Donut Ransomware Removal Process (remove DonutRansomware)

June 11, 2018

Donut Ransomware isn't some tasty treat that you get at your local dunkin donuts or coffee shop. Instead, Donut Ransomware is a dangerous malware threat that lurks on PCs designed to lock up the system through encrypting files so it may demand a ransom payment, which is a form of extorting money from victimized PC users.

The processes that Donut Ransomware uses to attack a user starts with its ransom note and file encryption process that essentially locks down the PC where it may not be usable for normal functions. Most PC users victimized by Donut Ransomware will want some immediate relief from Donut Ransomware so they may surf the web or conduct normal actions that they would using a computer.

The demands made by Donut Ransomware through its ransom note is to have the computer user pay a ransom free in cryptocurrency that may amount to $100 usd or more. Those who may the payment may later be disappointed that Donut Ransomware doesn’t release a promised decryption code to restore the files that it encrypted. There are risks to making such a risky ransom payment. Instead of taking such a risk, it is best to first remove Donut Ransomware using an antispyware tool and then use a system backup to restore all files that Donut Ransomware initially encrypted.

Are you getting popups from Donut Ransomware? Have you identified that you have Donut Ransomware installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Donut Ransomware completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Donut Ransomware?

If Donut Ransomware resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Donut Ransomware may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Donut Ransomware removal process.

How can you manually remove Donut Ransomware

Manual removal of Donut Ransomware may not be for everyone. Each manual Donut Ransomware removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Donut Ransomware removal process.

Donut Ransomware can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Donut Ransomware in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Donut Ransomware, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Donut Ransomware. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process


  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Donut Ransomware from your computer.

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Donut Ransomware, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Donut Ransomware by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Donut Ransomware folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Donut Ransomware completely from your computer. If you find that Donut Ransomware is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Donut Ransomware removal process.

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