This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with .vulston files virus and provides a complete guide on how to remove malicious files and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
In case of infection with .vulston files virus essential settings of your system remain altered until its malicious files are completely removed from the system. In addition, the access to valuable files is restricted due to changes of their original code. As a consequence, hackers demand a ransom payment for the recovery of all encrypted files that appear with the extension .vulston.
|Name||.vulston Files Virus|
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encode traget files stored on the infected computer. Following encryption, it urges you to pay a ransom.|
|Symptoms||Important files are corrupted and renamed with .vulston extension. You cannot open or use them for which hackers attempt to blacmail you into paying a ransom.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Infected Web Pages, Corrupted Installers|
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.vulston Files Virus – Distribution
Infection with the .vulston files virus is triggered by the activation of its payload. The distribution of this file could be realized via various shady techniques like malspam, website corruption, malvertising, fake updates, compromised software installers and other. All these techniques aim to trick you into starting the payload on your PC without suspecting the risk of ransomware infection.
The main spread technique is believed to be malwspam. It enables bad actors to send email messages that pretend to be sent by legitimate sources like internet providers, banking institutions, popular websites, delivery companies and even governmental institutions.
As senders, these emails may present the names of representatives of the above-mentioned services again in an attempt to make you more prone to follow the instructions provided by the text messages. The text messages usually contain strong call-to-action that urges you to review the content of an attached file or a presented link as soon as possible. In case that you fall victim to their scam, you unnoticeably grant the ransomware access to your system.
.vulston Files Virus – Overview
Ransomware dubbed .vulston files virus is a nasty infection that has been detected to plague computer systems and encrypt valuable files stored on them. The name of this threat is a derivative of the specific extension it uses to mark all corrupted files.
Some security researchers who are analyzing the code of this .vulston ransomware guess that it could belong to theXorist ransomware family. And if this claim appears to be true, you may be able to use a free decrypter for the recovery of .vulton files. Check more details on data recovery in the last paragraph. Beware, that since the information about its origin is unverified, .vulston files virus may originate from another ransomware family or be a brand new one.
As a typical ransomware infection, once started on a target system .vulston establishes a bunch of malicious files in order to become able to complete the attack. Some of these files may have the names of legitimate system files as this could enable them to take over the control of their functionalities and eventually evade active security measures. The location of malicious files and objects created by .vulston ransomware may be the following:
During the infection process, .vulston files virus needs to interfere with various system settings as those of the Registry Editor. Two registry sub-keys are often affected by threats like .vulston – Run and RunOnce. There is a reason for this and it is the persistent presence the ransomware could achieve by infecting them. Especially the registry sub-key Run as it manages the automatic execution of all essential system files on each system start.
The contamination of the other one – RunOnce usually serves for the automatic load of a specific ransom note file. The ransom note file associated with .vulston files virus is named mensagem.txt and once opened it depicts the following message:
At this moment your files are encrypted
and they can not be decrypted without the key’s that are set for your computer.
To receive the decryption keys you have pay 0.18 BITCOIN
You can get bitcoin very easy on this site: www.localbitcoins.com
You have to create an account and to buy 0.18 BITCOIN from a seller located in your city.
Then you have to send the amount at this BTC adress: 1L4da3SCbo9w3Y1F3HoVxjyn7yTTXcWhUw
After that, contact me at this email adress: email@example.com
With this subject: KEYS FOR ID [redacted 8 numbers]mensagem.
After the payment you will receive the key’s to decrypt your files and a tutorial
The key’s that are older than 3 days will be automaticaly deleted.
If you don’t want to lose your files, please contact me in this 3 days.
Beware that the payment of the demanded ransom of 0.18 Bitcoin does not guarantee the recovery of your encoded files. So that’s why we recommend the help of alternative data recovery methods.
.vulston Files Virus – Encryption Process
The .vulston files virus primarily aims to reach data encryption stage as this stage enables the corruption of target files. So once the threat reaches it, a built-in encryption module scans predefined system drives for commonly used types of files that need to be encrypted. These files may be all of the following:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
The encryption process itself happens with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithm. Once encoded the files remain inaccessible until their code is reverted back to its original state. A sure trait of an encrypted file is the extension .vulston appended to its name.
Remove .vulston Files Virus and Restore Data
The ransomware associated with .vulston extension is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So you should properly clean and secure your infected system before you could regularly use it again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this ransomware. Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.
In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should consider the installation of a reliable anti-malware program. As an additional security layer that could prevent the occurrence of ransomware attacks you could install ananti-ransomware tool.
If you want to understand how to potentially fix encrypted files with the help of alternative data recovery approaches, make sure to read carefully all details mentioned in the step “Restore files”. We remind you that before you begin with the data recovery process, you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive as this will help you to prevent their irreversible loss.
Since .vulston files virus may be originating from Xorist ransomware family, you may have the chance to decrypt corrupted files with the help of Kaspersky’s XoristDecryptor. You could find a link to this free decryption tool in step “Restore files” from the guide below.