XData Virus Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove XData Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any XData Virus file can be recovered.

Your PC worked just perfectly fine until a strange ransom notification suddenly appeared on your monitor and all your files became impossible to open. If this is what happened to your computer, then you have surely been attacked by a new Ransomware threat called XData Virus. This threat is an extremely dangerous cryptovirus, which has the ability to encrypt the files found on the compromised machine, and then blackmail the users to pay ransom if they want to decrypt them. Dealing with such an infection is really tricky, however, if you reached our page, you are probably looking for an alternative way to get around it. And there is a way! In the next lines, our “How to remove” team will give its best to help you remove XData Virus from your PC and minimize the negative effects of the malicious encryption without paying a ransom, so make sure you read everything that follows and carefully proceed to the instructions in the removal guide below.

Ransomware – a lucrative “business” for unscrupulous hackers!

Different organizations, big businesses, and institutions all around the world are daily falling victim to Ransomware. This new form of online blackmail has quickly gained popularity in criminal circles and is now taking over the web like nothing ever seen before. The infections of this type evolve so fast, that even the security experts find it hard to catch up with the newest Ransomware scripts. And when we speak about new releases, we cannot miss mentioning XData Virus – a threat, which will not spare any of your files. It will secretly encrypt them all with a special encoding algorithm and keep them hostage until you pay a fat amount of money as ransom. The hackers, who stand behind the infection, have probably worked hard to make it “profitable” by developing an almost unbreakable encryption algorithm. As per the latest reports, they are also spreading the Ransomware through multiple distribution channels which increases its chances to infect as many people as possible. 

If you have XData Virus on your system, you might have caught it from one of the following transmitters:

  • Spam messages
  • Emails with malicious attachments
  • Misleading links or ads
  • Infected applications and installers
  • Torrents
  • Compromised websites
  • Trojan horse infections
  • Exploit kits

These are just some of the most common sources of infection, however, you may also catch the nasty cryptovirus from some sketchy content, shared on social platforms, or some non-trusted web locations. It doesn’t take more than one wrong click for the Ransomware to get inside the computer and start secretly encrypting all the files, found on it, and even change their file extension. Once they are rendered inaccessible, every attempt of yours to open them will display an error message on your screen. Detecting the threat before the damage is done is usually next to impossible because most antivirus programs fail to recognize XData Virus as a threat. Thanks to that the malware can run in the background undisturbed. The hackers display a ransom note only after the encryption process is completed. There, they generously offer a decryption key for the restoration of your data, but the amount of money they usually ask for can reach up to a several thousands! The ransom is often required in Bitcoins, as this online currency provides anonymity and helps the hackers hide their traces from the authorities.

What should you do if you get infected?

If you decide to pay the ransom to the crooks you can only hope that they will send you a decryption key. If they don’t, which is very likely, you will lose your money and will most probably have to deal with the Ransomware on your own. If you take the initiative in your hands, you can remove XData Virus. In the removal guide below we have described all the steps for that. However, the elimination of the cryptovirus from your system may not bring your encrypted files back to normal. Reversing the encryption is only possible with the special decryption key, which the hackers hold. However, if you have some backups of your data somewhere on an external drive or a cloud, you don’t need to pay ransom to get it back. The only thing you need to do is to remove the infection and all of its traces. Then you can safely copy your files back to the clean computer. If you don’t have backups, you can try to extract some of your data with the help of the file-restoration instructions below. They may not be able to recover everything, but still, you may eventually save some of your files. Moreover, it will cost you nothing if you give them a try. One thing you should keep in mind is that whichever course of action you decide to take, there is no guarantee for the complete recovery from the Ransomware attack. Before you risk your money, though, it doesn’t harm to try every free alternative instead of paying ransom to some unscrupulous criminals, who only want to make some quick money by blackmailing you.

SUMMARY:

Name XData
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

XData Virus Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt XData Virus 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!