DarkSide Ransomware


DarkSide is a type of computer virus aimed at blocking important user files as a lever for extortion. DarkSide is categorized as a ransomware virus and demands a money transfer from its victims in order to liberate their files from the applied encryption.


The DarkSide Ransomware message for the victim

The ransomware-based infections, such as DarkSide, Oonn, Nile, are currently very popular and very common type of malware. These threats won’t damage your device, steal sensitive information from you or spy on your activities but they have a great deal of potential to cause problems, particularly if you are a user who keeps important files on your computer.

DarkSide, for instance, aims at restricting access to the files that you are using the most and the first thing it does once it sneaks inside the computer is to scan it to locate those files. Next, it encrypts them one by one and makes it impossible to open them without a decryption key. The critical aspect about the effects of the attack of this ransomware depends on whether you have backup copies of your files or not. A virus such as DarkSide can only encrypt files on the infected device and all other computers and devices linked to it. That’s why if you have done your job to back up your most important files on an external drive, another computer or on a cloud server, you won’t be affected by the ransom demands that the malware will place on your screen. All that you will have to do is to figure out how to safely and effectively remove the infection from your computer and copy your data back to the clean machine. Sadly, many people don’t create regular backups of their digital information and, once they are hit by a ransomware cryptovirus like DarkSide, they are faced with the threat of losing all their valuable files unless they pay a ransom to the hackers behind the infection.

The DarkSide virus

The DarkSide virus is a file-encrypting ransomware variant that uses a complex algorithm to encrypt user files. During the attack, the DarkSide virus generates a special file-decryption key and once the encryption process is over, it asks the victims to pay a ransom for it.

The cyber criminals behind the ransomware try to scare the victims into paying the ransom amount as soon as possible and promise that those who fulfill all the ransom demands will obtain the key and will regain access to the files that have been encrypted. However, there is no assurance that this will happen. Besides, this is not a course of action we would suggest that you take because it is likely that you will get nothing for your money to help you free your files from the ransomware’s encryption.

The DarkSide file encryption

The DarkSide file encryption is the lock-up procedure which this virus begins when it infects your computer. The DarkSide file encryption is normally silent and has no noticeable symptoms. This is why users do not detect it on time.

Generally speaking, the decryption key will help you reverse the applied encryption, but because it is uncertain whether you will get the key after you pay the required ransom, we’ve created a removal guide with alternative file-recovery solutions and steps that explain how to remove DarkSide from your computer.


Name DarkSide
Type Ransomware
Detection Tool

Remove DarkSide Ransomware

You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible). You can find the removal guide here.


About the author

Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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