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How to Fix Infected MS Outlook Data in 2 Simple Steps

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Recovering Microsoft Outlook data from PST files infected with the “Vvew” virus is one of the most common causes of data loss that we see today. Even if the data appears completely lost and inaccessible, we can still repair and recover your e-mail database in only a few minutes.

In this article, we will show you 2 effective ways that you can use to fix infected MS Outlook data with the “Vvew” ransomware.

Introduction

The “Vvew” ransomware poses significant risks to your system, leading to severe consequences. This malicious virus alters numerous system settings, making your device increasingly difficult to use. Additionally, it encrypts your files, rendering them inaccessible by any means.

This extremely dangerous ransomware is a complex computer virus that usually spreads via e-mail, program Trojans, and web pages. Outlook PST files are infected, deleted, and encrypted using a variety of encryption algorithms, including its .vvew extension, making it difficult to access your Outlook mailbox.

Vvew Ransomware
Vvew Ransomware

Whereas the PST/OST file where Outlook keeps e-mails is typically huge, the virus encrypts only the beginning and end of the file, changes them, or uses a mixture of encryption and place substitution. Using the Recovery Toolbox for Outlook and its robust analytic algorithms, you can recover enough of the original file to retrieve up to 99 % of your e-mail and contact data.

This solution works offline and online to read and analyze the full file without relying on service headers, service tables, or service links, helping you to safely retrieve and restore almost all e-mails, contacts, attachments, and other data.

// See AlsoHow to Recovery Corrupted PDF files.

Fix Infected MS Outlook Data

In the upcoming sections, we will delve into two effective methods for fixing MS Outlook data that has been infected. These methods have been proven to successfully restore and repair Outlook data that has encountered malware, ransomware attacks, errors, or data corruption.

By following the step-by-step instructions outlined in this article, you will be equipped with the knowledge to recover your valuable Outlook data and regain seamless access. Whether you are a business professional or an individual user, these methods will empower you to overcome data infections and ensure the uninterrupted functioning of your Microsoft Outlook application.

// See AlsoHow to Convert OST to PST for Free.

Method #1: How to use Recovery Toolbox for Outlook Offline

Recover Toolbox for Outlook is a completely offline solution that enables users to recover infected Microsoft Outlook data and save them to a new file.

Before repairing the infected (.PST) and (.OST) files, you might need to locate your Outlook Data Files in Outlook:

1) Open Outlook and click on File and then Account Settings.
2) After that, choose the Data Files tab.
3) All Offline Data Files (.OST) and Outlook Data Files (.PST) will be shown, along with the account name with which each file is associated.

Step 1: Find the location of the infected Outlook data file

To recover an infected Outlook data file, close Microsoft Outlook and navigate to one of the following locations based on the Outlook versions that you have:

> For Outlook 365: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\
> For Outlook 2019: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
> For Outlook 2016: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
> For Outlook 2013: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
> For Outlook 2010: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
> For Outlook 2007: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Step 2: Download and Launch the program

In this step, you need to download, install and launch the Microsoft Outlook Recovery program.

Microsoft Outlook Recovery Tool
Microsoft Outlook Recovery Tool

Step 3: Choose the encrypted PST file

Choose the encrypted file with the vvew extension, and then click “Next“.

Select PST/OST encrypted file
Select PST/OST encrypted file

Step 4: Select Recovery Mode and then click Next.

Select Recovery Mode
Select Recovery Mode

Confirm Yes to begin the recovery process.

Step 5: Review the content

In this step, you can check the data in the preview mode. Click Next to save the recovered file to a new location.

Preview of data to be recovered
Preview of data to be recovered

Step 6: Save the recovered data as a new PST file

Enter the location where you want to save the PST file and then click Next.

Save as a PST file
Save as a PST file

After confirming that the recovery was successful, click Finish to exit the Recovery Toolbox for the Outlook tool.

Finally, you should either replace the damaged file with a copy that has been recovered or add the recovered PST file to the list of data files that can be accessed through Outlook.

The following steps must be taken for each of the following versions of Outlook: 365, 2021, 2019, 2016, and 2013.

1) Select File | Info from the menu.
2) Next, click the Account Settings icon.
3) Finally, in the pop-up menu, select Account Settings.

Outlook Account Settings
Outlook Account Settings

4) Select the Data Files tab and then click Add.

5) Choose the recovered File and click Open File Location, then select Set as Default.

Outlook Data File Set as Default
Outlook Data File Set as Default

That’s it there you have it! The issue with the infected (.PST/.OST) file has been resolved.

Method #2: How to use Recovery Toolbox for Outlook Online

The online Outlook Recovery Tool makes it simple to repair encrypted PST files, recover OST files of any version, and recover your virus-damaged email database online on any device.

Step 1: First, you need to change the file extension from .vvew to (.PST) because the service needs to know which recovery algorithm to use.

Step 2: Click the Select File button, then choose an Outlook data file with the (.PST) or (.OST) extension. Enter your valid email address and click the Next Step button.

Online Outlook Recovery Tool
Online Outlook Recovery Tool

Step 3: Wait for the infected PST/OST Microsoft Outlook file to be recovered, and then download the recovered Microsoft Outlook PST file.

Recovery of the infected (.PST/.OST) file
Recovery of the infected (.PST/.OST) file

Step 4: Preview the recovered (.PST/.OST) file online.

Preview recovered (.PST/.OST) online
Preview recovered (.PST/.OST) online

The newly recovered data file from the corrupted Microsoft Outlook file will be saved as a new Microsoft Outlook 2016 file with the PST extension in Unicode format. This makes it possible to recover PST Microsoft Outlook Personal Folder files from any device with any browser.

With Recovery Toolbox for Outlook, you can fix any PST files of different versions: ANSI (Outlook 97-2003), Unicode (2007 and above), and repair password-protected files. With the Online Outlook Recovery Tool, it’s easy to fix any errors using the online tool from any device. Furthermore, users should have no difficulty repairing encrypted PST files and restoring PST files of any version.

Conclusion

In this article, we showed you two easy ways that you can use to fix infected MS Outlook data files with the “Vvew” ransomware. We hope that you found this information useful to recover your email data.

Using the Recovery Toolbox for Outlook, it is possible to recover any (.PST) or (.OST) files of various versions: ANSI (Outlook 97-2003), Unicode (2007 and above), and password-protected files can be recovered. The Online tool makes it simple to repair Outlook data online on any device, whether repairing infected PST files or restoring PST files of any version.

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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect with 20+ years of IT experience. As a Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, CCSP, CISM, MVP, and MCT, he excels in optimizing mission-critical enterprise systems. His extensive practical knowledge spans complex system design, network architecture, business continuity, and cloud security, establishing him as an authoritative and trustworthy expert in the field. Charbel frequently writes about Cloud, Cybersecurity, and IT Certifications.
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