The so-called FIXI ransomware is another malicious software that infects computer operating systems and then corrupts personal files stored on the drives. The infection is reported to be a strain of the Scarab ransomware. When FIXI virus finds a way to access the PC, it corrupts essential system settings and lowers system security. Afterward, the ransomware becomes able to encode valuable files while remaining undetected by active security measures. The encryption process makes files inaccessible. They all appear with completely changed names. FIXI ransomware is set to append the extension .FIXI to files it encrypts. At last, the ransomware drops a specific text file that contains ransom demanding message. Hackers require a ransom to be paid for the decryption of .FIXI files. Paying this ransom to hackers is highly inadvisable as there is no guarantee that they will act as they promise.
Check out more details about FIXI ransomware and find out how to remove it completely from the infected PC.
FIXI Ransomware Summary
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that encodes valuable files with sophisticated cipher algorithm and demands a ransom fee for their decryption.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .FIXI extension. Hackers attempt to blackmail you into paying a ransom for a decryption tool.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Infected Software Installers|
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FIXI ransomware is likely to be spread via different mechanisms including spam emails with malicious attachments, hacked websites, URL addresses to these websites, cracks, software keys, and various free programs.
A variety of frequently used types of files such as documents, PDFs, images, and archives could be attached to spam emails that are part of the malicious propagation campaigns of FIXI ransomware. These files are often presented as:
- Invoices coming from reputable sites, like PayPal, eBay, etc.
- Documents from that appear to be sent from your bank.
- Online order confirmation notes.
- Receipts for purchases.
As a version of the vicious Scarab ransomware, FIXI virus activates a cipher module that scans system drives for target files and encodes them wtha strong encryption algorithm. The ransomware is lilely to corrupt:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc.
The encryption process transforms the code of target files and leaves them inaccessible. To make encrypted files more recognizable, FIXI ransomware changes their names with random strings of alphanumeric combinations and appends the extension .FIXI at the end. This unpleasant consequence is misused by hackers. Their nasty ransomware drops a file with a ransom message in it and displays it on the screen.
The file is named HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES and the text in it reads:
YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!
Your personal ID
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
To restore all your files, you need a decryption.
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail email@example.com.
Or you can write us to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a letter to send Your personal ID (see In the beginning of this document).
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins.
The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
In the letter, you will receive instructions to decrypt your files!
In a response letter you will receive the address of Bitcoin-wallet, which is necessary to perform the transfer of funds.
HURRY! Your personal code for decryption stored with us only 72 HOURS!
Our tech support is available 24 \ 7
Do not delete: Your personal ID
Write on e-mail, we will help you!
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send to us up to 3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information and their total size must be less than 10Mb.
When the transfer is confirmed, you will receive interpreter files to your computer.
After start-interpreter program, all your files will be restored.
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
Do not attempt to remove the program or run the anti-virus tools
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
Decoders are not compatible with other users of your data, because each user’s unique encryption key
This message attempts to trick you into contacting hackers to receive more details about a ransom payment process. Although they will promise you to send an efficient decryption tool for FIXI files, we recommend that you avoid paying them the ransom. There is no guarantee that their tool will be able to decrypt encoded files. It may leave them broken. Furthermore, even if you pay the ransom you could never receive any answer from them.
Remove FIXI Ransomware Virus
FIXI ransomware is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, the steps below will present you with several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by Scarab FIXI ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FIXI Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FIXI Ransomware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FIXI Ransomware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FIXI Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FIXI Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FIXI Ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FIXI Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FIXI Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FIXI Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FIXI Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as FIXI Ransomware, 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 FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware 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 FIXI Ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate FIXI Ransomware 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.