How to delete Dotmap

What is Dotmap

Dotmap is ransomware — a type of computer virus that restricts the victim’s access to their computer or files, and demand money for fixing the situation. Files locked by Dotmap have the .Dotmap extension, with the file names having .Dotmap appended to their names, like picture.jpg.dotmap. If you find this happened to you, you must have been infected with the Dotmap virus.

Dotmap is the file-locking type of ransomware and a member of the DJVU family. These are usually very difficult to solve, and the best defense is prevention. Still, there are a few things to try that can probably recover a few files without having to pay hundreds of dollars to the criminals behind Dotmap.

How to delete Dotmap

Dotmap’s impact

The virus encrypts user-created files, like pictures, documents, videos. Encrypted files are locked and become unusable. The way that encryption works means that, if the virus didn’t encounter technical difficulties (like the internet connection to Dotmap’s server not working), only the developers of Dotmap have the decryption keys. These keys, unique to each victim of Dotmap, could be used to reverse the decryption. However, online extortionists are notorious for taking the money, but not fixing the locked files. Keep in mind to not give the criminals more than you are willing to lose.

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Dotmap sometimes comes with spyware which can collect private information like passwords. Ultimately, this could result in money being lost, so make sure that no malware is on your computer before using it to do any financial activities.

Details

A _readme.txt file containing a message from the extortionists is left for the victims of Dotmap. It starts like this:

The note is the same as the other DJVU virus notes, like Promorad2, Rumba, and Guvara. Like the other viruses, Dotmap’s creators ask for $490 and to be contacted without delay. This is so that the victims of Dotmap don’t spend too much time researching alternative solutions.

How to remove Dotmap

Dotmap might have deleted itself, actually. But it is still important to scan your machine for threats. If any spyware Trojans were being distributed with your version of Dotmp, as soon as you can, scan your computer (using a professional and trusted antivirus program, for example, Anti-Malware Tool, or Anti-Malware Tool). Remove all the malicious files and programs. If you find that you cannot access some websites, this article can probably help.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Dotmap. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Dotmap Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Dotmap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Dotmap Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Dotmap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Dotmap Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Dotmap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Dotmap.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Dotmap Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Dotmap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Dotmap is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Dotmap program.
  7. Select Dotmap or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Dotmap

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

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Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Dotmap

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Dotmap, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Dotmap in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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