What is Vanilla Refill virus?
Vanilla Refill virus is a term that means the same as Vanilla Reload virus. If you run into any of these names, you can be sure that scammers are trying to rip you off. Please, ignore all alerts that you can see after this dangerous ransomware infiltrates your computer and, please, remove Vanilla Refill virus as soon as it starts blackmailing you. In most of the cases, this virus encrypts specific file names and then starts asking to pay a ransom for decrypting them. Here are the files that are usually encrypted by Vanilla Refill virus:
fr, accdb, ai, arw, bay, cdr, cer, cr2, crt, crw, dbf, dcr, der, dng, doc, docm, docx, dwg, dxf, dxg, eps, erf, indd, jpe, jpg, kdc, mdb, mdf, mef, mrw, nef, nrw, odb, odm, odp, ods, odt, orf, p12, p7b, p7c, pdd, pef, pem, pfx, ppt, pptm, pptx, psd, pst, ptx, r3d, raf, raw, rtf, rw2, rwl, srf, srw, wb2, wpd, wps, xlk, xls, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx.
As you can see, Vanilla Refill virus is capable of blocking seriously important files, so there is no surprise why there are hundreds of people who have been convinced to pay a ransom via this money transfer system. In order to avoid this, you should start paying more attention to your PC's security and NEVER leave it unprotected. If you think that Vanilla Refill virus is already hiding in your computer, you have one option – remove this ransomware without wasting your time. For that we highly recommend you to use a reputable anti-spyware that is capable of eliminating every malicious file from the system.
How can Vanilla Refill virus infect my computer?
Vanilla Refill virus is spread around just like any other ransomware, including FBI virus, FBI Moneypak, Cryptolocker and similar viruses. The main thing that you must remember when trying to avoid this threat is how it is distributed. Spam, misleading pop-up advertisements, fake programs are mostly used when spreading this program around, so try to avoid them as much as you can. If you receive an email saying that you have won in a lottery or that you have to confirm some 'important' details, be careful. First of all, doublecheck email's body and the sender. If you see grammar or typo mistakes, the sender is different than the company he represents, you can be sure that the email is fake. In addition, avoid pop-up ads offering you to download updates for Java, Flash Player and similar programs. In most of the cases, such mails are fake and used only for spreading potentially unwanted programs and viruses. If you have already noticed a huge notification on your PC's desktop saying that you have to pay a ransom via Vanilla Reload, MoneyPak, Ukash, Paysafecard, and other prepayment systems, you are infected with a ransomware. Please, do NOT pay the ransom because you will support scammers and their future crimes. In stead of that, follow a guide below and remove Vanilla Refill virus.
How to remove Vanilla Refill virus?
If you want to protect yourself from Vanilla Refill virus, you must think about the immunity of your files and backup. For that you can use USB external hard drives, CDs, DVDs, or simply rely on online backups, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr and other solutions. If Vanilla Refill virus or similar ransomware is already hiding in your computer, you should waste no time and get rid of it because there is no other way to recover the connection to your desktop and files. For that you should firstly regain the access toy our computer and then remove Vanilla Refill ransomware will all its malicious files. Here is how you can do that:
* Flash drive method:
1. Take another machine and use it to download Reimage or other reputable anti-malware program.
2. Update the program and put into the USB drive or simple CD.
3. In the meanwhile, reboot your infected machine to Safe Mode with command prompt and stick USB drive in it.
4. Reboot computer infected with Vanilla Refill virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with Vanilla Refill virus are allowed to access other accounts on their Windows systems. If one of such accounts has administrator rights, you should be capable to launch anti-malware program.
* Try to deny the Flash to make your ransomware stop function as intended. In order to disable the Flash, go to Macromedia support and select 'Deny': http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html. After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.
* Manual Vanilla Refill virus removal:
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable REloadit virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
- Run Regedit
- Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
- Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
- Reboot and run a full system scan with updated Reimage to remove remaining Vanilla Reload virus files.
If this Vanilla Reload ransomware has blocked your web browser, you can unblock it and remove this virus with a help of this guide:
1. Close your hijacked web browser and open Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl Alt Delete at the same time.
2. End the process of your hijacked web browser, such as explore.exe, firefox.exe, chrome.exe, Safari.exe, opera.exe, or firefox.exe.
3. Open the browser but do NOT allow it to open your last viewed page.
4. Download Reimage or other reputable anti-malware program and run a full system scan with it to remove malicious files.