Donut Ransomware is a computer infection that expects you to pay a ransom fee to restore your encrypted files. It joins a mass of other programs of the same profile, and we can clearly see that this application is not prevalent enough to have caused a lot of waves on the Internet. Nevertheless, it is still a dangerous computer infection that should be taken seriously. Please remove Donut Ransomware from your system as soon as possible, and then look for ways to restore the files affected by the encryption. It should not be hard if you have a system backup on an external hard drive.
Like most of the ransomware programs, Donut Ransomware should also spread with spam emails. This also means that users download and install this application on their computers themselves. It is even worse if this program affects small businesses. When a ransomware program infects one computer that is connected to a network system (as it usually is in small business), then all the machines on the network get affected by the infection immediately. And the businesses are also more likely to pay the ransom fee to retrieve their data. Needless to say, this is exactly what Donut Ransomware wants.
At the same time, we can see that it is possible to avoid Donut Ransomware and other similar infections if users know how they spread, and that can be done if users know how these programs spread around. In fact, probably the easiest way to save yourself the trouble of dealing with ransomware is to scan the files you download before opening them. You can do it with any security tool of your choice. If a file is malicious, the program will notify you immediately.
However, if you fail to avoid opening malicious files, you might as well get infected with Donut Ransomware. Then, the program will encrypt most of your files, and each encrypted file will get a new extension “.donut” added to the end of the filename. This way, it will be easy to see which files were affected by the encryption. On the other hand, it should not be hard to tell that because the system will no longer be able to read the encrypted files.
Donut Ransomware will expect you to pay $100 for the decryption, although computer security experts say that paying the ransom can hardly solve anything. There is always a chance that the criminals will scram the moment they receive the payment. Also, their server connections might be too shaky to send you the decryption tool (if they have one in the first place). Hence, your best choice in this situation is to remove Donut Ransomware from your system right now.
You can use the manual removal instructions at the bottom of this description to terminate the infection. You can also remove Donut Ransomware with a powerful antispyware tool. Finally, check various external drives for copies of your files. Maybe you have a lot of your files saved on a cloud drive, too. The chances are that you will be able to retrieve most of your recent files without much difficulty. And for other potential methods, do not hesitate to contact us by dropping a comment below.
* Please note that the .exe filename is randomly generated for every infected user.