How to Remove VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus and Restore Files

Our removal guide gives insight on the VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus, a ransomware that encrypts valuable data and causes software damage.
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How Does VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus Infiltrate the System?

The VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus can be acquired by engaging in risk behavior or falling victim to a scam.

Email messages frequently distribute ransomware with templates that pose as legitimate companies or institutions. The VINDOWS DEFENDOR ransomware can either be directly attached or linked in the body.

Targets can get infected also by downloading the virus instance from hacker-controlled sites or P2P networks. The criminals can bundle the threat in infected software or documents in more advanced attack campaigns. Beware that browser hijackers can also deliver the VINDOWS DEFENDOR virus as part of their infection strategy.

Direct hacker intrusion attempts are another possibility that can be used in follow-up attacks.

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Infection Flow of VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus

Computer security researchers discovered a new malware that seems to be a revenge or a prank ransomware called VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus. It follows the tradition of making fun of famous people, this time a famous Youtube producer of tech videos. In the past we have seen other related instances such as the Levis Locker.

We suspect that this is prank attack against the tech community as part of a retaliation campaign that is being done by the hackers. Fortunately the malware samples at this moment are still in an early state of development. However some of them may contain a working encryption engine that can encrypt sensitive data on the infected machines. usually this includes the most commonly used files based on a predefined list of file type extensions: documents, archives, databases, music, photos, videos and etc.

A lockscreen is instituted that prevents ordinary computer interaction until the VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus is completely removed from the victim machines. It reads the following ransomware message:

VINDOWS DEFENDOR

Your dextop have Been locked due to a Following ilegal activitys on line:
Gay Porn
Scamming
Bestiality
Rape

DO NOT TURN OFF COMPUTER OR YOU LOSE FILES
You Must Pay $500 to “Levis”

YOUR COMPUTER WILL BE DELETED FROM:
23:59:43

VINDOWS DEFENDOR ransomware image

The hackers behind the VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus clearly blackmails the victims to pay a large fee (500 US Dollars). The payment is not done via the Bitcoin digital currency, the hackers request the money to be wired via a MoneyPak code.

We advice all users not to pay the hackers. They can easily restore their computers by using a quality anti-spyware solution and recover the data with a professional-grade application. Read our instructions below for more information.

Remove VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus and Restore Data

WARNING! Manual removal of VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removing important data accidentally can lead to permanent system damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual instructions, download a powerful anti-malware tool that will scan your system for malware and clean it safely for you.

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VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus – Manual Removal Steps

Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network

This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently. The steps bellow are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

2. A Run window will appear. In it, write msconfig and then press Enter

3. A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named Boot

4. Mark Safe Boot option and then go to Network under it to tick it too

5. Apply -> OK

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

1. Open My Computer/This PC

2. Windows 7

    – Click on Organize button
    – Select Folder and search options
    – Select the View tab
    – Go under Hidden files and folders and mark Show hidden files and folders option

3. Windows 8/ 10

    – Open View tab
    – Mark Hidden items option

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4. Click Apply and then OK button

Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

1. Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

2. Get over to Processes

3. When you find suspicious process right click on it and select Open File Location

4. Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose End Process

5. Next, you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit and hit Enter

3. Type the CTRL+ F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable

4. In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

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Recover VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with VINDOWS DEFENDOR Virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

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3. Using System Restore Point

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

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4. Restore your personal files using File History

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Type restore your files in the search box
    – Select Restore your files with File History
    – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

  • Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
  • Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
  • Disable macros in Office documents.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
  • Backup regularly your data.
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    Author : Martin Beltov

    Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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