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Vapor ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Ransomware

Vapor ransomware is a cryptovirus that deletes encrypted files when the given time ends

Vapor virus
Vapor ransomware is a cyber threat that displays ransom message on the program window with a timer.

Vapor ransomware — a virus that sends an email after encryption and marks files with .Vapor file extension. This ransomware encrypts data using the AES encryption algorithm and then demand victim to contact the developers to find out how to get your files back. Hackers behind this threat give 48 hours for the victim to write an email and contact them but contacting cybercriminals is not a good idea. Since this is a ransomware virus, people behind the threat focus on money-extortion, and there is little to none possibility that you will get your files decrypted. According to some researches of the Vapor ransomware v1, this malware deletes all encrypted files even before the decryption and without any question.[1] So the email stating that decryption was successful is a lie. 

Name Vapor ransomware
Type Cryptovirus
File extension .Vapor
Given time 48 hours
Contact email deadhacksteam@gmail.com
Encryption method AES
Distribution Spam email attachments
Elimination Use Malwarebytes Malwarebytes for Vapor ransomware removal

Vapor ransomware virus starts its malicious attack by altering the system files and Windows registry keys and adding a main executable file called “the Vapor Ransomwarev1.exe”. The file is responsible for continuous ransomware persistence. All those altered registry keys also keep the ransomware running on the device each time the PC is restarted.  

Then the virus displays a ransom message on the system window called Vapor ransomware which is revealing a lot of additional information. It states about contacting hackers and timer starts running immediately. The ransom message displayed on the screen reads:

the Vapor ransomware 
You Have Been Caught. 
— 
for What Happened the To Me? 
All your private data, files, cookies , application and much more as been encrypted into a strong encryption! 
Only way to of The IT the get back is by sending a support email AT the this email: 
deadhacksteam@gmail.com 
Please the make sure the your Client ID is included SO CAN
we recognise and the send you back the key. 
When its done, enter the key into the key box and enjoy your day / night. 
You have 48 hours to send the email, if the timer runs out your files will be deleted. 
If you restart the PC or kill the program, you will never be able to get your files back since they will be re-encrypted if you re-launch the program.
Basically closing the program in anyway will result in loosing the key. 
– Good Luck, Good Time. 
– DeaDHackS Team!

When the Vapor ransomware completed data locking process[2], it marks encoded files with .vapor appendix and sends an email. The email is also sent when you enter the alleged decryption key. However, the email is sent before the initial decryption process and states “successfully decrypted”, unfortunately, it is not true.

Since your data, in most cases, going to be deleted, there is no need to try the decryption key that Vapor ransomware offers. Security experts[3] always note that cybercriminals are not trustworthy and focus on their financial gains. The primary goal of the virus developers is to extort cryptocurrency from you.

You should remove Vapor ransomware and use anti-malware tools for the process. Then focus on data recovery and system cleaning. You can employ Reimage for virus damage elimination and general PC repair. 

Vapor ransomware removal can be difficult if you are not advanced in IT, so reboot the device in Safe Mode with Networking and then try to restore your files using backups or use one of our suggested file recovery methods below. Do not forget to clean the system entirely before entering an external device.

The key distribution method is infected documents 

When it comes to ransomware, this is a notorious threat that cannot be detected until some system changes are made. When you are dealing with ransomware, you should note that the main spreading technique is spam email attachments and maliciously infected email attachments.

Microsoft Word or Excel, PDF files get infected with malicious macros and this way when you download the safe-looking document on the device, you get ransomware directly on the device. Unfortunately, malicious actors misuse names of legitimate services and companies to disguise their products. 

Those infected emails look like order information or receipts and invoices, but financial information is not sent via email, especially if you do not use the service at the time. Make sure to pay more attention to email you are not expecting and remove them from the email box ASAP.

Get rid of Vapor ransomware and clean your device right now

If you still consider paying ransomware developers, stop right now and remove Vapor ransomware from the system. Cleaning your computer should be the first step after getting the ransom message. If you let this virus be on your system, it may delete or damage your files permanently. 

Automatic Vapor ransomware removal using anti-malware tools like Malwarebytes Malwarebytes is the best option because it eliminates all related files, the main ransomware payload and additional programs that may affect the performance of your PC.

However, you should consider yet another system scan using Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner to eliminate Vapor ransomware virus damage. This step ensures that your device is optimized and cleaned, so you can plug in any external device or try data recovery tools from down below. 

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To remove Vapor virus, follow these steps:

Remove Vapor using Safe Mode with Networking

Before scanning the system, reboot your PC in the Safe Mode with Networking and remove Vapor ransomware this way:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Vapor

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Vapor removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Vapor using System Restore

For Vapor ransomware removal try System Restore feature also:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Vapor. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Vapor removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Vapor from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by Vapor, you can use several methods to restore them:

Employ Data Recovery Pro for file restoring procedure

Vapor ransomware encrypted or you accidentally deleted your files? Try Data Recovery Pro and restore them right now by following the guide

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by Vapor ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Try Windows Previous Versions

When your system is restored to a previous state, you can use Windows Previous Versions feature and recover data affected by Vapor ransomware

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

Try ShadowExplorer as data recovery tool

When Shadow Volume Copies are not deleted, ShadowExplorer helps in restoring data

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Decryption tool is not developed

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Vapor and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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