This page aims to help you remove .Djvuq Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Djvuq file can be recovered.
Ransomware is a category of extremely sophisticated computer threats which are created for blackmailing purposes. These infections can sneak inside any digital device and cause harm by either locking the screen or by encrypting the files stored on the hard drive. Based on the way they operate, the Ransomware threats could be classified into two main subcategories – the Screen-lockers and the File-encryptors. In the text that you are about to read, we are going to talk about one recently reported file-encrypting Ransomware called .Djvuq. If you’ve landed on this page with the hopes of learning more about this particular infection, you won’t be disappointed. Right below, you will find useful information about the way this malware works, the distribution tools it typically uses and the methods that you could use to remove it from the system. Normally, after it infiltrates the machine, this threat places a very complex file-encrypting algorithm to all files on the PC that belong to certain commonly used file formats that the malware targets. After all of them are carefully secured, a ransom-demanding message gets generated on the screen and the victims are prompted to pay a certain amount of money in the form of a ransom for the decryption of the affected files. If they don’t do that, they are threatened to never be able to access their files again. Sadly, .Djvuq is extremely stealthy and this is the reason why most of the users are not able to catch it on time before their data gets been taken hostage by its secret encryption. Paying the required ransom, however, usually not the best way to deal with such a nasty malware. The main reason for that is the fact the hackers behind it the attack may easily manipulate and trick you into follow their ransom demands without really intending to send you back anything after you’ve paid. They usually try to persuade you to pay a set amount of money in exchange for a special decryption key which is supposed to liberate the files from the secret encryption. However, you should be aware of the risk that they may not send that key even if you fulfill all of their demands. What is more, nobody can tell you if such a key really exists and how well it will actually work. That’s why, it is much more advisable to seek alternatives to the ransom payment and, as a beginning, we suggest you take a look at the removal instructions below.
Remove .Djvuq File Virus Ransomware
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2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Djvuq Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Djvuq Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.
Dealing with Ransomware – is it possible?
If we have to be honest, so far, there has been no universal surefire method which can help you recover your system from the attack of any Ransomware infection meaning that each Ransomware attack is different. There are, however, some methods which may potentially help you minimize the negative consequences without paying ransom money to the criminal hackers. Now, we need to say that there are no guarantees about the effectiveness of these methods either but it won’t harm if you give them a try and see if they work in your particular case. For instance, above, we have offered you a detailed removal guide for .Djvuq with an added file-recovery section for the files which have been taken hostage by the encryption. On this same page, there is also a professional removal tool which can scan your entire system and help you detect and remove the malware automatically. Regardless of whether you decide to go for the alternative file-recovery suggestions or not, it is really important that you remove the Ransomware from your computer in order to make it safe for further use.
Protecting your PC
There is one really simple yet very effective method which can save you from a massive data loss in case of a Ransomware attack. What we are talking about is the so-called data backup. If you have valuable and important data on the computer which you don’t want to lose or want to avoid the chance of getting blackmailed for its access, the best way to ensure that you can always have available and accessible is to back it up and store it on an external location. This could be an external drive, a USB drive, a cloud storage or another device. This way, you can always access and copy any of your files whenever you need them. Of course, it is best if you never encounter a threat such as .Djvuq in the future. For that, you should definitely re-evaluate your online surfing habits and try your best to stay away from sketchy content, shady ads, links, email attachments and potentially dangerous web locations. Sometimes, a Trojan horse infection could also secretly deliver a Ransomware to the machine and that’s why having reliable antivirus software could be of invaluable help.
|Danger Level||High (.Djvuq Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Djvuq Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.