How to uninstall VinDizelPux from your computer

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

VinDizelPux ransomware removal instructions

What is VinDizelPux?

VinDizelPux belongs to the MedusaLocker ransomware family and was discovered by Ravi. This ransomware renders files inaccessible by encryption. It also renames every encrypted file by appending the ".VinDizelPux" extension. For example, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.VinDizelPux", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.VinDizelPux", and so on. Instructions about how to contact cyber criminals and pay the ransom can be found in the "Recovery_Instructions.html" file (VinDizelPux drops this file in all folders that contain encrypted data).

The message within the "Recovery_Instructions.HTML" file states that victims should not try to decrypt files with third party software, modify or rename them, since attempts to do so will damage files permanently. To get decryption software and keys, victims must supposedly pay 1 Bitcoin to the cyber criminals who designed VinDizelPux by sending it to the provided BTC wallet address, which can be found in a Tor website (its link is provided in the HTML file). It is stated that cyber criminals must be paid or contacted (via the dec_helper@outlook.com or dec_helper@excic.com email address) within 72 hours of the ransomware attack. After 72 hours, the decryption key is deleted. Unfortunately, there are no third party tools capable of recovering files encrypted by VinDizelPux. In most cases, malware of this type encrypts files with a strong encryption algorithm and only the cyber criminals responsible can help victims to decrypt their files. Despite this, cyber criminals should never be trusted or paid - victims who pay the ransom are often scammed and do not receive any decryption tools. Generally, it is only possible to recover files from a backup. Further encryption of any unaffected files can be prevented by uninstalling the ransomware, however, already compromised files remain encrypted even after removal of the rogue software.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

VinDizelPux decrypt instructions (Recovery_Instructions.html)

Some examples of other ransomware are Gyga, .RABBIT and .java. This software prevents victims from accessing their files by encryption and creates and/or displays a ransom message. Main differences are cryptographic algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) that ransomware uses for encryption and cost of decryption software and/or key. Unfortunately, in most cases, files cannot be decrypted without specific tools held only by the cyber criminals behind the ransomware, unless the ransomware contains bugs/flaws or has other vulnerabilities. Therefore, maintain backups on remote servers (e.g., Cloud) or unplugged storage devices.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Most cyber criminals spread ransomware and other malware through emails (malspam campaigns), untrusted software download sources, Trojans, fake (unofficial) software updaters and unofficial activators ('cracking' tools). Cyber criminals commonly send emails that contain malicious attachments. When opened, these attachments cause installation of malicious software. Examples of files that they attach to emails are malicious Microsoft Office documents, PDF documents, archive files (ZIP, RAR), JavaScript and executable files (.exe). Malware is also spread through Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), freeware download websites, unofficial web pages, third party downloaders, free file hosting pages, etc. Typically, malicious files are disguised as regular and legitimate. When downloaded and opened, however, they install ransomware or other high-risk malware. Trojans are programs that often cause chain infections. After installation, they cause installation of other software of this kind. Unofficial software updaters infect systems by installing malicious programs rather than updating or fixing installed software, or by exploiting bugs/flaws of outdated software. Various 'cracking' tools (unofficial activators) supposedly activate licensed software free of charge (bypass activation), however, they often install malware.

Threat Summary:
Name VinDizelPux virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker.
Encrypted Files Extension .VinDizelPux
Ransom Demand Message Recovery_Instructions.html, Tor website
Ransom Amount 1 Bitcoin
BTC Wallet Address 1BkmiGWPLum8MzusqZsq6Tn7v4oUjqPLjC
Cyber Criminal Contact Tor website, dec_helper@outlook.com, dec_helper@excic.com
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Generic.Ransom.MedusaLocker.942644D7), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.MedusaLocker.C), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.DelShad.dax), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
Damage All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing Trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.
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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections

Software should not be downloaded or installed through third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, etc. Only official websites and direct links are trustworthy download sources. Do not open irrelevant emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses and contain attachments or web links. Installed software must be updated with tools/functions designed by official software developers. The same applies to activation. Third party, unofficial tools should never be used and, furthermore, it is illegal to activate licensed software with unofficial activation tools. Scan the computer for threats regularly with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If your computer is already infected with VinDizelPux, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Appearance of "Recovery_Instructions.html" ransom message:

vindizelpux ransom note appearance in gif image

Text presented in VinDizelPux ransomware "Recovery_Instructions.html" file:

YOUR PERSONAL ID:
-
/!\ YOUR COMPANY NETWORK HAS BEEN PENETRATED /!\
ALL YOUR IMPORTANT FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!

 

YOUR FILES ARE SAFE! JUST MODIFIED ONLY. (RSA+AES)

 

ANY ATTEMPT TO RESTORE YOUR FILES WITH THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE
WILL PERMENANTLY DESTROY YOUR FILE.
DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES. DO NOT RENAME ENCRYPTED FILES.

 

NO SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON INTERNET CAN HELP YOU. WE ONLY HAVE
SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM.

 

WE GATHERED HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL/PERSORNAL DATA. THESE DATA
ARE CURRENTLY STORED ON A PRIVATE SERVER. THIS SERVER WILL BE
IMMEDIATELY DESTROYED AFTER YOUR PAYMENT. WE ONLY SEEK MONEY
AND DO NOT WANT TO DAMAGE YOUR REPUTATION. IF YOU DECIDE TO
NOT PAY, WE WILL RELEASE THIS DATA TO PUBLIC OR RE-SELLER.

 

YOU WILL CAN SEND US 2-3 NON-IMPORTANT FILES AND WE WILL
DECRYPT IT FOR FREE TO PROVE WE ARE ABLE TO GIVE YOUR FILES
BACK.

 

Contact us for price and get decryption software.

 

hxxp://gvlay6u4g53rxdi5.onion/21-Al9gJCAJ2fd8LgNEdEBLhNUw5QUOgJlP-F4N6pC1dVUVpFGQWAQnmFUh8u6OPhxPG
* Note that this server is available via Tor browser only

 

Follow the instructions to open the link:
1. Type the addres "hxxps://www.torproject.org" in your Internet browser. It opens the Tor site.
2. Press "Download Tor", then press "Download Tor Browser Bundle", install and run it.
3. Now you have Tor browser. In the Tor Browser open "{{URL}}".
4. Start a chat and follow the further instructions.

 

If you can't use the above link, use the email:
dec_helper@outlook.com
dec_helper@excic.com
MAKE CONTACT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YOUR DECRYPTION KEY IS ONLY STORED
TEMPORARLY. IF YOU DON'T CONTACT US WITHIN 72 HOURS, PRICE WILL BE HIGHER.

Screenshot of Tor website designed to contact VinDizelPux developers:

vindizelpux tor website

Text in this page:

Start a chat and send your personal ID.

 

* look at the beginning of the file where you found this link.

 

The price will be set after communication.
1 BTC

 

Send 1 BTC (in ONE payment) to:
don't include transaction fee in this amount
1BkmiGWPLum8MzusqZsq6Tn7v4oUjqPLjC
Chat with support

Screenshot of files encrypted by VinDizelPux (".VinDizelPux" extension):

Files encrypted by VinDizelPux ransomware (.VinDizelPux extension)

VinDizelPux ransomware removal:

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Reporting ransomware to authorities:

If you are a victim of a ransomware attack we recommend reporting this incident to authorities. By providing information to law enforcement agencies you will help track cybercrime and potentially assist in the prosecution of the attackers. Here's a list of authorities where you should report a ransomware attack. For the complete list of local cybersecurity centers and information on why you should report ransomware attacks, read this article.

List of local authorities where ransomware attacks should be reported (choose one depending on your residence address):

Isolating the infected device:

Some ransomware-type infections are designed to encrypt files within external storage devices, infect them, and even spread throughout the entire local network. For this reason, it is very important to isolate the infected device (computer) as soon as possible.

Step 1: Disconnect from the internet.

The easiest way to disconnect a computer from the internet is to unplug the Ethernet cable from the motherboard, however, some devices are connected via a wireless network and for some users (especially those who are not particularly tech-savvy), disconnecting cables may seem troublesome. Therefore, you can also disconnect the system manually via Control Panel:

Navigate to the "Control Panel", click the search bar in the upper-right corner of the screen, enter "Network and Sharing Center" and select search result: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 1)

Click the "Change adapter settings" option in the upper-left corner of the window: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 2)

Right-click on each connection point and select "Disable". Once disabled, the system will no longer be connected to the internet. To re-enable the connection points, simply right-click again and select "Enable". Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 3)

Step 2: Unplug all storage devices.

As mentioned above, ransomware might encrypt data and infiltrate all storage devices that are connected to the computer. For this reason, all external storage devices (flash drives, portable hard drives, etc.) should be disconnected immediately, however, we strongly advise you to eject each device before disconnecting to prevent data corruption:

Navigate to "My Computer", right-click on each connected device, and select "Eject": Ejecting external storage devices

Step 3: Log-out of cloud storage accounts.

Some ransomware-type might be able to hijack software that handles data stored within "the Cloud". Therefore, the data could be corrupted/encrypted. For this reason, you should log-out of all cloud storage accounts within browsers and other related software. You should also consider temporarily uninstalling the cloud-management software until the infection is completely removed.

Identify the ransomware infection:

To properly handle an infection, one must first identify it. Some ransomware infections use ransom-demand messages as an introduction (see the WALDO ransomware text file below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 1)

This, however, is rare. In most cases, ransomware infections deliver more direct messages simply stating that data is encrypted and that victims must pay some sort of ransom. Note that ransomware-type infections typically generate messages with different file names (for example, "_readme.txt", "READ-ME.txt", "DECRYPTION_INSTRUCTIONS.txt", "DECRYPT_FILES.html", etc.). Therefore, using the name of a ransom message may seem like a good way to identify the infection. The problem is that most of these names are generic and some infections use the same names, even though the delivered messages are different and the infections themselves are unrelated. Therefore, using the message filename alone can be ineffective and even lead to permanent data loss (for example, by attempting to decrypt data using tools designed for different ransomware infections, users are likely to end up permanently damaging files and decryption will no longer be possible even with the correct tool).

Another way to identify a ransomware infection is to check the file extension, which is appended to each encrypted file. Ransomware infections are often named by the extensions they append (see files encrypted by Qewe ransomware below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 2)

This method is only effective, however, when the appended extension is unique - many ransomware infections append a generic extension (for example, ".encrypted", ".enc", ".crypted", ".locked", etc.). In these cases, identifying ransomware by its appended extension becomes impossible.

One of the easiest and quickest ways to identify a ransomware infection is to use the ID Ransomware website. This service supports most existing ransomware infections. Victims simply upload a ransom message and/or one encrypted file (we advise you to upload both if possible).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 3)

The ransomware will be identified within seconds and you will be provided with various details, such as the name of the malware family to which the infection belongs, whether it is decryptable, and so on.

Example 1 (Qewe [Stop/Djvu] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 4)

Example 2 (.iso [Phobos] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 5)

If your data happens to be encrypted by ransomware that is not supported by ID Ransomware, you can always try searching the internet by using certain keywords (for example, a ransom message title, file extension, provided contact emails, crypto wallet addresses, etc.).

Search for ransomware decryption tools:

Encryption algorithms used by most ransomware-type infections are extremely sophisticated and, if the encryption is performed properly, only the developer is capable of restoring data. This is because decryption requires a specific key, which is generated during the encryption. Restoring data without the key is impossible. In most cases, cybercriminals store keys on a remote server, rather than using the infected machine as a host. Dharma (CrySis), Phobos, and other families of high-end ransomware infections are virtually flawless, and thus restoring data encrypted without the developers' involvement is simply impossible. Despite this, there are dozens of ransomware-type infections that are poorly developed and contain a number of flaws (for example, the use of identical encryption/decryption keys for each victim, keys stored locally, etc.). Therefore, always check for available decryption tools for any ransomware that infiltrates your computer.

Finding the correct decryption tool on the internet can be very frustrating. For this reason, we recommend that you use the No More Ransom Project and this is where identifying the ransomware infection is useful. The No More Ransom Project website contains a "Decryption Tools" section with a search bar. Enter the name of the identified ransomware, and all available decryptors (if there are any) will be listed.

Searching for ransomware decryption tools in nomoreransom.org website

Restore files with data recovery tools:

Depending on the situation (quality of ransomware infection, type of encryption algorithm used, etc.), restoring data with certain third-party tools might be possible. Therefore, we advise you to use the Recuva tool developed by CCleaner. This tool supports over a thousand data types (graphics, video, audio, documents, etc.) and it is very intuitive (little knowledge is necessary to recover data). In addition, the recovery feature is completely free.

Step 1: Perform a scan.

Run the Recuva application and follow the wizard. You will be prompted with several windows allowing you to choose what file types to look for, which locations should be scanned, etc. All you need to do is select the options you're looking for and start the scan. We advise you to enable the "Deep Scan" before starting, otherwise, the application's scanning capabilities will be restricted.

Recuva data recovery tool wizard

Wait for Recuva to complete the scan. The scanning duration depends on the volume of files (both in quantity and size) that you are scanning (for example, several hundred gigabytes could take over an hour to scan). Therefore, be patient during the scanning process. We also advise against modifying or deleting existing files, since this might interfere with the scan. If you add additional data (for example, downloading files/content) while scanning, this will prolong the process:

Recuva data recovery tool scan time

Step 2: Recover data.

Once the process is complete, select the folders/files you wish to restore and simply click "Recover". Note that some free space on your storage drive is necessary to restore data:

Recuva data recovery tool recovering data

Create data backups:

Proper file management and creating backups is essential for data security. Therefore, always be very careful and think ahead.

Partition management: We recommend that you store your data in multiple partitions and avoid storing important files within the partition that contains the entire operating system. If you fall into a situation whereby you cannot boot the system and are forced to format the disk on which the operating system is installed (in most cases, this is where malware infections hide), you will lose all data stored within that drive. This is the advantage of having multiple partitions: if you have the entire storage device assigned to a single partition, you will be forced to delete everything, however, creating multiple partitions and allocating the data properly allows you to prevent such problems. You can easily format a single partition without affecting the others - therefore, one will be cleaned and the others will remain untouched, and your data will be saved. Managing partitions is quite simple and you can find all the necessary information on Microsoft's documentation web page.

Data backups: One of the most reliable backup methods is to use an external storage device and keep it unplugged. Copy your data to an external hard drive, flash (thumb) drive, SSD, HDD, or any other storage device, unplug it and store it in a dry place away from the sun and extreme temperatures. This method is, however, quite inefficient, since data backups and updates need to be made regularly. You can also use a cloud service or remote server. Here, an internet connection is required and there is always the chance of a security breach, although it's a really rare occasion.

We recommend using Microsoft OneDrive for backing up your files. OneDrive lets you store your personal files and data in the cloud, sync files across computers and mobile devices, allowing you to access and edit your files from all of your Windows devices. OneDrive lets you save, share and preview files, access download history, move, delete, and rename files, as well as create new folders, and much more.

You can back up your most important folders and files on your PC (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders). Some of OneDrive’s more notable features include file versioning, which keeps older versions of files for up to 30 days. OneDrive features a recycling bin in which all of your deleted files are stored for a limited time. Deleted files are not counted as part of the user’s allocation.

The service is built using HTML5 technologies and allows you to upload files up to 300 MB via drag and drop into the web browser or up to 10 GB via the OneDrive desktop application. With OneDrive, you can download entire folders as a single ZIP file with up to 10,000 files, although it can’t exceed 15 GB per single download.

OneDrive comes with 5 GB of free storage out of the box, with an additional 100 GB, 1 TB, and 6 TB storage options available for a subscription-based fee. You can get one of these storage plans by either purchasing additional storage separately or with Office 365 subscription.

Creating a data backup:

The backup process is the same for all file types and folders. Here’s how you can back up your files using Microsoft OneDrive

Step 1: Choose the files/folders you want to backup.

Click the OneDrive icon in the taskbar

Click the OneDrive cloud icon to open the OneDrive menu. While in this menu, you can customize your file backup settings.

Select Help & Settings and click Settings

Click Help & Settings and then select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Select the Backup tab and click Manage backup

Go to the Backup tab and click Manage backup.

Select folders to backup and click Start backup

In this menu, you can choose to backup the Desktop and all of the files on it, and Documents and Pictures folders, again, with all of the files in them. Click Start backup.

Now, when you add a file or folder in the Desktop and Documents and Pictures folders, they will be automatically backed up on OneDrive.

To add folders and files, not in the locations shown above, you have to add them manually.

Select a file manually and copy it

Open File Explorer and navigate to the location of the folder/file you want to backup. Select the item, right-click it, and click Copy.

Paste the copied file in the OneDrive folder to create a backup

Then, navigate to OneDrive, right-click anywhere in the window and click Paste. Alternatively, you can just drag and drop a file into OneDrive. OneDrive will automatically create a backup of the folder/file.

File statuses in OneDrive folder

All of the files added to the OneDrive folder are backed up in the cloud automatically. The green circle with the checkmark in it indicates that the file is available both locally and on OneDrive and that the file version is the same on both. The blue cloud icon indicates that the file has not been synced and is available only on OneDrive. The sync icon indicates that the file is currently syncing.

Click Help & Settings and click View Online

To access files only located on OneDrive online, go to the Help & Settings drop-down menu and select View online.

Click the Settings cog and click Options

Step 2: Restore corrupted files.

OneDrive makes sure that the files stay in sync, so the version of the file on the computer is the same version on the cloud. However, if ransomware has encrypted your files, you can take advantage of OneDrive’s Version history feature that will allow you to restore the file versions prior to encryption.

Microsoft 365 has a ransomware detection feature that notifies you when your OneDrive files have been attacked and guide you through the process of restoring your files. It must be noted, however, that if you don’t have a paid Microsoft 365 subscription, you only get one detection and file recovery for free.

If your OneDrive files get deleted, corrupted, or infected by malware, you can restore your entire OneDrive to a previous state. Here’s how you can restore your entire OneDrive:

restore-your-onedrive

1. If you're signed in with a personal account, click the Settings cog at the top of the page. Then, click Options and select Restore your OneDrive.

If you're signed in with a work or school account,  click the Settings cog at the top of the page. Then, click Restore your OneDrive.

2. On the Restore your OneDrive page, select a date from the drop-down list. Note that if you're restoring your files after automatic ransomware detection, a restore date will be selected for you.

3. After configuring all of the file restoration options, click Restore to undo all the activities you selected.

The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups.

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