ViACrypt is a new crypto-virus ransomware that encrypts victims and their personal folders with a strong RSA-1024 algorithm by adding filenames with various extensions and dropping off a ransom request. ViACrypt belongs to a group of very dangerous computer viruses that prevent victims from accessing their personal files by cryptographing their content using military-level encryption algorithms. This is why experts tell people to remove ransomware as soon as it is detected – and to never pay the ransom.
How the virus starts off
The virus starts off by deploying its file droppers called crawl.exe into the APPDATA folder of the PC. It then modifies the computer’s Remote Access Connection Manager (RRAS) settings to establish a connection with the hacker’s server and the rest of the virus files are downloaded to the computer. Once all the necessary components are on the PC, the virus begins to look for different files to be encrypted. Once this process is completed, it becomes virtually impossible to remove ViACrypt ransomware from the PC without any consequences.
In fact, security experts recommend immediate ViACrypt ransomware removal and then putting into place a more secure protection and recovery system. Professional malware investigators often come up with free ransomware decrypting tools, so it is likely that one can be invented for this malware as well. Currently, the virus is very active in Eastern Europe.
Understanding its main vectors
The main vectors of ViACrypt ransomware distributions are infectious email attachments and compromises online downloads. It should be noted that ransomware is more often found on obsolete operating systems that no longer receive security patches by the manufacturer. So, the main factors that help ransomware infiltrate the PC are:
- Negligently downloading software from random websites;
- Using old and unsupported operating systems;
- Keeping old software installed on the computer;
- Downloading and opening suspicious e-mail attachments; and
- Using illegal end-to-end security utilities to protect the device
If users end up doing any of these things, they should make sure to correct the situation without further delay because pursuing these defective activities can cost them every file. You can be sure that the hackers behind ViACrypt will exploit these vulnerabilities with pleasure. Lastly, do not start decrypting data because the files will be repeatedly encrypted or completely destroyed if the virus runs on the computer during recovery.