This page aims to help you remove .DOPLES Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .DOPLES file can be recovered.
Although it’s natural to worry and panic if you find out that the most important files on your computer have gotten locked-up by a Ransomware cryptovirus, this is the last thing that you should do in such a situation or else you might end up making the wrong decision and failing to take care of the issue in the best possible way. Here, we will explain to you what exactly happens when a nasty cryptovirus such as the recently released .DOPLES infects your computer and encrypts your files. We will give you information about the specifics of these Ransomware threats and we will also provide you with a guide for removing this kind of virus from your computer. Additionally, we will give you some instructions that might help you recover some of the locked data without having to pay the requested ransom that the hackers behind this virus would definitely expect from you. So, if .DOPLES is currently on your machine and you are unable to access your personal data files or even if you have simply landed on this page by accident, we advise you to stay with use until the end of this write-up in order to learn some really important information regarding one of the most problematic malware threats that you could possibly get on your computer.
Dealing with .DOPLES – what options are there?
Unfortunately, if a cryptovirus Ransomware has targeted your files and has placed its encryption on them, there are but a few options that you could try. Of course, paying the ransom is always a possible course of action but if you go for this, you’d be risking losing your money without having your files restored as you simply cannot trust the hackers who are conducting the malware attack. An alternative to the ransom payment is available in the guide below. The instructions in it will help you eliminate the virus so that you can then try to recover the locked files. Note that removing the infection will not by itself restore your files. Additional instructions for the data recovery will be presented to you in a separate section of the guide but we can’t guarantee that they’d work in all instances of cryptovirus attacks. Still, it’s a good idea to try every alternative before you consider the payment as an option.
.DOPLES is a sneaky threat – it gives pretty much no symptoms and it’s normally really difficult to spot it on time. Depending on your system configuration, the amount of data you have on your HDD and the overall capabilities of your PC, the time it takes for .DOPLES to encrypt your files might vary greatly. If you are lucky, it might take enough time for you to notice the RAM and CPU spikes and realize that there’s something going on inside your PC that might be a potential threat. However, most of the time users only learn about the Ransomware infection when their files have already gotten locked-up and when a ransom-demanding note has gotten generated on their screens. The fact that those viruses do not actually inflict any damage to the system or to the files is another factor that contributes to the ability of Ransomware programs to stay unnoticed. In many instances, even the antivirus program on the computer might fail to detect the ongoing encryption process as something unwanted since no actual damage is being inflicted on anything. Because of all of this, infections like .DOPLES tend to be really successful and it’s highly unlikely that a Ransomware cryptovirus would get detected and intercepted on time which is also why it’s crucial that you keep your computer clean and protected so as to avoid potential attacks from this malware.
Different distribution techniques
A Ransomware can come to you through a spam message with an attachment you open, via some shady ad coming from an unreliable site that you might click on, from some pirated program you could download on your computer as well as through many other methods. Trojan viruses are oftentimes used as tools for spreading Ransomware – they can serve as backdoor to the user’s computer and silently sneak the cryptovirus without any visible signs. Other techniques are also used for Ransomware distribution but we can’t list them all here. The important thing is to always be careful on the Internet – never go to, click on or interact with something that looks unreliable and questionable. Also, and we can’t stress enough, get all of your important files you might fear losing backed up. This is probably the best way to counteract any potential Ransomware cryptovirus attack so never forget about your backups!
|Danger Level||High (.DOPLES Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.DOPLES Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove .DOPLES Ransomware Guide
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
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: IP related to .DOPLES
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 .DOPLES.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 as there could be a link between them and .DOPLES , 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 – .DOPLES
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 .DOPLES 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.
7: .DOPLES Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .DOPLES 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.
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.