.Djvut Virus File Ransomware asks for your money in return for your data!
A new malicious piece of code named .Djvut is the main focus of the article that you are reading now. This malicious virus is a serious computer threat which can infect your PC when you least expect it and lock your data for an indefinite period of time. It is based on Ransomware file-encryption and that makes it a danger with really dreadful and sometimes even irreversible consequences. .Djvut is making use of a complex cryptography to take your most valuable data hostage and ask you to pay a ransom in exchange for its liberation. Basically, the threat is preventing its victims from accessing certain types of data which are kept on the computer unless a ransom is paid. The ransom is typically demanded within a short period of time in the form of digital currencies like Bitcoins and a ransom notification containing all the instructions for its payment is presented to the targeted victim once the encryption has been completed. But is there a way to go around this payment and recover from the attack? If you are on this page, you are probably looking for alternatives. That’s why, in the paragraphs that follow, we will offer you some possible courses of action, which may potentially help you deal with .Djvut. There is a Removal Guide below which may help you remove the nasty virus from your computer as well as a trusted .Djvut removal tool and some tips about file-restoration. We hope you find them useful and we encourage you to give them a try before you consider giving your money to some anonymous hackers.
Remove .Djvut Virus File
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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 .Djvut 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 .Djvut 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.
How does .Djvut attack your PC?
.Djvut is an advanced version of a file-encrypting Ransomware virus and, as per the information that we have, it tends to hide in various legitimate-looking transmitters. The infection might oftentimes use the help of a Trojan horse or some fake, misleading or already infected ads, pop-ups, spam email messages, contaminated software installers or web pages as carriers which trick the web users into clicking on them. This way, .Djvut manages to sneak inside the system and encrypt the files found on it. The victims are rarely able to catch the virus on time and stop it from locking their data because it lacks visible symptoms and also tends to remain under the radar of most security software. When the malicious encryption is already placed on the targeted files and the Ransomware has completed its process, it usually reveals itself with the help of a threatening ransom-demanding message. The infection doesn’t give much time to the victims to think or seek alternatives and quickly prompts them to release a payment if they ever want to see their files again. Typically, the hackers who are in control of the Ransomware promise to send a decryption key once their ransom demands are fulfilled. Sadly, no one can really tell you what will happen if you decide to enter into negotiation with them and follow their instructions. They may send you the decryption key but they may also disappear without giving you anything. Since your files are under their control, the crooks may also decide to ask you for more money or simply disappear with the amount that you have already paid. It is really risky to rely on them to save your data which is why we generally do not encourage paying the ransom.
Can .Djvut be removed and the files saved in an alternative way?
If you want to clean your computer from the infection and recover from its encryption, the first thing we would advise you to do is to remove .Djvut. This is very important because, if the virus is present on the system, it may encrypt every other file that you create or lock the data on any device that you connect to the infected computer. So, if you don’t want that to happen, it is best to remove the Ransomware with the help of a professional malware removal software (see the .Djvut removal tool on this page) or manually, by using the instructions from the Removal Guide below.
Once the computer is clean, it is safe to try on any alternative methods, which might help you recover your files. We suggest you check your own file backups first or try to extract some backup copies from the system if possible. Also, you can check for copies on other devices, cloud storage, external drives and other devices and safely get the files back on the computer. If you need assistance with reversing the encryption of the already locked data, you can browse for available online decryptor tools or contact a specialist. Keep in mind, though, that the malicious encryption may not be fully reversed and some of your files may remain inaccessible for good. Sadly, this is the worst consequence of the Ransomware infection and even paying the ransom may not guarantee that your files will get restored back to normal.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
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.