.Vari is a new and highly dangerous ransomware cryptovirus. .Vari encrypts user files and prevents its victims from accessing these files until they pay a ransom.
If you have recently noticed that your images, photos, audios and documents have become unavailable because .Vari has put its secret encryption on them, here you can learn what to do to remove the infection and potentially recover your encrypted data without paying a ransom to some anonymous hackers.
A strange ransom message has probably appeared on your desktop after your .Vari files have been encoded. This is the note the hackers use to inform their victims of the ransomware attack and ask them to pay some money to their Bitcoin wallet to get a special decryption key for the encrypted files.
This is basically how most ransomware cryptoviruses like .Vari, .Oonn and .Nile work – they secretly sneak in the system (by exploiting camouflaged transmitters or system vulnerabilities), and lock the information stored there without warning. This stealthy technique helps the criminals to blackmail the users whose data has been encrypted, and to extort some money from them for a decryption key.
The .Vari virus
The virus .Vari is usually very sneaky, and without the right tools, is typically difficult to detect it while running. Still a possible symptom of the .Vari virus in action is the significant slowdown of the system without any particular reason.
Sadly, in most cases, this is not enough to draw the necessary attention from the users and the ransomware manages to complete its agenda without being interrupted. The hackers behind the threat can be really persuasive in their attempts to convince you to pay them the demanded ransom. They typically try to make you pay so soon as possible and promise to send you a decryption key for your files as soon as you fulfill their demands.
Security experts, however, believe that the payment of the ransom is not a reliable data recovery option as it just makes you risk your money without any guarantee for your files and computer’s future. We also share the same opinion and don’t advise our readers to trust anonymous cyber criminals with their money. Moreover, once you agree on their terms, the hackers can blackmail you again and again for as long as the ransomware is present on your computer. Not to mention that you will not be able to create and save new files on the infected machine without them being encrypted. Thus, our best advice is to focus on how to remove .Vari in the safest possible manner.
The .Vari file encryption
The .Vari file encryption is a stealthy process that can last for several hours. But once that is over, it is extremely hard to reverse the .Vari file encryption without using a decryption key.
If you can’t figure out how to remove .Vari from your system and can’t find a workaround for the files it has encrypted, we recommend you check out the removal guide at the end of this post. It includes instructions that may help you remove the infection and search for other hidden threats. Once you have finally deleted the ransomware, check out our tips for free file recovery in the file-recovery section of the guide. There you will find some free methods that may potentially help you to retrieve some of your precious data.
|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||Not Available|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
.Vari Ransomware Removal
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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 .Vari 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!