According to researches, ransomware of DJVU family is making its presence feel since December 2018. DJVU ransomware family has a new feather in its cap! Developers called it – Dutan ransomware! This malicious crypto virus, alike its cousins follow the same methodology and motive. Let us understand in detail, the menace caused by .dutan file virus.
Once in the system, .dutan ransomware immediately searches for the targeted files. These files are easily found on any PCs these day, it includes, audio-video files, images, documents & backup files. Hence, we can say that .jpeg, .pdf, .html, .docx, .mp4, .mpeg are a few favourite extensions of Dutan ransomware.
Once these files are located in the affected system, it initiates the file encryption process. Under this process, malware makes the files unreadable by appending a unique extension to the filenames. .dutan will be attached if your files are infected by Dutan virus. In addition, it also generates a ransom – demanding message in each folder having corrupted files. It is basically a text file, which notifies you about the ransomware attack. Furthermore, it assists you with the steps to enable the decryption key for you.
Scroll down to find quick and easy removal steps for .dutan file virus.
|Targeted Bowser||Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox|
Dutan Ransomware – New strain of DJVU ransomware family. Alike its cousins, it propagates via the most famous gateway i.e. spam campaigns. Under such attacks, an e-mail is sent, with a word document or PDF attachment. It looks legitimate however, the danger lies deep within the content/attachment. Once opened on the targeted system, the files trigger the macros of .dutan. At times, instead of attachments, a hyperlink is provided within the content of e-mail. Once clicked, they might lead you to certain questionable websites.
Users, have you heard about Trojans? This malicious program is designed by cyber criminals to carry out malicious activities. Once it makes it backdoor entry, it opens gateways for other malicious payloads.
To conclude with, there are two major reasons for such computer infections, lack of proper knowledge and reckless behavior. Hence, install a good antivirus in your system & scan on regular basis.
Even if you feel that your system has been trapped by Dutan ransomware, follow the below steps to remove Dutan ransomware.
The moment, Dutan virus infiltrates your system, it begins the malicious activities. Typically, .dutan file extension blocks the access to your files encrypting them. It gains the access of your system through the malicious file attachments in spam e-mails. Once, it infiltrates the system, it appends ‘.dutan’ extension to the encrypted filenames. For example, ‘Apple.jpeg’ will be renamed as ‘Apple.jpeg.dutan’. The encryption algorithm used by this malicious program is strong and generates a unique decryption key for every .dutan file. This key is stored on the server of Dutan ransomware developers. After successful file encryption, you can no longer open/read your files. For Dutan data recovery, you are bound to purchase the decryption key by the hackers. Simultaneously, this devastating software creates a ransom note file named – ‘_readme.txt’. Every time you try to open your virus encrypted files, the created ransom – demanding note will be displayed on your screen. The ransom note provides a link which enables you to download the decryption tool.
As mentioned earlier, the powerful algorithm makes it next to impossible to decrypt all files manually. Decryption tool or key is what you will need for data recovery. However, getting the decryption key is not an easy task! Stored on hacker’s serve, it is only exchanged for large amount of ransom.
If you do not want to get trapped in such scams, focus on the steps to remove Dutan ransomware from your system. Undoubtedly, it is a challenging task without the key. However not impossible!
5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).
Once the system starts, ensure to use an account with administrative privilege to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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