Weon Virus

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


Weon is a virus based on Ransomware that targets users’ computers and the files stored on them. Weon operates by scanning all your drives and disks so that all the frequently used data on them is identified and then secretly encrypted.

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

Weon attacks its victims through an encryption method that makes all their digital files inaccessible. Both folders and individual files such as images, archives, audio or video records, etc., can be secretly locked by Weon. Following this unfortunate process, a ransom notification will be displayed on your screen. Such a warning typically might include additional terrifying threats such as ransom payment details and deadlines. The worst thing about seeing such a ransom message is that it’s not a trick. Your machine has most probably become a victim of the Weon file encryption and you will not be able to open or use any of the files stored on it. In this post, however, we will do our best to help you remove the Weon Ransomware and potentially recover some of your files through system backups.

The Weon virus

The Weon virus is an infection from the Ransomware class that applies advanced encryption to your files to make them inaccessible. In this way, the Weon virus ensures that you cannot open or use them without paying for a decryption key.

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The Weon virus will encrypt your files

The hackers behind the ransomware like VatqVapo typically ask you to make a money transfer to a given cruptocrrency account in order to obtain the decryption key from them. To make you pay as soon as possible, they may set a deadline after which that key may not be available to you anymore.

The .Weon file encryption

The .Weon file encryption is a malicious process that, once completed, leaves the Weon victims with encoded files. While running, the .Weon file encryption process is typically invisible and shows no symptoms or indications that can hint the users of questionable activity.

Weon is one of the most awful Ransomware viruses out there, and, to our great disappointment, it might be especially difficult to save your data and remove this malware successfully. A process like this may end well sometimes, but, in some cases, the encrypted files may not be recovered even after the Ransomware has been removed. Therefore, you should know that nothing and no one can guarantee you the recovery of your data. Paying the ransom that the criminals behind Weon demand may seem like the only solution but even that cannot guarantee the future of your files because the crooks may simply disappear you’re your money without sending you a decryption key. Or, you may end up in a never-ending blackmail scheme where the crooks keep asking for new ransom and keep sending you decryption keys that don’t work. Therefore, our honest advice is to stop hoping for the help of some anonymous cyber criminals and look elsewhere for a possible solution. For example, below this article, we have attached a removal guide. It describes the steps to remove Weon and some possible alternatives to restore your files.

Once the infection has been removed, you should think about prevention. The best safety recommendation we can give you is to keep multiple copies of all your most important files on external drives or in cloud storage. In this way, you cannot be blackmailed for accessing your data even if you get infected with Ransomware. Another recommendation is to stay away from Ransomware’s potential sources, which are primarily e-mails from unknown senders, harmful attachments, spam, and sketchy ads. Surf the web intelligently and your PC should be safe and sound.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
Detection Tool

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

Remove Weon Ransomware


As a start, make sure to bookmark this page, so you can quickly get back to the Weon removal guide after completing the next instruction.

After bookmarking the Weon removal guide, please restart your PC in Safe Mode. To do that, visit this URL for detailed instructions on how to reboot your computer in Safe Mode.



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

As soon as the ransomware infection sneaks inside your system, a slew of harmful processes begin to run in the background. Therefore, your next task is to discover and terminate the processes that you suspect are responsible for Weon’s actions.

To do that, you need to press CTRL, SHIFT, and ESC on your keyboard and open the Task Manager. Next, scroll the list of processes found in the Processes tab until you find something suspicious. Right-click on a potentially harmful or ransomware-related process and choose Open File Location as shown below:


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    To remove any potentially harmful files found by the scanner, you must first terminate the associated process in Task Manager, which is presently running. Right-click the process and choose “End Process” from the quick menu to put an end to it.


    The computer’s Hosts file can be a possible target for a malware like Weon to alter. This means you should open your Hosts file, search for modifications under Localhost in the text, and double-check that everything is in order before proceeding further.

    To do that, open a Run dialog box by pressing the Windows Key and R key simultaneously on your keyboard, then paste the following command:

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

    This file should open on your screen once you click “OK”:

    hosts_opt (1)

    If you detect any IP addresses that appear suspicious, as those in the image above, please let us know by commenting below this post. The IPs that appear suspicious will be investigated and a member of our team will reply to you.

    Next, in the Windows search field (typically found in the Start menu) type msconfig and press Enter from the keyboard. 

    The next window you’ll see is the System Configuration window. In the Startup tab, make sure you uncheck any check marked items that Weon has added to the list.  Then, click OK to close the startup items window when you’re done.


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

    Ransomware infections frequently add dangerous files to your computer’s Registry. Therefore, in order to get rid of the malware, you need to scan the Registry for malicious items and delete them.

    To access the Registry Editor, type Regedit in the Windows search field and hit Enter. Open the Editor’s Find dialog box by pressing Ctrl and F at the same time and enter the ransomware’s name. After that, you may use the Find Next button to conduct a search to discover whether any records exist with that name. Next, you need to carefully remove only the entries that are linked to the infection.

    Attention! If a regular user doesn’t know which registry files to remove, they can do a lot of damage to the system. For this reason, it is highly recommended that malware and potentially harmful files should be removed from the system and the registry using a specialized removal application.

    After you make sure that the registry is clean, you can manually check for dangerous items in the following five locations. Just use the Windows search field and copy/paste each of them in the search bar and press Enter to open it:

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

    Now go through each one and look for new files or subfolders with strange names. Remove anything that seems off immediately. In Temp, select and delete all the temporary files stored there to clean any malware-created temporary files from the system.


    How to Decrypt Weon files

    To successfully decode Ransomware-encrypted data, victims may need a number of tools and approaches. If you’ve been attacked, the first thing you need to do is figure out which ransomware version has encrypted your data. For that, look at the file extensions that the encrypted files have been given.

    New Djvu Ransomware

    New Djvu ransomware version known as STOP Djvu is actively seeking to infect systems all across the world. The .Weon extension is appended to the end of all files that have been encrypted by this particular ransomware. Currently, the only way to decode STOP Djvu encoded files is if they have been encoded with an offline key. We’ve attached a link to a decryption program that you may find helpful in decrypting your data:


    Open the URL and click the Download button in the top right corner of the window to save the STOPDjvu.exe file to your computer.

    You can open the file by selecting “Run as administrator” and then pressing the Yes button. To begin the decryption procedure, click on the Decrypt button after reading the license agreement and the brief instructions for use. This decryptor does not support files encrypted with unknown offline keys or online encryption, so please keep that in mind if you want to be absolutely certain that your files are decryptable.

    Weon and other malware can be removed from your computer using a professional anti-virus program or a sophisticated online virus scanner. If you run into any problems while following this instruction, please feel free to ask us in the comments.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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