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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware

Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware is a malicious infection that invades Windows operating systems. Our research has analyzed and tested this threat, and it is pretty clear that it has not been completed yet or that it was not created for mass attacks. Although the infection has been spotted in the wild, the sample we tested did not encrypt files or work in an intended manner. That being said, the threat is real, and to ignore it would be a mistake. There is a possibility that it could be spread more aggressively. Also, its functions could be updated, and the threat could work as a normal file-encrypting ransomware. Have you discovered this malicious threat on your operating system? If you have, you need to delete it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it does not look like you can salvage your files in the process. If they are encrypted, they are locked up for good. Hopefully, you can replace them with backup copies. All in all, whether or not that is the case, you must remove Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware.

There are plenty of malicious threats that we could compare Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware with, including ANATOVA Ransomware, XCry Ransomware, Gorgon Ransomware, or Venom Ransomware. This kind of malware is usually created to make money. It is dropped onto a vulnerable computer, and once it encrypts files, cyber attackers can demand money in the form of a ransom. It is not exactly clear how the malicious Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware spreads across the web, but it is likely that remote access vulnerabilities and spam emails could be to blame. If the threat is executed successfully, and the launcher is not deleted right away, the encryption of files begins shortly. According to our tests, the infection might be targeting files in the %USERPROFILE% directory only. If any personal files are stored in this location, you should find them with the “.enc” extension added to their original names. In most cases, ransomware creates text or image files to introduce victims to the ransom demands, but it seems like there are no other files (besides the launcher) that require removal.

After files are encrypted, Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware is supposed to launch a pop-up message entitled “Spiteful Doubletake – Mode: LIVE.” The message in this pop-up informs that files can be decrypted only if the victim pays a ransom of 500 US Dollars in Bitcoins, which is a crypto-currency. The ransom is supposed to be sent to a unique Bitcoin wallet address. At the time of research, the address linked to the tested sample was random. If the victim clicked the ‘Pay Now!’ button on the pop-up, a new pop-up was set to show up. This one was entitled “Sample,” and the message read: “You fool! I'm not going to actually give you your files back! But I will take your money though.” Unfortunately, that is how most attackers behind ransomware work. They take the money but do not decrypt files, which leaves victims empty-handed. This is why we do not recommend paying the ransom if the malicious Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware attacks and encrypts your files. What you want to do instead is to remove this dangerous Windows infection.

While we do not know which direction Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware will take – if it will dissipate or spread – it is pretty clear that this threat could be a problem, and we want to avoid attacks at all cost. If you do not need to delete Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware yet, do not think that you are safe. There are thousands of other malicious threats alike, and you want to avoid them all. Ideally, you will install trusted anti-malware software to secure your Windows operating system. If any threats exist at the moment, this software will detect and delete them all automatically. If you do not care about your virtual security in the future, you might be leaning towards manual removal. Unfortunately, we do not know where the launcher of the ransomware could be dropped, and its name could be random too. Use the manual removal guide below loosely. If you have questions about the threat or the elimination process, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

Spiteful Doubletake Ransomware Removal

  1. Remove all recently downloaded files from your download directories:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
    • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • %TEMP%
  2. Empty Recycle Bin to eliminate malware.
  3. Scan your system using a legitimate malware scanner to see if you have succeeded.
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