Nos experts pourront peut-être vous aider.

      Reply
  5. Avatarjosef

    please help me I need to decrypt my .dotmap files please!
    Decrypted 16 files!
    Skipped 5305 files.

    how to decrypt all files back?

    Reply

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