VBRANSOM ransomware / virus (Removal Instructions) - Tutorial

VBRANSOM virus Removal Guide

What is VBRANSOM ransomware virus?

Beware of Vbransom 7 ransomware

Among the recent file-encrypting threats, Vbransom virus is a bit different file-encrypting threat. It is constructed using a different coding language. Though it attaches .VMRANSOM file extension to the corrupted files, it does not actually encrypt them. This peculiarity might be fortunate for the victims of this threat. Nonetheless, there is no need to delay Vbransom removal. FortectIntego comes to the assistance. After the successful elimination, you can proceed to the data recovery steps. Keep in mind that it should it be performed only when the virtual infection is fully eradicated.

Visual Basic .NET is the programming language alternative to Java. Differing abilities and specifications might have resulted in the decline of the former [1]. There has been a trend since 2015 that fewer programmers, as well as cyber criminals, engage in creating a program using the former method or alternatively known C language. Though both languages grant a wide range of capabilities and are easy to use, Java has been taking over the market [2]. Nonetheless, it does not mean that you should underestimate the virus designed on the basis of the discussed technique.

Vbransom virus ransom message

According to the ransom note, the hackers are optimistic about the effectiveness of Vbransom ransomware as they instruct affected users to download Tor network; it has been a popular domain used by darknet participants as well as various society activists [3]. Naturally, the fraudsters will scare users into paying the money within a specified amount of time in order for you to save the files from peril. Certainly, there is no need to pay the ransom as the virus fails to encrypt files. In any case, hurry up to remove Vbransom right away. Ransom business has been booming since the success of several ransomware groups in 2016. It is understandable that crooks want to make a profit out of such activity. Users benefit from hackers’ failures as they can escape the potentially destructive consequences. In any case, te surge in ransomware threats reminds users to remain vigilant.

How does this malware spread?

Vbransom 7 virus is spread via spam messages. The latter crooks have been using this channel to deliver numerous infections. Usually, users ignore the spam folder, so felons employ various techniques to attract attention. There has been a trend among racketeers to alerts netizens with fake emails from official institutions or the counterfeited messages about an undelivered email. Do not rush to open suspicious emails before verifying the identity of the sender. Besides using a trusted software to lower the number of such messages, you can also disable or at least reduce the amount of received emails manually [4]. Such software may also ward off more elaborate threats which deliver ransomware threats. Likewise, they might diminish the probability of Vbransom hijack.

Effective Vbransom removal instructions

If you are wondering how to save time and effectively get rid of the virus, entrust the elimination to the anti-spyware application, e.g. FortectIntego or Malwarebytes. After Vbransom removal, you can advance to file recovery instructions. If you encounter obstacles removing this threat, we recommend you to take a look at the following instructions. In addition, the encounter with a virus encourages you to get acquainted with additional ransomware prevention tips. Even a small detail sometimes may result in getting infected or escaping a virtual threat [5].

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Getting rid of VBRANSOM virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove VBRANSOM using System Restore

In case, the above-displayed method does not help eradicate the threat, try activating System Recovery function to fully remove VBRANSOM virus.

  • 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 VBRANSOM. 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 FortectIntego and make sure that VBRANSOM removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove VBRANSOM 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 VBRANSOM, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro method

Luckily, VBRANSOM malware does not encrypt the files, but if you encounter such virus which does so, this application might be a practical tool. 

  • 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 VBRANSOM ransomware;
  • Restore them.

What is ShadowExplorer?

This utility is designed to recover the files by employing shadow volume copies. The latter Windows versions automatically create them and store in the computer.

  • 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.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from VBRANSOM and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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