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.cxk Virus File (BlackMoon Ransomware) – Removal Guide

.cxk file extension is placed on all of your files? .cxk Virus File is also known as BlackMoon ransomware which locks files on a computer and demands money to be paid as a ransom for unlocking them.

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BlackMoon Ransomware (.cxk Virus File)

BlackMoon or otherwise known as .cxk Virus File is a ransomware type virus. It encrypts files by appending the .cxk extension to them, making them inaccessible. All encrypted files will receive the new extension as a secondary one. The BlackMoon ransomware drops a ransom note, which gives instructions to victims on how they can allegedly restore their data by paying a ransom fee.

BlackMoon Ransomware Virus

BlackMoon Ransomware will encrypt all types of files such as audio, video, pictures, backups, banking data and other personal user files found on a compromised computer system.

Threat Summary

Name cxk Virus (BlackMoon)
File Extension .cxk
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The BlackMoon ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .cxk extension to them, along with a unique identification number placing the new .cxk extension as a secondary.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.cxk Virus File – How Did It Infect My PC and What Happened?

.cxk Virus File might spread its infection via a payload dropper, which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware. The virus might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus.

You can read the article about the BlackMoon Banking Trojan if you are interested to find the differences in these two threats that have the same name.

The ransomware encrypts your files and shows ransomware instructions inside a ransom note that is inside a .txt file as showcased in the picture below:

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The note states the following:

各之志除出了何事

君之重文为我加密存关。

眼.图片、 文档. 泡包. 音名. 祝尔维 eXe纵等, 苑有关之妾尽加审基, 是以不能常开。

此与凡有瑞文折上之异。 公大可在网上求兰之法, 臣节保证, 无我之解密也, 即天之不外此文档。
有无页此文档之法?

固有可页之法。只因我之解密向才 页。吾以身保, 安能供事者页效。

但是收费之, 亦不可无限期之过。

诗点半< DeCrypt按多>, 由可无堂簿之文档。诸君放心, 我是不会注也。

而欲友悉文档, 台给点费e5a48de588b6e79fa5e9819331333363373163。
是否随=j都可定金称给, 隐 和之卑, 国非, 过久不利于君给。

至三日内给芝, 过三日岂信费。

又有, 一礼天内不绽, 将永不复。

言于也, 忘了告, 于半年以上无扒给者, 必有款无学复, 鸡否及子, 由说君之泛何80? 。

给法

我只会受比特握。 不知比特后何, 诗点吉恰详< About bitcoin >。

不能买比特握,计点评辣市法, < How to buy bitcoins >。

当主:给金钦不减于窗上示之金各

给后, 请点斌< Check Payment >按色 以比竺所之人志 所需之对有点长, 给后诸侍。
其正半为周至五, 从上午九至十点

至位尝后, 可即始复事。

通也

若待我也炳考, 诗点斌< Contact Us >, 给我信!。

各抗议,以免绽之坷复工岩前,请匆针或池其软件, 且停关毒软件。 无沦由何也, 万一 该软件被沁疾, 甚可致给后亦不旬信也。

A machine translation with an interpretation with the mess left by a few broken symbols, results in this text in English to serve as a core variant of what the criminals have written in the above-displayed document:

What happened to all files?

Jun Zhizhong’s literary secrets are my encryption.

Photos, videos, documents, backups, will have their file names such as exe, etc., encrypted letters added, so they cannot be opened normally.
This is different from that of all Yu Ji-wen’s essays. Gongda can seek Xia Cai’s law on the Internet. It is conservative and non-self-confidential.
Is there any way to read this document and unlock my files?
The inherently feasible method is only seen because of my decryption.

However, it cannot be paid for and received indefinitely,
Speaking of clicking the , the staff may not have the documents of King Hui. Lord, rest assured, I will not pay attention to what files are kept.

People can pay to this address e5a48de588b6e79fa5e9819331333363373163
Whether or not you can deposit with Bitcoin, we want to be hidden, national currency is non-permitted and inferior, too long and not to be conducted.

Give it to us within three days.

Also, if there is no response within a day, there never will be.

Let me not forgot to tell you, that if you do not have a hacker for more than half a year, you will have no money for education, you want chicken or a child, what do you say?

Paying

I will only get Bit. I don’t’ know what happened after the bit, read more .

Can’t buy bitcoin, check market articles on .

Be the Lord: Give Jin Qin no less than the gold shown on the window

After paying, please click the button and press it to compare with Zhu Zuo’s personal records of payment history.

You have this week to Friday, from 9 to 10 am

After you have paid it, you can start to go back to business.

Tongya

If you want to test me Shi Dianbin , write to me!

Protest, so as to avoid losing the files, please quickly check their software, and stop the poison software. There is no reason why, in case the software is broken down, it can even be sent to you afterwards.

You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum.

The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files, same as with a lot of ransomware viruses. .cxk Virus File ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows system. All encrypted will receive the .cxk extension alongside a random generated one. That extension will be placed as a secondary one to each file and look something like .cxk. Audio, video, image files as well as documents, backups and banking data can be encrypted by the ransomware.

The .cxk Virus File could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.

Remove .cxk Virus File

If your computer got infected with the .cxk Virus File, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove cxk Virus (BlackMoon) from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove cxk Virus (BlackMoon)

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall cxk Virus (BlackMoon) 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by cxk Virus (BlackMoon) on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

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

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by cxk Virus (BlackMoon) there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for cxk Virus (BlackMoon) with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by cxk Virus (BlackMoon).

Ransomware infections and cxk Virus (BlackMoon) aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of cxk Virus (BlackMoon) from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall cxk Virus (BlackMoon) and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to cxk Virus (BlackMoon):

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to cxk Virus (BlackMoon). If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to cxk Virus (BlackMoon). Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 cxk Virus (BlackMoon) 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as cxk Virus (BlackMoon). If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by cxk Virus (BlackMoon).

Ransomware infections and cxk Virus (BlackMoon) aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


cxk Virus (BlackMoon) FAQ

What is cxk Virus (BlackMoon) ransomware and how does it work?

cxk Virus (BlackMoon) is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does cxk Virus (BlackMoon) ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.cxk Virus (BlackMoon) Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of cxk Virus (BlackMoon) is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .cxk Virus (BlackMoon) files?

You can't. At this point the .cxk Virus (BlackMoon) files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .cxk Virus (BlackMoon) files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by cxk Virus (BlackMoon) ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".cxk Virus (BlackMoon)" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .cxk Virus (BlackMoon) files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of cxk Virus (BlackMoon) ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate cxk Virus (BlackMoon) ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .cxk Virus (BlackMoon) files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like cxk Virus (BlackMoon) ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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