VHD Ransomware


VHD Ransomware is a highly dangerous cryptovirus. VHD Ransomware infects computers in a stealthy manner and operates without being noticed by most antivirus systems.

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The VHD Ransomware will leave a HowToDecrypt.txt file with instructions

This fact makes VHD Ransomware and other variants like it particularly harmful in and of itself. But adding to this is also the fact that software of this type can rob you of potentially vital information that may or may not ever be restored again. Ransomware like Exorcist, Conti applies complex encryption algorithms to a wide variety of files types located on the victim’s machine. Such are audio and video files, documents, data bases, pictures, etc. And after the files in question have been encrypted, they essentially become unreadable to other software.

So basically, the victims are left with a whole bunch of completely useless data. Now, if you can do without most of this data, then you really have no real problem on your hands. All you have to do is remove VHD Ransomware from your system, which you can do with the help of the removal instructions below, and you can move on with your life. If, however, this data is crucially important to you, then you have a much more serious issue. Then you will need to not only remove VHD Ransomware, but also attempt to recover your files somehow.

Below in the removal guide there is a second part that is dedicated to this process in particular. Our team has included suggestions that may help you restore your access to the encrypted files. But please be aware that there is no sure guarantee regarding the successful recovery of files that have been encrypted by ransomware, which is largely what puts this malware category at the top of the list in terms of its level of danger.

The VHD Ransomware

The VHD Ransomware virus is a cryptovirus, which means that it encrypts user files in order to rob them of their access to them. The VHD Ransomware virus does this, in turn, so that its creators can use those files as leverage in order to extort money from their victims.

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The VHD Ransomware will encrypt your files

The money that they demand as ransom is said to buy you a special decryption key. This key is what would ideally undo the encryption and, in a perfect world, you’d be able to use your files again as before. However, don’t be quick to fall for these promises. After all, you are dealing with criminals, and there’s little to no telling what they’ll do or won’t do after they have received your payment.

That is why we highly recommend trying out the alternative methods we’ve suggested below. And only if all else fails, then you might want to resort to the ransom payment as a potential solution for this issue.

The VHD Ransomware file extension

The VHD Ransomware file extension is the suffix that replace the regular file extension, indicating its format. The VHD Ransomware file extension is basically what prevents any program from recognizing the file format of the encrypted data. And, speaking of which, this is also how you can most easily spot the files that have been affected by the virus.



Name VHD Ransomware
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove VHD 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. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result
VHD RansomwareClamAV
VHD RansomwareAVG AV
VHD RansomwareMaldet

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 VHD Ransomware 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


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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