- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Just like most file-encrypting infections, Vivelag Ransomware drops a ransom note. When we tested the infection in our internal lab, the note was in French, and so it is possible that this malware has more specific targets. Perhaps it is capable of infecting systems that are run using this language, or perhaps it spreads in specific regions. Considering that that ransom note presented by this malware demands a ransom in dollars, it is possible that it was built to attack Windows systems in Canada. Regardless of where you live, if your operating system was infected, you have a few problems to deal with. You need to figure out how to remove Vivelag Ransomware, how to secure your Windows operating system against malware in the future, and most likely, how to restore the encrypted files. Unfortunately, a free decryptor does not exist, and a legitimate free decryptor that could restore files did not exist at the time of research also. As you might have discovered yourself, deleting this malware does not automatically restore files either.
Just like Avaddon Ransomware, NCOV Ransomware, Topi Ransomware, JackSparrow Ransomware, and all other file-encrypting threats that we have reported recently, Vivelag Ransomware is most likely to exploit security vulnerabilities and security backdoors within spam emails and bundled downloaders to slither in. Unfortunately, Windows users continue to be uneducated about malware, and some still do not understand the importance of implementing reliable security safeguards. If the attackers manage to hook a potential victim and then their system is not protected appropriately, Vivelag Ransomware can slither in silently. It immediately encrypts files and adds the “.VIVELAG” extension to all of their names. Sadly, the files that are branded with this extension cannot be read, and you need an actual decryptor to recover them. We cannot know if the attackers behind the threat have a decryptor, and we certainly cannot know if they would provide you with a decryptor even if you fulfilled their demands. They are introduced via a window entitled “RANSOMWARE#LAG” that pops up after encryption.
So, the gist of the message is that your files would be deleted if you did not contact the attackers via Discord and then paid the ransom of $250. This is not the biggest ransom out there, but even 250 dollars is a lot of money for something, whose existence of questionable. Basically, by paying the ransom, you would be taking a gamble, and it is most likely that you would end up losing the money for no reason at all. It must go without saying that we do not recommend communicating with the creator of Vivelag Ransomware and certainly not paying the ransom. Of course, you have to choose what you want to do. If you believe that you have found a legitimate decryptor offered by third parties – and a tool like that could be created in the future – please research it before installing it onto your own computer. In the worst-case scenario, this could be another malicious threat designed to take advantage of you in some other way.
According to our researchers, Vivelag Ransomware disables the Task Manager once it invades, which can make it extremely difficult to remove this malware manually. If you believe that you know which file you need to delete to get rid of the threat, but you must terminate the running process first, you might have to reboot your system in Safe Mode. What we recommend doing instead of all of this is implementing a legitimate anti-malware tool that could find and delete Vivelag Ransomware components automatically. Without a doubt, this could be of great help to you. If you want to make sure that your system remains malware-free in the future as well, this is the software you need by your side at all times.
N.B. If you cannot recover the corrupted files, perhaps you can replace them? Use copies stored in backups, and if you do not have copies, make sure you start creating them from this point on.
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