Remove Vari Ransomware (Restore .vari Files)

Vari ransomware is severely infecting computer files especially those that are common or day-to-day data including documents, spreadsheets, images, videos, photos, archives, database, drawings, and similar. Once these files got infected by Vari ransomware, user may not be able to open them anymore because the encryption applied by the virus is so complex that it scrambles the core data. In addition to encryption, Vari ransomware appends the infected data with .vari file extension. Obviously, the virus name was derived from the added suffix.

Computer users may acquire Vari from different sources and it is using the wide array channels of the internet to infect the system. Some of the known distribution method that successfully spreads Vari are the following:

Spam Email Campaign – Makers of Vari ransomware have gathered considerable amount of email address during previous computer infections. Now, they are going to mass-mail the virus as an attached file to email message purporting to be coming from legitimate brands or company. Usually, the context evolves within business relevant topics like inquiry, price quotation, business ventures, and so on. The email was made to persuade recipients into opening the attached file claiming that full details are contained in it. When recipient, opens or executes the attachment, Vari ransomware initiates the attack and infects the computer abruptly.

Cracked Software – Many of the pirated software hosted on several file-sharing networks and software repositories are carriers of computer threats. People behind Vari ransomware also embeds the virus code to different cracked programs and host them on servers where computer users often downloads free apps. Vari ransomware executes the infection once computer user runs the setup file or the key generator to unlock the limit of the legitimate software.

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Malicious Advertisements – When visiting sites that operates in the underground environment like those that are involved in software and media piracy, there is a tendency that visitors may be greeted with pop-up ads. These ads are unusual type of promotional items because it contains misleading messages to trick web users into downloading a software update that will eventually carry out Vari ransomware infection.

As mentioned, user’s access is denied to encrypted files. The only way to regain access is by paying the ransom money to receive the Vari decryption tool and private key. Without these, there is no other way for victims to restore all .vari files to their original format. Although there is very limited method to recover the files, computer security experts are suggesting not to pay the ransom demand because there is no assurance from this online fraud committed by cyber criminals.

How to Remove Vari Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Vari virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.

Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like alternative tool, Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.

To remove Vari automatically, scanning the computer with this efficient anti-malware tool is suggested. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering hazardous ransomware like Vari.

Step 1 : Scan the Computer with Anti-Malware Tool

1. Download free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.

4. After the installation process, click the Get Started button to launch the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On the main console, click on Scan to run most complete detection method to find hidden objects associated to Vari ransomware.

7. Scanning may take a while. Please wait until the anti-malware tool is done with the checking.

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8. Once the scan has completed, the tool will display the list of detected threats. Remove all identified malicious items and restart the computer if necessary.

Step 2 : Double-check for Vari's leftover with Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool

1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.

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2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.

3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Vari ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.

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4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message "This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product." You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.

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5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Vari ransom virus entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.

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6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.

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7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.

8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Vari ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Vari Decryption Tool

Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu will work only if affected files were encrypted using Offline Keys. Vari ransomware uses the alternate Offline Keys during encryption if there is a problem encountered while communicating to a remote command-and-control server. Follow the guide to start recovering .vari encrypted files.

1. As precautionary measures, we suggest to BACKUP all your .vari encrypted files first on a separate media (USB Drive, Flash Drive, DVD Discs, etc…).

2. Download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu from this archive page.

3. Right-click on decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe and click "Run as Administrator". Windows may prompt "Do you want to allow this app…" just click Yes to continue.

4. By default, the tool will pre-populate the locations where encrypted files were identified. To include other directories, simply click Add Folder button.

5. To start recovering files infected by Vari ransomware, click on Decrypt button to start the procedure. The interface will display status of the current decryption process.

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We will update this section once the full decryption tool is on hand. In the meantime, please try other options below if the above procedure is not not effective.

Option 1 : Windows Previous Version Tool

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Vari ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:

1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.

3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.

Option 2 : Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Vari Ransomware

Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Vari ransomware.

1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.

2. Install the program with the default settings.

3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.

4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Vari ransomware infection.

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5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…

6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.

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