Vegclass Ransomware

Also Known As: Vegclass virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Vegclass ransomware removal instructions

What is Vegclass?

Vegclass is another ransomware infection identical to Mahasaraswati, Green_Ray, and JohnyCryptor. After stealthily infiltrating the system, Vegclass uses an asymmetric encryption algorithm to encrypt various files stored on victims' computers. During encryption, Vegclass ransomware adds the .Vegclass(@) extension to the name of each encrypted file. It also changes the desktop wallpaper and creates a 'How to decrypt your files' text file, placing it in each folder containing encrypted files.

The text file and desktop wallpaper state that victims must contact developers of Vegclass to restore their encrypted files. As mentioned, Vegclass employs the asymmetric encryption algorithm and, thus, public (to encrypt) and private (to decrypt) keys are generated during encryption. The private key is unfortunately stored on Command and Control (C&C) servers controlled by cyber criminals (developers of Vegclass). Therefore, to restore files, victims must purchase the private key for a certain fee (which is currently unknown). To receive payment instructions, victims must send three selected files to the email address provided. Bear in mind, however, that developers of ransomware-type viruses often ignore victims regardless of any payments made. Therefore, we strongly advise you not to contact cyber criminals or pay any ransom. In doing so, you will simply support their malicious businesses. Unfortunately, there are currently no tools capable of decrypting files compromised by Vegclass. Therefore, victims can only restore their files/system from a backup.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to contact the developers of Vegclass ransomware to decrypt their compromised data:

Vegclass decrypt instructions

All ransomware-type viruses are very similar - they encrypt victims' files and demand ransom payments. There are two main differences - the type of encryption algorithm used and size of ransom. Research shows that these viruses are mostly distributed using malicious email attachments, P2P (peer-to-peer) networks, fake software updates, and trojans. Therefore, never download files from third party sources or open attachments sent from unrecognized/suspicious email addresses. In addition, keep your installed software up-to-date and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite. The existence of ransomware-type malware is one of the main reasons why you should maintain regular backups of your files.

Text presented in Vegclass desktop wallpaper:

Attention!!! To restore information email technical support send 3 encrypted files Econvector3(@) or Eco_vector(@)

Screenshot of Vegclass ransomware text file (How to decrypt your files.txt):

Vegclass text file

Text presented within this file:

DECRYPT FILES EMAIL ecovector3(@) or eco_vector(@)

Screenshot of files encrypted by Vegclass:

Files encrypted by Vegclass

Vegclass ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Vegclass virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Vegclass ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Vegclass ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Vegclass are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by Vegclass, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

 To protect your computer from file encrypting ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Vegclass ransomware.)

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user intervention:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove Vegclass ransomware:

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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