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.vvv File Extension Ransomware

Posted: December 3, 2015

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 47
First Seen: December 3, 2015
Last Seen: September 10, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware is a file encryptor that scans your PC for data to block in exchange for a ransom payment. Due to the dishonesty inherent in the black market ransomware and the likelihood of free decryption services being available, malware experts don't recommend making any fund transfers to the people responsible for a '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware attack. Instead, anti-malware programs should be used for removing the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware, with data recovery as per standard procedures following afterward.

A File Change You may not See Coming

The '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware is threatening software currently suspected of deriving itself from variants of TeslaCrypt, a previous threat known for targeting gaming program files. However, the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware has no known product-targeting preferences, and its closest relative is believed to be the '.ccc File Extension' Ransomware, which displays almost identical threat characteristics to it. After being installed, the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware scans your hard drive for files according to their extension types (such as TXT Notepad files) and encrypts your data.

Although the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware changes the file name extensions to include .vvv extensions, these name changes are superficial and don't corroborate with any changes to the underlying file format. However, the naming choice does allow victims to identify encrypted files on sight. Files encrypted by the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware can't be opened or interpreted by any compatible programs until you decrypt them, which is a solution available with some freeware PC security products.

After making your files unusable, the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware also delivers ransom instructions through a file deposited in an affected directory or loaded to your desktop background. In either case, paying the ransom fee can't guarantee that the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware's administrators will provide the necessary decryption solution, and malware experts advise not paying it.

Getting an Extension on a File Ransoming Emergency

The '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware has no known relationship to Virtual Volume View, a freeware program also noted for using .vvv file types, and shouldn't be assumed to be a legitimate application (regardless of any contrary text in its ransom message). For most file encryptors, malware researchers find that remote file storage strategies can prevent any possibility of permanent harm coming to the infected machine's data, even if the threat launches successfully. Even in worst case scenarios where no backup is available, free decryptor file scanners from reputable PC security companies can reverse many of the most common and simplistic file encryption attacks.

You should take any steps needed to uninstall the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware before trying to restore your encrypted files. Restarting in Safe Mode and running a full scan with the anti-malware suite of your choice should be sufficient for detecting the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware and additional threats that may have taken part in the threat's original installation.

For now, investigations are continuing into the probable distribution strategies in use by the '.vvv File Extension' Ransomware and its likely relative, the '.ccc File Extension' Ransomware.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

C:\Users\tomas\Desktop\PC malware samples\Encrypter.exe\Encrypter.exe File name: Encrypter.exe
Size: 147.45 KB (147456 bytes)
MD5: e48067d2ad6adcbf2e4cf7e705d4bd82
Detection count: 23
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: C:\Users\tomas\Desktop\PC malware samples\Encrypter.exe\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: September 10, 2021