Vanguard Ransomware – Remove and Restore Your Files

Vanguard Ransomware – Remove and Restore Your Files

The article will help you remove Vanguard ransomware fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Vanguard is a ransomware cryptovirus. Over 400 different file extensions will become encrypted and a ransom message will be displayed afterward. From there, you can see the demands for payment of the cybercriminals that made the Vanguard cryptovirus. Malware researchers believe the ransomware is written in Google’s Go programming language. Read on below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.

Threat Summary

Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt files with over 400 different extensions on a compromised computer.
SymptomsThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message on a graphical interface afterward.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Vanguard Ransomware – Infection

Vanguard ransomware could spread its infection through different methods. The payload file that launches the malicious script for this ransomware, which in turn infects your computer device is seen in the wild by malware researchers. You can preview that file from the analysis page of the VirusTotal service:

Vanguard ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media sites and file-sharing services. Freeware found on the Web can be presented as useful but could also hide the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them, especially if they come from suspicious sources like links and e-mails. Instead, you should scan them beforehand with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of ordinary. You should read the ransomware prevention tips topic in our forum.

Vanguard Ransomware – Technical Overview

Vanguard is a ransomware virus that is written on the Google Go programming language according to malware researchers. Another virus written in that language is the so called Google Go Ransomware. The name for the new ransomware comes from a file that is named vanguard.exe. The virus encrypts files with a little over than 400 different extensions.

Vanguard ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, launch and repress processes in Windows. Some entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System.

You can see the files created and used by this ransomware threat from the following list:

  • vanguard.exe
  • msword.exe
  • del.bat
  • Cab1.tmp
  • Cab3.tmp
  • Tar2.tmp
  • Tar4.tmp

The ransom note will be available for access when the encryption process ends. Before that a small message is left pointing to it, which states:

Please read DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.txt for more information.

The note is written in English and gives details about the demands for payment. It is put inside a file called DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.txt that you can preview below:

You can see what the ransom note states right here:

Your personal files and documents have been encrypted with AES-256 and RSA-2048!
Decrypting your files is only possible with decrypt key stored on our server.
Price for key is %bitcoin% BTC (Bitcoin).
1. Send %bitcoin% BTC to %bitcoinaddress%
2. Wait some time for transaction to process
If you do not pay within %hoursvalid% hours key will become DESTROYED and your files LOST forever!
Removing this software will make recovering files IMPOSSIBLE! Disable your antivirus for safety.

As you may have noticed above, the note of the Vanguard ransomware is not complete and does not state exactly what is the demanded price for the ransom. However, it points out that the encryption algorithms which are used are AES-256 and RSA-2048. That may turn out to be untrue. Whatever price is put out as ransom, you should NOT under any circumstances pay it. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee you that. Furthermore, giving money to the cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal acts.

Vanguard ransomware seeks to encrypt files with a little over than 400 different extensions, which you can preview from the following list:

→.123, .1cd, .3dm, .3ds, .3fr, .3g2, .3gp, .3pr, .602, .7z, .7zip, .aac, .ab4, .ach, .acr, .act, .adb, .adp, .ads, .aes, .agdl, .ai, .aiff, .ait, .al, .aoi, .apj, .arc, .arw, .asc, .asf, .asm, .asp, .aspx, .asx, .avi, .awg, .back, .backup, .backupdb, .bak, .bank, .bat, .bay, .bdb, .bgt, .bik, .bin, .bkp, .bmp, .bpw, .brd, .bz2, .cdf, .cdr, .cdr3, .cdr4, .cdr5, .cdr6, .cdrw, .cdx, .ce1, .ce2, .cer, .cfg, .cgm, .cib, .cls, .cmd, .cmt, .com, .config, .contact, .cpi, .cpp, .cr2, .craw, .crt, .crw, .cs, .csh, .csl, .csr, .css, .csv, .dac, .dat, .db, .db3, .dbf, .dbx, .dc2, .dch, .dcr, .dcs, .ddd, .ddoc, .ddrw, .dds, .der, .des, .design, .dgc, .dif, .dip, .dit, .djv, .djvu, .dng, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .drf, .drw, .dtd, .dwg, .dxb, .dxf, .dxg, .edb, .eml, .encrypted, .eps, .erbsql, .erf, .exe, .exf, .fdb, .ffd, .fff, .fh, .fhd, .fla, .flac, .flf, .flv, .flvv, .fpx, .frm, .fxg, .gif, .gpg, .gray, .grey, .groups, .gry, .gz, .hbk, .hdd, .hpp, .htm, .html, .hwp, .ibd, .ibz, .idx, .iif, .iiq, .incpas, .indd, .inf, .jar, .java, .jnt, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .kc2, .kdbx, .kdc, .key, .kpdx, .kwm, .laccdb, .lay, .lay6, .ldf, .lit, .log, .lua, .m2ts, .m3u, .m4a, .m4p, .m4u, .m4v, .mapimail, .max, .mbx, .md, .mdb, .mdc, .mdf, .mef, .mfw, .mid, .mkv, .mlb, .mml, .mmw, .mny, .moneywell, .mos, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .mrw, .ms11, .msg, .myd, .myi, .nd, .ndd, .ndf, .nef, .nk2, .nop, .nrw, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsd, .nsf, .nsg, .nsh, .nwb, .nx2, .nxl, .nyf, .oab, .obj, .odb, .odc, .odf, .odg, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .ogg, .oil, .onenotec2, .orf, .ost, .otg, .oth, .otp, .ots, .ott, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pab, .paq, .pas, .pat, .pcd, .pct, .pdb, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pif, .pl, .plc, .plus_muhd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prf, .ps, .psafe3, .psd, .pspimage, .pst, .ptx, .pwm, .py, .qb, .qba, .qbb, .qbm, .qbr, .qbw, .qbx, .qby, .qcow, .qed, .r3d, .raf, .rar, .rat, .raw, .rb, .rdb, .rm, .rtf, .rvt, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .s3db, .safe, .sas7bdat, .sav, .save, .say, .sch, .sd0, .sda, .sdf, .sh, .sldm, .sldx, .slk, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .sr2, .srf, .srt, .srw, .st4, .st5, .st6, .st7, .st8, .stc, .std, .sti, .stm, .stw, .stx, .svg, .swf, .sxc, .sxd, .sxg, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .tar, .tbk, .tex, .tga, .tgz, .thm, .tif, .tiff, .tlg, .torrent, .txt, .uop, .uot, .vb, .vbox, .vbs, .vdi, .vhd, .vhdx, .vmdk, .vmsd, .vmx, .vmxf, .vob, .wab, .wad, .wallet, .wav, .wb2, .wk1, .wks, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .x11, .x3f, .xis, .xla, .xlam, .xlc, .xlk, .xlm, .xlr, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .ycbcra, .yuv, .zip

Each file that has one of the extensions from the list above will get encrypted.

The Vanguard cryptovirus deletes the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by utilizing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Keep on reading and check out what ways you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove Vanguard Ransomware and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the Vanguard 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.

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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