Vawe Ransomware

What is Vawe Ransomware?

Vawe Ransomware is an infection that we are still tracking very closely. It appears that it comes from the STOP Ransomware family – which we talk more about further in this report – but we are still looking to see if it evolves or changes with time. While the researchers continue to track and analyze this malware, we are sharing the information that has been collected already to warn you about it. And there is definitely something to warn about. This malware has your personal files on the target, and if you let it in, it will go straight to your documents, videos, and pictures to encrypt them. How do your files look after encryption? Well, because the data of the files is scrambled, they cannot be read. It might seem as if your files were locked. Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to say whether or not you can get them unlocked. However, there are solutions to consider. At the end, of course, you must remove Vawe Ransomware, and we discuss the different methods that you can use to delete the infection also.test

How does Vawe Ransomware work?

Are you familiar with the STOP Ransomware family? STOP Ransomware was a well-known file-encrypting infection whose malware code has been recycled hundreds of times. Vawe Ransomware is one of the infections to do that along with Pykw Ransomware, Kasp Ransomware, Boop Ransomware, and others. Most likely, it is the work of the same attacker. These infections have been found spreading via spam emails that are built to trick people into opening corrupted attachment files and then allowing for the malware to load. RDP vulnerabilities can be exploited by the attackers as well. Basically, unguarded Windows systems are the ones that this malware preys upon. After successful infiltration, Vawe Ransomware encrypts files instantly, and it adds the “.vawe” extension to their names. This is where the name of this dangerous malware comes from. Once files are corrupted, you are likely to be presented with a file named “_readme.txt,” and this one is dropped by the attackers. Of course, you will need to delete it along with other ransomware components, but it is safe to open this text file. What is not safe is believing the message that is represented via it.

We have seen ransomware infections that were created to intimidate Windows users and “educate” them on malware, but the vast majority of threats from this group were created to make money. They are supposed to corrupt files so that the attackers could sell a decryptor. Vawe Ransomware offers a decryptor as well, but trusting this offer is not a good idea. The text file that this malware drops should instruct you to email the attackers so that you could learn how to pay a ransom of $490. There are two issues with this right here. First of all, contacting and communicating with cybercriminals is NEVER a good idea. Once they know that your files were encrypted, they can trick you into paying a ransom, downloading files, and doing other risky things. They can even flood your inbox with new scam emails. Second, paying the ransom that is represented is NOT a good idea as well. What would happen if you paid the ransom? Well, it is unlikely that anything would happen because the attackers are certainly unlikely to give you a decryptor. Therefore, if you are desperate to restore files, we suggest giving the free STOP Decryptor tool a go. Perhaps, you will be able to restore files using it. Ideally, of course, you do not need to install anything, and you can recover the files by replacing the corrupted files with backup copies.

How to remove Vawe Ransomware

Can you delete Vawe Ransomware manually using the guide below? We hope so, but note that this is not the only option that is available to you. It is also not the best one. We recommend implementing anti-malware software instead. If it is legitimate and up-to-date, it will automatically remove Vawe Ransomware, and it will ALSO secure your system. Needless to say, you would not be stuck in this situation if you had your system secured in the first place, and do not assume that the lightning won’t strike twice. There are thousands of file-encrypting threats, and you need your system protected against every single one of them. After you remove the malware, you can then replace the corrupted files using backups, or you can try using the free decryptor. If you do not have backup copies, please take better care of your personal files in the future. Always create copies, and make sure you store them somewhere safe.

Removal Guide

  1. If you can identify recently downloaded files as malicious file, Delete them ASAP.
  2. Launch File Explorer by tapping Windows+E keys and enter %LOCALAPPDATA% into quick access.
  3. If you can locate a folder containing malware files, you must Delete it immediately.
  4. Enter %HOMEDRIVE% into quick access within File Explorer.
  5. If you can find the _readme.txt file and the SystemID folder, Delete them immediately.
  6. Once you Empty Recycle Bin, quickly scan your system for leftovers. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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