What is VapeLauncher Ransomware?

If you don’t know what VapeLauncher ransomware is – you came to the right place. In this article, we will explain everything we know about this ransomware and how to delete it as well. This malware did not invent anything new to typical ransomware virus behavior. Same old story about extracting money from your wallet in exchange for locked files.

However, there is a little twist about this VapeLauncher ransomware. Cyber-experts have deduced the origins of this virus and came to a conclusion that this malware uses the old CryptoWire scheme. It was an educational product just like the infamous HiddenTear project which was created for educational purposes. As we see such projects are destined to an ill fate.

VapeLauncher Ransomware uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm. This way your files cannot be decrypted without a private key. Furthermore, VapeLauncher erases Volume Shadow Copies of your files and backup images. When virus breaches the perimeter, it goes for files in Program Files, Program Files (x86), AppData, Program Data, and Windows as well. The files on Network drives, in Network Shares, on external disks and USB drives, in your Dropbox, on Google Drive are also in danger. It is easy to miss that something is wrong and your security along with the data is compromised because VapeLauncher Ransomware does not add any extensions to hacked files. You will know that something fishy is going on only when the normal boot process is interrupted with the following message: Your files has been safely encrypted. The only way you can recover your files is to buy a decryption key. The payment method is Bitcoins. The price is $200 = 0.2909 Bitcoins.

We also advocate against playing by the hackers’ rules. For criminals, it is a common practice to threaten users with the removal of all infected files unless a decryption key is entered. We want to remind you that there are no guarantees that scammers will unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one. Instead, you should use an advanced anti-malware program to eliminate the threat. Plumbytes Anti-Malware is a reliable solution in this situation.

As for the distribution method for VapeLauncher Ransomware, there is also a deviation from traditional schemes. It comes in the archive named Vape2.6-Minecrafthax.net.zip which is designed to attract Minecraft players. The archive contains the Vape Launcher executable file. Once it is started the scan procedure followed by the system encryption begins. Such hacked files often come bundled with software on unreliable websites and other questionable sources. We recommend to download needed files only from trusted servers and always check suspicious files an antivirus scanner.

Even if your computer is already infected with the VapeLauncher Ransomware, you can still remove it for good. You just need an advanced anti-malware program that will scan your PC and find the malicious file. VapeLauncher removal is much easier with this automated method, but you can also read additional instructions below to understand the process of VapeLauncher removal.

VapeLauncher Ransomware Removal Instruction

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Manual Removal Instruction for VapeLauncher Ransomware

Step 1
UNINSTALL VAPELAUNCHER 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).
    VapeLauncher 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.
    VapeLauncher Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall VapeLauncher Ransomware and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the VapeLauncher Ransomware or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    VapeLauncher Ransomware remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
REMOVE VAPELAUNCHER 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 VapeLauncher Ransomware from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the VapeLauncher Ransomware and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher Ransomware completely.
  • Remove VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select VapeLauncher Ransomware and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher Ransomware completely.
  • Remove VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the VapeLauncher Ransomware and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher 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 VapeLauncher Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove VapeLauncher Ransomware completely.
  • Remove VapeLauncher Ransomware from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3
FINAL VAPELAUNCHER RANSOMWARE REMOVAL PROCEDURE

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the VAPELAUNCHER 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: 03/13/2017 10:51 PM;