.XXX Virus File Extension Ransomware Removal

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This page aims to help you remove .XXX Virus. These .XXX Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows. A message called Howto_restore_files will be generated once the virus latches on to you. This is the newest variant of the Teslacrypt ransomware, called Teslacrypt 3.0. It uses a new encryption method – RSA-4096 – as the beginning of the ransom message attests with the words “All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-4096.”

Take the time to read this, it is probably important that you do.

.XXX Virus is a computer virus of the most loathed and feared variety nowadays – Ransomware. You have already saw your files turned to inaccessible gibberish with a strange extension after the files’ names. Also a note of sorts would be posted on your desktop for you to read and try to comprehend the sad truth that you are indeed in a world of trouble. Your files are claimed to be encrypted and the only way for you to decrypt them would be to pay a certain amount of money – a ransom. Here is what the beginning of the message looks like:

.XXX Virus File Extension Removal

.XXX Virus File Extension Removal

Ransomware – methods of operation

Ransomware viruses like .XXX Virus are known to infiltrate the victim’s system via way of another malware. In most cases the most probably culprit would be a Trojan horse. Once inside your computer a scan will be performed and your most often used files will be singled out. Note that the list will not have included and system files. After that the encryption process is on and soon you will be left with pondering what has befallen you. Your old files have been replaced with these encrypted duplicates and you will definitely need a decryption key to break down the encryption, at least that part is true. But there is another way for you to get your old files back, so hopefully we will be able to help you in that regard as well.

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.xxx virus

Alternatives to paying the ransom

That is probably a part of the article that might really interest you. There are alternatives to paying the ransom and in fact we would encourage you to completely exhaust them before even considering paying money for the decryption key. We are going to elaborate a bit more on that last part.

  • First and foremost there are no guarantees or anything close to it that you will indeed get what you will be paying off. Never forget that who will be dealing with are not some pranksters or jokers. These people are flat out cyber criminals and if ever caught will probably spend some years behind bars. So there’s every chance that instead of getting your old files back you will get nothing, or as in some documented cases – demands for more money.
  • Secondly – take a moment to try and look at the big picture. Yes, we fully realize this might be hard at the moment when you are personally victimized thanks to the people responsible for .XXX Virus. But if you do you will probably see that the only way for you to stop these people is by refusing them your money. Make no mistake, the ransomware extortion is an enormous stream of revenue for the criminals. We are talking about millions of dollars. There are creating more and more ransomware software and constantly evolving at that. It is up to you and all others affected to stop the stream of money leaking towards the hackers.
  • In conclusion: there is always a chance that the online community will find a way to break the encryption. People are constantly working on that, but it is far from easy and even farther from a foregone conclusion that it will be a successful undertaking. Then there’s another way that we are going to explain below in more detail. No guarantees that it will work for everyone, but we believe this is the safest and most probably way that you will get your information back.

SUMMARY:

Name .XXX (a variant of Teslacrypt, called Teslacrypt 3.0)
Type  Ransomware
Danger Level High.
Symptoms The encryption of your files, making them inaccessible.
Distribution Method Always via another form of malware, most notably a Trojan horse.
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove .XXX Virus from your system.
3: Permanently delete .XXX Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
4: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.

.XXX Virus File Extension Removal


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Step1

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

This is the first preparation.

Step2

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The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this. .XXX Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.

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:

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

Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.

In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:

DNS Settings

If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.

Step3

IMPORTANT TO READ THIS! DO NOT SKIP!

Dear readers, we would like to use this short paragraph to explain the significance and danger of the next few steps. First of all they are totally necessary and without completing the rest of the guide you can’t expect to be rid of the virus completely. Not unless you resort to a completely different method, but more on that in a moment. We would very much like to emphasize on the fact that the remainder of our instructions might turn out to be significantly difficult and confusing, especially for readers who have no previous experience dealing manually with malware viruses. You will be asked to later important system processes and even a small deviation from our instructions or a simple mistake might lead to significant and often times irreparable damage to your device. Our advice is to only continue if you are sure you can handle what will be asked of you. Alternatively a far safer and less attention requiring solution is to download and install a professional software.

 

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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Step4

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

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

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

    1. Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you make a big mistake.
    2. Type %temp% in the Windows Search Field and delete all the files in the folder you are transported to.

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5

How to Decrypt files infected with .XXX Virus

There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected. There are two options you have for this:

The first is a full system restore. To do this type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.

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Your second option is a program called Recuva

Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.

When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.

Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.

Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, so be patient and take a break if necessary.

You will now get a long list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.

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