..doc Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove ..doc Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any ..doc file can be recovered.

In case that you are seeking an effective solution for a file-encrypting problem, caused by Ransomware named ..doc, the article below may be of interest to you. In the next several paragraphs, we will talk about what Ransomware programs are all about, how they operate and what makes them a number one online threat. Additionally, we will share with you some helpful protection and prevention tips, as well as some file-restoration instructions and a free removal guide, with instructions on how to remove ..doc if you have already been infected. Take some time to carefully read the information that follows and let us know if you find it useful in the comments below.

General information about Ransomware infections

Probably the main thing that web users need to know about Ransomware-based infections is that they are tools for online blackmail. Threats like ..doc Ransomware are developed to take all the personal data that you may keep on your computer hostage and render it inaccessible with the help of a very complex file-encryption algorithm. Once this is done, the victim is not able to open or use any file and is prompted to pay ransom in exchange for a decryption key. Usually, the hackers use a ransom note to inform their victims about the malicious encryption and give them strict instructions and deadlines. If the payment is not made within the given deadline and as per the instructions, all the files are said to remain inaccessible forever.

It is really difficult and, unfortunately, in some cases may not be always possible to reverse the secret encryption, applied by the Ransomware virus. However, security experts are trying hard to break the secret algorithms of the hackers and provide alternative solutions for the victims, which can help them avoid the ransom payment. In the removal guide below, we tried our best to offer you such solution in the form of detailed instructions. There, you will find two sections – one about the effective removal of ..doc and one about some tips, which might help you recover some of your data without paying ransom.

 ..doc Ransomware Virus Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt ..doc files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

It is of utmost importance to remove the infection from your system first because, without this step, every file you may eventually manage to recover may become encrypted again. Unfortunately, the complete restoration of the entire data, as we already mentioned above, may not always be possible, no matter what instructions or tools you may use. The only safe way is to copy your files from backups if you keep any. Still, we encourage you to try the provided steps since anyways, paying ransom to some cyber criminals can’t guarantee you a better recovery.

How can you get infected with Ransomware?

There is no specific technique for infecting the computer with a Ransomware threat like ..doc. You may get contaminated with this sort of malware by clicking on a suspicious notification or download buttons, or you can get it through peer-to-peer networks. However, most often it is downloaded onto the system as an email attachment, such as an invoice, business report, or other similar documents. Some versions of malicious software are distributed as fake links, ads or installers. So you should be careful with the emails and always check the information well before opening the attachments, links or buttons. Various versions of the malicious software also use exploitation tools and Trojan horses to penetrate the system. That’s why it’s very important not only to have a good anti-virus system and hope for the best but also to make some effort to protect your computer from ..doc.

Protecting your computer

As the old saying goes, it is much easier to avoid the bad than deal with it. The same is valid for computer threats. That’s why, when browsing the Internet, your first priority should be keeping your PC safe and avoiding potential malicious transmitters and online hazards. This involves following certain safety tips, such as staying away from illegal web locations, sketchy sites or suspicious links. Also, installing a trusted antivirus software and resisting the temptation of clicking on every attractive pop-up ad or banner that appears on your screen since very often, the hackers use such misleading ads to infect the users with Ransomware and similar viruses.  The most important thing, however, is to keep your data safe by backing it up regularly. This way, even if by any chance you get infected with malware like ..doc and your data becomes encrypted, you can easily remove the infection and copy your data back without paying a penny to the hackers.

SUMMARY:

Name ..doc
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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