VCrypt is a file-encrypting ransomware threat that infects computers without visible symptoms. VCrypt primarily blocks access to certain files on the computer and then asks the owner to pay a ransom for them.
A relatively simple extortion scheme is what stands behind the behavior of this ransomware infection. The cybercriminals who have control over VCrypt use it to encrypt digital files without the knowledge of users and then demand a money transfer in order to provide the decryption key for the applied file encryption. Normally, the malware is programmed to scan the entire computer and to detect the files that are used the most or could be of great value for the victim in order to make it more pressing to pay the ransom money. These could be images, personal videos and audios, archives, databases, digital documents, etc. Once they become encrypted with a complex code, their file extension may be changed to an odd one that no program can recognize. If you want to access them again, the hackers offer you to “purchase” a specially generated decryption key from them. They typically place a notification with ransom payment instructions but the payment they demand is not in regular currency but in cryptocurrency. This is because if you send the hackers the money they request in cryptocurrency, the authorities will not be able to verify exactly where the transfer is going and who receives it which gives the crooks anonymity. On this page, however, we will provide you with some alternatives to the ransom payment and a detailed removal guide that explains how to remove VCrypt from your computer.
The VCrypt virus
The VCrypt virus is a new ransomware variant that targets digital data and encrypts it. The cybercriminals behind the VCrypt virus demand a ransom payment for the decryption of the encrypted data and place a threatening message on the victim’s computer screen.
Every year there are millions of new variants such as VCrypt that extort money from innocent web users through the above-described blackmail scheme. If you have already been targeted by this particular cryptovirus, it is really important not to panic and fulfill the hackers’ demands out of fear and frustration because there is no guarantee that they will provide you with a decryption key. Instead, what we suggest you do first is to explore alternative ways to remove the infection and recover your files without paying a ransom.
The VCrypt file encryption
The VCrypt file encryption is a complex code used to render digital files unreadable. The VCrypt file encryption code can get applied to common file formats and cannot be reversed without a decryption key.
If you have been seeking a way to recover your computer and your files from the ransomware’s attack without paying a ransom, the first thing you should do is to remove the cryptovirus which can be done either manually or with the help of professional removal tool. Next, you can give the free file-recovery suggestions in the guide below a try or use personal backups and professional help to minimize the data loss as much as possible.The easiest way to protect yourself from a ransomware cryptovirus such as VCrypt is to make backups of your most important information regularly and store these backups on a separate drive that is not linked to the Internet or your computer.
|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|
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Remove VCrypt Ransomware
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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:
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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 VCrypt 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!