About the .Vusad Virus
Recently, a number of web users have contacted our “How to remove” team, asking for help with the removal of one of the newest Ransomware cyrptoviruses, an infection called Vusad. This infection uses a very complex file encryption algorithm to block the access to the victim’s personal files and to ask for a ransom for their decryption. The malware can sneak silently in the system thanks to the user’s interaction with an infected file, a malicious email attachment, a fake ad, a misleading link or a spam message, and may secretly place an encryption to a number file types such as images, documents, databases, archives, audios, video files and more.
After the encryption process completes, a scary ransom demanding message may appear on the screen of the victim, informing them about the steps that they need to take if they want to restore the access to their locked data. The cyber criminals behind the infection may insist that the payment is made immediately and they usually promise to send you a special decryption key to reverse the encryption if you strictly follow all of their instructions.
However, if you are on this page, you most probably don’t want to give your money to the hackers behind Vusad right away, and would like to try to remove the Ransomware and restore your files through other means. If this is the case, we suggest that you carefully read the information that follows and make use of the instructions in the removal guide at the end of the page.
What is the recommended course of action in case of an infection with Ransomware like .Vusad File?
Placing encryption to personal files without the users’ knowledge and asking them to pay a ransom to decrypt them is pure form blackmailing and it is a crime. Therefore, any software that does that to your data is a serious threat to your computer and the people who stand behind it are criminals. That being said, paying to the hackers behind a Ransomware like Vusad,Herad, Budak is an act that can only encourage the criminals to blackmail you even more. Besides, there is absolutely no guarantee or any assurance that, if you fulfill all of the ransom demands, you will receive a decryption key and you will get your files back. Therefore, most reputed security professionals, including our “How to remove” team, advise against giving your money to the criminals in an attempt to obtain the decryption key. Instead, what we suggest is that you focus on removing Vusad from your machine and exploring some legitimate methods to recover your information. For instance, you can use your own file backups or give a try to the file-recovery suggestions in the removal guide below. First, however, it is important to eliminate the Ransomware from the computer in order to prevent it from encrypting even more files or the backup sources that you will connect. For quick and risk-free removal, we advise you to combine the steps in the removal guide with the professional Vusad removal tool which can run a full system scan and assist you with the removal of the cryptovirus.
|Danger Level||High (Vusad Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||Vusad Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove Vusad Ransomware
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to Vusad
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the Vusad.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and Vusad , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – Vusad
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to Vusad Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: Vusad Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Vusad Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.