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VxCrypter ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Ransomware

vxCrypter ransomware is the cryptovirus that follows the steps of old ransomware that was never finished

vxCrypter ransomware
vxCrypter ransomware is the virus that appears to be in development still. However, your files still get encrypted and become useless.
vxCrypter ransomware is the virus that appears to be in development still although it encrypts files and deletes duplicates from the system. This virus that cleans the system for the victim and names itself vxCrypter was spotted at the end of March 2019, but it appears to be base on the vxLock ransomware that was never finished in 2017. This relation is based on the file extension .xLck that goes on every encoded file and the executable named vxDriver.exe, some of the detection names.[1] Since this is still in developments there is not much information besides the fact that some of the files get deleted instead of encrypted, other glitches may appear. Experts explain that virus tracks the SHA256 hashes of each encrypted file and eliminates duplicates with the same hash. Although there might be some issues with this virus, you should take it seriously and remove it immediately, without paying the $100 ransom.

Name vxCrypter ransomware
Type Cryptovirus
Based on vxLock ransomware
File marker .xLck
Contact email vxbtcpro@protonmail.com 
Ransom amount $100 in Bitcoin
Ransom message Appears in the program window called vxCrypter
Distribution Spam email attachments
Other facts Deletes duplicate files, is still in development
Elimination tips Remove vxCrypter ransomware with Malwarebytes Malwarebytes

vxCrypter ransomware virus has a few distinct features that include deleting files instead of encrypting them, delivering the ransom message on the program window and self-naming. The fact of deleting files can be explained because it may affect the speed of the initial encryption process. During the file-locking files with the following extensions get locked: .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .sqlite, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, .png, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .sln, .php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .xsd, .cpp, etc.

Additionally, data in these formats get deleted by vxCrypter ransomware because it finds duplicates and removes them. Executable files with .exe appendix or files belonging to the digital library (.dll) are not affected. Due to some glitches and bugs, it is thought that ransomware is in development still.

Nevertheless, vxCrypter ransomware is a harmful crypto malware that demands a ransom in a self-named program window with the message that states about possible steps, file recovery, and the ransom amount. The message also informs victims that the payment should be transferred in less than three days to guarantee the file recovery.

Nevertheless, the doubled ransom amount is not the best result since paying for vxCrypter ransomware developers may lead to:

  • data loss;
  • file deletion or damage;
  • money loss;
  • damaged system.

You need to remove vxCrypter ransomware and don't trust cybercriminals behind this malicious program. There is no guarantee that your files can get recovered by them.[2] The best solution for file recovery is replacing them with backed up data, and for that, you need a malware-free machine.

Employ Malwarebytes Malwarebytes for vxCrypter ransomware removal and scan the system thoroughly with this tool. Then you can follow the steps and terminate the detected threats, corrupted files or malicious programs entirely from the affected computer. Also, experts[3] note that additional PC repair process can help fix virus damage, for this job we recommend using Reimage.

Typical ransomware delivery involves spam email attachments 

Cybersecurity world is wide as well as categories and types of malware, distribution techniques. Ransomware is one of the most dangerous cyber threats that involve personal files, money and even personal email boxes since the primary spreading method is infected email attachments.

Malicious file attachments are MS Office, Open Office or text, PDF files, database or executable files that include payload dropper or macro viruses and spread malware directly on the device.[4] Once the email is received, file downloaded and opened on the computer, ransomware has a place to infiltrate and infect.

You can avoid this infection if you pay more attention to emails you receive and don't open the ransom document found on the notification. Even though these emails pose as legitimate messages from companies or services, be sure that you use the service or product you got the email about, before opening received notification.

Terminate vxCrypter ransomware as soon as possible and avoid possible damage to your system

For vxCrypter ransomware removal and system cleaning purposes, you should get a reputable anti-malware program like Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes Malwarebytes and scan the computer thoroughly. Then the program checks your device entirely and indicates malicious programs, malware or corrupted files. 

To remove vxCrypter ransomware completely from the machine, you need to follow the suggested method and pay close attention to see what intruders got deleted. This process takes a few minutes, but your device gets cleaned entirely.

Make sure to get rid of the vxCrypter ransomware virus damage and all related files, so your files can be recovered. Scan the system again with a different antivirus tool or PC repair program and then plug in your backup device with safe files.

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To remove vxCrypter virus, follow these steps:

Remove vxCrypter using Safe Mode with Networking

Get rid of vxCrypter ransomware with your trustworthy anti-malware program but first, reboot machine in Safe Mode with Networking to be sure the tool works properly:

  • 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 vxCrypter

    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 vxCrypter removal.

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

Remove vxCrypter using System Restore

For system recovery, you can employ System Restore feature that Windows operating system offers:

  • 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 vxCrypter. 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 vxCrypter removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

When there are no file backups to use for file recovery, Data Recovery Pro is the best option:

Try Data Recovery Pro for accidentally deleted or encrypted files

  • 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 vxCrypter ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature is helpful for file encrypted by vxCrypter ransomware

However, when you want to use Windows Previous Versions, System Restore feature should be enabled before

  • 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”.

ShadowExplorer as file recovery tool

Since vxCrypter ransomware is still in development, there is a possibility that Shadow Volume Copies were left untouched. If so, use ShadowExplorer for the file backup

  • 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.

Deryption tool for vxCrypter ransomware is not developed yet

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

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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