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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Vapor Ransomware

Creepy sounds and a black window with green text saying you have only around 48 hours to email the hackers; it sounds like you are dealing with Vapor Ransomware. Another detail that ought to allow you to confirm this is the malicious application that infected your computer is .VAPOR extension; it should be on all of the threat's encrypted files. Encrypted data cannot be opened unless you have decryption tools. The hackers claim they can provide them, but we would advise you to be cautious. These people could trick you into paying and then leave you without the promised decryptor. A safer way to restore your data is to replace it with backup copies. However, we do not advise rushing the process as you should first make sure the computer is malware-free. To erase Vapor Ransomware manually you could follow the instructions provided below, but it might be easier to scan the computer with a reliable antimalware tool.

Further, in the text, we would like to tell you more about Vapor Ransomware, such as where it could come from. Our researchers suspect the threat might be distributed with malicious email attachments or installers downloaded from doubtful web pages. It means you ought to be extra careful with emails from strangers and stay away from websites that could contain malicious data, for example, torrent or other untrustworthy file-sharing sites. Even if the email attachment seems like to be coming from a reputable company always check whether the sender’s email really belongs to it. Also, to be entirely sure the attachment, installer, or any other file received from the Internet is not harmful you should scan it with a reliable antimalware tool. If it does not detect any malicious components, it should be safe to launch the suspected file; otherwise, the chosen tool ought to help you eliminate it.

According to our researchers, Vapor Ransomware might have other versions in the future since they noticed the malware’s code calls it Vapor Ransomware v1, suggesting this is the first variant only. Once it settles in it does not create any Registry entries or other data that would allow the malicious application to launch itself automatically with the operating system. Instead, it should start encrypting the victim’s data immediately. The process should be carried out quietly, so the user would not realize what is happening. During this process, various documents and other file types should become unusable and gain a second extension mentioned earlier (.VAPOR). Right after encryption, the victim may hear a creepy melody playing through his speakers, and soon enough Vapor Ransomware should open its window.

The malware’s window is supposed to have a text written in a bright green color. Its starts with phrases meant to scare the user: “You Cannot Run You Cannot Hide You Aren’t Safe Here.” No doubt, the experience should be unpleasant. Not to mention the fact all of the user’s personal data was encrypted could be painful to take in if the victim does not have a backup. In which case, some might feel like they have no other choice but to contact the hackers behind Vapor Ransomware to learn how to get decryption tools. The problem is they will most likely ask you to make a payment to their account. You have to realize there are no guarantees you will get the promised tools even if you do pay the ransom.

What we mean to say is putting up with the cybercriminals’ demand could end up badly. If you do not want to take any chances, you should close the malware’s window before the given time runs out. It is best to do so by ending the threats process as we will show at the beginning of the removal instructions placed below this text. Then we would recommend following the rest of our provided steps to delete Vapor Ransomware manually or to employ a reliable antimalware tool and leave this task to it. Once the malware is gone, you could restore files from backup copies, or you could try to look for a free decryption tool designed by cybersecurity specialists.

Erase Vapor Ransomware

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager and select Processes.
  3. Find a process belonging to the threat.
  4. Mark it and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Click Win+E.
  7. Find these paths:
  8. Locate the malicious application’s launcher (could be any recently downloaded file).
  9. Right-click it and select Delete.
  10. Exit File Explorer.
  11. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  12. Restart the computer.
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