Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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

Hopefully, by now the majority of PC users have learned about just how important it is to make backups of their important files, especially considering how easy it is to do it and how many free and easily accessible backup options there are. However, the truth is that most computer users still widely disregard the importance of doing this simple activity and that is the main reason why malware threats like .Dutan are currently thriving.

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

The new ransomware adds the .Dutan file extension to the encrypted files

.Dutan is a Ransomware cryptovirus and the latest successor of the strain that includes .Hofos, .Todarius and .Roldat. For those of you unaware of what this means, we must tell you that this is a particularly nasty form of malware that targets the files stored inside the attacked computer with the goal of encrypting them. The encryption that this malicious program places on the targeted data doesn’t actually cause damage to the files. Instead, it simply renders them inaccessible so that nobody who uses the infected computer could do anything with them. Opening, using or modifying any of the encrypted files becomes impossible if you do not have the unique decryption key that corresponds to the encryption used on the them. Needless to say, this key is initially only available to the dishonest people who are responsible for the creation and the distribution of the nefarious cryptovirus. This decryption key is, in fact, the central object of the blackmailing which is to follow soon after the files targeted by the Ransomware have gotten encrypted. That’s right, once .Dutan makes it impossible for you to access any of your personal data on the infected computer, it tells you that you can pay for the decryption key, which would be sent to you as soon as you transfer the money the hackers demand of you.

The .Dutan ransomware could also infect your computer by having the infection files uploaded on suspicious sites. The infection files could pretend to be cracks, patches and other forms of activators.

Once such ransomware has infected your computer, the virus may immediately drop the malicious files in the following directories:






Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

The ransomware drops a RESTORE_DUTAN_DATA.txt ransom note file, whose main goal is to notify the sufferer and get him or her to visit the ransom payment page.

It should go without saying that there are a number of reasons why it is much better if you could find an alternative way of retrieving your files, instead of paying the ransom. First and foremost, the sum that is required by the hackers may be quite sizeable and you may not be able to pay it immediately. Also, even if you do make the payment, things may still not turn out the way you hoped they would as the hackers may still refuse to give you the access key for the sealed data. In this case, not only would you still be unable to open the locked files, but also you would have lost a substantial amount of money in the process. The third reason paying is not ideal has to do with the fact that this would surely further encourage the hackers behind .Dutan to keep on blackmailing more and more people in the future.

The alternative approach

Regardless of whether you have any backups of your files or not, you should still make sure the nasty cryptovirus gets removed from your computer and we can help you with that in our .Dutan removal guide below. As far as the recovery of your files is concerned, there are sadly no guarantees about whether or not it would be successful. However, there may still be some viable alternative data recovery options that do not involve the paying of a ransom. Some of them, you can find in the file restoration section of the guide.


Name .Dutan
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms The symptoms are rare and difficult to notice. Usually, there would be an increase in the usage of RAM and CPU throughout the duration of the encryption process.
Distribution Method The methods of distributing Ransomware are many – shady ads, pirated games and other programs, spam, Trojan backdoors and more.
Data Recovery Tool [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

Remove .Dutan

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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).

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)


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

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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.

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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:

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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:

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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.

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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!

Remove .Dutan Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery) 

How to Decrypt .Dutan 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.


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