A virus from the file encryption kind has been detected by malware researchers. The ransomware is called X-Files and it’s goal is to render the files on the victim’s computer no longer able to be opened. In addition to this the boc.x file virus may notify the user with demands to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to restore the files that have been encrypted by this specific ransomware. Anyone who has become a victim of the X-Files ransomware virus should read the following material to learn more about it, remove the virus files and restore b0c.x encrypted files.
|Short Description||This boc.x ransomware variant encrypts files and asks a ransom payoff for decryption.|
|Symptoms||Files are enciphered and become inaccessible by any type of software. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom may show on the infected PC.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks, Malicious Executable in Torrent Trackers.|
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b0c.x File Virus – Infection Methods
To infect a given computer, the criminals behind X-Files ransomware do not have to specifically target you. Instead, they are focused in performing something quite different – massive spam campaigns via e-mail that have malicious e-mail attachments. These attachments may either be .docx, .pdf, .xls or other documents that have malicious macros and infect when you click on the “Enable Content” button or may be directly malicious files of the following types:
Another method concerning this ransomware infection that is reported by researchers is via fake updates. These updates may be advertised on your computer via dubious websites or as a result of having a potentially unwanted program installed directly on your computer.
The infection can also take place by a fake installer of a program that does not exist, so experts warn to take care when looking for setups of free software for download while online.
After the infection takes place, a malicious executable with a random name may be dropped on one of the following Windows folders:
In addition to this, the X-Files ransomware may also use scripts to modify the Windows Registry Editor and also touch files. The usually targeted sub-keys in the Registry Editor are the Run and RunOnce keys which ensure that the executable runs on system startup and begins encrypting files.
For the file encryption process, X-Files ransomware uses algorithms to change the file type to “X File”. It also adds the b0c.x or .b0c file extension to the encrypted files. What is interesting is that the extension is stuck right next to the original file extension without any dot as a separation, like the following example below:
To encrypt files, the ransomware virus looks for various different files that are widely used. Malware researchers report the following file types to be among the affected ones:
These files are actually pictures, documents, Adobe files, text files, database files, music and even archives.
Remove b0c.x X-Files Virus and Restore Your Data
Malware researchers advise to not contact in any way to any cyber-criminals responsible for this virus for several obvious reasons:
A decrypter for free may be released soon, which, if happens, we will update this article with instructions.
Collaborating with cyber-criminals is not a good idea and you may not get your files back after paying the ransom.
By paying you help them spread the malware further.
Instead, recommendations are to remove this ransomware virus by using instructions, such as the ones we provided below. For maximum effectiveness, we recommend downloading an advanced anti-malware program which will make sure to get rid of this ransomware virus swiftly and effectively.
To restore your files, at the moment there is no official decrypter for this iteration of the ransomware virus, but you are welcome to backup the encrypted files. Then you can try to use copies of the backed up files to try and get your data. This can happen by trying out the methods we have suggest in step “2. Restore files encrypted by X-Files” below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove X-Files from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of X-Files from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove X-Files from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase X-Files from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall X-Files from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove X-Files from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate X-Files from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove X-Files from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove X-Files
Step 2: Uninstall X-Files and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by X-Files on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by X-Files there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of X-Files from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall X-Files and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove X-Files via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove X-Files files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as X-Files, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove X-Files from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase X-Files from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall X-Files from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove X-Files from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the X-Files will be removed.
Eliminate X-Files from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.