Vapo Virus

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*Vapo is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.


Vapo is a representative of the Ransomware cryptovirus category. Vapo will typically demand a ransom in exchange for giving you back the access to your own files, which it has encrypted.

The Vapo virus has apprised you of its existence within the system through its ransom-requesting message.
The Vapo virus file ransom note

The programs of the Ransomware type are among the most dangerous viruses that might enter your computer, and the worst part is that even once you have successfully removed them, that still won’t enough to enable you to reopen, and use your files. However, we have developed the guide below to assist you with both the removal of Vapo, and the decryption of your encoded documents. Although there is a possibility that some files may stay encrypted even after these instructions have been completed, we still strongly suggest that you first try them out before attempting to contact the cyber criminals who behind the virus.

The Vapo virus

The Vapo virus is a very sneaky infection, which aims to get inside your system undetected. Transmitters of the Vapo virus can be various files, email attachments, links, and even legitimate-looking pieces of content.

Nowadays, literally any computer with Internet access is subjected to the danger of a virus infection. Ransomware, in particular is mainly distributed with the help of Trojan Horse viruses, which will be sent to you by email in most cases. However, the malware may also come in the form of an attachment, a certain file, or a link to some web page. Whatever the case, opening any potential carrier of Ransomware may result in your system getting infected. That’s partially what makes Ransomware so hazardous – it’s almost undetectable.

But since you’re already here, Vapo must have already notified you abut its presence in the system with its ransom-demanding note, and that means it has already done its dirty job. Your files have probably had your files encrypted, and you’ve probably seen a message on your screen telling you to pay a certain amount of money in exchange for a decryption key. The message may claim that if you don’t pay the demanded ransom on time, the sum might double. Or the note may even threaten you that if you don’t pay up, your files will be lost forever. Well, the good news is that none of this necessarily has to be true, and you shouldn’t let the cyber criminals behind Vapo, Vaze, Gapo scare you.

The Vapo file decryption

The Vapo file decryption is a challenging process and is probably your main goal at the moment. In most cases, the Vapo file decryption is only possible after the application of a special decryption key.

Vapo File Virus
The .vapo file virus ransomware

Paying the hackers behind the Ransomware for that key, however, is not the most advisable course of action. What you should keep in mind is that you are dealing with real criminals. What makes you think they will really send you the key after you pay? Besides, no one gives you a guarantee that the key will successfully decrypt your files. And surely there will be no refunds in case of failure. Of course, our recovery methods don’t offer 100 percent guarantees either, but at least you won’t need to pay a ransom to use them, so take a look at the instructions, and remove the infection from your system.


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*Vapo is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

Remove Vapo Ransomware


In order to have the ransomware removal guide handy, we recommend bookmarking this page in your browser’s Favorites as a start.

Next, to remove the Vapo ransomware and its hidden files, its a good idea to restart the infected computer in Safe Mode (click this link for more details on that). In Safe Mode, just the most essential applications and processes are operating, thus if you reboot the system in it, you’ll have an easier time finding and shutting down the processes associated with Vapo more quickly.

After restarting the machine, type msconfig in the Windows search field, and you’ll be able to see the System Configuration app on the screen. Open it and go to the Startup tan to check whether any of the items that start up when you start your computer are linked to the infection.

Startup items with “Unknown” Manufacturers, unusual names, or any other items that aren’t associated with the programs you regularly use on the computer should be investigated online. Checking off the applicable box for
them is the best way to disable them if you have enough solid information to do so.



*Vapo is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

If the computer is infected, look for suspicious processes that are running in it. The Task Manager window that appears when you press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC can be used to gain this information. Check the Processes Tab to discover if any suspicious processes are currently executing. Look at the CPU and Memory Usage columns and the names of the processes that are using the most resources.

If a process appears to be harmful, right-click on it and select Open File Location from the menu that appears.


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    End the process whose files were identified to be dangerous by the scanner and after that, delete the files and directories associated with it from your computer.


    Make use of the keyboard shortcuts Win+R to open up a Run command window. Then, copy and paste the following line:

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

    After you’ve pasted the line, click OK to execute it. Locate Localhost in the Hosts file’s text, which will be displayed on the screen. To tell if your computer has been hacked, search for any unusual IP addresses under Localhost:

    hosts_opt (1)

    Leave a comment below if you notice anything strange in your Host file, and we’ll tell you what to do and how to fix it if we confirm that there is a danger.


    *Vapo is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

    Unwanted modifications to the registry might occur when a system has been compromised. In the following paragraph, however, you’ll learn how to look for dangerous files in your registry that need to be deleted.

    The first step is to type Regedit in the Windows search field and press Enter. Registry Editor will appear on the screen. To look for files related to the malware, hold down CTRL and F on your keyboard and, in the Find box that appears, type the ransomware’s name and click Find Next.

    If you delete files or directories that aren’t related to Vapo, your operating system may become corrupted. To protect your machine from involuntary damage, use a reputable removal tool like the one on this page. When it comes to identifying and removing malware from critical areas of your computer, such as the registry, such a tool can save you a lot of time and nerves.

    For each line listed below, type it in the Windows search field and press Enter to open it.

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

    There may be files and  sub-folders with unusual names in each of the locations listed above where malware-related entries can be discovered. If you’re unsure whether or not something needs to be removed, do an online research or use a powerful virus scanner before taking any action.

    When you open the Temp folder, simply select all the files and delete them. This will remove any ransomware-created temporary files from your computer.


    How to Decrypt Vapo files

    Ransomware is one of the most difficult types of malware to recover encrypted data from, therefore you may need to rely on a variety of methods to decode parts of your data. Depending on the type of ransomware that has infected your computer, you will need to choose which of your available file-recovery options will work best for you. The easiest way to find out the version of ransomware that has attacked you is to look at the file extensions of the encrypted files.

    New Djvu ransomware

    STOP Djvu is the most recent Djvu ransomware variant, and its victims typically detect the .Vapo suffix attached to the encrypted files. The good news is that, at the time of this writing, files encrypted by this variant using an offline key can be decrypted. Check out the link below for a file-decryption program that may be able to help you get your data back:

    The STOPDjvu.exe decryptor can be downloaded from the link above when you click the Download button on the page.

    To run the file, make sure “Run as Administrator” is selected and then press the Yes button to begin. After reading the license agreement and following a few simple introduction steps, you can begin decrypting your data. It’s important to remember that this program may not be able to decrypt files that have been encrypted with unknown offline keys or online encryption.

    Before giving a try to any data recovery solutions, however, you must first make sure that you have successfully removed the ransomware. It is advised that you use professional anti-virus software, such as the one on our site, to scan your computer. If you have doubts about specific files, you can also use the free online virus scanner and check them one by one. If you have any questions, or you come across any issues, feel free to share them with us in the comments.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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