Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Versato for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Versato file can be recovered.

If a Ransomware named Versato has infected your computer and has placed its encryption on your files, locking them up until you pay a ransom to the hackers behind the data-encrypting virus, then what you should do next depends on several factors that you must carefully assess in order to choose the best course of action for your specific situation. Those factors are:

  • The importance of the files that Versato has locked up – if none of the files present in your computer, which this Ransomware has rendered inaccessible, are too important to you, this malware attack shouldn’t be such a huge issue. All you’d need to do is remove the infection, which you will learn how to do from the guide at the bottom of this post.
  • The availability of data backups for your valuable files – if you have important data in you computer which Versato has encrypted, but you also have backups of that data, then you can restore the files from the backup once you remove the infection using our guide. If you do not have backups, then you may be in trouble, as there could be no guarantee about the future of your files.
  • Your readiness to pay the ransom – we generally do not advise our readers to make the payment. However, if you cannot afford the ransom, this advice is irrelevant and the payment won’t be an option anyway.

Depending on those three factors, you should choose between two potential courses of action – the payment of the ransom, on the one hand, and the use of other alternative solutions, on the other. Now, our advice for our readers is to go with the latter, as neither option guarantees the retrieval of your files, but if you choose to opt for the alternatives, you will at least not be sending your money to the cyber criminals behind the virus.

The .Versato virus – removal

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

The Versato Virus will drop a _readme.txt file with instructions for you to follow

As we said, the guide below will help you with the elimination of the cryptovirus, and if you choose to opt for the alternatives, this is where you should start. In fact, regardless of what happens to your files, you should always make sure that Versato is removed from your computer, so that no more files get encrypted in your computer in the future. Once you get rid of the virus, you can go to the second section of the guide and try some of the alternatives there.

The .Versato file encryption and ransom

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

These are the infected files by a new strain of the STOP Ransomware, modifying the extension with .Versato

The reason we deem the payment option as an undesirable course of action is because the hackers may not really provide you with the corresponding decryption key once you pay them. This is the reason why even if you give in to their demands, you can still not be sure if you’d really get to restore your files. This is also why we recommend the use of our guide as the first thing you should try against such a virus. Only if the alternatives that we offer you do not should you consider more the more radical and the riskier option that is the ransom payment.


Name Versato
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most Ransomware threats are able to operate in total stealth, showing virtually no visible symptoms.
Distribution Method Shady websites, malicious ads, spam, pirated downloads, and more.
Data Recovery Tool [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

Versato Virus Removal

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

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).

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)


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

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

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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Virus Scanner Result
Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)ClamAV
Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)AVG AV
Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)Maldet

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.

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

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:

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

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:

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

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.

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery)

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!

Versato Virus Removal (+.Versato File Recovery) 

How to Decrypt Versato 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.



    • You should definitely delete those IPs from your Hosts file, save the changes, and then complete the other steps from the guide.

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