VaultCrypt Virus – Removal Instructions

VaultCrypt is a relatively new type of ransomware that functions similarly to many other viruses from the same family. VaultCrypt’s purpose is quite simple in nature: it encrypts your files and renders your PC useless. If you want your computer to return to normal, you must pay a hefty sum for decryption software. VaultCrypt and programs similar to it are not a new concept; ransomware has been around for some time. This is mainly because it has been shown to be successful in extorting money out of inexperienced computer users. When a user’s computer is infected with VaultCrypt, he/she sees a warning message that urges payment for decryption.

The bottom of the message typically features a countdown timer and another message that states users only have 72 hours to make a payment. The warning box provides an interface for purchasing the decryption software. If you attempt to power off the machine, you’ll notice that the infection is still there after a restart. The authors of VaultCrypt designed it in an effort to frighten users into paying the ransom. VaultCrypt is a malicious virus, and this is why you should never agree to pay the ransom demanded.


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VaultCrypt is, in many cases, downloaded without the user’s knowing, and it often originates from adult or file download websites. Once the infection begins, files found on any drive letter in the computer are compromised and encrypted. Once VaultCrypt is executed, it kills the explorer.exe process. This process is responsible for controlling the Windows interface, and without it running, a computer is essentially useless. The infection also changes the desktop background to a list of instructions that outline how the user can pay the ransom. From the user’s end, all he/she sees is a black screen with a list of instructions for decryption in the center.

Each time the computer is restarted, the infection duplicates and renames itself. All files are given the .vault file extensions. In more recent versions of VaultCrypt, files have begun receiving random file extensions. Because the encryption process used to bar access to the files is highly complex, it is not recommended that you try to remove the virus on your own. A DIY repair could result in a highly corrupted file system that is past the possibility of repair. Likewise, you should never submit payment for decryption software under any circumstances.

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VaultCrypt Virus Removal Instructions

The virus removal instructions we have outlined below has been proven remove the VaultCrypt virus.

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** PLEASE NOTE: If the VaultCrypt Virus is on a computer running “WINDOWS 8” see the Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions

Remember: you must be on the infected computer when performing these 3 easy steps to remove the virus.

STEP 1: Start the computer in Safe Mode with Networking
a. Before starting this step, it is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you write down our 24HR Toll Free tech support phone number incase you run into any issues or would like any additional help with your PC.

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b. To begin, go ahead and turn off the infected computer and wait roughly 20 seconds, then turn it back on.

c. Next Immediately as the computer begins to turn on, press F8 many times. Pressing F8 allows you to access the Advanced Options Menu. You should see an image like the one below.

Selection the option Safe Mode with Networking

d. Next use your arrow keys and select the Safe Mode with Networking option. Press enter when you have selected that option and the computer will begin to boot into safe mode.

STEP 2: Download the VaultCrypt Virus Removal Program

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a. Now it is time to open the “Run Command” box.

b.On your keyboard, push and hold the “Windows” key, then press the “R” key. See keyboard diagram below.

Keyboard Shortcut Diagram

c. After you have pressed the “Windows” and “R” key, the Windows Run Box will open. Type the following and press OK:


Windows Run Box

After clicking OK, your computer will connect to the internet and download our recommended virus removal program called Spyhunter.

STEP 3: Installing the VaultCrypt Virus Removal Program
a. When you see the download box, click the “Run” button. The picture of the download box is below.

Spyhunter Download Box Click Run

b. Now you should be downloading a program called “Spyhunter 4” this program has been developed by a company called Enigma Software. Through their extensive work on Malware research they have developed one of the worlds most successful Virus and Malware removal programs. This program offers easy “point and click” virus removal for VaultCrypt.

c. After this program runs the scan, you should see a list of “threats” found on your computer. These Threats can be very harmful and may ruin the computer if not removed. To remove these threats click “fix Threats” and then “register” the program to permanently remove the VaultCrypt virus and any other threats found.

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*** After registering Spyhunter4 we highly recommend restarting the computer. Then we would like you to make sure everything is working properly. You should notice that the VaultCrypt virus has been completely removed. If it has not been removed or the computer is not working 100% to your liking call us immediately at 1-888-895-6053 and one of our techs will help get it working properly again.

Need further assistance? Call us toll free and one of our friendly technicians will kindly walk you through the virus removal process.

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