VAPO Virus (.vapo File) Ransomware — Remove & Decrypt Files

Written by William Reddy

If you cannot open your pics, documents, or files and see the .vapo extension on them, your system is definitely infected with Vapo ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group

Vapo ransomware ciphers personal files identified on the victim’s PC with the extension “.vapo” and then creates the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are put on the victim’s desktop in the “readme.txt” file. Its activity is primarily similar to other examples of the same family: Gatq, Gaze, Gapo.

What is Vapo Ransomware?

NameVapo Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Extension.vapo
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980
Contactsupport@fishmail.top, datarestorehelp@airmail.cc
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.vapo” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Vapo is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and images by ciphering them. It marks the ciphered files with the “.vapo” extension. Then Vapo ransomware adds a money ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In this note, you can see the guidance to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a specified BTC wallet. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it uses to encrypt the documents is not decryptable with contemporary computers. Even quantum PCs that currently exist will spend hundreds of years to brute force the decryption key.

How dangerous is the Vapo ransomware?

When Vapo ransomware gets in your system, it will scan your system for images, videos, and also important documents. It [ciphers all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these documents are found, the ransomware will cipher them and change their extension to “.vapo” to make sure that you understand what happened.

After the Vapo ransomware ciphered the files on your computer, it will generate the last “readme.txt” file on the main screen. In addition to the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the emails to contact the fraudsters – datarestorehelp@airmail.cc and support@fishmail.top.

Here is the money ransom note that the Vapo ransomware shows to its victims:

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
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Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
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How did the Vapo ransomware get on my computer?

The Vapo ransomware spreads by placing websites to get hacked programs or games. They keep their eye on all hype topics which can be used to spread ransomware. New games introductions, new popular films – Vapo developers make whatever to get their money on that. Some of the most popular strategies these criminals put to use is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. However, following the contemporary trends is not the only manner these criminals utilize. Options that have already turned into classic, such as email spamming, are likewise standard for STOP/Djvu ransomware spreading.

Malicious email spam

The example of email spamming that may lead to Vapo ransomware injection

Preventing this ransomware does not need a lot of initiative. Using the ordinary rules of PC hygiene will substantially decrease all hazards. Bear in mind that opening all documents you receive on e-mail is not a great option. Even worse situation is to enable macros in Microsoft Office documents. But it is much better to avoid the malware attack at the moment when you have just opened the e-mail message. Examining the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can anticipate, and when you see things like “support@amazon.com”– it is likely a legit e-mail. At the same time, stuff that tries to look like Amazon or FedEx shipping notice, however, uses the e-mail address of “amazonspurrot1363@gmail.com”– should make you get on the alarm. Above, you can see the illustration of such a message.

Outlaw sources of various digital things require some extra explanation. Breaking copyright regulation surely exposes you to the danger of being fined. However, utilizing torrent trackers or third-party sites to download “free” programs likewise exposes you to a wide range of malware. Nobody can regulate unidentified individuals that launch the torrent seeding or release the hacked program version on the website with pirated software.

Vapo virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Vapo virus detection and removal:

  • STEP 1. Download and install Trojan Killer.

  • STEP 2. Click on "Finish".

  • STEP 3. Wait until necessary updates are downloaded and installed.

  • STEP 4. Select computer scan type.

  • STEP 5. The software will begin scanning your computer.

  • STEP 6. Click on "Cure PC".

Restore the files encrypted by the Vapo ransomware

In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Vapo ransomware because the private key needed to unlock the encrypted files is only available through cybercriminals. However, we’ve listed one option you can use to recover your files below.

Warning! Make sure you remove the ransomware from your system first, otherwise, it will repeatedly encrypt your files.

If your files were encrypted with an offline key, there is a chance you can recover them by using Emsisoft Decryptor for the STOP/Djvu decryption tool. Follow the below guide to recover your files using the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu.

  1. You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
  2. When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
  3. Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Vapo files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
  4. The decryptor will inform you once the decryption process will be finished. If you require the report for your records, you can save it by clicking the “Save log” button.

If the Emsisoft Decryptor can’t decrypt your .vapo files and you do not plan on paying the ransom, it is advised that you make an image of the encrypted drives so that you can decrypt them in the future.

Your computer should now be free of the Vapo ransomware infection. However, suppose your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Trojan Killer to protect against these types of threats in the future.

Remove VAPO Ransomware Virus (DECRYPT .vapo FILES)

Name: VAPO Virus

Description: VAPO Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific vapo extension. VAPO ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.

Offer price: 480

Currency: $

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Virus

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About the author

William Reddy

I am from Ireland. My parents bought me a computer when I was 11, and several months after I have got a virus on this PC. I decided to enter the INSA Centre Val de Loire university after being graduated from the school. This French educational institution was offering a brand-new cybersecurity course. After getting the master's degree in cybersecurity, I've started working as a virus analyst in a little anti-malware vendor.

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