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.ovgm Files Virus – What Is It + How to Remove It from Your Computer

This article has been created to explain what is the .ovgm files varant of YYTO ransomware virus and how to remove it from your computer plus how you can restore encrypted files.

The .ovgm files virus is a new version of YYTO ransomware, which previously used the .yyto file suffix. The ransomware now uses the .ovgm file extension which is added to the files which are encrypted by this ransomware infection. The malware also drops a README.txt ransom note, whose primary goal is to get victims to pay a hefty ransom fee in BitCoin in order to restore the files that have been encrypted by this variant of YYTO ransomware. If your computer has been infected by this virus, we advise that you read this article and learn how you can remove it from your computer and restore the files, encrypted by it on your PC.

Threat Summary

Name .ovgm Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on your computer and then leave behind the .ovgm file extension.
Symptoms The ransomware virus encrypts the files on your computer and then leaves behind the .ovgm file suffix after which drops the README.txt ransom note on your computer.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.ovgm Files Virus – Spread

For this infection to be replicated, it may come as a result of spammed e-mail messages that carry malicious e-mail attachments, like the example e-mail below shows:

In addition to this, the malicious files of the virus may also come as fake files, uploaded on websites and pretending to be:

  • Setups of programs.
  • Software or game cracks and patches.
  • License activators.
  • Key generators.

.ovgm Files Virus – Activity

The .ogvm files virus is the type of malware that encrypts the files on user PC’s. The infection ais to do that by performing several different activities which lead to the files becoming no longer openable. These activities may start via the malware dropping it’s malicious files, that may be of the following file types;

→ .exe, .dll, .tmp, .cmd, .bat

After this is done, the .ovgm files virus may activate the dropped files as an administrator. They are likely located in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

The malicious files may perform different settings on the victims’ computers and these may include creating mutexes and interfering with the Windows registry editor. The .ovgm files virus may create registry entries to make it’s malicious files run automatically on system start. To do this, the malware creates the entries in the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys, that have the following locations:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

After doing this, the virus may also delete the shadow volume copies of the infected machine, possibly by executing a script in Windows Command Prompt that runs the program as an administrator and deletes the shadow volume copies via the following commands:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Finally, the ransomware drops It’s ransom note on the victim PC. It is called Readme.txt and looks like the following:
Hello. Your files have been encrypted.

For help, write to this e-mail: codyprince92@mail.com
Attach to the letter 1-2 files (no more than 3 MB) and your personal key.

If within 24 hours you have not received a response, you need to follow the following instructions:

a) Download and install TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
b) From the TOR browser, follow the link: tor web link
c) Register your e-mail (Sign Up)
d) Write us on e-mail: e-mail and tor web link

ATTENTION: e-mail (e-mail and tor web link) accepts emails, only with e-mail registered in the TOR browser at {tor web link}

Your personal key:

Visiting the Tor web page, it asks the victim to login and then it displays the ransom note of the malware with further instructions on how to pay the ransom in BitCoin:

.ovgm Files Virus – Encryption Process

The .ovgm files virus is the type of ransomware infection, whose main goal is to make the files unopenable. This may include the following types of files, for which the virus scans on your computer:

  • Documents.
  • Video files.
  • Audio files.
  • Images.
  • Documents.
  • Archives.

As soon as the .ovgm malware detects the files on your computer system, they may immediately become encrypted and may no longer function. This is because the .ovgm ransomware may use an advanced encryption mode which alters the key structure of the encrypted files, making them seem as if they are corrupt. The files have the .ovgm file extension and may appear like the following:

Remove .ovgm Files Virus and Restore Encrypted Files

The .ovgm file ransomware is the type of virus which cannot be removed conventionally. This is why we advise that you follow the instructions underneath. They can help you delete this infection either manually or automatically, based on your malware-removal experience. If manual removal represents a difficulty for you, you can remove this ransomware automatically, as most security experts advise doing. This method often includes downloading and installing an advanced anti-malware software. Such tool will help you to detect and erase all of the malicious objects related to the .ovgm files virus on your computer system.

In addition to this, the .ovgm files can also be restored if you follow the file recovery methods in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by .ovgm files virus”. They are created so that they help you restore as many files as possible by they are in no way a guarantee to recover all of the encrypted files.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .ovgm Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .ovgm Files Virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall .ovgm Files Virus and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .ovgm Files Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .ovgm Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for .ovgm Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .ovgm Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .ovgm Files Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .ovgm Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .ovgm Files Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to .ovgm Files Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to .ovgm Files Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to .ovgm Files Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove .ovgm Files Virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as .ovgm Files Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .ovgm Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .ovgm Files Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


.ovgm Files Virus FAQ

What is .ovgm Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.ovgm Files Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does .ovgm Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..ovgm Files Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of .ovgm Files Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open ..ovgm Files Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..ovgm Files Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..ovgm Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .ovgm Files Virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore "..ovgm Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..ovgm Files Virus files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of .ovgm Files Virus ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .ovgm Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..ovgm Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .ovgm Files Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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