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Damage ransomware virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Ransomware
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Damage ransomware – another threat to your files

Be careful not to install new ransomware[1], which is called Damage virus. Damage ransomware has been spotted at the end of February 2017, and it seems to be a file encrypting ransomware, which enters victims computer system using tricky methods, then runs a scanner that detects target file types and encodes all of these files with cryptography[2] algorithm. Such damage to data is very dangerous because usually files cannot be restored without a special decryption key, which criminals send out to their secret servers. The virus adds .damage file extension to encrypted files and creates a ransom note[3] called damage@india.com[random chars].txt. It seems to be one of the many ransomware viruses that provide an email address and invite the victim to get in touch with criminals via email. Such viruses typically do not create payment websites for each victim like, for example, Spora ransomware does. If you writ to this email (damage@india.com), you will be asked to purchase some Bitcoins and send them to a Bitcoin wallet that belongs to cyber criminals. This way, criminals can collect ransoms and stay anonymous. We suggest you remove Damage ransomware instead of paying the ransom – there are ways to restore at least of your data for free. For Damage removal, we suggest using Reimage software.

Typically, victims restore their files using data backups[4]. You have to create them prior to ransomware attack; however, many computer users do not see the benefits of backups and simply ignore pieces of advice of cyber security experts. However, if you have created a backup, take care of the virus by deleting it and then use your backup to restore files. In case you do not have a backup, try data recovery methods explained below this article.

Ways used by this ransomware to infiltrate the system

Ransomware viruses are commonly distributed via emails, phishing[5] websites, exploit kits, fake software updates, malware-laden ads, or Trojans. There are different ways to protect you from these ransomware distribution channels, but it is hard to remember all of them and keep up with the newest distribution tricks all the time, so we suggest you install an anti-malware program and just update it now and then to make sure it can identify the latest malware programs. We also want you to give you the main advice – stay away from emails sent by unknown companies or strangers, and do not agree to install software updates if you receive an offer to get them in a pop-up or a banner ad. Chances are, such ads want to trick you into installing malware on your PC!

A full Damage virus removal guide

If you are infected and looking for virus removal guidelines, look down below. We have written a comprehensive guide on how to remove Damage ransomware with all associated files from your computer. The guide will help you avoid problems related to blocked anti-virus, etc. If you have any questions about the cyber attack or Damage ransomware removal, do not hesitate to ask our experts via “Ask us” section. Remember – we do not recommend you to pay the ransom these ransomware crooks demand. We suggest you try to recover as many files as possible from external devices such as USBs, CDs, hard drives, and other data storage devices.

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If you failed to remove infection using Reimage, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Reimage is recommended to uninstall Damage ransomware virus. Free scanner allows you to check whether your PC is infected or not. If you need to remove malware, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage malware removal tool.

More information about this program can be found in Reimage review.

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Manual Damage virus Removal Guide:

Remove Damage using Safe Mode with Networking

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You need to purchase Full version to remove infections.
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These instructions will help you to remove Damage ransomware if it blocks your anti-virus. Make sure you repeat the scan once you reboot your computer from Safe Mode with Networking to the normal mode.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Damage

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Damage removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Damage using System Restore

Reimage is a tool to detect malware.
You need to purchase Full version to remove infections.
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If Safe Mode with Networking does not help you start your security software, you can also try restoring your computer to the previous date.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Damage. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Damage removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Damage from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by Damage, you can use several methods to restore them:

Use Data Recovery Pro to recover your files encrypted by Damage ransomware

If your files have .damage file extensions, you probably cannot open them. In such case, we suggest using this tool for data recovery.

Try System Restore feature to decrypt files encrypted by Damage virus

If you did set up a System Restore Point in the past, you should follow these steps to restore your files.

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

Use Damage decrypter by Emsisoft to recover your files

To use this tool, you will need an encrypted file and the same file’s unencrypted version. To start using this decrypter, click this link.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Damage and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware

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  • Nadya24

    If your files were encrypted by Damage, theres no way to recover them. Just delete the virus and continue living. End of the story.

  • Cornelius

    I tried to remove Damage, sadly, unsuccessfully. My antivirus is outdated, I guess? am I right?

    • 2-Spyware team

      Yes, that might be the case. Try updating your antivirus and try to scan your PC system again.

  • Orynz

    I deleted the virus, but whatever… I need my files… I am so, so, so, so, sooo disappointed in myself…