DummyEncrypter Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

DummyEncrypter is a new powerful malware threat that poses as Ccleaner and has infected computers in various targeted attacks. Learn how to remove active infections from compromised machines by reading our removal guide.


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Solution #1
DummyEncrypter ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

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

The ransomware is spread mainly through spam email messages and untrusted download sites

DummyEncrypter Ransomware Description

DummyEncrypter is a ransomware threat that poses as the legitimate CCleaner utility application. Upon infection it starts to encrypt target user files with the AES-256 cipher. A thorough security investigation of the malware code is still ongoing and at this time we do not know if this is standalone threat or a variant of a popular ransomware family.

Upon infection it blocks the screen displaying the ransom message while at the same time encrypting the user files. The ransoomware note reads the following:

Warning: Your data has been encrypted!
Your personal data has been encrypted by a safe technology called AES-256 with US federal government trusted.
When you see this message, we has ENCRYPTED your data by a KEY generated randomly by your machine, and we uploaded this key to our server.
The only way to decrypt your file is use the KEY corresponding the YOUR FILE.
Once encrypt complete we destroyed keys on this machine and only keeps a feature of this machine.
The other parts of your computer is just safe now. Do not worry. We do not harm your computer.
But some applications may lost data or texture and unable to start. Once you unencrypt you can use it normally again.
We has been encrypted your {0} files so far.
To decrypt your data, follow these steps:
1) Copy these machine code on a piece of paper or file forever broken.
Loading your machine code…
2) Access the software provider and follow the introductions.

1. Ask for your decrypt key.
2. Use DummyUnlocker to restore.

The dialog box offers two interaction buttons:

  1. “I Know, close this dialog” – closes the ransom note message
  2. “I can’t understand what you are saying” – Opens detailed instructions about the infection

DummyEncrypter Ransomware Distribution

The DummyEncrypter ransomware poses as the legitimate freeware utility CCleaner which is very popular with most Microsoft Windows computer users. The virus is distributed mainly through spam email messages and untrusted download sites which offer freeware versions of the application or pose as updates to already installed iterations.

DummyEncrypter Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete DummyEncrypter 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


    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


    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 DummyEncrypter Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of DummyEncrypter requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete DummyEncrypter 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


      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

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


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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