Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware Removal Process (remove JigsawDatRansomware)

August 8, 2018

Surprisingly, it's rather common for hackers to recreate older malware threats and add new features. In the case of the newly-discovered Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware threat, it appears to be a newer variation of the popularized Jigsaw threat, which is known for locking down a PC through encryption of several files.

The process of encrypting files by Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware is followed up with a strange image of a smiling man and then a note that demands a ransom payment. All encrypted files are tagged with the .dat file extension. While all encrypted files are easily identifiable, they cannot be accessed unless the computer user restores the files from a backup.

The process of restoring files from a backup may be done after removal of Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware with an antimalware tool so the encryption process does not start again.

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

Why should you remove Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware?

If Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware removal process.

How can you manually remove Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware

Manual removal of Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware may not be for everyone. Each manual Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware removal process.

Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Jigsaw-Dat 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 Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware completely from your computer. If you find that Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Jigsaw-Dat Ransomware removal process.

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