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Remove DummyEncrypter Virus and Restore Your Files

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DummyEncrypter is a ransomware virus. The malware that unwraps the virus is hidden in an executable file. That file pretends to be the installer of CCleaner, while using its icon, name and other details to make it believable and try to trick users and their AV software. After execution of the malicious script your files will become encrypted and a screen locker will pop up, containing the ransom payment instructions. To see how to remove the virus and how you can try to restore your encrypted files, read the article in full.

Threat Summary

Name DummyEncrypter
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The virus will encrypt your files and demand a ransom as payment for their decryption.
Symptoms The ransomware cleverly pretends to be CCleaner, but if executed, you will get your files encrypted and see a ransom note presenting the DummyEncrypter’s demands.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executables
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DummyEncrypter Virus – Infection

The DummyEncrypter ransomware could enter your computer by using different tactics. The sneakiest one of them all is by putting its malicious payload file in an executable that looks like the one of CCleaner. The .exe file takes the icon of the cleaning tool, as well as some signatures and description names so that you could mistake it for the installation setup for the famous registry cleaner by Piriform. You can view the detection rate and the signatures of the payload executable on the VirusTotal site:

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Other ways that the DummyEncrypter virus could be spreading its malicious payload may exist as well. One of them can be through spam emails. Spam mail usually has an attachment. That attachment hides a malicious script that will infect your computer system when executed. Social media and file-sharing websites could distribute such files, too. Try not to open files from suspicious sources like emails and links until you at least do a scan with a security program and check their size and signature first. You should read the ransomware prevention tips from the thread open in the forum section.

DummyEncrypter Virus – In Detail

DummyEncrypter is a ransomware virus that was recently found by the malware researcher Karsten Hahn from G Data. One interesting fact about the virus is that it pretends to be the cleaning tool CCleaner by Piriform. The virus makes its payload file to look exactly like the setup for the cleaning program, so it’s advised to download any software only from its official website.

In case you have opened the executable, you will see a Command Prompt window flash on your screen and then your files will become encrypted. Right after that, the ransom instructions will be displayed in a message. After the encryption process is set and done, the message will load on your desktop as a lock screen.

When the DummyEncrypter virus has executed its payload and infected your machine, it could also create multiple entries in the Windows Registry. That action is often performed by such ransomware viruses so that they can attain a higher level of persistence. Registry entries can make the malware launch automatically at every boot of the Windows operating system. Your data will then become encrypted, and you will witness the ransom note popping up on your desktop.

You can view the screen lock note from the below image:

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The ransom message reads something along the lines of the following:

Warning: Your data has been encrypted!
Your personal data has been encrypted by a safe technology called AES-256 with US federal government trusted.
When you see this message, we has ENCRYPTED your data by a KEY generated randomly by your machine, and we uploaded this key to our server.
The only way to decrypt your file is use the KEY corresponding the YOUR FILE.
Once encrypt complete we destroyed keys on this machine and only keeps a feature of this machine.
The other parts of your computer is just safe now. Do not worry. We do not harm your computer. But some applications may lost data or texture and unable to start. Once you unencrypt you can use it normally again.
We has been encrypted your 0 files so far.
1) Copy these machine code on a piece of paper or file forever broken:
2) Access the software provider and follow the introductions.
1. Ask for your decrypt key
2. Use DummyUnlocker to restore.
I know, close this dialog | I can’t understand what you are saying

DummyEncrypter will not rush you as it does not give you a deadline for paying the ransom. However, it will try to trick you into thinking that the only way that you can restore your files is to pay for an unlocker tool. That is not true, and you should NOT in any way pay the cybercriminals – this will fund them to perform more criminal acts. Nobody can guarantee you that all of your files will become useable again upon payment. Furthermore, the criminals will probably keep improving their ransomware and could probably encrypt your files in the future.

The DummyEncrypter ransomware uses the AES 256-bit encryption algorithm or so it claims. File types which are encrypted are documents, photos, database files, etc.

The DummyEncrypter virus is very possible to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with using the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Read below about what ways you might try out to restore some of your files back to normal.

Remove DummyEncrypter and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the DummyEncrypter ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by DummyEncrypter.

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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 DummyEncrypter from Windows.


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

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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 DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter 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.

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Step 4: Scan for DummyEncrypter 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.

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

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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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by DummyEncrypter.

Ransomware infections and DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall DummyEncrypter and remove related files and objects

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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 DummyEncrypter:

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 DummyEncrypter. 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 DummyEncrypter. 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 DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter. 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.


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

Ransomware infections and DummyEncrypter 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.


DummyEncrypter FAQ

What is DummyEncrypter ransomware and how does it work?

DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter 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 .DummyEncrypter files?

You can't. At this point the .DummyEncrypter 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 .DummyEncrypter files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by DummyEncrypter 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 ".DummyEncrypter" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter 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 DummyEncrypter ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .DummyEncrypter files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like DummyEncrypter 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.

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