Stop/Djvu Ransomware – How to Remove? (2022 Guide)

What is  STOP/DJVU Ransomware

STOP/Djvu is a File Encrypting malware. It encrypts all types of files (documents, images, database, backup, etc.) on the infected machine. It makes all the files stored on a PC inaccessible and forces users to pay a hefty ransom amount for decryption software.

After encryption, it renames all the files by adding its own extension. At first, it used the “.STOP/DJVU” extension to rename encrypted files on infected computers. Now every variant of this malware uses its own name as the extension.

After silent intrusion on the victim’s PC, this dubious threat will block all of the data stored on that machine by encrypting them. Later it drops the ransom note on that system to notify the user about the encrypted and demands ransom money to decrypt files.

At early phases this dubious Ransomware used (.STOP, .SUSPENDED, .WAITING, .PAUSA, .PUMA, .CONTACTUS, .DATASTOP, .STOPDATA) extension and then as the time passed, it started suing new extensions.

STOP/DJVU Ransomware will leave ransom notes like !!!YourDataRestore!!!.txt, !!!RestoreProcess!!!.txt, !!!INFO_RESTORE!!!.txt, !!RESTORE!!!.txt, !!!!RESTORE_FILES!!!.txt, !!!DATA_RESTORE!!!.txt, !!!RESTORE_DATA!!!.txt, !!!KEYPASS_DECRYPTION_INFO!!!.txt, !!!WHY_MY_FILES_NOT_OPEN!!!.txt, !!!SAVE_FILES_INFO!!!.txt and !readme.txt.

Now newer versions of the Djvu virus are leaving ransom notes named _openme.txt, _open_.txt, or _readme.txt on the infected computer.

STOP/DJVU Ransomware Overview

Stop/Djvu Ransomware is one of the most dangerous malware infections in recent years. It was first observed on October 21, 2017, and modified its operation in 2018 but it came into popularity in 2019, after which it kept growing. It is a terrible piece of malware that has made its name in the last couple of years.

With more than 542 active variants, it is clearly the most active cryptovirus right now. It’s 2022 and this virus is still at its peak. It has infected millions of computers worldwide and caused panic. Read this guide to know how to remove this nasty virus and recover your files without paying ransom money to hackers.

STOP/DJVU Ransomware

STOP/DJVU has more than 542 variants as of now. It encrypts files on infected PC and forces users to pay huge ransom money ($490-$980 USD).

After almost two years of its origin, STOP/DJVU Ransomware is still not fully decryptable. Many security analysts are working tirelessly to break the encryption, but hackers always modify their codes. They keep releasing new variants every week. Finding one key is not going to make any difference because it will not work for everyone.

It uses RSA and AES cryptographic algorithms to encrypt files on infected computers. A ransom note “_Readme.txt” is placed on your system after successful encryption. It is not easy to decrypt such a type of encoding without knowing the decryption code. This is why attackers demand $490 to $980 as ransom.

File Encryption and Ransom Demand

This ransomware infection also changes the filenames after encryption by adding its own extensions. For example, if a file named “1.jpg” gets encrypted by this malware then it will get changed into “1.jpg.STOP(DJVU)” and so on. Now if the users want to access these data, they have to buy a decryption key from the hackers.

STOP/DJVU Ransomware can encrypt all types of file formats mostly stored on Windows PC like images, documents, videos, audio, and others. This notorious threat is also able to encrypt compressed files also. If users keep their files encrypted then this virus encodes them too. Dual encryption is also very common among ransomware threats, if your files are encrypted by Dharma Ransomware then still STOP/Djvu Ransomware can encrypt your data.

The price of decryption set by STOP Djvu creators is $490 USD but it will get doubled i.e. $980 USD if users don’t pay the ransom amount within 72 hours of encryption.

STOP Ransomware family releases new variants frequently (weekly) and each infection uses a different unique ID, so they need different decryption to unlock files. This is why there is no free decryption tool for this malware has been created that can unlock all the files efficiently.

Djvu Ransomware Analysis

Type Ransomware, File-Encrypting virus
Family STOP/DJVU Ransomware
Extensions Ccza, Ccew, Vvew, Vvwq, Ggwq, and others (542 so far)
Threat Level High (Encrypt all your data and Restrict access to your data).
Symptoms Victims cannot access any files on their PC and find Ransom notes asking for money.
Damage It will encrypt your data by adding its own malicious extension to file names and demand ransom money for the decryption key
Ransom Note _Readme.txt
Ransom Amount $490 USD to $980 USD
Distribution It is mainly distributed through spam emails, bundled freeware, porn, or torrent sites.
Removal Download SpyHunter 5 Anti-Malware
File Recovery Download Data Recovery Software

STOP/Djvu known contact emails

Victims of this STOP DJVU Ransomware are advised by cybercriminals to make contact using their email addresses for further assistance with ransom payment and get decryption codes. Attackers behind this infection also keep changing their contact information regularly. Some of the currently known email addresses associated with the STOP/Djvu virus family are:

  • gorentos@bitmessage.ch
  • gorentos2@firewall.cc
  • helpshadow@india.com
  • restoredjvu@firemail.cc
  • pdfhelp@india.com
  • salesrestoresoftware@firemail.cc
  • salesrestoresoftware@gmail.com
  • restorefiles@firemail.cc
  • datarestorehelp@firemail.cc
  • datahelp@iran.ir
  • helpmanager@firemail.cc
  • helpmanager@iran.ir
  • restoredjvu@india.com
  • helpdatarestore@firemail.cc
  • helpmanager@mail.ch
  • restoreadmin@firemail.cc
  • restoremanager@airmail.cc
  • manager@mailtemp.ch
  • helprestoremanager@airmail.cc
  • support@sysmail.ch
  • supportsys@airmail.cc
  • support@bestyourmail.ch

STOP/DJVU File extensions

There is a list of all the known extensions of this nasty ransomware infection. There are currently more than 542 different variants of this infection and the list is still growing :

STOP, .SUSPENDED, .WAITING, .PAUSA, .CONTACTUS, .DATASTOP, .STOPDATA, .KEYPASS, .WHY, .SAVEfiles, .DATAWAIT, .INFOWAIT,.djvut .pdff, .tro, .tfude, .tfudeq, .tfudet, .rumba, .adobe, .adobee, .blower, .promos, .promoz, .promock, .promoks, .promorad, .promorad2, .kroput, .kroput1, .charck, .pulsar1, .puma, .pumax, .pumas, .shadow, .djvu, .djvuu, .udjvu, .djvuq, .uudjvu, .djvus, .djvur, .klope, .kropun, .charcl, .doples, .luces, .luceq, .chech, .proden, .drume, .tronas, .trosak, .grovas, .grovat, .roland, .refols, .raldug, .etols, .guvara, .moresa, .verasto, .hrosas, .kiratos, .todarius, .hofos, .roldat, .dutan, .sarut, .fedasot, .browec, .norvas, .ferosas, .rectot, .skymap, .mogera, .rezuc, .stone, .redmat, .lanset, .davda, .poret, .pidon, .heroset, .myskle, .boston, .muslat, .gerosan, ,vesad, .horon, .neras, .dalle, .lotep, .nusar, .litar, .truke, .besub, .cezor, .lokas, .godes, .budak, .vusad, .herad, .berosuce, .gehad, .gusau, .madek, .tocue, .darus, .lapoi, .todar, .dodoc, .bopador, .novasof, .ntuseg, .nelasod, .mogranos, .cosakos, .nvetud, .lotej, .kovasoh, prandel, .zatrov, .masok, .ndarod, .access, .format, .brusaf, londec, .krusop, .nasoh, .nacro, .pedro, .mtogas, .coharos, .shariz, .gero, .hese, .xoza, .seto, .peta, .moka, .meds, .kvag, .domn, .karl, .nesa, .boot, .noos, .kuub, .reco, .bora, .leto, .nols, .werd, .coot, .derp, .nakw, .meka, .toec, .mosk, .lokf, .peet, .grod, .mbed, .kodg, .zobm, .rote, .msop, .hets, .righ, .gesd, .merl, .mkos, .nbes, .piny, .redl, .nosu, .kodc, .reha, .topi, .npsg, .btos, .repp, .alka, .bboo, .rooe, .mmnn, .ooss. .mool, .nppp, .rezm, .lokd, .foop, .remk, .npsk, .opqz, .mado, .jope, .mpaj, .lalo, .lezp, .qewe, .mpal, .sqpc, .mzlq, .koti, .covm, .pezi, .zipe, .nlah, .kkll, .zwer, .nypd, .usam, .tabe, .vawe, .moba, .pykw, .zida, .maas, .repl, .kuus, .erif, .kook, .nile, .oonn, .vari, .boop, .geno, .kasp, .ogdo, .npph, .kolz, .copa, .lyli, .moss, .foqe, .mmpa, .efji, .iiss, .jdyi, .vpsh, .agho, .vvoa, .epor, .sglh, .lisp, .weui, .nobu, .igdm, .booa, .omfl, .igal, .qlkm, .coos, .wbxd, .pola, .cosd, .plam, .ygkz, .cadq, .ribd, .tirp, .reig, .ekvf, .enfp, .ytbn, .fdcz, .urnb, .lmas, .wrui, .rejg, .pcqq, .igvm, .nusm, .ehiz, .paas, .pahd, .mppq, .qscx, .sspq, .iqll, .ddsg, .piiq, .miis, .neer, .leex, .zqqw, .pooe, .zzla, .wwka, .gujd, .ufwj, .moqs, .hhqa, .aeur, .guer, .nooa, .muuq, .reqg, .hoop, .orkf, .iwan, .lqqw, .efdc, .wiot, .koom, .rigd, .tisc, .mded, .nqsq, .irjg, .vtua, .maql, .zaps, .rugj, .rivd, .cool, .palq, .stax, .irfk, .qdla, .qmak, .futm, .utjg, .iisa, .pqgs, .robm, .rigj, .moia, .yqal, .wnlu, .hgsh, .mljx, .yjqs, .shgv, .hudf, .nnqp, .sbpg, .xcmb, .miia, .loov, .dehd, .vgkf, .nqhd, .zaqi, .vfgj, .fhkf, .maak, .yber, .qqqw, .qqqe, .qqqr, .yoqs, .bbbw, .bbbe, .bbbr, .maiv, .avyu, .cuag, .iips, .qnty, .ccps, .ckae, .gcyi, .eucy, .ooii, .jjtt, .rtgf, .fgui, .fgnh, .sdjm, .iiof, .fopa, .qbba, .vyia, .vtym, .kqgs, .xcbg, .bpqd, .vlff, .eyrv, .rguy, .uigd, .hfgd, .kkia, .ssoi, .mmuz, .pphg, .wdlo, .kxde, .udla, .voom, .mpag, .gtys, .tuid, .uyjh, .ghas, .hajd, .qpps, .qall, .dwqs, .vomm, .ygvb, .nuhb, .msjd, .jhdd, .dmay, .jhbg, .jhgn, .dewd, .ttii, .hhjk, .mmob, .mine, .sijr, .xcvf, .bbnm, .egfg, .byya, .hruu , .kruu, .ifla, .errz, .dfwe, .fefg, .fdcv, .nnuz, .zpps, .qlln, .uihj,.zfdv, .ewdf, .rrbb, .rrcc, .rryy, .bnrs, .eegf, .bbyy, .bbii, .bbzz, .hkg, .eijy, .efvc, .lltt, .lloo, .llee, .llqq, .dkrf, .eiur, .ghsd, .jjyy, .jjww, .jjll, .hhew, .hhwq, .hheo, .ggew, .ggyu, .ggwq, .ggeo, .hhyu, .hhye, .eiiy and others.

Online & offline keys – What does it mean?

OFFLINE KEY – When the STOP/Djvu Ransomware infects your PC and it is not connected to the Internet, then this virus encrypts your files in offline mode. It uses a predefined set of the decryption key and due to this, those files are comparatively easy to decrypt. Once that key is discovered, it can be added to the decryptor and files could be decrypted.

ONLINE KEY – When the STOP/Djvu Ransomware infects your PC and is connected to the Internet, it establishes a connection to a remote server and generates a new Key and ID. This type of key is different for every infection and every computer, so there is no way to find it out. File encrypted by such cannot be decrypted without buying the key

Stop Djvu Decryptor

A famous malware researcher Michael Gillespie first observed this virus and created a free DjVu decryption tool to decrypt files infected by STOP Ransomware. It is discontinued and replaced by an Emsisoft decryptor for Stop Djvu 2022. However, both of these Stop/DjVu decryptors only supported the offline keys.

These keys were gathered by the victims who paid the ransom money to decrypt their files. Then those keys were added to the free decryptor and it worked for a while. But then hackers decided to make major modifications to their malware and this system stopped working. Now Stop/DjVu decryptor 2022 is completely useless against any current or future variants.

Djvu decryption tool

1. Old Version: Most of the older extensions of the STOP/Djvu virus, starting with .djvu (v013) up to .carote (v154) were previously decryptable by STOPDecrypter (not available anymore) but only for the OFFLINE KEY. When the support for stop djvu decryptor has been terminated then the new EmsisoftDecryptor took its place. But it is still limited with the offline keys. A list of all the older versions is listed below :

.STOP, .SUSPENDED, .WAITING, .PAUSA, .CONTACTUS, .DATASTOP, .STOPDATA, .KEYPASS, .WHY, .SAVEfiles, .DATAWAIT, .INFOWAIT, .puma, .pumax, .pumas, .shadow, .djvu, .djvuu, .udjvu, .djvuq, .uudjvu, .djvus, .djvur, .djvut .pdff, .tro, .tfude, .tfudeq, .tfudet, .rumba, .adobe, .adobee, .blower, .promos, .promoz, .promock, .promoks, .promorad,.promorad2, .kroput, .kroput1, .charck, .pulsar1, .klope, .kropun, .charcl, .doples, .luces, .luceq, .chech, .proden, .drume, .tronas, .trosak, .grovas, .grovat, .roland, .refols, .raldug, .etols, .guvara, .browec, .norvas, .moresa, .verasto, .hrosas, .kiratos, .todarius, .hofos, .roldat, .dutan, .sarut, .fedasot, .forasom, .berost, .fordan, .codnat, .codnat1, .bufas, .dotmap, .radman, .ferosas, .rectot, .skymap, .mogera, .rezuc, .stone, .redmat, .lanset, .davda, .poret, .pidon, .heroset, .myskle, .boston, .muslat, .gerosan, .vesad, .horon, .neras, .truke, .dalle, .lotep, .nusar, .litar, .besub, .cezor, .lokas, .godes, .budak, .vusad, .herad, .berosuce, .gehad, .gusau, .madek, .tocue, .darus, .lapoi, .todar, .dodoc, .bopador, .novasof, .ntuseg, .ndarod, .access, .format, .nelasod, .mogranos, .cosakos, .nvetud, .lotej, .kovasoh, .prandel, .zatrov, .masok, .brusaf, .londec, .krusop, .mtogas, .nasoh, .nacro, .pedro, .nuksus, .vesrato. .masodas, .stare, .cetori or .carote

2. New Version: These are the variants released after August 2019, after cybercriminals made changes. These new extensions were never supported by STOPDecrypter. However, some of the offline keys for these newer variants were obtained by Emsisoft with the help of some victims who paid the ransom. Online keys are completely unique for each victim and cannot help multiple victims so they were never supported by the Emsisoft decryptor. A list of all the new extensions is listed below:

.coharos, .shariz, .gero, .hese, .xoza, .seto, .peta, .moka, .meds, .kvag, .domn, .karl, .nesa, .boot, .noos, .kuub, .reco, .bora, .leto, .nols, .werd, .coot, .derp, .nakw, .meka, .toec, .mosk, .lokf, .peet, .grod, .mbed, .kodg, .zobm, .rote, .msop, .hets, .righ, .gesd, .merl, .mkos, .nbes, .piny, .redl, .nosu, .kodc, .reha, .topi, .npsg, .btos, .repp, .alka, .bboo, .rooe, .mmnn, .ooss. .mool, .nppp, .rezm, .lokd, .foop, .remk, .npsk, .opqz, .mado, .jope, .mpaj, .lalo, .lezp, .qewe, .mpal, .sqpc, .mzlq, .koti, .covm, .pezi, .zipe, .nlah, .kkll, .zwer, .nypd, .usam, .tabe, .vawe, .moba, .pykw, .zida, .maas, .repl, .kuus, .erif, .kook, .nile, .oonn, .vari, .boop, .geno, .kasp, .ogdo, .npph, .kolz, .copa, .lyli, .moss, .foqe, .mmpa, .efji, .iiss, .jdyi, .vpsh, .agho, .vvoa, .epor, .sglh, .lisp, .weui, .nobu, .igdm, .booa, .omfl, .igal, .qlkm, .coos, .wbxd, .pola, .cosd, .plam, .ygkz, .cadq, .ribd, .tirp, .reig, .ekvf, .enfp, .ytbn, .fdcz, .urnb, .lmas, .wrui, .rejg, .pcqq, .igvm, .nusm, .ehiz, .paas, .pahd, .mppq, .qscx, .sspq, .iqll, .ddsg, .piiq, .miis, .neer, .leex, .zqqw, .pooe, .zzla, .wwka, .gujd, .ufwj, .moqs, .hhqa, .aeur, .guer, .nooa, .muuq, .reqg, .hoop, .orkf, .iwan, .lqqw, .efdc, .wiot, .koom, .rigd, .tisc, .mded, .nqsq, .irjg, .vtua, .maql, .zaps, .rugj, .rivd, .cool, .palq, .stax, .irfk, .qdla, .qmak, .futm, .utjg, .iisa, .pqgs, .robm, .rigj, .moia, .yqal, .wnlu, .hgsh, .mljx, .yjqs, .shgv, .hudf, .nnqp, .sbpg, .xcmb, .miia, .loov, .dehd, .vgkf, .nqhd, .zaqi, .vfgj, .fhkf, .maak, .yber, .qqqw, .qqqe, .qqqr, .yoqs, .bbbw, .bbbe, .bbbr, .maiv, .avyu, .cuag, .iips, .qnty, .ccps, .ckae, .gcyi, .eucy, .ooii, .jjtt, .rtgf, .fgui, .fgnh, .sdjm, .iiof, .fopa, .qbba, .vyia, .vtym, .kqgs, .xcbg, .bpqd, .vlff, .eyrv, .rguy, .uigd, .hfgd, .kkia, .ssoi, .mmuz, .pphg, .wdlo, .kxde, .udla, .voom, .mpag, .gtys, .tuid, .uyjh, .ghas, .hajd, .qpps, .qall, .dwqs, .vomm, .ygvb, .nuhb, .msjd, .jhdd, .dmay, .jhbg, .jhgn, .dewd, .ttii, .hhjk, .mmob, .mine, .sijr, .xcvf, .bbnm, .egfg, .byya, .hruu , .kruu, .ifla, .errz, .dfwe, .fefg, .fdcv, .nnuz, .zpps, .qlln, .uihj,.zfdv, .ewdf, .rrbb, .rrcc, .rryy, .bnrs, .eegf, .bbyy, .bbii, .bbzz, .hkg, .eijy, .efvc, .lltt, .lloo, .llee, .llqq, .dkrf, .eiur, .ghsd, .jjyy, .jjww, .jjll, .hhew, .hhwq, .hheo, .ggew, .ggyu, .ggwq, .ggeo, .hhyu, .hhye, .eiiy and others.

Ransom Note left by the STOP DJVU Ransomware

As you know this malware likes to drop notes on the infected PC to inform users about the encryption and demand ransom notes. The content of the note is always the same but the email address often keeps changing. Take a look at the text of the ransom note “_Readme.txt” left on the victims’ computer:


Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:

Your personal ID:

How Ransomware infects your PC

Like any other malware, this nasty STOP/DJVU ransomware infection also spread through various different methods. You can get this virus on your computer by downloading and installing bundled freeware programs. Various fake “.exe” files are also used to deliver this threat on the targeted computer which deletes itself after installation of the malware. Downloading pirated software from torrent or other deceptive sources could bring infected files on your PC which packs Djvu infection and install it silently.

This notorious malware can also spread through malicious scripts hosted by suspicious sites (phishing attacks). Clicking on misleading ads, pop-ups, banners, fake alerts, push notifications, banners, etc. can cause frequent redirection of your browser on such sites. Apart from that, browsing porn sites or sharing files on an unsafe network could also be the reason for this infection. Many Trojan viruses are also used to deliver this STOP/DJVU Ransomware on targeted computers.

How to Remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware

As you already know, Stop/DJVU Ransomware is a notorious and cunning malware that is quite hard to remove through manual means. This virus can keep coming back on the infected computer through files and shortcuts or settings that it has already created on your machine. Removing all those at once is the only way to get rid of this infection and stop it from getting into your system ever again.

So the best way to remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware effectively is to use a powerful Automatic Removal Tool and save your time and efforts. This software is a well-trusted and very powerful anti-malware program that can detect all hidden threats like Trojan, Ransomware, Worms, Spyware, Rootkits, and many others. It also provides 24X7 customer support and one-on-one Spyware HelpDesk support for Custom Malware removal. Advanced System Guard feature detects and removes threats in real-time. It has a very User-Friendly Interface and regular Malware updates make it most effective against the latest malware attacks.

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  • Launch the Anti-Malware application and click on Start Scan Now button.

Scan for Stop/DJVU Ransomware

  • The software will scan your PC for all hidden threats and viruses on your system.

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How To Recover Encrypted Files

As all your files are encrypted, you need to recover your data without paying ransom money to hackers. If your files are important then you must have created a backup and you can use that backup to recover your files. If you don’t have a backup or this virus has encrypted your backup files, then you are left to seek professional help.

As there is no Stop/DJVU Ransomware decryptor available, we recommend you use powerful data recovery software to decrypt Stop/DJVU Ransomware files. It is a risk-free and smart way. You can just download the free version and scan your PC for files. There is a high probability that it can recover most of your files in a fraction of the amount that hackers are demanding. It is also needless to say that paying hackers will only motivate hackers to carry out more attacks.

  • First, you need to download Data Recovery software on your PC.

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  • Install the program, launch it then select the Data type to recover, and click the Next button.

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  • Select the location from where you want to recover data and click the Scan button.

Select location

  • After the scan, the software will list all files, select them and click the Recover button.

Recover Stop/DJVU Ransomware encrypted files

Manual Stop/DJVU Ransomware Removal Guide

Before you start Manual Removal

Please Bookmark This Page by pressing the {ctrl+D} button or print it out on paper before you start the Manual Removal because you may need to restart your PC or browser.) Attention! For the safety of your system, please confirm a few things before you begin manual removal:

  1. You have done this before, which means you have experience in removing the virus manually;
  2. That you know your way around PC and  all necessary processes and applications;
  3. You know about Registry entry and the Serious repercussions of any mistake;
  4. Make sure you can reverse any mistake made during virus removal.

If you don’t attain any of the above standards, then manual removal could be a very risky idea. It is most likely best for you to use the SpyHunter 5 Anti-Malware which is totally secure and efficient method.

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Start PC in safe mode with networking

  • Press Windows Key + R buttons together on the keyboard.
  • Type msconfig in the Run Box then click the OK button.
  • Click on the Boot tab then the System configuration window will appear.
  • Choose Safe Boot, check the network box, Click Apply, and press the OK button.

Safe boot

Kill Malicious Process From Task Manager

  • Press Windows Key + R buttons together on the keyboard.
  • Type taskmgr in Run Box and then click the OK button.
  • Find the virus related or unknown malicious process.
  • Now right-click on it then click End process.

Stop Stop/DJVU Ransomware related task

Remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware Virus from PC

  • First of all Press Windows Key + R buttons together.
  • Type appwiz.cpl in the Run box and then click the OK button.
  • Now Programs and Features windows will appear on the screen.
  • Find and remove all virus related or malicious programs.

Remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware

Warning: Do not play with Windows registry, host file, or restore options if you don’t have previous experience with it. Removing the wrong files may break your system entirely. So if you are not sure, then stick to the Automatic Malware Removal option.

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Remove Virus related IP addresses from Hosts’ Files

  • Press Windows Key + R buttons together on the keyboard.
  • Type C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc in Run Box and then click the OK button.
  • Now open the host file with Notepad.
  • Look for any suspicious IP addresses that might be related to the Virus.
  • Delete all the malicious IP addresses and save the host files.

Remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware related IP address

Remove Virus related Windows Registry entries

  • Press Windows Key + R buttons together on the keyboard.
  • Type regedit in Run Box and then click the OK button.
  • Registry Editor will open, then press CTRL +F buttons together.
  • Now type Stop/DJVU Ransomware and then click on Find Next button.
  • Find all the related entries and delete them one by one

Remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware related registry

Delete Virus related files from your PC

When a threat gets onto a PC, it most likely creates some files at different locations on the system. These files are used to perform a specific action and also help malware in getting back to the computer once it’s removed. So you just need to find also delete all those files associated with the virus. Carefully follow the below instruction :

  • Press Windows Key + R buttons together on the keyboard
  • Type each of the following in Run Box and press the OK button
  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

For the first four options, look for any recent folder related to the Stop/DJVU Ransomware and remove them. For the Temp folder, you can delete all the files.

Remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware via system restore

  • Press Windows Key + R buttons together on the keyboard.
  • Type cmd in Run Box and then click the OK button.
  • Type cd restore and press Enter, then type rstrui.exe and press Enter.
  • When the System Restore window opens on your computer screen click the Next button, then choose a System Restore point you have created in the past and click the Next button.
  • Finally, click on the Yes button to start the system restoration process.

Remove Stop/DJVU Ransomware via system restore

Note: This will only work if you have a restore point set on your PC or it will give an error message. Restoring the computer to a previous version may or may not remove this virus. Most of the time, viruses just delete all the restore points. If this trick does not work for you then don’t get disappointed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Stop/Djvu Ransomware?

Stop/Djvu is a Ransomware infection that has more than 580 active strains. These strains are called extensions and act as individual viruses. They can encrypt all the files on an infected PC such as Videos, photos, music, databases, documents, backup, etc. After that, forces victims’ to pay huge ransom money for the decryption key. Victims can find the ransom note “_Readme.txt” in all compromised folders.

How did Stop/Djvu Virus infect my computer?

Hackers behind this threat can use several techniques to spread this malware. Usually, such threats intrude on your computer through Bundled Freeware programs, Spam emails, cracked software, illegal patches, fake software updates, clicking on suspicious links, and visiting porn or torrent sites.

How to decrypt encrypted Files?

Currently, there is no free decryptor available for Stop/Djvu ransomware that can restore all your files. But we have suggested quite an effective Stop/Djvu File Recovery methods in this guide which you can follow to recover your files. But don’t try to restore your data without removing the virus because it will keep encrypting your files.

How to Remove Stop/Djvu Ransomware Virus?

It could be quite hard to remove this infection from computers, especially for non-technical users. We have shared several tips on removing this threat manually in this guide which you can use. If you have no prior experience with virus removal then feel free to Download Stop/Djvu Ransomware Removal Tool. It is the safest and easiest way to remove this infection from your PC.

What to Do If nothing works?

If you are not able to recover your files by any method then still there is a lot you can do.

1. Make a backup of all your files on any External drive or cloud drive.
2. Remove Stop/Djvu virus from your PC and move all infected files to an external drive.
3. Make sure there is no other infection hiding on your PC. (Scan twice with Anti-Malware).
4. Try to find any old backup of data and restore your files.
5. If you don’t have a backup, then contact your friends and family so they can check if they have any of your important files.
6. Check your smartphone or social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to find old pictures.
7. See if you can download some of your lost software, programs, games, movies, videos, and audio from the web.

How to report this attack to Authorities?

If you are also a Victim of the Stop/Djvu virus then you should report this cybercrime incident to legal authorities in your county. Here is the list of some of the official government websites for reporting Cybercrime activities:

United States – Guard Online
Australia – SCAMwatch
United Kingdom – Action Fraud
New Zealand – Consumer Affairs Scams
Canada – Canadian Anti-Fraud
Ireland – An Garda Síochána
India – National Cybercrime Reporting Portal

You can also search to find the Internet Crime Authority in your country. Meanwhile, it will not help you remove or restore your files in any way but it’s merely information to authorities. Once you register your complaint, authorities might look into and take preventive measures to stop further attacks. However, don’t get lured by third-party criminal reporting sites or fake technical support websites. They are more like to cheat you instead of helping you.

Tips To Prevent Stop/DJVU Ransomware in Future

  • Use a good anti-virus, be it a free version but don’t use cracked security programs.
  • Make sure that your Windows firewall is active, so it can block upcoming threats.
  • Keep your Windows/Mac OS and other programs updated to avoid vulnerabilities.
  • Download updates only from official websites, don’t use suspicious sites.
  • Never download and install pirated software, games, or illegal patches on your PC.
  • Do not open spam emails from an unknown sender and scan all attachments before opening.
  • Never download freeware third-party programs from unreliable sources or websites.
  • Avoid connecting your PC to unsafe public Wi-Fi to protect your privacy.
  • You can also use a VPN to spoof your connection and avoid malicious sites.
  • Create a system restore point on your system for security purposes.
  • Keep a backup of all your important files to avoid data loss.

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Bottom Line

Stop/Djvu is a dangerous Ransomware infection with lots of different variants. It is possible to recover your PC from this infection and you may get back most of your files if not all. So, if you liked the information then please share this article with others. Keep visiting for more interesting information. If you need any help or suggestions then write to us in the comment box. We like to hear from you.

About the author

Robert Calvert

Robert is the Chief Security Expert and Founder of PCSafetyGeek.com website. He is a cybersecurity enthusiast who loves to research about Malware outbreaks and write about their remedies. He also like to spend time trying new software, reviewing them and sharing IT news. However he is a real coffee lover and likes to play chess in spare time (which is quite rare 😜).

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