Remove Paradise Ransomware (.xyz Extension)

Remove Paradise Ransomware (.xyz Extension)

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This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with Paradise (.xyz) ransomware and provides a complete guide on how to remove malicious files and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

Security researchers reported that new strain of Paradise ransomware family has been detected in the wild. It is associated with the extension .xyz. In case this ransomware manages to run its infection files on your system, it will transform the code of some important files of yours and mark them with the extension .xyz. Then it will display you a ransom note to blackmail you into paying a ransom fee to hackers.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that encrypts valuable files stored on the infected computer and demands a ransom for their decryption.
SymptomsThe access to important files is restricted and they are all renamed with .xyz extension. A ransom message appears on screen to extort a rasnom payment.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Infected Installers
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Paradise Ransomware – Distribution

At this point there is no information about the channels used for the distribution of this Paradise ransomware variant. However, we presume that hackers bet on some of the most popular techniques. Common techniques are considered to be:

  • Emails that deliver malicious code also known as malspam. They usually contain attached files of common types that according to the text message are important documents, invoices, delivery requests, etc. Once opened on the device these files activate the attack. Another malicious element that is often presented in these emails is a URL address. A visit of such a web page leads to the activation of the malicious code again.
  • Third party software installers
  • Fake software updates
  • Compromised online advertising campaigns
  • Torrent sites for downloads
  • Social media channels

Paradise Ransomware – Overview

Security researchers reported that new strain of Paradise ransomware family has been detected in the wild. It is associated with the extension .xyz. This threat is designed to corrupt valuable files so that then hackers could extort a ransom payment for a decryption tool.

Before Paradise ransomware could utilize its built-in encryption module and corrupt target files, it needs to plague some essential system settings that will enable it to evade detection and complete all infection stages. For the purpose, it establishes several malicious files on the system and starts executing them in a predefined order.

The last stage of the attack is marked by the appearance of a ransom message on the screen:

Paradise ransomware .xyz ransom note

All your files have been encrypted contact us via the e-mail listed below.
e-mail: or e-mail:

Paradise Ransomware team.

In addition, the image you see below could replace your desktop wallpaper:

paradise ransomware ransom note sensorstechforum

This message is stored in a file called Instructions with your files.txt. Its purpose is to force you into contacting hackers for more details on ransom payment. However, since there is no guarantee that you will be able to restore .xyz files with the help of hackers’ decryption tool, we advise you to avoid paying them the ransom before you could attempt to restore them with the help of alternative data recovery tools.

Paradise Ransomware – Encryption Process

As an iteration of Paradise ransomware, this threat is likely to follow the same encryption pattern as its predecessors. This means that your files could be encrypted with the help of the sophisticated RSA cipher algorithm. This algorithm transforms parts of the original code of target files and leaves them inaccessible.

As of the files that are likely to be corrupted by Paradise .xyz ransomware, they could be all of the following:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

To mark corrupted files, this Paradise ransomware version uses the following pattern:

  • _%ID%_{}.xyz

For example if you have an image file named trip.jpg it will be renamed to trip.jpg_%ID%_{}.xyz

Other extensions that indicate for an infection with Paradise ransomware are

.VACv2, .paradise and .CORP

Remove Paradise Ransomware and Restore .xyz Files

Paradise ransomware associated with .xyz extension is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So you should properly clean and secure your infected system before you could use it regularly again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this ransomware. Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.

In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should consider the installation of a reliable anti-malware program. As an additional security layer that could prevent the occurrence of ransomware attacks you could install an

anti-ransomware tool.

If you want to understand how to potentially fix encrypted files with the help of alternative data recovery approaches, make sure to read carefully all details mentioned in the step “Restore files”. We remind you that before you begin with the data recovery process, you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive as this will help you to prevent their irreversible loss.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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