What is Velso Ransomware
Velso Ransomware is maleficent crypto-virus, that uses AES encryption algorithm to encode user files. Ransomware mostly targets English-speaking countries, but may infect computers in any country. Affected files get .velso or .david extension and become inaccessible. After encryption Velso Ransomware creates text file get_my_files.txt with instructions to pay the ransom:
Velso Ransom Note (.velso variant):
Hello. If you want to return files, write me to e-mail MerlinVelso@protonmail.com
Your userkey: obxIwowrpiP2AU13qwlHXj7wDvOFIBL4NlGRd/6r0IlZudy0QbygCw==
Velso Ransom Note: (.david variant):
*** ALL YOUR WORK AND PERSONAL FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED ***
To decrypt your files you need to buy the special software
You can find out the details / buy decryptor + key / ask questions by contact for communication (email): email@example.com
Your userkey: *****
The ID of the key and victim is generated by CryptGenRandom (), using AES-256 OpenSSL in ECB mode. Currently, there is almost impossible to decrypt files encrypted by Velso without master key. You can try to ask for Dr. Web decryption service, or restore from backups. We recommend you to keep your files until decryptor will be released. This tutorial was created to help users remove Velso Ransomware and decrypt .velso or .david files from Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7.
How Velso Ransomware infected your PC
Can be distributed by hacking through an unprotected RDP configuration, using email spam and malicious attachments, fraudulent downloads, exploits, web injections, fake updates, repackaged and infected installers. Virus assigns certain ID with the victims, that is used to name those files and supposedly to send decryption key. In order to prevent infection with this type of threats in future we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Norton Antivirus.
Download Velso Ransomware Removal Tool
To remove Velso Ransomware completely we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Velso Ransomware.
How to remove Velso Ransomware manually
It is not recommended to remove Velso Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.
Velso Ransomware files:
Velso Ransomware registry keys:
How to decrypt and restore .velso or .david files
Use automated decryptors
Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .velso or .david files. Download it here:
There is no purpose to pay the ransom, because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.
If you are infected with Velso Ransomware and removed it from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:
Use Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Pro to restore .velso or .david files
- Download Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Pro.
- Select location to scan for lost files and click Scan button.
- Wait until Quick and Deep scans finish.
- Preview found files and restore them.
Using Windows Previous Versions option:
- Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
- Select Previous Versions tab.
- Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
- To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
- In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.
Using Shadow Explorer:
- Download Shadow Explorer program.
- Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
- Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
- Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
- In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.
If you are using Dropbox:
- Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
- Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
- Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.
How to protect computer from viruses like Velso Ransomware in future
1. Get special anti-ransomware software
Use ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware
Famous antivirus brand ZoneAlarm by Check Point released a comprehensive tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. The tool provides Zero-Day protection against ransomware and allows you to recover files. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is compatible with all other antiviruses, firewalls, and security software except ZoneAlarm Extreme (already shipped with ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware) or Check Point Endpoint products. The killer features of this application are: automatic file recovery, overwrite protection that instantly and automatically recovers any encrypted files, file protection that detects and blocks even unknown encryptors.
2. Back up your files
Regardless of success of protection against ransomware threats, you can save your files using simple online backup. Cloud services are quite fast and cheap nowadays. There is more sense using online backup, than creating physical drives, that can get infected and encrypted when connected to PC or get damaged from dropping or hitting. Windows 10 and 8/8.1 users can find pre-installed OneDrive backup solution from Microsoft. It is actually one of the best backup services on the market, and has reasonable pricing plans. Users of earlier versions can get acquainted with it here. Make sure to backup and sync most important files and folders in OneDrive.
3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox
Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails is most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications, and provides very high level of anti-spam protection.