The Winnix Cryptor Team have developed a ransomware virus named after themselves – Winnix Cryptor. The cryptovirus will encrypt your files while appending the extension .wnx to each file. The ransom price that is asked for decryption is 4 Bitcoins, but the price will double after five days pass. To see how to remove this ransomware and how you can try to restore your files, read the article carefully.
|Short Description||The ransomware will encrypt your files and then display a ransom note demanding 4 Bitcoins for decryption.|
|Symptoms||Your encrypted files will have the .wnx extension appended to them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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Winnix Cryptor Virus – Spread
The Winnix Cryptor ransomware virus can enter your PC in various ways. Spam e-mails could be spreading the file with the payload. Such spam letters are designed to sound urgent or hold some unexpected news. While your focus is pointed toward the attached file, without you checking if what you read is the truth or not, you might open the attachment. When opened, the attached file executes the malicious payload, and your personal computer gets infected.
Winnix Cryptor might infect your system in more ways. An example is when the malware makers could be spreading the files with the help of social media networks and file-sharing services. The malicious script could be hosted in a file on one of these platforms with the aim of infecting more potential victims. Before opening files from suspicious sources, first, do a scan with a security program. Also, check the signature and size of the file and see if they are in any way peculiar. You should read the ransomware prevention tips written in our forum.
Winnix Cryptor Virus – Details
The malware developers from the Winnix Cryptor Team have made a ransomware cryptovirus that they have named after themselves – Winnix Cryptor. The virus will encrypt your files and after that put the extension .wnx to every single one of them. The demanded instructions are written in a text file, right after the encryption process is set and done.
The Winnix Cryptor ransomware could create entries in the Windows Registry after its payload is executed, to achieve persistence. Those registry entries are intended to make the virus start automatically with each boot of the Windows operating system. Next, your data will become encrypted, and the ransom message will appear on your desktop. That ransom note is written inside a file called YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!.txt.
The ransom message reads the following:
Your files are encrypted!
Your files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, documents, databases, etc. Encryption was produced using a unique public key generated for this computer. To decrypt files you need to obtain the private key.
The only way to get the private key is to pay 4 BTC. You saved it on qualified system administrator who could make your network safe and secure.
In order to decrypt the files send your bitcoins to the following address:
[Redacted] After you complete your payment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with YOUR ID as subject (ID is in the end of the file) and you’ll receive private key, needed software and step by step guide in 1 business day.
Offer is valid for 5 business days (expiration date is in the end of the file). AFTER TIME IS UP, PRICE DOUBLES.
No discounts, no other payment methods.
Send an email to email@example.com
ID:[Random symbols] EXP DATE: [7 days after infiltration] —
Winnix Cryptor Team
The firstname.lastname@example.org email address is given for you to contact the cybercriminals. The ransom note demands 4 Bitcoins, which is equivalent to nearly 2900 US dollars. If five days pass without payment, the asked sum will double in price. You should NOT, in any circumstances, contact the crooks or think of paying them. Nobody can guarantee you that if you pay you will recover your files. Also, the criminals probably would use the money for developing more ransomware viruses.
The Winnix Cryptor ransomware seeks to encrypt files with over than 150 different extensions. You can see what those extensions are, right down here:
→.png, .psd, .pspimage, .tga, .thm, .tif, .tiff, .yuv, .ai, .eps, .ps, .svg, .indd, .pct, .pdf, .xlr, .xls, .xlsx, .accdb, .db, .dbf, .mdb, .pdb, .sql, .apk, .app, .bat, .cgi, .com, .exe, .gadget, .jar, .pif, .wsf, .dem, .gam, .nes, .rom, .sav, .dwg, .dxf, .gpx, .kml, .kmz, .asp, .aspx, .cer, .cfm, .csr, .css, .htm, .html, .js, .jsp, .php, .rss, .xhtml, .doc, .docx, .log, .msg, .odt, .pages, .rtf, .tex, .txt, .wpd, .wps, .csv, .dat, .ged, .key, .keychain, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .ini, .prf, .hqx, .mim, .uue, .7z, .cbr, .deb, .gz, .pkg, .rar, .rpm, .sitx, .tar.gz, .zip, .zipx, .bin, .cue, .dmg, .iso, .mdf, .toast, .vcd, .sdf, .tar, .tax2014, .tax2015, .vcf, .xml, .aif, .iff, .m3u, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mpa, .wav, .wma, .3g2, .3gp, .asf, .avi, .flv, .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .rm, .srt, .swf, .vob, .wmv, .3d, .3dm, .3ds, .max, .obj, r.bmp, .dds, .gif, .jpg,.crx, .plugin, .fnt, .fon, .otf, .ttf, .cab, .cpl, .cur, .deskthemepack, .dll, .dmp, .drv, .icns, .ico, .lnk, .sys, .cfg
The .wnx extension will get appended to the encrypted files. The encryption algorithm used is still unknown.
The Winnix Cryptor cryptovirus is likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Read further to see what methods you can try to possibly restore some of your files.
Remove Winnix Cryptor and Restore .wnx Files
If your computer got infected with the Winnix Cryptor ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Winnix Cryptor.
Manually delete Winnix Cryptor from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the Winnix Cryptor threat: Manual removal of Winnix Cryptor requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.