Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted FilesRemove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted FilesRemove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

This article helps users remove the .Vault Virus Ransomware from their PCs. “Vault Вирус” is something that we recently received a lot of messages for, indicating the .Vault Virus Ransomware is primarily targeting slavic countries. 

These type of viruses are known as Ransomware, because they will hold all the information stored on your computer as hostage. Ransomware viruses are not new, but they are beginning to become more and more popular because the options to recover the files encrypted by the virus are limited. Fortunately not all hope is lost and our guide will both help you deal with .Vault Virus Ransomware and also recover as much data as possible. Hopefully you will get it all back, but unfortunately such an outcome can not be guaranteed.

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files


Name .Vault
Type  Ransomware
Danger Level High. Ransomware are the pinnacle of cyber crimes.
Symptoms Your personal files and documents will be encrypted and will not be released until you pay a specific sum in bitcoins
Distribution Method Trojans
Detection Tool

Do not be alarmed by any warning messages coming from the virus that threaten you with losing all of your data if you tamper with the encrypted files or don’t pay the ransom. The hackers, of course, want to scare you into paying the ransom. Remember that as long as you don’t delete any of the encrypted files or change their names or file extensions you will be fine. However in the case that you do, the Vault Вирус may be triggered to destroy the encryption key, so beware.

Only consider paying as a very last resort

Your files will not be damaged or endangered in any way by any of the retrieval methods described in this guide. Should the worst come to pass and you are unable to recover most of your things then you can consider paying as the last measure. Generally we recommend doing it even then – money paid to the hackers are used to improve these viruses and you could get infected next year with the improved version of the same virus. Further the hackers have no reputation to defend, so you have absolutely no guarantee if they will keep your word and help you recover your files even if you paid them.

.Vault Вирус Ransomware – how does it work

When .Vault Virus Ransomware first enters a computer it makes a list of all files eligible to become a target. These are mostly files containing data inputted by the user – movies, documents, pictures etc. Once the list is completed Vault Вирус will begin encrypting the files. Once a file is encrypted the original copy is immediately deleted and only the encrypted copy remains. This copy can only ever be decrypted with the help of the encryption key used in the process – and this is what the hackers are trying to sell you.

The hackers are right when they tell you only the key can help – the method to retrieve your data actually involves finding and restoring the original copies of your files. This is actually similar to recovering accidentally deleted files. Note that the faster you react to .Vault Virus Ransomware and the less HDD space you used in the time span between the encryption and this current moment – the better your chances of recovering all of your data. You can now proceed with our guide below to first remove Vault Вирус Ransomware and then see how much of your files can be salvaged

Remove .Vault Virus

STEP 1: .Vault Virus Ransomware Removal

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Continue with Step 2.

 STEP 2:

Hold the Windows Key and R and copy + paste the following, then click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Now hold the windows Key and R again but type %temp% in the field and hit enter. Delete everything in that directory.

 STEP 3:

Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a malware, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to. There’s a good chance .Vault Virus Ransomware is hiding somewhere in here.


Process manipulation and core files reduction can be dangerous. Always double check what you are about to delete before actually deleting it. A mistake could damage your PC significantly. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional .Vault Virus Ransomware remover. We strongly recommend that you at least download this piece of software and scan your computer for malware. The most likely way your computer was infected by .Vault Virus Ransomware is through an existing Trojan virus and a good scanner is your best bet of finding it before you end up with another nasty surprise like .Vault Virus Ransomware.

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

STEP 5: How to Decrypt files infected with .Vault Virus Ransomware

There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully, barring actually giving in the to the demands of the people who created the virus – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected.

There are two options you have for this:

The first is to do a full system restore. This can take care of the file extension for you completely. To do this just type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.

Remove .Vault Virus Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Your second option is a program called Recuva

Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.

When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.

Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.

Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, so be patient and take a break if necessary.

You will now get a long list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.

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