- November 5, 2020
- Posted by: administrator
- Category: Ransomware, Virus Removal Guide
Vpsh is a DJVU family of ransomware-type infections1. The ransomware encrypts your private files (video, photos, documents). The encrypted files can be tracked by specific “.vpsh” extension. So, you can’t use them at all.
In this guide I will try to help you remove Vpsh ransomware for free. Also I will assist you in decoding your encrypted files.
- What is “Vpsh”?
- Do not pay for Vpsh!
- How I was infected?
- How to remove Vpsh virus?
- Download Removal Tool.
- Run the setup file.
- Press “Install” button.
- Once installed, Anti-Malware will automatically run.
- Wait for the Anti-Malware scan to complete.
- How to decrypt .vpsh files?
- Restore solution for big “.vpsh files“
- Download and run decryption tool.
- Select folders for decryption.
- Click on the “Decrypt” button.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Video Guide
What is “Vpsh”?
Vpsh can be correctly identify as a ransomware-type infection.
Ransomware is a kind of virus that encrypted your documents and then forces you to pay for them. DJVU (aka STOP) ransomware family was first revealed and discovered by virus analyst Michael Gillespie2.
Vpsh is similar to other representatives of ransomware like: Jdyi, Iiss, Iiss. Vpsh encrypted all common file types. Hence, you cannot open the own documents . Vpsh adds its own “.vpsh” extension into all files. For example, the file “video.avi”, will be changed into “video.avi.vpsh”. As soon as the encryption is accomplished, Vpsh creates a specific file “_readme.txt” and drop it into all folders that contain the modified files.
Here is a short details for the Vpsh infection:
|Ransomware family3||DJVU/STOP4 ransomware|
|Ransom||From $490 to $980 (in Bitcoins)|
|Detection5||Razy.567217, Graftor.848161, Bulz.158927|
|Symptoms||Most of your files (photos, videos, documents) have a .vpsh extension and you can’t open it|
|Fix Tool||GridinSoft Anti-MalwareSee If Your System Has Been Affected by .vpsh file virus|
The scary alert demanding from users to pay the ransom to decrypt the encoded data contains these frustrating warnings
The cryptography algorithm used by Vpsh is AES-256. So, if your files got encrypted with a specific decryption key, which is totally and there are no other copies. The sad reality is that it is impossible to recover the information without the unique key available.
In case if Vpsh worked in online mode, it is impossible for you to gain access to the AES-256 key. It is stored on a remote server owned by the frauds who promote the Vpsh virus.
For receiving decryption key the payment should be $980. To obtain the payment details, the victims are encouraged by the message to contact the frauds by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or via Telegram.
Do not pay for Vpsh!
Please, try to use the available backups, or Decrypter tool
_readme.txt file also indicates that the computer owners must get in touch with the Vpsh representatives during 72 hours starting from the moment of files where encrypted. On the condition of getting in touch within 72 hours, users will be granted a 50% rebate. Thus the ransom amount will be minimized down to $490). However, stay away from paying the ransom!
I strongly recommend that you do not contact these crooks and do not pay. The one of the most real working solution to recover the lost data – just using the available backups, or use Decrypter tool.
The peculiarity of all such viruses apply a similar set of actions for generating the unique decryption key to recover the ciphered data.
Thus, unless the ransomware is still under the stage of development or possesses some hard-to-track flaws, manually recovering the ciphered data is a thing you can’t perform. The only solution to prevent the loss of your valuable data is to regularly make backups of your crucial files.
Note that even if you do maintain such backups regularly, they ought to be put into a specific location without loitering, not being connected to your main workstation.
For instance, the backup may be kept on the USB flash drive or some alternative external hard drive storage. Optionally, you may refer to the help of online (cloud) information storage.
Needless to mention, when you maintain your backup data on your common device, it may be similarly ciphered as well as other data.
For this reason, locating the backup on your main PC is surely not a good idea.
How I was infected?
Vpsh has a various methods to built into your system. But it doesn’t really matter what concrete method was used in your case.
Nevertheless, these are the common leaks through which it may be injected into your PC:
- hidden installation along with other apps, especially the utilities that work as freeware or shareware;
- dubious link in spam emails leading to the Vpsh installer
- online free hosting resources;
- using illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) resources for downloading pirated software.
There were cases when the Vpsh virus was disguised as some legitimate tool, for example, in the messages demanding to initiate some unwanted software or browser updates. This is typically the way how some online frauds aim to force you into installing the Vpsh ransomware manually, by actually making you directly participate in this process.
Surely, the bogus update alert will not indicate that you are going to actually inject the Vpsh ransomware. This installation will be concealed under some alert mentioning that allegedly you should update Adobe Flash Player or some other dubious program whatsoever.
Of course, the cracked apps represent the damage too. Using P2P is both illegal and may result in the injection of serious malware, including the Vpsh ransomware.
To sum up, what can you do to avoid the injection of the Vpsh ransomware into your device? Even though there is no 100% guarantee to prevent your PC from getting damaged, there are certain tips I want to give you to prevent the Vpsh penetration. You must be cautious while installing free software today.
Make sure you always read what the installers offer in addition to the main free program. Stay away from opening dubious email attachments. Do not open files from unknown addressees. Of course, your current security program must always be updated.
The malware does not speak openly about itself. It will not be mentioned in the list of your available programs. However, it will be masked under some malicious process running regularly in the background, starting from the moment when you launch your PC.
The message by the Vpsh ransomware states the following frustrating information:
How to remove Vpsh virus?
In addition to encode a victim’s files, the Vpsh infection has also started to install the Azorult Spyware on system to steal account credentials, cryptocurrency wallets, desktop files, and more.
Reasons why I would recommend GridinSoft6
There is no better way to recognize, remove and prevent ransomware than to use an anti-malware software from GridinSoft.
Run the setup file.
When setup file has finished downloading, double-click on the setup-antimalware-fix.exe file to install GridinSoft Anti-Malware on your computer.
An User Account Control asking you about to allow GridinSoft Anti-Malware to make changes to your device. So, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
Press “Install” button.
Once installed, Anti-Malware will automatically run.
Wait for the Anti-Malware scan to complete.
GridinSoft Anti-Malware will automatically start scanning your PC for Vpsh infections and other malicious programs. This process can take a 20-30 minutes, so I suggest you periodically check on the status of the scan process.
Click on “Clean Now”.
When the scan has completed, you will see the list of infections that GridinSoft Anti-Malware has detected. To remove them click on the “Clean Now” button in right corner.
How to decrypt .vpsh files?
Restore solution for big “.vpsh files“
Try removing .vpsh extension on a few BIG files and opening them. Either the Vpsh ransomware read and did not encrypt the file, or it bugged and did not add the filemarker. If your files are very large (2GB+), the latter is most likely. Please, let me know in comments if that will work for you.
The newest extensions released around the end of August 2019 after the criminals made changes. This includes Efji, Mmpa, Foqe, etc.
As a result of the changes made by the criminals, STOPDecrypter is no longer supported. It has been removed and replaced with the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu Ransomware developed by Emsisoft and Michael Gillespie.
You can download free decryption tool here: Decryptor for STOP Djvu.
Download and run decryption tool.
Start downloading the decryption tool.
Make sure to launch the decryption utility as an administrator. You need to agree with the license terms that will come up. For this purpose, click on the “Yes” button:
As soon as you accept the license terms, the main decryptor user interface comes up:
Select folders for decryption.
Based on the default settings, the decryptor will automatically populate the available locations in order to decrypt the currently available drives (the connected ones), including the network drives. Extra (optional) locations can be selected with the help of the “Add” button.
Decryptors normally suggest several options considering the specific malware family. The current possible options are presented in the Options tab and can be activated or deactivated there. You may locate a detailed list of the currently active Options below.
Click on the “Decrypt” button.
As soon as yo add all the desired locations for decryption into the list, click on the “Decrypt” button in order to initiate the decryption procedure.
Note that the main screen may turn you to a status view, letting you know of the active process and the decryption statistics of your data:
The decryptor will notify you as soon as the decryption procedure is completed. If you need the report for your personal papers, you can save it by choosing the “Save log” button. Note that it is also possible to copy it directly to your clipboard and to paste it into emails or forum messages if you need to do so.
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