What can I do if .Dot File Virus has encrypted my files? Can I remove the infection? Can I get my files back without paying ransom? These are just some of the questions that we are going to cover in this article. If you stay with us, you are going to find even more useful information about the nature of this malware and its characteristics.
You probably landed here because you’ve had a close encounter with .Dot File Virus and now you are eagerly seeking for a way to deal with it. This is a Ransomware infection, and as one of the latest versions of this type, it has its own specifics. If you want to effectively eliminate it from your system, we suggest you read the next lines, because there we will explain what can you do to get rid of the nasty Ransomware and minimize its negative consequences. We will also provide you with a removal guide, which can help you to find and delete .Dot File Virus from your computer.
What should you be aware of if you’ve been infected with Ransomware?
Ransomware is the malware of choice for one particularly nasty blackmail scheme, which is rapidly gaining popularity among criminal circles. Different versions of this malware are coming up every day and they are attacking unsuspecting online users and businesses all around the world. Security experts have recently discovered a particularly nasty and sophisticated one – .Dot File Virus, which has caused hundreds of infections in a very short period of time. This new Ransomware has basically been created with one main purpose – to break through the users’ computer, silently encrypt all the data found there and then ask the victims to pay ransom to decrypt it. What makes it really dangerous for your system, and especially your files, is its very sophisticated encryption, which is used by the criminals to keep your files hostage until you pay the required ransom. They will basically blackmail you for the access to your own data and if you fail to fulfill their demands, you may really lose it all. But is there something you could do to prevent that? Let’s see.
What could you do to recover from a Ransomware attack?
This is the question that is troubling all the victims of Ransomware. Unfortunately, when it comes to these threats, there is very little that could be done. In most of the cases, a full recovery from an infection like .Dot File Virus may not be possible. You may be able to remove the Ransomware from your computer, but you may still not be able to access the encrypted files. The reason is that the malicious encryption that has been applied to your files cannot be removed without a special decryption key. Of course, this key is in the hands of the hackers and this is what they are blackmailing you for. The tricky thing here is that even if you pay the ransom, you may still not get your files back. The hackers will most probably disappear once they receive your payment. From then on, you can only hope that someone will remember about you and your misery and will send you the decryption key, but this may never happen.
You can do another thing though – instead of paying ransom to the criminals, you can try to restore some of your files on your own. Here we are going to give you some tips on that. If you have some copies on an external drive or a cloud, you can easily get them from there. Or you can also try to extract some files from the system backups. We will show you how to do this in the removal guide below. However, bear in mind that we cannot promise you a full recovery. In fact, no security expert can promise you that, but you can still try to minimize your data loss with the help of the instructions below. But before you attempt anything, it is essential to remove .Dot File Virus and all of its traces from your computer. If you keep it there, not only will every file you recover get encrypted again, but even the backup itself may get locked and this time, you won’t be able to save your files. So, first, follow the steps in the removal guide to ensure that your system is clean and then proceed to the file-recovery instructions.
Potential sources of Ransomware infections:
- Trojan horses are frequently used to silently deliver a Ransomware infection to your machine.
- Spam emails with malicious attachments.
- Fake ads, pop-ups, intrusive banners, misleading links and invasive tabs.
- Sketchy web content, insecure web locations, illegal websites
- Torrents, pirate content, software installers, and applications.
.Dot File Virus Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.