Vawe Virus


Vawe is a harmful Windows PC virus that will put your data under lockdown and keep it unavailable until you pay a ransom. Vawe can be described as a file-encrypting Ransomware virus that seeks to extort money from its potential victims.

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The Vawe Virus encrypted files

The Ransomware family of viruses is all over the Internet – it is currently very widespread and has been that way for quite some time now. This kind of malware infections are particularly effective because there’s no surefire method of counteracting them once they successfully enter a given computer and encrypt the files located on it. The best way of fighting Ransomware threats would always be prevention in all of its forms.

For starters, if you make sure to stay away from questionable websites like, S3arch Page and the downloadable content that they offer, you’d already be a step closer to keeping your machine as protected as possible against Ransomware. Another useful tip is to never open any spam messages or the links and files attached to them. Thirdly, avoid any interaction with online ads that seem misleading or unsafe, especially if they are coming from shady-looking websites.

One of the best preventative measures you could take in order to keep your files safe from Ransomware is to create a backup for your most important data and frequently update it with the latest files that you consider valuable. By doing so, even if a Ransomware attacks you and encrypts the data on your computer, you will still have free copies of your files on the external backup (which you shouldn’t connect to the computer before the Ransomware gets removed).

The Vawe virus

The Vawe virus is a devastating file-locking Windows threat that can silently make all of your personal data inaccessible. The Vawe virus makes its presence known as so as it completes the file-encryption via a disturbing ransom-demanding note generated on the infected computer’s screen.

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The Vawe Virus ransom note

This note tells the user that they must send some of their money to the hackers if they wish to be able to access their file again. If you have already fallen victim to this nefarious blackmailing scheme and you hadn’t made sure to create a backup for your files prior to the infection, then you must carefully consider your options and choose the best one for your situation.

The Vawe file decryption

The Vawe file decryption is the process of making the files locked by this virus accessible again using a special access key. The Vawe file decryption key is initially kept on the hacker’s server and it is offered to the user against a ransom payment.

Of course, paying the ransom and getting the key are two different things. After all, what guarantee is there that the hackers won’t simply lie to you and keep the money without providing you with a reliable way of recovering your files. Sadly, the alternatives are also not guaranteed to restore your data but, at the very least, they are free to try. In our guide below, we have prepared instructions on how to remove Vawe as well as explain some of the possible free file-recovery alternatives. Our suggestion is to try them first and see if they work, instead of directly going for the ransom payment.


Name Vawe
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware may cause system slowness, screen freezes, and a temporary decrease in the free HDD space of the computer.
Distribution Method Spam emails and social media messages, misleading clickbait advertisements, Trojan Horse backdoors, pirated software downloads, and more.
Data Recovery Tool Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove Vawe Ransomware

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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).

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

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location.

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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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!

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How to Decrypt Vawe 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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