In this article, you will find more information about .fox files virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from the infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
The .fox files virus is data locker ransomware that plagues essential system settings, encrypts valuable files and then demands a ransom payment. Its name is a derivative of one of the extensions it appends to the name of each corrupted file. In addition, the ransomware is associated with a text file called Decrypt.txt. This file urges you to contact hackers for more information about ransom payment. If you are a victim of this ransomware, you should consider the immediate removal of all malicious files from your infected system.
|Name||.fox Files Virus|
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware designed to plague computer system settings, utilize strong cihper algorithm and encrypt valuable files.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with long string of extensions. Ransom message insists on payment for a decryption program.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .fox Files Virus |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.fox Files Virus – Distribution
The most probable attack vector used for the spread of .fox ransomware is malspam. Malspam is a preferred technique as it enables hackers to deliver malicious code on users’ devices with the help of massive email campaigns. Spam emails which are part of attack campaigns usually contain one or more of the following components:
- A link to compromised web page that is set to download and execute infection files directly on the PC. The URL address to this page may be presented in the form of an in-text link, banner, image, button or full URL address.
- A malicious file attachment that is presented as legitimate document by the text message. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.
Other channels that may be part of the distribution strategy for .fox files virus are malvertising, freeware installers, corrupted web pages, fake software updates, compromised software setups, files shared on forums and other.
.fox Files Virus – Overview
Once .fox files virus’s payload is run by the operating system it initiates a long sequence of malicious operations. In order to complete all attack stages the ransomware needs to establish a few more malicious files on the device. So it could either create them directly or connect a remote server and download them from there.
During the attack .fox virus is likely to access some essential system components and stop certain Windows processes. By doing this, it could prevent being detected by any currently running security measures and continue with the corruption of other system components.
Affected is likely to be the Windows Registry database. Since it contains low-level system settings and app permissions ransomware like .fox often add malicious values there and misuse the functionalities of certain registry keys.
You could recognize the final attack stage by the load of a ransom message on the computer screen. This message is stored in a file named Decrypt.txt
Here is a copy of what it reads:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem
with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail [email protected]
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.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 2 files for free
decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived),
and files should not contain valuable information.
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it
may cause permanent data loss.
The purpose of this message is to convince you to contact hackers at [email protected] so that you could receive more details on ransom payment process. Beware that they could fool you into paying for a broken decryption tool that cannot recover locked files or even skip answering you once you transfer them the ransom. For the sake of your security, we advise you to avoid contacting hackers and attempt to restore your PC and data with the help of the guide that follows.
.fox Files Virus – Encryption Process
For the encryption stage, .fox files virus activates a built-in cipher module that scans system drives for target files and encodes them with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithm. As a result, all your valuable files are transformed in a way that will prevent you from accessing data they store:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Following encryption, corrupted files could be recognized by a long string of extensions which is appended to their names:
- id [[email protected]].fox
Remove .fox Files Virus and Attempt to Restore Data
The so-called .fox files virus 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, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by .fox ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.