Know More About VapeLauncher Ransomware
VapeLauncher Ransomware is another file-encrypting virus which has been released on the “GitHub” platform as a “proof of concept”. It is a variant of well-known ransomware threat detected as “CryptoWire” virus. The developers of this ransomware uses it to target the individual PC users and spread the malware with the help of malicious spam email campaign. In this campaign, the hackers attached a harmful file which may take a form of an invoice, bill or text document and distribute it to the network. These documents include a macro which execute malicious codes onto the targeted machine. This ransomware has been released in order to disguise itself as a hacking component for Minecraft game. Although, VapeLauncher Ransomware pretends to be an “educational” ransomware based on EDA2 or HiddenTear project.
Malicious Consequences of VapeLauncher Ransomware
During its malicious attack, the malware uses various Windows tools, such as access tools, batch files, vssadmin.exe, schtasks.exe and several others. Furthermore, in order to prevent the affected system users from recovering their files by using manual methods, this ransomware deletes the Shadow Volume Copies of the data, empties Recycle Bin and the System Restore points. It uses the strong AES encryption algorithm to encipher the files stored on victim’s machine and make those files completely inaccessible and useless. Although, VapeLauncher Ransomware loads a Windows service known as RASMAN to establish a connection to the hacker’s C&C (Command and Control) server. Besides, when this malware attack the targeted system, it avoids encrypting the data stored on following directory:
- Program Files
- Program Data
- Program Files (x86)
On the other hand, unlike many other ransomware viruses, VapeLauncher Ransomware does not add any kind of weird extension onto the file that it encrypts. The threat carries out its dangerous attack by encoding the first 1024 bytes of the file headers in order to prevent the victimized computer users from accessing those files that are encrypted and stored on the infected machine. Moreover, it targets various types of file formats including databases, media files, documents, images file, spreadsheets and number of other files.
After the ransomware successfully enciphers the files stored on infected machine, it display a pop-up window in the form of HTA application named as “VapeLauncher”. Then after, it instructs the victim to pay $200 by using Bitcoins. However, the RMV security analysts strongly advise users against paying the ransom money. In such circumstances, affected PC users should use a reliable anti-malware scanner to remove VapeLauncher Ransomware safely from their machine and use recovery utilities to restore their valuable data.
Follow Steps to Delete VapeLauncher Ransomware from PC
Step A: Know How to Reboot Windows PC in Safe Mode (This guide is meant for novice users)
Step B: VapeLauncher Ransomware removal Using System Restore
Still, if you are facing problem in rebooting PC in Safe mode, opt for System Restore. Follow the steps given below.
Prss F8 continously until you get Windows Advanced Options Menu on Computer Monitor. Now Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt Option and Tap enter
In the Command Prompt Windows, you need to type this command : cd restore and Select Enter
Now type rstrui.exe as command and press on Enter
This will open a new window to Restore System Files and Settings. Click on Next to proceed.
Restore Point is to be selected from the date you want to restore back your system as it was earlier to VapeLauncher Ransomware attack
Step C Another method for recovering your decrypted files are file recovery software
If above methods are not successful you can go for file recovery software. It can be helpful in recovering your encrypted files as VapeLauncher Ransomware first makes a copy of original files and then encrypt it. After encryption it deletes the original files. So there is high probability that these file recovery software can help you in recovering your original files.
Step: D Know How to Restore Shadow Copies of Encrypted Data
In certain cases, if VapeLauncher Ransomware has not deleted the Shadow Copies of the data then it can be easily restored using ShadowExplorer. (Know how to install and use ShadowExplorer)