This page aims to help you remove the Dogspectus Android Ransomware.
You may or may not have heard the news about the new ransomware program called the Dogspectus Android Ransomware, but if you are reading this article, then you probably already have first hand experience with it. Ever since the first ransomware virus was developed and started messing with people’s smartphones, this particular type of malicious programs have become a major pain in the neck for regular users and IT specialists alike. The reason for that is in the nature of these nasty programs – they enter your system unnoticed and remain that way right until all the damage is done and there is very little you can do to revert it.
But what does it actually do?
The Dogspectus Android Ransomware is not like other viruses. It usually does not try outright destroy your system or steal any personal data for further use. Instead, it copies all your files and then deletes the original ones. What’s special about the copies though, is that they are all encrypted by the virus. Note that if during the encryption process your device is connected to your PC, files on your computer will also get encrypted. It should be mentioned that after the encryption process has finished, even if you manage to remove the virus, this will not fix your files.
So what does encrypted mean? Well, if your files are encrypted, it means that your smartphone will need a special code, so as to be able to read them. If you do not have that code, you won’t be able to access your own files, no matter what you do. As for the files themselves – the information in them is kept intact. There’s no harm done there. This is actually essential for the purpose of the program and here’s why: after the encryption process has finished, you will receive a message (or may have already received), notifying you about what the virus has done to your files and telling you that if you want to get the code, that you need so as to access your files, you will have to pay a ransom to the Dogspectus Android Ransomware’s developers. The message also contains detailed instructions on how to pay the ransom. In most cases, you will have to pay in bitcoins using the Tor browser – basically a gateway to the deepweb (a place you should totally stay away from). This method of payment is virtually impossible to track down – the developers of the Dogspectus Android Ransomware remain in absolute anonymity. Finding them and putting them to justice is usually a lost cause. This is one of the aspects, which makes dealing with the Dogspectus Android Ransomware an extremely tough task – even for professionals.
Possible ways to deal with the virus
Unfortunately, if you have already received the dreaded ranso message, you aren’t left with many options. Here are the possible actions, that you can take, but know this – there’s no certainty that any of them will fix your files.
First thing you may do (but we advise against it) is to pay the ransom. It sounds pretty logical at first, but once you give it some thought, you will realize why this may (and probably is) a bad idea. First of all, nothing guarantees that even if you pay the ransom, you will be given the necessary code. Remember, those are criminals and since it is all done in total anonymity, they have no fear of law and justice whatsoever. They may or may not give send you the code and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Besides, giving the money will further encourage them to keep on developing and spreading their nasty viruses.
Another possible course of action is to buy a decoding tool. This is an even worse alternative to paying the ransom. In most cases the program is either a fraud and you will simply waste your money or the very creators of the Dogspectus Android Ransomware have developed this tool. Such decryption programs are usually developed so as to gain revenue, in case somebody refuses to go for the ransom payment.
The third option is to consult a professional. This may help, but know that lately even specialists find it very difficult to keep up with the newer and more advanced ransomware viruses and the Dogspectus Android Ransomware is one of the latest of its kind. Therefore, even an IT specialist may have hard time restoring your files, so once again you may spend money on nothing.
Fourth option is to use our guide on how to remove the Dogspectus Android Ransomware from your device. We believe we’ve helped quite a lot of people already, but keep in mind that it may not be enough to help you. It is still a pretty good choice considering the odds and you won’t lose anything if you try it out, so we recommend doing that first.
Avoiding the Dogspectus Android Ransomware
This should be quite clear by now – the best you can possibly do is to avoid landing the Dogspectus Android Ransomware at all costs. Here’s what you should look out for:
- the Dogspectus Android Ransomware usually needs another virus, such as Trojan or Spyware. Getting a reliable anti-virus is mandatory.
- Another possible way for the Dogspectus Android Ransomware to invade is via your e-mail. Just stay away from your spam folder and remain vigilant, even when checking your regular inbox. First look at the name and title, and if something looks shady, you may wanna delete the letter without opening it.
- A very good advice, that will technically nullify the impact of landing the Dogspectus Android Ransomware, is to always keep a backup of your important files. This way, even if the ransomware infects your system, you will still have your files and won’t need to pay ransom or seek for a way to obtain the code for the encryption.
Dogspectus Android Ransomware Removal
Whether you use the default “Internet” App for browsing or a different browser like Chrome you need to go to:
Locate the Browser/App in question and tap on it.
Now the method is effectively the same for users using both “Internet” and Chrome/Other Browsers, yet for more clarity we have provided instructions for both:
For “Internet” Browser Users:
Tap the Force Stop button.
Now tap the Clear Data and Clear Cache Buttons.
For Google Chrome Users:
Click on Force Stop.
Then click on Clear Data and Clear Cache.
Restart your Browser. It might be a good idea to Reboot your Android device, just in case. Otherwise you are all set. If we helped you or if our guide didn’t work for you please let us know in the comments section.
Instructions on how to remove suspicious Apps
Normally you remove Android apps from the Settings menu -> Apps -> (Select the suspicious app)
Naturally, “Flashlight” is not suspicious, merely an example to show you how the menu should look like.
In most cases you can click on the Uninstall button and be done with it. In rare occasions, however, the Malware may have managed to give itself administrator permissions and you’ll see that the Uninstall button is grayed out. In order to enable it you should leave the Apps folder and go to:
- Settings -> Security -> Device Administrators
In there you will see a list of apps that have admin status within your system. They’ll probably be listed under the Android DeviceManager. Remove the problematic App from this list. Now you should be able to remove it as normal.
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