What is Domino Ransomware?
You cannot be careless about spam emails. If you open them and interact with the contents provided to you via them, Domino Ransomware could slither in without any warning. This dangerous ransomware hides in spam email attachments, and it was created to encrypt your files (it uses the AES 1024 encryption key) and demand a ransom payment in return of their decryption. According to the malware analysts at Anti-Spyware-101.com, this devious infection works silently, and it is most likely that its victims will recognize it only after the damage is done. As you might have found yourself, this threat is capable of encrypting your personal files, including PDFs, photos, or video files. Obviously, if you have not backed up your personal files, you depend on cyber criminals to provide you with a decryption key, and that is not a situation you want to be caught in, do you? Keep reading to learn more about that and the removal of Domino Ransomware.
How does Domino Ransomware work?
Domino Ransomware is run from the main executable file, but it also creates two additional .exe files. One of them is called "Help.exe", and the other one is "Helloworld.exe". It appears that both of these files do the exact same thing as they represent a window with the same message and instructions. According to the information provided to you via these files, you need to send 1 Bitcoin – which is around 576 USD or 516 EUR – to a unique Bitcoin address. If you make the payment, you are expected to send your computer name, user name, and the Bitcoin address to the provided Gmail address. It is stated that this is the only way for you to get a password that supposedly enables file decryption. The message also includes links to the sites of different Bitcoin vendors explaining how to buy Bitcoins. Additionally, a scary disclaimer is attached warning you that you only have 72 hours to make it all happen. So, are you going to follow the demands? Considering that the removal of Domino Ransomware does not automatically decrypt files, and it is unknown if a third-party decryption tool was/will be created to decipher this infection, many users are taking the risk.
Unless you get the decryption key, the encrypted files (you can identify them by the “.domino” extension) will be unreadable. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you can circumvent cyber criminals to obtain it. Of course, you should look into third-party decryption tools before letting your hands down and succumbing to cyber criminals. In fact, even if you do not find another way to decrypt your files, you should think before paying the ransom, and there is one important reason for that. You have to remember that the ransomware was created by cyber criminals. Do you trust cyber criminals? Of course, you cannot trust them, which is why you have to be careful when it comes to the ransom payment as well. Do you think that the creators of Domino Ransomware care about your personal files? Surely, they don’t, and it would be foolish to trust their word. For all you know, they could just take your money without even providing you with the key. Let’s be honest, this would not be out of the character for them. This is why we suggest deleting the ransomware instead of risking your savings as well.
How to delete Domino Ransomware
Domino Ransomware is a threat, and you should not keep it running on your PC. Quickly figure out what you want to do with your files, and then plan the removal operation. If you want to try out third-party decryption tools, or you choose to pay the ransom, you should get rid of the ransom after your files are restored, if you manage to achieve that. The removal of the ransomware is quite simple. All you need to do to delete Domino Ransomware completely is erase the main executable and the additional .exe files that it drops, including Help.exe and Helloworld.exe. Note that the main executable is the attachment you have downloaded, so you should know its name and location. Obviously, if you are struggling, use an anti-malware tool that will get rid of all malicious files automatically. After all, you should install this tool to protect you as well, so you might as well use it for the elimination of active threats as well.
- Right-click and Delete the malicious .exe file that was concealed as a harmless spam email attachment.
- Tap Win+E keys to launch Explorer.
- Enter %TEMP% into the address bar to access this directory.
- Right-click and Delete these files: Help.exe, Helloworld.exe.
- Scan your PC to check for leftovers.
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