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Vapor Virus – How to Remove It (+Restore Encrypted Files)

This article will aid you to remove Vapor Virus. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Vapor Virus is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .Vapor extension. The Vapor Virus will leave ransomware instructions as a desktop wallpaper image. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

NameVapor virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .Vapor before the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Vapor Virus – Distribution Techniques

The Vapor virus is a typical ransomware infection that appears to be launched in an initial attack campaign. The captured strains appear to be launched by an individual hacker or group in infecting whole computer networks. The captured samples appear to be early versions, possibly test releases before the final virus is complete.

We anticipate that future releases will utilize the most popular tactics. One of them is the creation and coordination of phishing email campaigns. They are send in a SPAM-like manner by using typical user cases that emulate legitimate notifications from well-known Internet services or companies. The users may receive contents like software update notification, password reset links and etc. Upon interacting with the body contents they will be redirected to the virus Vapor virus download. In other cases the threat may be attached directly to the emails.

An alternative strategy is to craft fake web sites which can impersonate vendor download sites, companies and even search engines. They adopt similar sounding domain names to well-known services and may even implement self-signed security certificates to give a false sense of safety.

Many ransomware infections are due to interaction with payload carriers. Two of the possible sources are the following:

  • Documents — The virus installation code can be installed in documents of all popular formats: rich text documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Whenever they are opened by the users a notiication prompt will appear that will ask for privileges to run the embedded scripts (macros). If the user allows this then the virus will be downloaded and run on the local computer.
  • Setup Files — The criminals can make use of application installers as payload carriers. This is done by taking the legitimate setup files from the vendor download sites and modifying them with the virus install code. The hackers typically choose popular payloads such as office products, creativity suites or system utilities. They are uploaded to fake vendor sites and sent via phishing emails just like the standalone virus files.

The Vapor virus files can be spread through file-sharing networks like BitTorrent. They are frequently used to distribute both legitimate and pirate content. Larger infections can be organized by deploying malicious web browser extensions. They are compatible with the most popular web browsers and are uploaded to their respective repositories. Their descriptions often make use of fake developer credentials and user reviews in order to persuade the victims into installing it. Whenever this is done the built-in commands will modify the browser’s settings in order to redirect them to a hacker-controlled page. Following this action the virus will be installed.

Vapor Virus – Detailed Analysis

The Vapor virus is a ransomare threat that does not seem to originate from any of the famous malware families. This means that it is possible that the virus is the creation of the same hacker or group responsible for its distribution. The other hypothesis is that it is a custom threat that has been ordered from the hacker underground markets.

The captured samples seem to include only the base encryption module. We anticipate that future versions of the Vapor ransomware will include a more feature-rich set of modules.

The attacks might start with a data harvesting module which will hijack data into two main categories. The first one is responsible for extracting data that can reveal the identity of the victim users. The engine will scan for strings such as their real name, address, phone number and any stored account credentials. The ransomware engine can scan the contents of the hard drive, the Windows Registry and any third-party installed applications. The collected information can also be used for financial abuse and identity theft crimes.

A separate group of information is the one that is used to assign an unique machine ID to each host. It is usually generated from the list of hardware components, regional settings and certain operating system variables.

This data can be used by another engine called security bypass. It will initiate a signature and memory-based scan of the system by looking out for applications that can block or delete the virus. Examples include anti-virus, firewalls, virtual machine hosts or debug environments. If configured so the Vapor virus will delete itself if it cannot avoid detection.

When these programs have been removed the infection engine can call other modules. A common one is the Windows Registry manipulation code which can access and change values belonging both to the operating system and third-party applications. This can lead to the inability to launch certain functions and overall system performance disruption.

The Vapor virus can install itself as a persistent threat making itself very hard to remove with manual methods. This is done by setting the virus engine to automatically launch every time the computer boots. This action is followed by access removal to many of the recovery options which are part of the operating system.

To make recovery more difficult the engine may also remove valuable system data such as any found System Recovery Points, Backups and Shadow Volume Copies. This is important to be done prior to the ransomware as it will make data recovery very difficult unless the combination of an anti-spyware utility and professional-grade data recovery tool is used. Refer to our instructions for more information.

Active ransomware infections like this one are freuqently being used to deploy other threats. The reason for this is that they have penetrated the security of the infected host. Two of the common malware infections are the following:

  • Trojan Horse Infections — They are client apps that create a secure connection to a hacker-controlled server. This allows the hacker operators to spy on the victims, take over control of their computers and hijack all of their data prior to encryption.
  • Cryptocurrency Miners — They can be small applications or scripts that download and execute hardware-intensive tasks. Whenever they are reported to the relevant servers the operators will receive income in the form of cryptocurrency. The funds will directly be transferred to their digital wallets.

Other changes can additionally be implemented in future updates to the Vapor virus.

Vapor Virus – Encryption Process

Whenever all prior components have completed execution the encryption engine will be launched. Like other typical threats it will use a built-in list of target file type extensions. An example one can target the following data:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Documents
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

All affected files will be processed with the powerful cipher and will be renamed with the .Vapor extension. Instead of a traditional ransomware note the criminals have opted to use a screenlocker — an overlay that blocks ordinary user interaction with the computer. It will stay active as long as the virus infection is present. It will read the following message:

Vapor Ransomware
You Have Been Caught.

What Happened To Me?
All your private data, files, cookies, application and much more as been encrypted into a strong encryption!
The only way to get it back is by sending a support email at this email:
deadhacksteam@gmail.com
Please make sure your Client ID is included so we can recognise you and send back the key.
When its done, enter the key into the key box and enjoy your day / night.
You have 48 hours to send the email, if the timer runs out your files will be deleted.
If you restart the PC or kill the program, you will never be able to get your files back since they will be re-encrypted if you re-launch the program.
Basically closing the program in anyway will result in loosing the key.
– Good Luck, Good Time.
– DeaDHackS Team!

Remove Vapor Virus and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the .Vapor 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.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Vapor virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor 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.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for Vapor 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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Vapor virus.

Ransomware infections and Vapor 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 Vapor virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor virus.

Ransomware infections and Vapor 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.


Vapor virus FAQ

What is Vapor virus ransomware and how does it work?

Vapor 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 Vapor virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Vapor 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 Vapor 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 .Vapor virus files?

You can't. At this point the .Vapor 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 .Vapor virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Vapor 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 ".Vapor 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 .Vapor 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 Vapor 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 Vapor virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Vapor virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Vapor 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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