If you can’t open your images, documents, or other files and see the .vgui extension on them, your PC is surely infected with Vgui ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group
Vgui ransomware ciphers personal files found on the victim’s PC with the extension “.vgui” and then creates the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s desktop in the “readme.txt” file. Its task is basically similar to other representatives of the same ransomware family: Fgui, Jjtt, Rtgf.
What is Vgui Ransomware?
|Ransomware family1||DJVU/STOP2 ransomware|
|Ransom||From $490 to $980|
|Symptoms||The images, videos, and other documents have the “.vgui” extension and cannot be opened by any programs|
|Fix Tool||Trojan Killer – ransomware infections tool. 14-day free trial.|
Vgui is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and photos by ciphering them. It marks the encrypted files with the “.vgui” extension. Then Vgui ransomware adds a ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In it, you can see the guidance to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a certain Bitcoin address. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it utilizes to encrypt the documents is not decryptable with contemporary computers. Even quantum PCs that already exist will likely spend hundreds of years to get the decryption key.
How dangerous is the Vgui ransomware?
When Vgui ransomware appears on your PC, it will check your disks for photos, videos, and also important documents. It [ciphers all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these files are found, the ransomware will cipher them and change their extension to “.vgui” to ensure that you understand what happened.
After the Vgui ransomware ciphered the files on your PC, it will drop the last “readme.txt” file on the desktop. Besides the ransom transactioning instructions, the victims also see the email addresses to contact the cybercriminals – firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Here is the ransom note that the Vgui ransomware shows to its victims:
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.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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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.
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How did the Vgui ransomware get on my computer?
The Vgui ransomware spreads by placing websites to get hacked programs or games. They keep their eye on all buzz subjects which can be used to spread ransomware. New games releases, new popular films – Vgui developers make everything to get their victims on that. One of the most common techniques these crooks put to use is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. Nonetheless, using the modern things is not the only manner these burglars utilize. Methods that have already become standard, such as email spamming, are likewise normal for STOP/Djvu ransomware distribution.
Avoiding this ransomware does not need a lot of effort. Following the standard principles of computer hygiene will noticeably minimize all risks. Keep in mind that opening all files you get on email is not a good tactic. Even worse scenario is to enable macros in Microsoft Office files. However, it is far better to prevent the malware intrusion at the moment when you have only opened the email message. Examining the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can anticipate, and when you see the thing like “firstname.lastname@example.org”– it is likely a legitimate email. On the other hand, stuff that tries to appear like Amazon or FedEx delivery notification, however, uses the email address of “email@example.com”– need to make you get on the alarm. Above, you can see the illustration of such a message.
Outlaw sources of different digital things need some extra description. Violating copyright policy already throws you to the risk of being fined. Nevertheless, utilizing torrent trackers or third-party websites to download “free” programs also exposes you to a wide range of malware. Nobody can oversee unnamed people that start the torrent seeding or release the hacked program version on the website with pirated software.
Vgui virus removal instructions.
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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Vgui 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 Vgui ransomware
In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Vgui 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.
- You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
- When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
- Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Vgui files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
- 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 .vgui 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 Vgui 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.
VGUI Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?
Name: VGUI Virus
Description: VGUI Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific vgui extension. VGUI ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.
Offer price: 480
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Virus
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