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.xncrypt Virus (Restore Files)

This article has been created to display how to remove .xncrypt file ransomware and restore your files If they have been coded by this infection.

A ransomware infection, known as .xncrypt has been reported to cause infections and encrypt files on infected computers. The virus is known as .xncrypt filecoder and demands victims to pay a ransom fee of 0.25 BTC to restore the files back to normal. The virus also leaves behind a ransom note where full instructions on how to create a Bitcoin wallet have been provided by the cyber-criminals. In case you have been infected by the .xncrypt ransomware, we advise you to read this article in order to learn how to remove this virus completely, protect your PC and try to get the encrypted files back.

Threat Summary

Name

.xncrypt Virus

Type Ransomware
Short Description Encrypts files on the computers it infects asking a hefty ransom fee to be paid – 0.25 BTC.

Symptoms The victim may not be able to open the files. The .xncrypt extension is added. Displaying of error messages. Dipslaying of the virus wallpaper and ransom note..
Distribution Method Via an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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.xncrypt Ransomware – Distribution

The .xncrypt file virus contains a malicious file, detected in VirusTotal, known as xncrypt v.1.exe:

This file may be spread via intermediary malware that usually may be connected to:

  • Exploit kits.
  • JavaScript.
  • Documents with malicious macros.
  • Trojan.Downloaders and Droppers.
  • Other malicious files.

These files may be spread via multiple different methods:

  • As malicious attachments sent in spam e-mails that present them as legitimate files.
  • As files uploaded in cloud-sharing sites, like Dropbox, for example. Such files are uploaded on web links that can also be sent via social media, spam mails and other user-content sites.
  • As fake Java or Adobe flash player updates.
  • As fake key generators, license activators or other type of fraudulent software uploaded on suspicious websites or via torrent sites.

.xncrypt File Virus – Activity

Once this ransomware infection has already infected a computer system, it may begin to perform various malicious activities. One of them may be to drop multiple support modules responsible for uninterrupted infection and file encryption. Usually the virus does this with the assistance of file obfuscation software. The modules may be of the following file types:

.dll, .bat, .vbs, .tmp, .reg, .exe, .js

They may be located in the following Windows folders:

%AppData%
%Roaming%
%Local%
%LocalLow%
%Windows%

The files may exist under different names, but in most cases when they are not randomly named, they may have the same names as legitimate Windows processes, such as svchost.exe, for example.

After dropping the malicious files on the user’s computer, this ransomware infection may begin to perform different system modifications on the compromised devices. These modifications include several different value strings that may be added to the following Windows registry sub-keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER:
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

After modifying the Windows Registry Editor, the .xncrypt ransomware virus may also delete the shadow volume copies on the infected computer by executing variations of the bcedit and vssadmin commands, for example:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

In addition to this activity is the ransom note and the wallpaper which the .xncrypt ransomware also drops on the victim’s computer. It has the following contents:

“Your computer has been infected
This is Ransomware , Your all files Encrypted and can’t to open again
You Can not perform activities as usual on your computer because your screen will always be locked before this is fixed
You must have a password to encrypt all your files back And Unlock your screen
To get a password, You must send me a ransom of 0.25 BTC to the following Bitcoin address
You can contact me by this email : xncryptgprotonmail.com
while attaching the transfer receipt from your Bitcoin address
For more details, see the steps below
1. Create Your Bitcoin wallet.
2. Increase your Bitcoin Balance
3. Send Bitcoin with the amount of bitcoin I have requested to the Bitcoin address above
4. Contact me by email above while attaching proof of transfer from your Bitcoin address.
5. And I give the password”

After this procedure has finished, the virus may also display an error message with the following statement:

“Invalid Path or Filename
Please check to make sure the path and filenameare correct and if the file exists.”

After the pop-up is displayed, the computer may restart and after reboot, the victim sees the screenlock messages of .xncrypt file virus:

.xncrypt File Virus – Encryption Process

The encryption activity of this ransomware virus includes scanning your computer for important documents, images, audio and video files, archives and other data and encrypt them. The .xncrypt virus may look for matches with the following file extensions:

→ “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 CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .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 Encoded Files .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 Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .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”Source:fileinfo.com

After the files have been located, .xncrypt ransomware encrypts them and may leave behind the files appearing the following way:

Remove .xncrypt File Ransomware and Restore Data

Before beginning to remove the files encrypted by this ransomware infection, recommendations are to always backup your important data. Then, it is recommended to remove the malicious files of the .xncrupt ransomware. One of the ways to do it is if you follow the removal instructions below. In case you feel unsure that all the related files and objects to .xncrypt ransomware are going to be removed manually, it is advisable to take the automatic approach. For maximum effectiveness of removal and future protection, security experts strongly recommend downloading an advanced anti-malware program and scanning your computer with it.

If you want to restore files encrypted by the .xncrypt ranomware virus, we have suggested several alternative methods that can help you with that. These methods are located below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .xncrypt Virus”.

Manually delete .xncrypt Virus from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the .xncrypt Virus threat: Manual removal of .xncrypt Virus 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.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .xncrypt Virus files and objects
2.Find malicious files created by .xncrypt Virus on your PC

Automatically remove .xncrypt Virus by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove .xncrypt Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by .xncrypt Virus
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Vencislav Krustev

A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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