Guide to Remove Darus Ransomware
Darus Ransomware is another menacing member in the arsenal of the infamous Stop Djvu Ransomware family. Just like other siblings, Darus has been generated with strong financial motive. It spreads its infection mostly via spam e-mail campaigns & unreliable software download sources.
Once the system is infected, it looks for the targeted user & system files as such documents, image files, video files & audio files. When found, it encrypts them by adding a malign Darus extension to the filenames, hence making them inaccessible to the victims.
One can understand the infuriation & agitation caused to the victims by .Darus file virus & its siblings such Horon, Gehad, Madek, Godes, Dutan & the list goes on…
So, is there any way of restoring the data encrypted by Darus Ransomware? Is there any Darus decryption tool or software? How can one stop Darus Ransomware from infecting the system? Read on to find the answers –
|Operating System Impacted||Windows|
|Symptoms||Encryption of files with .darus extension & appearance of ransom-demanding message.|
Alike its siblings, Darus Ransomware has been developed to generate illicit revenue by extorting ransom from the victims of .Darus file virus.
The attack of Darus begins with common internet services. Some of the spread channels employed by the hackers include spam e-mail campaigns, unreliable software download sources, torrent websites & fraudulent online advertising.
Upon entering the system, Darus scans the infected system for targeted user & system files. When found, it encrypts them with RAS (Rivest–Shamir–Adleman) & AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) Encryption methods. These cryptographies are highly-complex. They also generate a unique private decryption key for each infected user & store them on the hacker-controlled server.
The encrypted files are renamed with .Darus extension & hence, instantly made unusable to the victims.
A file “image.jpg” might be renamed as “image.jpg.darus” after the encryption.
The file extensions that are at the target of the Darus Ransomware include:
Following the successful encryption, it drops a ransom-demanding message in every folder than contains Darus infected files. This ransom note is in text format & named “_readme.txt”.
The ransom note appears every time a victim tries to access the encrypted file. It contains the present situation of the system & certain instructions to the victims.
The note conveys that decryption of data is not possible without hacker’s interference. The restoration of data requires a unique private key & Darus decrypter that is stored on the hacker’s server.
To purchase the Darus decryption tool & key, the victim must contact the hackers on their e-mail – email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to that, victims must pay a ransom of $980 in bitcoins.
It suggests that the victims reaching out to hackers within 72 hours of the encryption, will be given 50% in the ransom amount i.e., $480 (in bitcoins).
In order to guarantee the decryption, hackers ask victims to send them one file first via e-mail. The file should not contain any valuable information, the note says.
The file will be decrypted for absolutely no cost & sent back to the victims. Fearing to lose their sensitive data, may victims contact the hackers & send them a file to decrypt.
However, please note that these claims are false. The research has revealed that victims often stop receiving response from the hackers after receiving the ransom amount.
Therefore, instead of panicking & contacting the hackers, the victims should act smart & do not let the hackers extort money from them.
They can download Darus Ransomware removal tool or implement manual removal steps given below to get rid of Darus Ransomware.
Sources state that Darus is spreading its infection through various distribution channels at an alarming rate. No wonder why Djvu Ransomware family is considered as the most wide-spread malware infection.
The most prevalent spread method employed by the hackers is Spam E-mail Campaigns.
Users often tend to click on the e-mail with luring subject lines without discerning that content in the e-mail may be malicious. The hackers take the leverage of this careless attitude of computer users.
Hackers send out colossal amount of e-mails containing infected links & attachments. They suggest the receiver about an undelivered shipment from legit shipping services like DHL & FedEx.
A mere click on these attachments, links & files installs Darus Ransomware on the system.
Other distribution techniques that Darus is using to proliferate are-
To restart the system to Safe Mode with Networking, if already switched ON then follow the below steps:
5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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