Vpsh is a ransomware infection. If it infects your PC, it adds the extension “.vpsh” added to the names of many of your files. For example, “file.doc” becomes “file.doc.vpsh”.
Vpsh doesn’t only rename the files – it breaks them, making them impossible to open. It does this to force the victims to contact the criminals responsible for the ransomware. The criminals then ask for money in exchange for repairing the data.
Needless to say, Vpsh ransomware causes a lot of harm.
Vpsh Ransomware quicklinks
- How Vpsh ransomware works
- Hidden in pirated files
- Breaks settings and installs malware
- Encrypts files and asks for a ransom
- How to remove Vpsh
- Delete malware
- Secure your accounts
- Restore your files
- Important -- edit the hosts file to unblock security websites
- Find and edit the hosts file
- Download and run the antivirus program
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- How to recover Vpsh Ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus
- Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
- 1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
- 2.Restore System files and settings.
- Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Vpsh Ransomware encrypted files
|How Vpsh spreads||Infects the installers of free (pirated) programs.|
|How to fix the encrypted files||Restore your data from backups,
recover deleted data,
repair the files,
use the free decryption tool.
|How to remove Vpsh||Delete malware with an antivirus program (Spyhunter, others),
reset your passwords.
How Vpsh ransomware works
Hidden in pirated files
You may have downloaded Vpsh from a pirate site. Files that are shared by users who are new, have no reputation, and no reviews should be treated with suspicion.
Files infected with Vpsh and other malware get taken down once they’re reported, but nevertheless, many people download these infected files and have their computers infected.
Breaks settings and installs malware
Besides the Vpsh ransomware, the infected installer may also download adware and spyware. If you started to see excessive pop-up ads in your browser, that is probably Vpsh’s fault.
On top of that, Vpsh tries to make life as hard as possible for its victims by making changes to their settings:
- It deletes backup folders and antivirus data.
- It blocks various websites by making changes to the hosts file.
- Vpsh may disable the Task Manager.
Encrypts files and asks for a ransom
Finally, Vpsh ransomware locks user files. It asks for a ransom of $490 in a ransom note called _readme.txt.
The method that Vpsh uses to lock files is encryption. You can use it to password protect your files yourself. Vpsh is like that, except that it hides your password. As a result, you can no longer open your own files.
In this case, the password is the decryption key. It is unique to each of Vpsh’s victims. Because of this, you can’t share the decryption key with the other victims of Vpsh.
How to remove Vpsh
Removing Vpsh will not fix your files. Still, removing it is necessary, as it’ll continue to attack your files if it’s not deleted. Not to mention the other malware that may have come with Vpsh.
You can use Spyhunter or another antivirus program. Scan your computer and remove all the malicious files and programs. You can also reset your computer, allowing Windows to remove all the programs. But even then, I recommend scanning your files afterward.
Don’t forget to update your antivirus program. As Vpsh deletes the updates of some antivirus programs when it infects the computer, you may need to fix your antivirus before it can delete Vpsh. The hosts file repair instructions can be found below.
Secure your accounts
Deleting Vpsh is not the end.
If your antivirus scanner detected AzoRult or another trojan, then you may have had your passwords stolen – or any data that your web browsers and other programs had saved. So, reset those passwords before they can be used by criminals and use 2-factor authentication to be alerted if anyone tries to log in to any of your accounts.
Restore your files
There is a decryptor for the files. Emsisoft.com made it available for free. Although it does not have the decryption keys (only the criminals have them), there is a small chance that Vpsh used a non-unique key on your files. Scan your files with the decryptor and see what it finds.
Here are some other file recovery options:
- Data recovery programs can restore deleted files.
- You may be able to repair some of the .vpsh files (Youtube.com). This does lose some data and requires you to have unencrypted reference files.
Restore your files from a backup.
Important -- edit the hosts file to unblock security websitesTL DR : The hosts file is edited to block security sites Before the virus can be removed, it's necessary to fix the hosts file (the file which controls which addresses connect to which IPs). That is the reason the majority of security websites is inaccessible when infected with this particular parasite. This infection edits this file to stop certain websites, including anti-malware download sites, from being accessed from the infected computer, making browsers return the "This site can't be reached" error. Luckily, it's trivial to fix the file and remove the edits that were made to it.
Find and edit the hosts fileThe hosts file can be found on C:/Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts. If you don't see it, change the settings to see hidden files.
- In the Start Menu, search for Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel, find Appearance and Personalization.
- Select Folder Options.
- Open the View tab.
- Open Advanced settings.
- Select "Show hidden files...".
- Select OK.
- Open the Start Menu and enter "notepad".
- When Notepad shows up in the result, right-click on it.
- In the menu, choose "Run as administrator"
- File->Open and browse for the hosts file.
Download and run the antivirus programAfter that, download antivirus programs and use them to remove the ransomware, the trojan, and other malware. Spyhunter (https://www.2-viruses.com/reviews/spyhunter/dwnld/).
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to recover Vpsh Ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus
Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
- Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
- Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
- Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
for Windows 8 / 10
- Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart.
- Choose Troubleshoot → Advanced Options → Startup Settings and click Restart.
- When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings.
2.Restore System files and settings.
- When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
- Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again.
- Click “Next” in the windows that appeared.
- Select one of the Restore Points that are available before Vpsh Ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”.
- To start System restore click “Yes”.
Step 2. Complete removal of Vpsh RansomwareAfter restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Spyhunter and remove all malicious files related to Vpsh Ransomware. You can check other tools here.
Step 3. Restore Vpsh Ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume CopiesIf you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually Vpsh Ransomware tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so. Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer. a) Native Windows Previous Versions Right-click on an encrypted file and select Properties → Previous versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.
b) Shadow Explorer It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Vpsh Ransomware encrypted filesThere are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:
- We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
- Download a data recovery program.
- Install and scan for recently deleted files.