VBRansom Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

An unknown hacker has crafted a new malware known as the VBRansom ransomware which currently is under development. Our removal guide will give you details about the virus, as well as instructions for removing active infections and protecting your computer in the future.


Name
VBRansom

File Extensions
.VBRANSOM

Ransom
150 US Dollars in Bitcoins

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove VBRansom with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
VBRansom ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

VBRansom Ransomware Description

A new malware threat has been spotted, known as the VBRansom ransomware which is still under development by its programmer. According to the reports the virus is created in the C# programming language and is not from one of the famous malware families. The anti-virus scans point out that it is uses its own code base.

Fortunately its encryption engine is not fully functional yet. However according to the research in future releases the virus ransomware will target specific user files and encrypt them using a strong cipher. Like other related malware threats the victims are going to be extorted for a ransom sum payment.

Once the encryption stage is complete the virus crafts a ransom note bearing the name V B R A N S O M V E R S I O N 7.txt which contains the following message:

WARNING FROM VBRANSOM 7
Your Document, Photos, Videos, Databases and Other Important File Has Been Encrypted by Vbransom To Get Your File Back You Must Do This Several Action:
1. Download Tor Browser 2.
Go to This Your Personal Page
WARNING! THIS PERSONAL PAGE WILL SHUTDOWN IN 1 DAY IF YOU DON’T PAY IT! -vbr91hfrismaldfma.onion/ID/G81N-WIAN-A81N-AVQ1V
3. Follow the Intruction to Decrypt Your File 4. if You Don’t See Vbransom Screen Your Antivirus Probably Deleted It
For Decrypting Your File You Must Download the Vbransom Screen From -vb191hfrismaldfma.onion/vbi4nsOm.exe
Remember! Don’t Try to Kill, Delete and Shutdown Vbransom if You Do W Will Make Your Computer Unbootable and the Encrypted Data Cannot Be Decrypted Anymore

According to this the virus follows the usual tactics by instructing the victims to use the anonymous Tor network to conduct the payment.

We anticipate that a lot of users might get infected by the ransomware once it has been updated with a working encryption engine. From the preliminary testing it seems that once it is complete it will target the most widely used file types – images, music, videos, documents, configuration files, backups and etc.

As the ransomware is still not functioning properly we can conclude that its danger level is low. However the fact that users can get infected by it is a security incident that is as much serious as a dangerous virus infection.

VBRansom Ransomware Distribution

The VBRansom Ransomware is found to be distributed as a counterfeit Adobe Reader installer.

Such files can usually be distributed in phishing emails or malicious download sites where viruses are often hosted. In many cases P2P networks like BitTorrent are also used by criminals to distribute malware.

All computer users should double check the sources from where they download such software to avoid infections with ransomware such as this one.

We recommend computer users to use a trusted anti-spyware utility to both remove active infections and protect their computers. At the moment the anti-virus vendors are still in the process of adding the VBRansom Ransomware’s signature to their updated definition sets.

VBRansom Ransomware Virus – How To Remove it and Prevent It From Coming Back

There are two ways of removal:

VBRansom Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete VBRansom completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: 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.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    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

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    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

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: 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

STEP IV: Remove Completely VBRansom Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of VBRansom requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete VBRansom ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) 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

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) 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

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

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

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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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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