Vvyu Virus

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*Vvyu is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.


Vvyu is a type of ransomware virus that seals the files on its victims’ computers via encryption. As a result, Vvyu makes these files inaccessible to the users. And then it holds these files hostage, in a sense, in exchange for a ransom payment that it demands that users pay within a certain time frame.

The Vvyu ransomware will leave a _readme.txt file with instructions

These demands are typically stated in a ransom note that is placed in all the folders that have encrypted files in them. And usually, there’s also a note that is placed on the desktop of your computer to make sure you don’t miss it. But given that you are already on this page, you probably haven’t. Now, as dire as the situation may seem right now, you do have options in front of you. One of them, and we highly recommend that you consider this a must, is that you remove Vvyu from your computer as soon as possible. We can help you with this if you carefully follow the instructions in the removal guide below.

And after you have taken care of the infection, you can refer to the second part of the guide to check out our suggestions on how you might be able to recover your access to the encrypted data. Specifically, we recommend attempting to restore copies of it from system backups. But as you will find there are other possibilities available, as well. Just be sure to take into account that there is still a risk that some or all of your files may remain permanently locked, no matter what you do. Even resorting to the ransom payment may not yield the desired results, as the practice has shown.

The Vvyu virus

The Vvyu virus is considered to be among the most dangerous kinds of malware. The encryption that the Vvyu virus uses is very complex and enables it to bypass most security software out there. That’s why it can easily be operating in your system for hours without being detected by your antivirus program.

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The Vvyu virus will encrypt your files

In certain rare cases, users may be able to spot the infection and intercept it themselves, but this is more a matter of luck than anything else. In a case like this, you would either have to happen to be checking your Task Manager for whatever reason, or you’d be prompted to do so by a significant system slowdown. In case of the latter, this may occur due to the number of resources that Vvyu and others like it (Vvew,Vvwq) require to execute the encryption, and this may slow down a less powerful computer. Either way, the ransomware will most probably show up as an unfamiliar process in the Task Manager, and that should tell you to shut down your PC right away.

The Vvyu file decryption

The Vvyu file decryption can be achieved with the help of a special decryption code that the hackers promise to send in exchange for ransom. But the Vvyu file decryption may also be possible with the help of decryptor tools that often become available online.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
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*Vvyu is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

Remove Vvyu Ransomware


A few things must be done before the removal of Vvyu may begin. Remove any external devices (such as USBs and other connected devices) from the infected system. Next, disconnect the compromised computer from the Internet. In this way, the ransomware will no longer be able to get fresh instructions from its servers over the Internet, and the devices that have been disconnected will not be damaged.

After you’ve done the above, you’ll have to restart your computer in Safe Mode. This page has instructions on how to start your computer in Safe Mode if you don’t already know how. Then, return to this page (which you may bookmark to make it easier to find later) and follow the next set of instructions.



*Vvyu is a variant of Stop/DJVU. Source of claim SH can remove it.

As a next step, you need to go to the Task Manager on the compromised system by pressing the Ctrl, Shift, and ESC at the same time. Select the Processes tab at the very top of the screen from the list of tabs that are available. Then, sort the processes by how much memory and CPU they use, and then check through the results to see if there are any processes with unusual names or processes that are taking an unusually large amount of system resources.


Right-clicking on the questionable process and then choose Open File Location from the context menu. Scan the files that are related to the questionable process using the scanner provided below. In this way, you can check to see whether these files include any potentially harmful code or malware.

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    When the scan is complete and the folder has been found to contain threats, it is important that the current process be terminated before any further action can be taken. To do that, in the Processes tab, select the End Process option from the context menu by right-clicking on the process related to the dangerous files. Next, go back to the folder where the files were detected by the scanner and delete them from there.

    Note: If you are absolutely sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner hasn’t flagged it. After all, no anti-virus program can be flawless and detect all infections.


    The Winkey and the R key must be pressed simultaneously in the third step. This will open  a Run box where you can copy/paste the following command and hit Enter:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    This will instantly open a file on the screen named Hosts. By looking for the phrase “Localhost” in the content of your Hosts file and examining the IP addresses that follow, you may identify whether or not illegal modifications have been made in the file. This page’s comments area can be used to report IP addresses that don’t seem to be trustworthy. This will give us a chance to examine them and provide a recommendation on the next steps you should take.

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    Then, in the Start menu’s Windows Search box, type “msconfig” and hit Enter to open the System Configuration window. Once in it, select the “startup” tab and look into the startup items listed under that category. Remove the checkmark next to any startup item that you believe is related to the ransomware, and then click “OK” to save your changes.


    As soon as a computer is infected, the ransomware has access to various system locations, including the registry, which enables it to conceal its components there. As a result, if you want to erase any files associated with Vvyu, you must do a full scan of the Registry Editor. Enter “regedit” in the Windows search bar and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.

    Open a Find window by pressing CTRL and F at the same time in the Registry. This window allows you to search the registry for files linked with the infection. Type the name of the danger you want to find in the Find box and then press Find Next.

    Attention! Ransomware-related files may be difficult to delete from the registry if you are not familiar with malware removal. That’s because if you delete anything from the registry incorrectly, it might have a negative impact on your computer. To avoid any risk of involuntary system corruption, please use the professional malware removal program listed on this page or another reliable malware removal program of your choice to ensure that the malware has been entirely removed.

    Other files associated with the virus may be found in the following locations on your computer:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    Open each of the above-mentioned locations by typing them in the Windows search bar. Do not remove any files unless you are certain that they are associated with the danger. Clearing up the Temp folder of potentially harmful temporary files is recommended and can be done by selecting them and pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.


    How to Decrypt Vvyu files

    If you’ve never dealt with ransomware before, decrypting your data may be a challenge since the methods for decrypting ransomware may be different depending on the ransomware version that has attacked you. Start by looking at the file extensions that have been attached to the end of the encrypted files if you’re not sure which ransomware version has attacked your machine.

    However, before commencing any data recovery procedure, be sure to do a comprehensive malware scan on your computer using a trustworthy anti-virus tool. It’s very important that is clean of malware before attempting to restore your files.

    New Djvu Ransomware

    STOP Djvu is a new Djvu ransomware that has recently emerged on the scene and is encrypting files and demanding money from victims from different countries all over the world. Victims of this infection may recognize this variant by looking at their files and the .Vvyu suffix that has been added to the end of the filenames. The good news is that, even though this is a new threat, there are free decryptors like the one listed below that may be able to assist you to retrieve some of your encrypted data.


    You cannot begin the decryption process until you have downloaded and read the license agreement and the accompanying instructions for the STOPDjvu executable file. Make sure to keep in mind that this program may not be able to decrypt files that were encrypted using online encryption techniques or files encrypted with unknown offline keys.

    Before you give a try to any file-recovery tools or methods, however, it is advised to utilize the professional anti-virus software mentioned in the article to remove Vvyu swiftly and efficiently if manual removal fails, and you still have suspicions that files associated to the ransomware are lurking elsewhere on your system. Our free online virus scanner may also be used as a last resort to manually check any file on your computer that you’re worried about.


    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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