VHDLocker Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Security experts have uncovered the VHDLocker ransomware which is able to compromise virtual disk images, continue reading our removal guide to learn more about it.

VHDLocker Ransomware Description

The VHDLocker Ransomware is newly discovered malware which is also known under the alias of PleaseRead Ransomware. This is a rather strange virus as it features an unusual encryption engine which also affects virtual hard disk images (VHD).

This means that it is most likely targeted at corporate environments and businesses where such instances are usually used in a production environment. Upon infection it follows the standard virus behaviour by encrypting target user files and then extorting the victims for a ransomware fee to restore their files.

At the moment we do not have access to the full list of target user extensions, however we assume that the virus targets the most commonly used documents, photos, music, configuration files and etc.

Once this is done the virus proceeds to create a ransomware note in a “PLEASE READ.txt” file. Its contents read the following message:

Hello there. You can also use xxxxs://translate.google.com/
I would like to tell you first I’m sorry about that. Your documents, files, database, most are in original places or some moved to your local data. If you want to regain access to your local data please send 0.5 BTC (Bitcoin) to this address: 1AKjQC*** as fast as you can and email me at [email protected] If you dont know what bitcoin is, please ask me for bitcoin website that you can buy it fast or search on google for a local Bitcoin shop or ATM and transfer 0.5 BTC to this address: 1AKjQC***
It’s not my fault if you are trying to format disk and lose all, encrypted files are not recoverable without bitlocker passoword. Here are only one way to get all back and regain access to your local hard disk drive and this way is to send 0.5 Bitcoin to this address: 1AKjQC***
It’s just business not trying to get your money and then to not give your bitlocker password. Only me can give your password to unlock your Locals Disk so this is the only chance to get all back. Waiting for your reply to my email address ([email protected] or to my second email in case gmail not work [email protected]) if you wanna get the bitlocker password.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Thanks for your time!
PS: Your files are here on VIRTUAL HARD DISK the location is here
C:\drivers\s.vhd
See here how to open your drive
xxxxs://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Pxn23dFuQ

VHDLocker Ransomware Distribution

The limited number of malware samples does not give a clear indication of the main methods used by the criminal developers to spread the virus. We pressume that they would opt to use the most popular strategies:

  • Software Installers – Viruses such as this one are often bundled with software installers available on download sites and BitTorrent trackers.
  • Email Spam – Email spam messages are one of the most popular methods used by compute criminals to spread malware. Recently dangerous tactics include the use of spoof and phishing messages that deliver infected documents. They utilize malicious macros which deliver the dangerous payload.
  • Malicious Redirects – Hacked sites that include malicious ads and browser hijacker extensions can infect users with dangerous viruses and endanger their privacy.


Name
VHDLocker Ransomware

File Extensions
Unknown

Ransom
0.5 Bitcoins

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

Solution #2
VHDLocker Ransomware 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.

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

There are two ways of removal:

VHDLocker Ransomware Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete VHDLocker Ransomware 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 VHDLocker Ransomware Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of VHDLocker Ransomware requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete VHDLocker Ransomware 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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