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Remove TeslaCrypt and Restore .vvv Encrypted Files

A new variant of the nefarious TeslaCrypt ransomware is circling the Web. This time, the malicious threat is encrypting files in a .vvv file format. Once it affects your system, it will create thousands of files inside multiple folders, along with “how_recover+abc” files to which a ransom note is attached.


TypeRansomware, Ransomware Trojan
Short DescriptionEncrypts the user’s files. No decryption key is stored on the computer.
SymptomsEncrypts files with a .vvv extension, creates decrypt.exe, decrypt.html, and decrypt.txt files in almost every folder. Drops a new ransom note in how_recover+abc.html and how_recover+abc.txt files.
Distribution MethodEmail Attachments, Spam Emails, Suspicious Sites
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by TeslaCrypt
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss the TeslaCrypt Ransomware.

TeslaCrypt Ransomware – How Did I Get It?

We have already seen other members of this ransomware family around the Web. Learn more about TeslaCrypt and AlphaCrypt.

Ransomware such as TeslaCrypt could enter your system in a number of ways.

The most common distribution method known is through malicious email attachments and spam emails. There are even cases, where the email body itself contains a malicious code and upon opening the email, the user infects his computer with it, even if he doesn’t open the attachment inside.

Social networks and file sharing services may also contain the TeslaCrypt ransomware, disguised as a regular file. Keep in mind that TeslaCrypt may hide in dubious websites as well. Once you visit such a website, you risk infecting your system with TeslaCrypt without you even knowing it.

TeslaCrypt Ransomware – Description

Once executed, the latest TeslaCrypt ransomware will search for files with more than 150 extensions, and more specifically the following ones:

→.sql, .mp4, .7z, .rar, .m4a, .wma, .avi, .wmv, .csv, .d3dbsp, .zip, .sie, .sum, .ibank, .t13, .t12, .qdf, .gdb, .tax, .pkpass, .bc6, .bc7, .bkp, .qic, .bkf, .sidn, .sidd, .mddata, .itl, .itdb, .icxs, .hvpl, .hplg, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .syncdb, .gho, .cas, .svg, .map, .wmo, .itm, .sb, .fos, .mov, .vdf, .ztmp, .sis, .sid, .ncf, .menu, .layout, .dmp, .blob, .esm, .vcf, .vtf, .dazip, .fpk, .mlx, .kf, .iwd, .vpk, .tor, .psk, .rim, .w3x, .fsh, .ntl, .arch00, .lvl, .snx, .cfr, .ff, .vpp_pc, .lrf, .m2, .mcmeta, .vfs0, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .iwi, .litemod, .asset, .forge, .ltx, .bsa, .apk, .re4, .sav, .lbf, .slm, .bik, .epk, .rgss3a, .pak, .big, wallet, .wotreplay, .xxx, .desc, .py, .m3u, .flv, .js, .css, .rb, .png, .jpeg, .txt, .p7c, .p7b, .p12, .pfx, .pem, .crt, .cer, .der, .x3f, .srw, .pef, .ptx, .r3d, .rw2, .rwl, .raw, .raf, .orf, .nrw, .mrwref, .mef, .erf, .kdc, .dcr, .cr2, .crw, .bay, .sr2, .srf, .arw, .3fr, .dng, .jpe, .jpg, .cdr, .indd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .pdd, .psd, .dbf, .mdf, .wb2, .rtf, .wpd, .dxg, .xf, .dwg, .pst, .accdb, .mdb, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt

After TeslaCrypt threat finds files with these extensions, it will encrypt them with the extension “.vvv”. This variant does not use data files like the previous one, nor does it store information about the decryption key on the compromised computer.

So, decryption is possible, by using a Network Sniffer to get the encryption key, while files are encrypted on your system. A Network Sniffer is a program and/or device monitoring data traveling over a network, such as its internet traffic and internet packets. If you have a sniffer set before the attack happened you might get information about the decryption key. Another way to get your files back is to restore them if you have backups on an external storage device. Other potential ways for decryption are included in the instructions at the end of the article.

In the ransom note it is described how you can pay the ransom with different currencies like, BitCoins, Ukash, and PayPal My Cash Cards. At the end of the note, there is an upload form, where you can test if the decryption will work:


We advise you not to pay the ransom, as there is no guarantee you will get a decryption key, let alone a working one. The ransomware can create thousands of files with the names: decrypt.exe, decrypt.html, and decrypt.txt, along with the ransom note files, how_recover+abc.txt and how_recover+abc.html.

Remove TeslaCrypt Ransomware Completely

To completely remove TeslaCrypt from your computer, you should have basic knowledge in removing viruses. We highly recommend you to back up your system files first. Afterwards, carefully follow the instructions provided here:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TeslaCrypt

1. Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

1. For Windows 7,XP and Vista. 2. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.


For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.


3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.

4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account


While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu


Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.


Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.


Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.


Step 6: Click on Restart.

Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

2. Remove TeslaCrypt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

2. Remove TeslaCrypt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove TeslaCrypt.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove TeslaCrypt.
Step 1:Click on the “Download” button to proceed to SpyHunter’s download page.

It is highly 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.

Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.


Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any TeslaCrypt files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

3. Back up your data to secure it against infections and file encryption by TeslaCrypt in the future

3. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

To back up your files via Windows and prevent any future intrusions, follow these instructions:

1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

1-Click on Windows Start Menu
2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by TeslaCrypt.

1-Press Windows button + R
2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from TeslaCrypt.

1- Press Windows button + R keys.
2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from TeslaCrypt is on.
Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by TeslaCrypt should be restored.

4. Restore files encrypted by TeslaCrypt

4.Restore Files Encrypted by TeslaCrypt

Security engineers strongly advise users NOT to pay the ransom money and attempt restoring the files using other methods. Here are several suggestions:

To restore your data, your first bet is to check again for shadow copies in Windows using this software:

Shadow Explorer

If this method does not work, Kaspersky have provided a decryptors for files encrypted with the this and other encryption algorithms:

Kaspersky Decryptors

Another method of restoring your files is by trying to bring back your files via data recovery software. Here are some examples of data recovery programs:

There is also the technical option to use a network sniffer:

Another way to decrypt the files is by using a Network Sniffer to get the encryption key, while files are encrypted on your system. A Network Sniffer is a program and/or device monitoring data traveling over a network, such as its internet traffic and internet packets. If you have a sniffer set before the attack happened you might get information about the decryption key.

Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Remove TeslaCrypt Using Other Alternative Tools

STOPZilla Anti Malware
1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove TeslaCrypt.
Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all TeslaCrypt associated files completely.
Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

NOTE! Substantial notification about the TeslaCrypt threat: Manual removal of TeslaCrypt requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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  1. Avatarmarco

    ok good explanation , but is there any way to encrypt files?

  2. AvatarVencislav Krustev


    To all users who have had their files ENCRYPTED.

    The newest variant of TeslaCrypt is not yet analyzed so there may be very little chance to decrypt your files.

    But you can still try with the following decryption tools, mentioned in our forum:

    Please, let the others know if it worked so that you can raise awareness.


    1. Avatarpatrick

      moi aussi piégé par tesla….
      avez-vous du nouveau pour décrypter?

  3. AvatarLic. Omar Fierro

    buenas tardes,
    actualmente me encuentro que con este problema en el servidor de la empresa donde trabajo, que tan confiable y seguro son los pasos que sugieren para la solucion a este problema?
    bueno quedo en espera de sus comentarios, saludos…

  4. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

    Hello Omar,

    Sorry to hear you have been attacked by TeslaCrypt.

    First of all, please tell us what you have done so far. Have you isolated the threat successfully?

    Please refer to the topic at our forum:

    1. AvatarLic. Omar Fierro

      milena buenos dias,
      hasta ahortia estoy recuperando las veriones anteriores de cada carpeta dentro del servidor, a que te refieres que si tengo aislado la amenaza exito?
      de que manera me puedes ayudar, debido a que el foro esta en ingles y no lo entiendo muy bien, saludos

      1. Avatarjose

        con que programa has recuperado las versiones anteriores de las carpetas que mencionas

        1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

          Hi Jose, what program have you used?

      2. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

        Hello Omar,

        If I understand correctly, you can see folders in your previous versions. Before doing anything else, you should remove TeslaCrypt with an anti-malware tool. Let me know how it goes. Also, it would help if you send me an email to with 3 or 4 encrypted files and some files of the virus (.tmp, .bin, .exe or .dll).

        Thanks in advance and looking forward to your reply.

  5. AvatarJorge

    Tengo todo encriptados en .vvv y no me funciono shadow explorer y trate con recuba y al recuperar sale como que nada se ha eliminado y me muestra los mismos archivos encriptados que podría hacer


    1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Jorge, there are several decryptors that can be tried to restore files. However, every version of Teslacrypt uses different combination of file-encryption techniques.

      Here is how to remove TeslaCrypt:

      The decryptors: The TeslaDecoder by BloodDolly, Talos TeslaCrypt Decryption Tool, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free. More information is available here:

      Let us know what happens.



  6. AvatarCihan Erdem

    Dear Milena,

    First of all thank you very much for your useful comments for infected users, i read all above comments and other referenced pages too, we need to know how i can try “Network Sniffer” which wrote in this page, and with which software ? thanks in advance.

  7. AvatarDavid

    Hola a todos, mi equipo con windows xp tambíen ha sido infectado y ahora todos los archivos están con extensión .vvv, habría alguna forma de desencriptar dichos archivos? he leido por ahí en muchas páginas que por el momento es completamente imposible…

    He probado varios programas de recuperación de archivos y no hay manera, ojala alguien pueda dar con alguna solucíon. Por el momento creo que he quitado el virus con malwarebytes

    1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

      Hi David,

      We will let you know immediately, if a solution is found…

      1. Avataroscar

        hola Milena, tengo el mismo problema que comentan los demás me paso lo mismo, los únicos archivos que no se infectaron fue unas fotos que había recuperado con el programa recovery my file, el resto de fotos que estaban con extensión jpg aun no logro recuperar, si tienes algún software para corregir el cifrado se agradece.

        1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova
  8. AvatarSamy

    je suis infecté par teslacrypt extension .vvv j’ai le script qui a posé pb est ce que de ce script je peux trouver la clé ?
    j’ai également le fichier d’origine et le fichier infecté en word et excel. je n’ai malheureusement pas trouver le fichier key.dat puis-je espérer décrypter mes fichiers svp ?
    merci par avance

  9. Avatarlucio

    buongiorno a tutti, quindi un modo per provare a recuperare i file crittati c’è o no ?? con cosa si può provare? io ho provato solo a rinominare il file ma non funziona.

  10. AvatarOuachic

    Bonjour tous le monde
    Mon pc est affecté par un virus ou je sais pas quoi, tous mes fichiers Word, PDF, et image ainsi que les xl sont devenu .vvv
    Veuillez m’informer sur une solution SVP



    1. AvatarSteph

      J’ai exactement le même problème depuis ce matin,
      avez-vous une réponse ?

  11. AvatarEric

    Même chose pour moi … infecter depuis ce matin … tout mes fichier, tonne de photo de famille / voyage etc est rendu avec l’extension .VVV …. Est-ce Teslacrypt, Cryptowall,Cryptolocker….. bref je suis legerement paniquer en ce moment. Je suis presentement en train de scanner mon PC avec SpyHunter 4 …. est-ce la bonne marche a suivre ?
    Est-ce que Spyhunter seras en mesure de suprimer ce virus ?
    Il y a t’il espoir de reussir a tout decrypter ou ma seule alternative serais de payer la foutu rencon ?

    Merci a l’avance … d’un père de famille bien désespérer … McAfee antivirus … gros ZERO !!!

  12. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

    Hello Eric and Steph, an antivirus program should remove the leftovers of the ransomware. However, it won’t be able to decrypt the encrypted files. Please keep in mind that every infection is unique, and that there are may be more variants of the same ransomware.

    You can find information about decryptors here:

  13. AvatarPedro

    Hallo, leider funktioniert keiner der Links zum Forum?!

    “Nichts gefunden
    > 404
    Entschuldigen Sie bitte, aber keine Ergebnisse wurden für Ihre Anfrage gefunden. Vielleicht suchen helfen Sie zu finden verwandten Inhalten.”

    Ich habe den Tesla Crypt eliminiert mit Spy Hunter.
    Was bleibt sind .vvv Dateianhänge an Dateien wie .pdf .docx .doc .xls .bmp .png .pst // ect.
    Mit welchen Programmen kann ich testen zum Encrypten der Dateien??

    1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

      Hello Pedro,

      Follow this link to open our forum We have provided information about the decryptors there – TeslaDecoder by BloodDolly, Talos TeslaCrypt Decryption Tool, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free.

  14. AvatarLuke Miller

    Does anyone know if this version drops files in particular locations? Or leaves clues to its presence in the registry, etc.?

  15. AvatarLuke Miller

    Also, is there a Trojan involved in this? If so, where might its location be?

    1. SensorsTechForumSensorsTechForum

      Hey Luke!

      TeslaCrypt is a Trojan horse ransomware. This means that it is a Trojan itself, and it was spread with other malware.

      There were executables that dropped with the ransomware in these locations:

      or randomly in the C: drive.

      But no data for the key was dropped for this variant, neither was the Windows Registry tampered by it.

      Fortunately, this ransomware case has already been resolved :

      Stay tuned!


  16. Avatarzahur

    You can use the shadow copy of your windows to recover the previous version before the attack. This is the best safest way. You can have other tool like ShadowExplorer-0.9-portable that will help to recover your previous good version.


  17. Avatarjoan

    No ser como solucionar lo del crab, e restaurado i nada

  18. AvatarAysses

    Grüß euch alle!

    Nach über 10 Jahren habe ich es wiede mal geschafft meinen PC zu infizieren. Ärgerlich das dies nur durch meine unvorsichtigkeit auf einem zweiten System passiert ist und von diesem dann alles verschlüsselt wurde.

    Da ich mit einigen Antiviren usw. (bitDefender wäre meine empfehlung! Stand 15.05.2018) drüber gefahren bin ist das System sauber aber ich kann leider nicht mehr sagen welches genau den PC befallen hat.

    Milena Dimitrova

    Alle dateien enden mit und beim ausführen wird angezeigt das es eine MS-Dos anwendung sei.

    DateiTyp: MS-DOS-Anwendung (.com)
    2226499124 wäre ja meine ID bei den Spasten! wird sicher nicht die Dateienendung sein.

    Können Sie mir behilflich sein?
    Kann ich noch etwas tun um Ihnen mehr Informationen zu geben?

    Bendake mich schon mal im Voraus


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