This article will aid you in removing the ViACrypt ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.
ViACrypt ransomware is the name of a cryptovirus. After encryption, a note with instructions about ransom payment will appear. These instructions demand that you connect to a website where the payment can be processed. The extension .via will be appended to all encrypted files. Read on through and find out what ways you could try to potentially recover some of your files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and it places a ransom note with payment instructions.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware virus will encrypt your files while putting the .via extension to them. Then it demands that you pay a ransom to the cybercriminals.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
ViACrypt Ransomware – Distribution Ways
ViACrypt ransomware could be distributed in more than one way. However, the way that is the most widespread is via a payload dropper file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware. Samples have been spotted by malware researchers and you can preview one of them sent for analysis on the VirusTotal service right here:
The ViACrypt ransomware might be using other ways to distribute the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Internet could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum section.
ViACrypt Ransomware – Detailed Description
The ViACrypt ransomware is a cryptovirus, which has been recently discovered by malware researchers. When the ViACrypt ransomware encrypts your files, it will append the extension .via to all of them and place a ransom note with instructions on your computer.
ViACrypt ransomware could be set to make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, like in the example given below:
The ransom message will be placed inside a file called your system has been encrypted! please read further instruction!.txt. That message is revealed in the below screenshot:
The following message about the ransom payment is in that text document:
Your system files has been encrypted and only way to recover them is by purchasing unlocking key.
Steps to gain access for files:
1) Please follow this page: http://sigmalab.lv/other/crypt/payment_request.php
2) Upload your public encryption key
3) Download decryption key
4) Drag and drop key on crawl.exe
5) Wait for files to be unlocked in background
The following website is used for the ransom payment:
Do NOT contact, nor pay these cybercriminals and you should not even consider it under any circumstances. By paying, you can motivate them to indulge in similar criminal acts in the future, and is strongly advised against.
ViACrypt Ransomware – Encryption Process
There is no official list with file extensions that the ViACrypt ransomware seeks to encrypt and the article will be duly updated if that changes. The encryption algorithm is RSA with 1024-bit ciphers. All encrypted files receive the extensions .via.
The ViACrypt cryptovirus is more than likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If the above-stated command is inputted into the command prompt of the Windows operating system, that will make the encryption process more effective, as one of the main ways for file recovery will be gone. Keep reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your data.
Remove ViACrypt Ransomware and Restore .via Files
If your computer got infected with the ViACrypt ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.