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.vCrypt1 File Virus – Remove It and Restore Your Files

This article will aid you in removing the vCrypt1 ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom of the article.

The vCrypt1 ransomware has been discovered by malware researchers from the MalwareHunterTeam. It will encrypt your files, while adding the .vCrypt1 extension to them. After a computer system gets infected, the vCrypt1 virus will display a window with a distinctive ransom message written in the Russian language. Spam e-mails are its current way of distribution. Read on to see how you can potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

NamevCrypt1
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware virus will encrypt your files and show a message screen with ransomware instructions for payment.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files while placing the .vCrypt1 extension to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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vCrypt1 Ransomware – Spread

vCrypt1 ransomware might spread its infection via different ways. The payload file which executes the malicious script for this ransomware, that in turn infects your computer machine, is circling around the Internet. Samples of this ransomware have been found by a few different malware researchers. You can see the detections of some security vendors for one such sample embedded into a file called “XExplorer.exe” by checking the screenshot from the VirusTotal service below:

vCrypt1 ransomware could also spread its payload file on social media sites and file-sharing networks. Freeware applications which are found on the Web could be presented as helpful but at the same time could be hiding the malicious script for this cryptovirus. Don’t be opening files right when you have downloaded them, especially if they come from sources such as suspicious links or emails. Instead, you should scan them beforehand with a security tool, while also checking the sizes and signatures of those files for anything that seems unusual. You should read the ransomware preventing tips in our forum section.

vCrypt1 Virus – In-Depth Analysis

vCrypt1 is how this new cryptovirus is dubbed, and the reason is that after your files get encrypted, they will all receive the .vCrypt1 extension. The vCrypt1 ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry aiming to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those registry entries are typically designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System. An example of such an entry is the following:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

The ransom note will appear after the encryption process is completed. The note provides instructions on how you could get your files restored. The note of vCrypt1 is stored in a file called “КАК_РАСШИФРОВАТЬ_ФАЙЛЫ.txt”. You can preview the contents from the snapshot provided here below:

The ransom message inside that .txt file reads the following:

Если Вы читаете это сообщение, значит Ваш компьютер был атакован опаснейшим вирусом-шифровальщиком vCrypt1!
Вся ваша информация (документы, базы данных, бэкапы и другие файлы) на этом компьютере была зашифрована с помощью криптоалгоритма RSA2048. Восстановить файлы можно только зная уникальный для вашего ПК пароль и имея соответствующий дешифратор.
Подобрать ключ невозможно. Смена операционной системы ничего не изменит. Ни один системный администратор не решит эту проблему, не зная ключа.
Ни в коем случае не изменяйте файлы, иначе расшифровать их будет невозможно даже нам!
Ваши действия должны быть следующими:
1. Сделайте резервную копию всех ваших файлов.
2. Напишите нам письмо на адрес [email protected], чтобы узнать как получить ключ и дешифратор.
К письму можете приложить любой файл с известным Вам содержимым, мы вышлем в ответ расшированную копию.
Это докажет, что мы действительно обладаем возможностью расшифровать Ваши файлы.
Среднее время ответа нашего специалиста 3-24 часов.
Письма с угрозами будут угрожать только Вам и Вашим файлам!
НЕ ЗАБУДЬТЕ! Только МЫ можем расшифровать Ваши файлы!

A rough machine translation in English of that note would be:

If you are reading this message, then your computer was attacked by the most dangerous virus-encryptor vCrypt1!
All of your information (documents, databases, backups and other files) on this computer was encrypted using the RSA2048 cryptographic algorithm. You can recover files only knowing a unique password for your PC and having the appropriate decoder.
You can not find the key. Changing the operating system will not change anything. No system administrator will solve this problem without knowing the key.
Do not change the files at all, otherwise it will be impossible to decipher them even to us!
Your actions should be as follows:
1. Make a backup of all your files.
2. Write us a letter to [email protected] to find out how to get the key and decoder.
To the letter you can attach any file with the content known to you, we will send an expanded copy in response.
This will prove that we really have the ability to decrypt your files.
The average response time of our specialist is 3-24 hours.
Threatened letters will threaten only you and your files!
DO NOT FORGET! Only we can decrypt your files!

As clearly seen from the ransom message above, the developer of the vCrypt1 virus wants you to contact them so you can pay an unspecific ransom sum. However, if you get your personal computer infected with the malware, you should NOT under any circumstances pay anything to the cybercriminals. Nobody can give you a guarantee that you will get your files decrypted upon payment, plus you might motivate them to do more criminal activities, once they get money for their wrongdoings.

vCrypt1 Virus – Encryption Process

vCrypt1 ransomware will search and encrypt files, which have the following extensions:

→.ai, .cdr, .cdw, .doc, .docx, .dwg, .dxf, .jpg, .mdb, .mdf, .ods, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .psd, .rtf, .xls, .xlsx

The algorithm which is used for the locking of your files is RSA 2048-bit or at least that is stated in the ransom note.

The vCrypt1 cryptovirus might be set to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by initiating the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

The command’s execution typically makes the encryption process more viable, since it eliminates one of the prominent ways for the restoration of your files.

Remove vCrypt1 Virus and Restore .vCrypt1 Files

If your computer got infected with the vCrypt1 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.

Manually delete vCrypt1 from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the vCrypt1 threat: Manual removal of vCrypt1 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.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove vCrypt1 files and objects
2. Find malicious files created by vCrypt1 on your PC

Automatically remove vCrypt1 by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove vCrypt1 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by vCrypt1
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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