If you have turned on your computer only to find as a greeting a text file/message stating that all your files have been encrypted and the only way you can get them back is if you pay a certain amount of money, preferably in Bitcoins, then we are very sorry to confirm that you are one of the many victims of XRTN Virus. This is a computer virus of the most detested Ransomware variety.
It is clear that you are in a world of trouble but we will do our best not only to show you how to remove XRTN Virus from your computer but also how to possibly get your files back. Remember – the creators of the virus will try to scare you into believing your only option is to pay them, but that is not true. There are viable alternatives.
What does the XRTN Virus do exactly?
As we mentioned this is a Ransomware computer virus. This type of malware has raised in prominence the last five years or so. The biggest ones of this kind are believed to have grossed millions of dollars for their creators. Obviously this has led to a massive spike in the creation of such nasty software.
How this virus entered your computer is pretty much set in stone – almost universally ransomware applications attack victims’ computers with the help of a Trojan horse previously installed on the affected computers. So in addition to the ransomware you should definitely look out and deal with the Trojan that positively is residing on your hard drive.
Once the ransomware threat is inside your computer it would scan your most often accessed personal files (note that no system files will be affected) that you are probably going to care most about. After that list is complete the process of encryption would begin. Once that is over your old files would be deleted and replaced with the new encrypted ones. That much is true – these new files are totally worthless without the decryption key, and the hackers are banking on that you wouldn’t know this isn’t the only way to get your files back.
Alternatives to paying the ransom
In our experience you should only pay the demanded ransom as a last ditched attempt to retrieve your files, before that there are things you can do to try and retrieve your old files back without giving the criminals money so they can continue producing ransomware and continue extorting innocent internet users.
Why? There is absolutely no guarantee that these people, make no mistakes here – they are cyber criminals, will keep their end of the deal and that once you pay them up you will get your decryption key. Much more likely is the possibility that the criminals will demand instead more money from you.
Also you can rest assured that although the hackers may be warning that any manipulation of the encrypted files will lead to their deletion that is not true and the methods described by us are completely safe and will in no way result in anything worse than your current situation.
An important disclaimer – there is absolutely no way to guarantee that you will get your files back. In fact the effectiveness of the methods described by us lays largely on the amount of time that has passed since the initial decryption of your files.
XRTN Virus Ransomware Removal
You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).
You can find the removal guide here.