.dot File Extension Ransomware Virus Removal

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This page aims to help you remove .dot File Extension Ransomware. These .dot File Extension Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.

.dot File Extension Ransomware. Some information.

The following information will help you detect and delete the .dot File Extension Ransomware Ransomware virus. The steps for its removal below can work on any version of Windows. It’s essential for you to know what .dot File Extension Ransomware exactly is in order to uninstall it properly. Let’s come to the exact point of the following article, which is to give you as much information about .dot File Extension Ransomware as possible. Now we are going to discuss its characteristic features, the advantages and disadvantages of surrendering to the hacker’s demands and its very essence.

Characteristics of Ransomware

Ransomware represents a type of a computer virus that infects a system and then blocks the user’s access to certain data. Some define it as the most annoying and dangerous type of malware that a machine can “catch”. Most typically, the infection process is aided by a Trojan Horse virus that the user gets from an email. It can have the form of a hyperlink or an attachment inside the email itself. Generally, once infected, the machine will show a message asking for some kind of ransom. This is the moment when the user finds out that their system has been contaminated. Most of the time the process of infecting comes together with a slower overall computer performance. The Ransomware program can be noticed in the Task Manager as the one using up an enormous amount of RAM.

Usually, Ransomware developers are unscrupulous people and the user can’t be sure in any way that if they do pay the necessary sum, they will get back their access to the lost data. Paying off the requested money is the last possible step a user should make.

There are different types of Ransomware. They can be separated in different groups according to the type of the encryption used to develop them- “pretend” ransomware and encryption ransomware.

  • The worse of the two types is the actual ransomware that includes real encryption of a user’s files. It’s much harder to deal with and much nastier. Unluckily, most of the contemporary Ransomware nowadays is of the “actual” encrypting kind. It really does block a user’s files and then requests a ransom in order to send an encryption key to the unfortunate victim. However, there is always a way to deal with it. The instructions below will help you do your best to achieve that.
  • The “pretend” ransomware as its nickname suggests is malware that pretends to be actual ransomware. It is not that harmful indeed, just uses the same messages and requests as the real ransom ware in order to steal money from the victim. Once upon a time, the “pretend” ransomware was the more widely spread type and was commonly used for scaring people and making easy money. Let’s explain how it works- it locks the user out of the system and starts displaying the frustrating messages about paying ransom. In fact, this type of ransomware, also known as “screen locker” can do nothing more than locking your screen. It’s easier to be removed and doesn’t block any important data on the user’s computer.

What is .dot File Extension Ransomware and how it works

As a typical ransomware product, .dot File Extension Ransomware integrates into your system by using a Trojan horse. That’s why you should get rid of both .dot File Extension Ransomware and the Trojan horse carrying it. Its most common distribution method is via email- in most of the cases the victim user receives an infected email containing the ransomware. Such emails usually have an attachment or a link inside it. Once the user clicks on either the attached file or the hyperlink, the Trojan horse gets into the system and installs .dot File Extension Ransomware. As soon as .dot File Extension Ransomware is inside your computer, it begins scanning your hard disks and creates a list of the most commonly used files. After that the aforementioned files would start being encrypted. This process would continue until all the data’s coded.

The next effect of t .dot File Extension Ransomware is the disturbing message it displays when it’s done encrypting. Then the user will have to choose whether to gain access to their files by paying the ransom or to risk losing all their data by removing the virus.

The instructions below will guide you through the process of removing .dot File Extension Ransomware if you make a decision to do so. Note that the method described will not harm your files in any way!


Name .dot File Ransomware
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Actually extremely high. Recently this has been one of the most serious threats online).
Symptoms A notification stating that  there are encrypted files on your system and you need to pay ransom in order to regain control over them. Likely a slower than usual system performance
Distribution Method A Trojan Horse Virus. Make sure you remove it once you get rid of .dot File Extension Ransomware.
Detection Tool .dot File Extension Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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.dot File Extension Ransomware Virus Removal

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

This is the first preparation.


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The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this. .dot File Extension Ransomware may have hidden some of its files.

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:


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


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 make a big mistake.

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 our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt files infected with .dot File Extension Ransomware

There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:

The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”


If you have no backups, your option is Recuva

Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.

Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.

You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.

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