What is Vanilla Reload virus?
Vanilla Reload virus is a dangerous ransomware that is closely related to legitimate and well-known online payment system called Vanilla Reload. This service can be used for making online purchases and payments without a credit card. We believe that this feature was the one that made cyber criminals to choose this service for collecting their illegal ransom fees. If Vanilla Reload virus infects the system, it locks it down and starts showing a huge warning message asking to pay a ransom via MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload and RELoadit prepayment systems. Similarly to FBI virus, Ukash virus, Moneypak virus, REloadit virus and other ransomwares, this virus gives a reason why it blocked the system and disabled the access to PC's desktop and Start Menu. In most of the cases, it informs its victims about their illegal online activities, such as the use of copyrighted content, distribution of malware, visiting illegal websites and similar. However, sometimes ransomwares just infect computers, block important files that are kept on computer and then ask to pay the ransom in exchange for decrypting them. Finally, they, with a help of browser hijacker, may block one of your web browsers and display a warning message asking to use Vanilla Reload prepayment system for paying a fine. If you notice an alert asking you to make a payment through this financial system, it means that your PC was affected by serious virus. Please, do NOT pay any fine. Just remove Vanilla Reload virus from the system. For that you can use a guide that is given below.
How can Vanilla Reload virus infect my computer?
Vanilla Reload virus can get inside your computer via lots of different methods. It can easily infiltrate your PC system after downloading an infected email's attachment or after visiting an infected website. In addition, this virus has also been spread via fake alerts that are typically set to 'inform' people about outdated programs and then offer them to download these updates for free. Of course, you should never click such alert because you can never know what 'update' can be downloaded on your computer after that. If you think that some of your programs are outdated, go to their official websites and download them. Of course, you should also make sure that your computer is protected by reliable and up-to-date anti-spyware that could help you to prevent installation of this virus. If Vanilla Reload ransomware infects the system, it may either disable your Desktop or block your files. In addition, this virus displays a huge warning message asking people to pay a ransom via Vanilla Roload prepayment system. For example:
All activities of this computer has been recorded. All your files are encrypted.
Don’t try to unlock your computer! This PC is blocked due to at Least one of the specified below.
Please, do NOT enter any PIN number because it may not recover the connection to your desktop or files. For that you should follow a guide below and remove Vanilla Reload virus from the system.
How to remove Vanilla Reload virus?
If you think that your PC was affected by Vanilla Reload virus, 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 Reload 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 Reload virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with Vanilla Reload 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 Reload 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.