0xxx Virus

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0xxx is a Ransomware infection that restricts access to user files through encryption. After preventing the victim from accessing their own files, 0xxx demands a ransom and sets a deadline for the payment.

The 0XXX virus ransom note

The most popular way to end up with Ransomware like this one is through infected emails that contain malicious hyperlinks and attachments. You may also land the infection by clicking on malicious ads, misleading offers, or on infected software installers. Once in the system, 0xxx will start scanning the user’s hard disks to find the most commonly used files. After they are detected, the Ransomware will encode them with military-grade encryption. That’s how the unfortunate users end up with their favorite and most important files locked up and inaccessible. Usually, after the encryption process is over, a message is displayed on the screen, requesting a ransom payment from the victim. On this page, you will find a removal guide that is intended to help you avoid the ransom payment and remove the 0xxx virus, so if you are looking for a roundabout, stay with us.

The 0xxx virus

The 0xxx virus is a Ransomware threat that encodes specific file types and demands a ransom to decode them. The 0xxx virus typically targets digital files, archives, databases, work-related information, images, audio and video files, etc.

The file-encrypting Ransomware is considered to be one of the worst types of malware that the web users may get attacked by. Dealing with it is much tougher than dealing with a regular computer virus because, even if the Ransomware gets removed, the file encryption it has placed will most likely remain unless the matching decryption key is applied. Unfortunately, most of today’s Ransomware variants, the Ddsg virus is another example, use a very complex encryption code that cannot be reversed without the uniquely generated key. The hackers who control the infection are the holders of that key and they ask for a ransom (typically in cryptocurrency) to give it to the unfortunate victim. Fortunately, there are alternative methods that may help you to avoid the ransom payment and recover your files for free and, in the removal guide below, we have listed some of them.

The 0xxx file encryption

The 0xxx file encryption is a process used by Ransomware viruses to block access to specific file types. The role of the 0xxx file encryption is to render the users’ most valuable files inaccessible so that the hackers can ask for a ransom payment for them.

0xxx virus
The 0xxx virus file

What has happened to your files is surely unfair and unpleasant. The guide below, however, will help you remove the infection and potentially retrieve some of your data without paying ransom to the hackers. Of course, it is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to pay the ransom for the decryption key. But our advice is to never trust criminals, including cyber criminals, as there is absolutely no guarantee that if you pay the requested amount they will give you the private decryption key. Moreover, if you give them your money, they’ll most likely get even more encouraged to blackmail you again and raise the ransom amount or insert more malware into the system.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsVery few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution MethodFrom fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.



    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

    hosts_opt (1)


    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:



    Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

    • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.



    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

    Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

    Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!



    How to Decrypt 0xxx files

    We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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