Ransomware

Vesrato Virus


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

Ransomware viruses have been around for some time, but it wasn’t until the last few years that this malware category gained some serious momentum. Millions of new and sophisticated versions of Ransomware are getting published each year, and the numbers keep growing exponentially. One of the latest versions is Vesrato, and we’ve received quite a few reports from our readers about it. Just like most other Ransomware viruses out there, Vesrato secretly encrypts the files stored on the infected computer, and then places a ransom-demanding message, telling the user that the only way they could get their data restored is through the payment of a ransom. The attack of such malware is an extremely uncomfortable experience, where your most valuable information is kept hostage, and you cannot open or use it unless you pay money to some anonymous hackers. So should you do in the event of such an infection with Ransomware?

The .Vesrato virus 

The .Vesrato virus is a strain of the Stop Ransomware primarily targeting users in North America and Indonesia. The .Vesrato virus displays the following Ransom Note to victims:

Vesrato Virus

The Vesrato Virus will drop a _readme.txt file with ransom instructions inside

One of the most essential things is to remove the malware, and with the help of our detailed removal guide below, we can show you exactly how to do that. There are also some steps to restore your files from system backups, which you will find in a special file-recovery section. But please, take a few minutes to first read the information in the next lines before starting the removal process. 

Ransomware is considered one of the most harmful and dangerous types of viruses in existence, and there are a number of important reasons for that. One of them is the fact that those viruses happen to be incredibly hard to detect once they sneak into your system. Unfortunately, most antivirus programs do nothing to stop this type of malware because of the encryption processes that is being used.

Here, it is important to mention that the encryption is not a damaging method, and it effectively serves as a means of protecting important data from people parties who aren’t authorized to access it. We’re using encryption daily to protect our financial details, and other sensitive digital information. Yet, people with malicious intentions have found a way to use it for blackmailing purposes, by secretly locking down the users’ information, and by extorting money from them in exchange for the liberation of the encrypted data.

The .Vesrato file encryption 

If you see . Vesrato files as in the picture below and they have fully taken over your folders, then the encryption process has been completed. If you see a .Vesrato file but not all of the files have the extension, immediately shut down your computer and enter in safe mode. 

Vesrato File

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

Users may have the ability to stop this blackmailing scheme, though. What one can do to counter any of the most dangerous Ransomware types out there is to first refuse to pay the requested ransom. For one, there is no assurance that you will be given access to your information regardless of how strictly you may comply with the ransom demands. The hackers behind Vesrato or Nasoh may not send you a key for decryption or they may ask you for more money after the initial payment. This is often the case for many victims out there. Secondly, even if you obtain a decryption key, this does not necessarily mean that you will decrypt your information effectively. The key may not work, and also you’d still have the malware present in your computer on your hands. This is the reason why we typically suggest that our readers to focus on the removal of Vesrato, as this will prevent further harm. As far as your files are concerned, you could use file backups if you have any, or give a try to the file-recovery methods shown in the guide, as potential alternative means of restoring your files.

SUMMARY:

Name Vesrato
Type Ransomware
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
Detection Tool

Vesrato Virus Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Vesrato 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!


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