Domn Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Domn Ransomware is?

At the time of research, Domn Ransomware was not a fully-functional infection, but it certainly has the potential to become a serious threat to your virtual security and, unfortunately, your personal files. This dangerous threat derives from the STOP Ransomware, and there are many other threats that appear to be clones of it, including Moka Ransomware, Nesa Ransomware, or Zatrov Ransomware. It is believed that most of these infections belong to the same attacker, but we cannot know for sure that the new variant belongs to them too. There’s still too little information about it. That being said, the sooner we catch malicious threats, the sooner we can warn Windows users about them, and that is why we have created this report. If you continue reading, you will learn how to remove Domn Ransomware and how to protect your operating system in the future.

While Domn Ransomware was not spreading at the time of research, it is safe to say that the attacker(s) behind this malware is most likely to employ remote access vulnerabilities, misleading downloaders, and, of course, spam emails to help it slither in. If there are no safeguards to stop the infection, it starts looking for personal files, and then it encrypts them. During the process of encryption, the data is changed, and so you can no longer read your personal files normally. The “.domn” extension is also added to make it obvious which files were encrypted. Unfortunately, the threat is most likely to encrypt personal files, and you might not be able to replace them. Do you have backups? If you do, you also have replacements, and so you can delete Domn Ransomware right away. Of course, we recommend deleting this malware even if you cannot replace the corrupted files.

Domn Ransomware should create a ransom note file, and it is most likely to be called “_readme.txt.” The message represented via this file should instruct you to contact the attackers and pay a ransom for a tool that, allegedly, could decrypt your personal files. Needless to say, cybercriminals want your money, and they do not hide it. You might think that you will obtain a decryptor the moment the ransom is paid, and while the attackers should promise to do that, you need to think if you really can trust their promises. Most likely, you cannot. Since there is a good chance that you will not retrieve a decryptor – which is what is most likely to happen – we do not recommend paying the ransom. Even if you do not have backups to replace the corrupted files, deleting Domn Ransomware is the only logical move.

While we cannot know if everyone will be able to remove Domn Ransomware manually, we have created a guide that shows the steps that need to be taken. Based on our experience with other variants from the STOP Ransomware family, we also add steps that you are likely to need to take. If you are not sure about your success after the removal, install a legitimate malware scanner, and you will learn right away if there is anything else for you to delete or if you can go back to normal activities. Of course, you must not forget to take care of Windows protection; otherwise, new threats will attack soon. Do you know how to have Domn Ransomware deleted and your Windows operating system secured at once? By installing legitimate anti-malware software. Our research team strongly recommends taking this route.

Remove Domn Ransomware

  1. Find the [unknown name].exe file that launched the threat and Delete it.
  2. Tap Win+E keys to access Windows Explorer.
  3. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA% into the field at the top.
  4. If you can find [unknown name] folder with malware files, Delete it.
  5. Enter %HOMEDRIVE% into the field at the top.
  6. If a folder named SystemID and a file named _readme.txt exist, Delete them.
  7. Empty Recycle Bin and then quickly install a legitimate malware scanner.
  8. Perform a thorough system scan.

In non-techie terms:

The devious Domn Ransomware appears to be just another malicious file-encryptor that was created to slither in unnoticed, encrypt your personal files, and then demand money in return for decryption tools. Unfortunately, victims without backups to act as replacements might be convinced that the only thing they can do to recover their files is to pay the ransom. Even if that is the only option, that does not mean that it is a good one. The attackers behind the infection are most likely to give you nothing in return for the ransom payment, and so you need to think twice if you can waste your money. When it comes to the removal of Domn Ransomware, it is best to employ anti-malware software that will automatically erase the threat and will also restore Windows protection. If you are looking for an alternative method, try using the manual removal guide above.