How to remove VHDLocker Ransomware?

VHDLocker ransomware is a bit different from other threats of this type. It exhibits a strange behavior for an encrypting program. It still targets valuable files of most popular types on your computer, but instead of typical adding of abnormal extension to them, VHDLocker transfers the data to a Virtual Hard Disk.

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Other than this expect to see nothing new – just a standard procedure of «Pay us if you want your files back!». The hackers demand to pay 0.5 Bitcoin following the instructions in the PLEASE READ.txt which is created after VHDLocker finishes its job.

Furthermore, this ransomware is also capable of altering Windows Registry which allows launching the virus whenever Windows OS starts. In addition to that, Shadow Volume Copies of the corrupted files can be deleted by this malware using Delete Shadows command (vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet). So we advise having backups for most important files on your computer. VHDLocker will most likely target files with the following extensions:  .jpg, .jpeg, .docx, .doc, .xlsx, .xls, .ppt, .pdf, .png, .odt, .pptx, .msg, .rar, .mdb, .zip.

We still don’t have a full list of the main spreading techniques for this ransomware, but it is safe to safe that most common strategies are in use. We’re talking about typical stuff like:

  • Software installers: malware programs often come bundled with other software you might need. Unchecking all unneeded boxes during the installation is a must. Be careful with the programs that come from untrusted sources.
  • Malware spam: emails are still one of the most popular methods of distributing malicious software like this one. Suspicious attachments, unknown links, executable files, etc. in emails should not be opened. It is always a risk to get infected in one click.
  • Redirects: sites are getting hacked each day, and malicious ads and hijackers are there for unsuspecting users ready to infect users with viruses and other malware.

 

Please, follow the instructions below if you need additional information to remove VHDLocker. Usually, this kind of malware can be deleted automatically – using an advanced anti-malware program such as Plumbytes Anti-Malware – or manually. Though, we do not recommend the second option because might accidentally harm your system even more. File-encrypting programs like this one are often disguised as safe-looking files. Deleting wrong files might cause additional problems with your OS. If you need more information, please continue to read the paragraph below.

VHDLocker Ransomware Removal Instruction

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Manual Removal Instruction for VHDLocker Ransomware

Step 1
UNINSTALL VHDLOCKER RANSOMWARE AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Click on the Start button in the left lower corner and select → Control Panel. After that find the Programs and Features (if you are running Windows XP , then click on Add/Remove Programs).
    VHDLocker Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.1
Windows 8/8.1/10
  • If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system , then right-click on the Start which is in the lower left corner of the screen. After that select Control Panel and go to Programs/Uninstall a Program.
    VHDLocker Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall VHDLocker Ransomware and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the VHDLocker Ransomware or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    VHDLocker Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
REMOVE VHDLOCKER RANSOMWARE FROM YOUR WEB BROWSERS
  • Step 3
Remove suspicious add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Manage Add-ons.
    Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the VHDLocker Ransomware and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.2
How to change your homepage if it was modified by browser hijacker:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.
  • On General tab remove unwanted URL and enter your desired domain name such as google.com. Click Apply to save changes.
    Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.3
Resetting Internet Explorer browser
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and chose Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Now click on Reset button, the new window should appear. Select the Delete Personal settings option and click on Reset button again. Now you have deteled VHDLocker Ransomware completely.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon which is located in the top right corner. Now select Add-ons and go to Extensions.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select VHDLocker Ransomware and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.2
Resetting Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu icon which is on the upper left corner of the browser and click on the question mark. Now, choose Troubleshooting Information option.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.3
  • New windows will pop-up where you can see Refresh Firefox to its default state message and Refresh Firefox button. Click this button to remove VHDLocker Ransomware completely.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon in the upper right corner and select More Tools and then select Extensions.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the VHDLocker Ransomware and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.2
  • Click on menu icon once again and select Settings and then Manage Search engines it will be right under the Search section.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.3
  • Now you will see all of the Search Engines installed in your browser. Remove any suspicious search engines. We advise you to leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.4
Resetting Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon which is on the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser. Now select Settings. Click Show Advanced Settings...
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and find there Reset settings and click on it.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove VHDLocker Ransomware completely.
  • Remove VHDLocker Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3
FINAL VHDLOCKER RANSOMWARE REMOVAL PROCEDURE

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the VHDLOCKER RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.

Information added: 02/22/2017 10:14 PM;