Dextop Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Malware researchers discovered a new screenlocker malware known as the Dextop Ransomware, continue reading our removal guide to learn more about it.


Name
Dextop Ransomware

File Extensions
.locked

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove Dextop Ransomware with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
Dextop Ransomware ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

Dextop Ransomware Description

The Dextop ransomware has recently been discovered by malware researchers. This is a screenlocker type of threat that is of unknown origin. The preliminary analysis does not indicate that its code stems from a previously known malware family so it probably is an independent creation.

Upon infection the ransomware starts to execute its built-in pattern. At this moment we do not have available information about the encryption engine. However in the most popular case it uses a strong cipher to target the most popular file type extensions. Viruses like this one encrypt all documents, images, music, backup images, databases and configuration files. A special ransomware extension can also be used.

The next step is to engage the screenlocker, this displays a message that prohibits interaction with the computer. The virus displays the following text:

THE DEXTOP IS LOCKED
Dear GB citizen, your dextop computer has been locked for commiting multiple crimes that violate GB law.

Offences:
-Pornography of a disturbing nature
-Cyber crime
-Breaking copyright law
-Using 9GAG.com

These broken laws are serious offenses. As a result, all files will be ceased when the designated time is over unless you gain an appeal licence key from the Metropolitan Police.

Do not attempt to close or remove the locking software from your PC. Only the authors and the Metropolitan Police hold the rights to do so. Removing the software manually will not only corrupt your personal data, but will make you criminally responsable for a vandalism of police equipment.

Time Until Removal:

86387

Unlocking

1. Visit the appeal website. click to appeal

2. Enter the unlock key in the text field below

3. Click “Unlock” to recover your files

Dextop Ransomware Distribution

A very limited set of malware samples has been captured and we cannot conclude which is the primary method of infection. However in most cases the popular distribution techniques are the following:

  • Email Spam – Hackers send out template messages to a lot of targets and may use various social engineering techniques to try and persuade the recipients to infect themselves with the virus.
  • Bundle Installers – Hackers can bundle the Dextop Ransomware in malicious software installers such as software installers, updates, patches and fixes.
  • Dangerous Redirects – All kinds of dangerous redirects can inflict a viral infection. This includes various browser hijackers, malicious ads and other dangerous scripts and extensions which redirect to dangerous malware hosting sites.

Dextop Ransomware – How To Remove it and Prevent It From Coming Back

There are two ways of removal:

Dextop Ransomware Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Dextop Ransomware completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Dextop Ransomware Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Dextop Ransomware requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Dextop Ransomware ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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