How to remove vGriefferS Ransomware (and recover encrypted files)

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Tips for vGriefferS Ransomware removal and data recovery

vGriefferS Ransomware is a malicious system infection that blocks users’ access to entire stored files on their systems and then demands them to pay ransom fee for their alleged decryption, i.e., the decryption tool/ software. However, unlike all other ransomware infection, it does not change the name of the files that get affected. For the ransom payment instruction, it opens a pop-up window. The message within it is in polish language, suggesting that the malware is targeting the polish-native land. However, it can affect any people living anywhere entire the globe.

The pop-up window that the vGriefferS Ransomware displayed contains the contact details (email addresses) belong to the ransomware developers. The victims have to use them supposedly to ask for the decryption tool from them. The malicious actors mention in the pop-up that this decryption tool is not free and they will take a charge in Bitcoin for it. However, it does disclose the exact amount of money. It may be that the people will get the information about it later when they initiate the contact. The ransom message ends with warning to the victims that if they turn on the Task Manager, try to uninstall the ransomware or enter a decryption tool without paying ransom -they will lose their files for permanently.

This threatening message makes most of the victims get scared and fall on the scam to pay ransom fee for the alleged decryption tool. People, who paid, suffered a huge monetary loss and their files remain at encrypted situation – they received no decryption tool even if they fulfill all the demands. If order avoid getting scammed, you require just ignore the ransom payment instruction. Instead, use some alternatives for the files recovery. Backups are always good option in such a case. However, this backup should be the one that was created before the files encryption and stored on some other locations that the infected system’s location.

Before using the backups, you should remove vGriefferS Ransomware from your system. The malware removal is necessary so that it interfere during the data recovery moment. The malware removal also ensures there will be no further files encryption. Below the post, you will find complete guide on how to remove the cyber infection from your system. After removing the threat, use the backup you have and restore all encrypted files. In case no backup option available, you should check if Volume Shadow Copies exist within your system. This is automatically created backup from OSs. You will find complete guide on how to use this option for files recovery under the data recovery section below. Third party data recovery tools are also available to recover corrupted, altered or deleted files.

How did vGriefferS Ransomware infiltrate my computer?

In most cases, ransomware and other malicious malware are distributed via mal-spam campaigns, unreliable sources for downloading files, programs, Trojans, third party software updating tools and software cracking tools. Mal-spam is used to send emails containing malicious attachments or download links of malicious files. Their main aim is to deceive people into provide a click on it, which will initiate certain malicious scripts that ensure the malicious malware download/ installation. The virulent files could be in any formats including MS Office documents, PDFs, archives, JavaScript, executable files and so on.

Examples of untrustworthy downloading sources are p2p networks, free file hosting sites and third party downloaders/ installers. They distribute malware by disguising them as regular, legitimate applications. Trojans are malicious malware designed to cause chain infections. After the successful installation, these viruses open backdoor for other malicious malware. Fake software updaters exploit bugs/ flaws of outdated software or directly download malware instead of providing updates. Software cracking tools are illegal programs that bypass activation keys for paid software or the operation system. However, they are often designed to download malware instead.

Text presented in pop-up window displays by vGriefferS Ransomware:

////////////////////////////RANSOMWARE////////////////////////////

         /////////////////////////////////////////////////

Ojejku 🙁 … Wszystkie Twoje dokumenty, filmiki, zdjęcia, myzyka i inne

pliki zostały zaszyfrowane  przez program vGriefferS !!!

    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

Do odszyfrowania wymagany jest klucz, który możesz zakupić pisząc

do nas na ten adres e-mail ,, [email protected]

         /////////////////////////////////////////////////

     ///////////////////////ZASADY////////////////////////////

  1. Nie wyłączaj Komputera ( Usunie wszystkie pliki i spali Dysk )
  2. Nie próbuj wyłączać RansomWare ( nie uda ci się 😀 )
  3. Nie włączaj Menadżera zadań
  4. Nie próbuj wpisywać hasła bez płacenia
  5. Nie włączaj zaszyfrowanych plików
  6. Masz godzinę na zapłacenie
  7. Żaden Informatyk czy Policja ci tutaj nie pomoże 🙂

         /////////////////////////////////////////////////

~v vGriefferS czyli najgroźniejsza grupa Hakerska, Pozdrawiamy <3

How to prevent ransomware infection?

Avoid opening any spam email attachments or website links from unknown, suspicious senders. Update and activate any software using tools and functions implemented by official developers. Avoid unofficial, third party tools neither to update nor activate software. It is common that these tools are bundled with malware. Moreover, it is not a legit way to active licensed programs using cracking tools or use any pirated software. Also, avoid using any untrustworthy downloading channels aforementioned in the previous section (how vGriefferS Ransomware infiltrates my computer). For any software download, always prefer official websites and direct links.

Delete vGriefferS Ransomware and restore encrypted files

Manual as well as automatic guide to remove vGriefferS Ransomware is provided below the post. Follow it to ensure that the malware will not be there to disturb you during the data recovery process. For the data recovery process, use the stated methods provided for you. You can take the help for the said using our data recovery section from our data recovery section below.

To restore encrypted files on your machine, you can take a trial with a suggested data recovery tool to check if it can help achieving your files back.

[Tips & Tricks]

  • How to remove vGriefferS Ransomware and related components?
  • How to recover files encrypted by ransomware?

One thing is clear now that ransomware virus like vGriefferS Ransomware is capable encrypting all types of files stored in your machine and makes them inaccessible. After complete encryption process, it attempt to generate monetary profit by offering bogus data recovery service. It is not good to pay demanded extortion money to cybercriminals for data recovery. You don’t waste your money and time on their fake service related to file recovery. We recommended you to avoid their bogus service and stop paying any amount of extortion money to them. Before you execute the various steps as solution, you have to take certain steps like backup the files, make sure this instruction page always open so that you can easily execute the steps as mentioned below and be patient with each step.

Procedure 1: Remove vGriefferS Ransomware from System manually

Procedure 2: Remove vGriefferS Ransomware and all the related components from computer automatically

Procedure 3: How to restore files encrypted by vGriefferS Ransomware

It is possible to delete vGriefferS Ransomware related components from computer with our easy solution. To do this, you have two methods of ransomware removal i.e., manual and automatic method. When we talk about manual method, the process includes various removal steps and requires technical expertise. Manual method of malware removal is time consuming process and if any mistake done in implementation of steps, resultant in several other damages in your computer. So, you should follow manual process carefully and if not possible you to complete the process, then you can go for automatic solution. Once the ransomware removed using these methods, you can go for third procedure i.e., data recovery procedure.

Procedure 1: Remove vGriefferS Ransomware from System manually

Method 1: Restart the PC in Safe Mode

Method 2: Remove vGriefferS Ransomware related process from Task Manager

Method 3: Delete vGriefferS Ransomware malicious registries

Method 1: Restart the PC in Safe Mode

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” key from keyboard to open “Run” Window

Step 2: In the “Run” Window, you need to type “msconfig” and then press “Enter” key

Step 3: Now, select “Boot” tab and “Safe Boot

Step 4: Click on “Apply” and “OK

Method 2: Remove vGriefferS Ransomware related process from Task Manager

Step 1: Press “CTRL + ESC + SHIFT” altogether to open “Task Manager

Step 2: In the “Task Manager” Window, locate “Details” tab and search for all the malicious process related to vGriefferS Ransomware.

Step 3: Right click on it and end the process

Method 3: Delete vGriefferS Ransomware malicious registries

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” key from keyboard to open “Run” dialog box

Step 2: Type “regedit” command in text box and press “enter” key

Step 3: Now, press “CTRL + F” keys and type vGriefferS Ransomware or the file name of malicious executable associated with malware. Usually, such suspicious files are located in “%AppData%, %Temp%, %Local%, %Roaming%, %SystemDrive% and so on.

Step 4: You should check the malicious files data by right click on the value. Detect all such suspicious registry objects in “Run” or “RunOnce” sub keys and delete them.

Procedure 2: Remove vGriefferS Ransomware and all the related components from computer automatically

We have already discussed about manual method of vGriefferS Ransomware removal using several methods. You can choose any methods as per your technical skills and PC requirements. If you are non-technical users, then it can be difficult to implements these steps completely so you can go for automatic solution. To remove vGriefferS Ransomware and all the related components, you can use automatic method of malware removal. You should have powerful tool that has the ability to remove all components related to vGriefferS Ransomware, unwanted registry entries and others.

Here, we are discussing about “SpyHunter” antivirus software that is designed to detect and delete all types of malware including Adware, potentially unwanted program (PUP), rootkits, browser hijacker, Trojan horse virus, backdoor, ransomware and others. “SpyHunter” security application is powerful anti-malware software that works on advance scanning mechanism to identify viruses quickly. It is inbuilt with enhanced multi-layer process that helps you search for all types of malware. If you searching for solution to remove vGriefferS Ransomware and other related viruses during scanning process, then it is recommended to remove it soon.

How to download/ install and use “SpyHunter” security software?

Step 1: At first, you need to click on “Download” button to go to “SpyHunter” page

Take a trial with free scanner to check if your system is infected by vGriefferS Ransomware

For more information, read SpyHunter’s EULA, Threat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy. The scanner you download here is free version and is able to scan your system for possible threat’s presence. however, it requires a 48 hour period to remove detected threats without any charge. if you want not to wait for that period, you will have to purchase its licensed version.

Step 2: After downloading, double click on “Installer” file to install this program on your System

Step 3: After complete installation process, open SpyHunter application and click on “Start Scan Now” button to start scanning process. For the first time, you should select “Full Scan” option

Step 4: Now, click on “View Scan Results” to see the list of detected threats or infections

Step 5: Click on “Next” button to register the software and remove permanently if you find vGriefferS Ransomware and related infections.

Procedure 3: How to restore files encrypted by vGriefferS Ransomware

Method 1: Recovery of files encrypted by vGriefferS Ransomware using “Shadow Explorer”

Method 2: Recovery of files encrypted by vGriefferS Ransomware using powerful data recovery software

Method 1: Recovery of files encrypted by vGriefferS Ransomware using “Shadow Explorer”

Shadow Volume Copies” are temporary backup files created by the OS for short span of time for all files and data that has been deleted or damaged recently. If there is “File history” enabled in PC, then you can use “Shadow Explorer” to retrieve the data. When we talk about advanced Ransowmare virus, it deletes the “Shadow Volume Copies” as well as prevents you from recovering the files and data with help of administrative commands.

Step 1: At first, you need to click on link given below to download “Shadow Explorer” on your computer

https://www.shadowexplorer.com/uploads/ShadowExplorer-0.9-portable.zip

Step 2: Browse the location where the files has been downloaded.

Step 3: Double click on the ZIP files to extract the folder

Step 4: Click to open “ShadowExplorerPortable” folder and double click on the file.

Step 5: In order to select the time and data as per your requirement, a drop down menu appears on the screen. Select the files that you want to restore and click on “Export” button.

Method 2: Recovery of files encrypted by vGriefferS Ransomware using powerful data recovery software

You should make sure that your System is free from ransomware attack and all the files associated with vGriefferS Ransomware have been removed successfully. Once done, you should to go for data recovery solution. After complete ransomware related files removed, you can use “Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Software” to retrieve the files. To restore encrypted files, you can follow the steps given below.

How to download/install and use “Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Software”?

Step 1: At first, you need to click on download button to download Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Software in your computer

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Step 2: Once downloaded, double click on “installer file” to install

Step 3: Now, click on “I accept the agreement” in “License Agreement page” and click on “Next”

Step 4: After complete installation process, run the application.

Step 5: On the new interface, select the file types that you want to retrieve and then select “Next” button

Step 6: Now, select the “Drive” where you want the software to do scanning. Click on the “Scan” button

Step 7: Wait for the complete the process. It may take some times to complete process depending on the size of selected drives. After complete scanning process, you would notice a file explorer with the preview of data that can be recovered. You have to choose the files that you want to restore.

Step 8: Finally, choose the location where you want to save the restored files.

Prevention tips to protect your System from vGriefferS Ransomware related attacks in future

  • You should have strong backup of all files and data stored in your computer because some ransomware is designed to look for network shares and encrypt all files stored in your machine. You would do well to store data backups on secure cloud server with high-level encryption and multiple-factor authentication.
  • Ransomware type virus often relies on exploit kits to gain illicit access to a System or network. If you run outdated or obsolete software on your computer, then you are in risk of ransomware because the software developers are not putting out security updates anymore. To remove abandonware and replace it with software still being supported by manufacturer.
  • The cybercriminals behind ransomware attack are using former banking Trojan as delivery vehicle for ransomware. It relies on malspam to infect your System and get foothold on your network. Once it gain access to your network, it shows worm like behaviour spreading from System to System using list of common passwords.
  • You should be alert while surfing online and avoid installing freeware from unknown sources, stop opening attachments coming from unknown emails and click on ads or popup messages after double reading.
  • Don’t pay extortion money in case of attack. We recommended you to stop paying ransom and FBI agrees. Cybercriminals don’t have scruples and there is no guarantee you will get files back. By paying extortion money, you are showing cybercriminals that ransomware attack work.