Remove vxCrypter Ransomware (+File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove vxCrypter Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any vxCrypter file can be recovered.

One of the worst computer infections that you may face nowadays is the vxCrypter cryptovirus. This threat is a new Ransomware program that has the ability to encrypt the users’ personal files and add a weird file extension to their names so that they cannot be opened or used by any software. The infection does that in order to gain leverage and then demand a ransom payment in exchange for a special key, which is needed to decrypt the locked information. To get into as many computers as possible, vxCrypter uses sophisticated techniques including exploit kits, malvertisements, spam messages, infected emails with malicious attachments, torrents, phishing pages and more. As most Ransomware-based infections, this one uses a very complex encryption algorithm, which makes the targeted data useless immediately after it gets applied. The victims cannot open any of their personal files and are threatened by a scary ransom-demanding message that if they don’t follow the ransom payment instructions, they will lose their data forever.

As in most cases of Ransomware infections, the note gives instructions related to the ransom payment that the users are supposed to follow if they want their data to be decrypted. Those who agree to pay are promised to receive a special decryption key from the criminals in order to reverse the secret encryption and to liberate their files. We need to warn you, though, that the decryption key that the creators of the virus are promoting may not even exist. The only safe way to recover your files is through a personal external backup. If you don’t have a backup, you may also try one of the recovery methods we provide in the removal guide below. It is very important, however, to take actions to remove vxCrypter from your system first and only then try any of the given file-recovery suggestions because if the Ransomware is active and present on your computer, it may encrypt every backup source you connect and every file you manage to recover.

The truth about Ransomware

Unfortunately, the infections of the Ransomware type are very difficult to deal with and even if you manage to successfully remove vxCrypter, there is still no guarantee about the future of your files. And while the file-recovery methods shown above may work for some of you, there might be cases where the files may remain encrypted and inaccessible no matter what you do. In any case, it is better to remove the malware and return your computer to its previous state because it is ever a good idea to allow a malware like this stay in your machine. The fast and successful detection and elimination of the cryptovirus, however, may require professional help and that’s why it is a good idea to use a professional malware removal tool like the one in the guide. Perform a full system scan to make sure that the tool has detected and erased all threats associated with the Ransomware or use the manual removal instructions if you know which files you need to delete. We do not recommend contacting the cyber criminals that have attacked you with vxCrypter and paying the ransom. These people are dishonest and the statements they make and the promises they give you cannot be trusted.


Name vxCrypter
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove vxCrypter Ransomware 


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt vxCrypter files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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