Vatq Virus

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


Vatq is a program from the Ransomware type, and it is a very malicious piece of software. The cases of infection with Vatq are becoming more, and more common, and you are probably here because of this threat.

Ransom note notified you that your files have been encrypted with Vatq
The Vatq virus file ransom note

Transmitters of this threat can be various internet files, links, ads, email attachments, torrents, or compromised websites. Sometimes, even a Trojan Horse may secretly deliver the Ransomware into the system without any indications. Therefore, it is very important to keep your system protected with the help of reliable security software, and be cautious with the content content you interact with while online.

The Vatq virus

The Vatq virus uses file encryption to block the access to your personal files. After the encryption gets applied, the Vatq virus displays a ransom-demanding note on your screen.

Although these kinds of viruses have existed since the 1990s, they were mainly present only in Russia. The Ransomware category, however, has managed to spread all around the web over the years, becoming one of the most serious software threats. If you are on this page, the hackers behind Vatq, Vapo, Vaze have most likely notified you that your files have been encrypted, and that if you ever want to access again, you should pay a certain amount of money to their cryptocurrency wallet. Maybe they have even set a deadline for you to transfer the money, and warned you that if you do not comply, they will increase the demanded sum drastically, and eventually deny you the chance of buying the access key to your own files. And, indeed, by the time the message gets displayed, you will have lost access to certain files on your computer, that you will undoubtedly want back. 

Nevertheless, don’t be afraid: in this guide, you will find detailed instructions on how to remove this infection, and although they aren’t 100% guaranteed to work, they certainly won’t cause more damage than what has already been done.

The .Vatq file encryption

The .Vatq file encryption is the process that the Ransomware uses to deny you the access to your digital information. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to detect the .Vatq file encryption process before it has completed since there are usually no visible symptoms.

Your files encrypted with the Vatq file virus
The .Vatq file virus ransomware

Our first advice for you if you have been attacked is to hold back on paying the ransom. Understand that you are dealing with cyber-criminals who had no moral issue with infecting your computer with Ransomware, and blackmailing you for the release of your data. That’s why there is no reason to believe their promises of restoring your data after you pay them. Sadly, there are absolutely no guarantees, and the same is valid for the steps we offer you further down – we cannot promise that all your files will be restored. And, unfortunately, removing the virus will not automatically decrypt your data.

Nevertheless, we encourage you to try them first before you comply with the hacker’s demands, and see if it is possible to avoid the ransom payment. What is more, it won’t cost you a cent to explore our file-recovery suggestions, and, with the instructions in the guide, and the professional Vatq removal tool, you will hopefully be able to fully remove the infection from your system.


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

Remove Vatq Ransomware


As a first step in this guide, we recommend that you bookmark this page in your browser’s Favorites. This will help you to quickly reload it after the system restart that follows.

The next step is to perform a Safe Mode Restart on the compromised machine (see this link for detailed instructions on this). When you start your computer in Safe Mode, only the most essential programs and processes are launched, allowing you to detect any Vatq-related processes more easily.

Once in Safe Mode, type msconfig in the Windows search field and press Enter. After you’ve completed this, you’ll be able to see the System Configuration screen. Go to the Startup tab to check whether any of the items that start up when you start your computer are linked to the infection.


Do some online research if there are entries on your computer that have random names or Unknown Manufacturers, or anything else that cannot be related to any trusted programs you regularly use. Checking off the applicable checkbox box for them is the best way to disable them if you have enough solid information to do so.



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

In the next step, look for suspicious processes that are running in the background of your system. This may be done by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to open the Task Manager window. The Processes Tab is where you’ll go to check if anything fishy is going on in the background. You can see how much memory and CPU are being used by each process and decide if this is a normal activity or not. Also, look at the names of the processes for something random or unusual. Right-click on any suspicious process and select Open File Location from the pop-up menu, just as shown below:


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    If the scan results indicate that the files are dangerous, go to the Processes tab, right-click on the process that is related to them and select End Process. After you have done that, delete the dangerous files from their location.


    Open a Run command window by pressing the Windows key and R on the keyboard. Then, paste the following line in it:

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

    Click OK to run the command and open the Hosts file. You should be able to locate Localhost in the Hosts file that displays on your screen. A number of odd-looking IP addresses under Localhost at the bottom of your file may be an indication that your machine has been hacked. Look at the sample image below.

    hosts_opt (1)


    If you notice anything strange in your Host file, please leave a comment below this post, and we’ll tell you what to do and how to fix any problems we identify with the IPs.


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

    When a computer is hacked, malicious items can be introduced to the registry without the victim’s permission or knowledge. Ransomware threats like Vatq are difficult to remove because of this – they tend to add helper entries that make it harder for the victim to get rid of the infection. In the following steps, however, you’ll learn how to look for files in your computer’s registry that need to be deleted.

    Using the Windows search box, first type regedit and press Enter on the keyboard. The Registry Editor will be displayed on your screen. Next,  CTRL and F can be used to look for entries relating to the infection. To do that, in the Find box that appears, type the ransomware’s name and click Find Next.

    Registry file and directory deletions unrelated to Vatq may damage your operating system and the software installed on it. To avoid causing any harm to your computer, it is best to use a professional removal tool, such as the one on this website. When it comes to identifying and eradicating malware from critical areas of your computer, such as the registry, this application excels.

    Aside from cleaning the registry, it is also a good idea to enter each of the lines below in the Windows search field and check them for any Vatq-related traces:

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

    In each place, look for files and folders with odd names or a date of creation near the date of the ransomware attack. If you can’t decide, use a powerful scanner and run a thorough check to help you decide whether or not something should be eliminated.

    In the Temp folder, you can select and delete all the files that are stored there. This will remove any ransomware-created temporary files from your computer.


    How to Decrypt Vatq files

    Ransomware is one of the most difficult types of malware to recover encrypted data from, therefore you may need to rely on different methods to decode parts of your data. In order to decide on the best method for recovering your files, you must first determine which variant of ransomware has infected your system. Checking on the encrypted files’ extensions can give you this information quickly and easily.

    New Djvu ransomware

    Files encrypted with the .Vatq suffix are the hallmark of the Djvu ransomware family’s most recent variant, STOP Djvu. This suffix on your files can be an indication if you’ve been infected with the newest variant. Fortunately, as at the time of this writing, decryption of files encoded by STOP Djvu is possible if these files have been encrypted with an offline key. If you want to learn more about that, check out the link below.  It will lead you to a file-decryption program that may be able to help you recover your files:

    To download the STOPDjvu.exe decryptor, click the “Download” button on the link provided above.

    To begin using the app, right-click on the downloaded file, choose “Run as Administrator,” and then click Yes. After reading the license agreement and following a few simple “how to use” steps, you can begin decrypting your data. Please note that if your files have been encrypted with unknown offline keys or online encryption, they may not be decryptable using this tool.

    Before attempting any data recovery techniques, you must first remove the ransomware from the infected computer. Professional anti-virus software, such as the one on this site, can help get rid of Vatq and other viruses. For additional assistance, you can make use of the free online virus scanner on this page. The comments section is also a good place to ask us questions and share your experience. We would be glad to know if we have helped you.


    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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