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Remove Winnix Cryptor Virus and Restore .wnx Files

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The Winnix Cryptor Team have developed a ransomware virus named after themselves – Winnix Cryptor. The cryptovirus will encrypt your files while appending the extension .wnx to each file. The ransom price that is asked for decryption is 4 Bitcoins, but the price will double after five days pass. To see how to remove this ransomware and how you can try to restore your files, read the article carefully.

Threat Summary

NameWinnix Cryptor
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt your files and then display a ransom note demanding 4 Bitcoins for decryption.
SymptomsYour encrypted files will have the .wnx extension appended to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Winnix Cryptor Virus – Spread

The Winnix Cryptor ransomware virus can enter your PC in various ways. Spam e-mails could be spreading the file with the payload. Such spam letters are designed to sound urgent or hold some unexpected news. While your focus is pointed toward the attached file, without you checking if what you read is the truth or not, you might open the attachment. When opened, the attached file executes the malicious payload, and your personal computer gets infected.

Winnix Cryptor might infect your system in more ways. An example is when the malware makers could be spreading the files with the help of social media networks and file-sharing services. The malicious script could be hosted in a file on one of these platforms with the aim of infecting more potential victims. Before opening files from suspicious sources, first, do a scan with a security program. Also, check the signature and size of the file and see if they are in any way peculiar. You should read the ransomware prevention tips written in our forum.

Winnix Cryptor Virus – Details

The malware developers from the Winnix Cryptor Team have made a ransomware cryptovirus that they have named after themselves – Winnix Cryptor. The virus will encrypt your files and after that put the extension .wnx to every single one of them. The demanded instructions are written in a text file, right after the encryption process is set and done.

The Winnix Cryptor ransomware could create entries in the Windows Registry after its payload is executed, to achieve persistence. Those registry entries are intended to make the virus start automatically with each boot of the Windows operating system. Next, your data will become encrypted, and the ransom message will appear on your desktop. That ransom note is written inside a file called YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!.txt.

The ransom message reads the following:

Your files are encrypted!
Your files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, documents, databases, etc. Encryption was produced using a unique public key generated for this computer. To decrypt files you need to obtain the private key.
The only way to get the private key is to pay 4 BTC. You saved it on qualified system administrator who could make your network safe and secure.
In order to decrypt the files send your bitcoins to the following address:
[Redacted] After you complete your payment, send an email to [email protected] with YOUR ID as subject (ID is in the end of the file) and you’ll receive private key, needed software and step by step guide in 1 business day.
Offer is valid for 5 business days (expiration date is in the end of the file). AFTER TIME IS UP, PRICE DOUBLES.
No discounts, no other payment methods.
More questions?
Send an email to [email protected]
ID:[Random symbols] EXP DATE: [7 days after infiltration] —
Winnix Cryptor Team

The [email protected] email address is given for you to contact the cybercriminals. The ransom note demands 4 Bitcoins, which is equivalent to nearly 2900 US dollars. If five days pass without payment, the asked sum will double in price. You should NOT, in any circumstances, contact the crooks or think of paying them. Nobody can guarantee you that if you pay you will recover your files. Also, the criminals probably would use the money for developing more ransomware viruses.

The Winnix Cryptor ransomware seeks to encrypt files with over than 150 different extensions. You can see what those extensions are, right down here:

→.png, .psd, .pspimage, .tga, .thm, .tif, .tiff, .yuv, .ai, .eps, .ps, .svg, .indd, .pct, .pdf, .xlr, .xls, .xlsx, .accdb, .db, .dbf, .mdb, .pdb, .sql, .apk, .app, .bat, .cgi, .com, .exe, .gadget, .jar, .pif, .wsf, .dem, .gam, .nes, .rom, .sav, .dwg, .dxf, .gpx, .kml, .kmz, .asp, .aspx, .cer, .cfm, .csr, .css, .htm, .html, .js, .jsp, .php, .rss, .xhtml, .doc, .docx, .log, .msg, .odt, .pages, .rtf, .tex, .txt, .wpd, .wps, .csv, .dat, .ged, .key, .keychain, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .ini, .prf, .hqx, .mim, .uue, .7z, .cbr, .deb, .gz, .pkg, .rar, .rpm, .sitx, .tar.gz, .zip, .zipx, .bin, .cue, .dmg, .iso, .mdf, .toast, .vcd, .sdf, .tar, .tax2014, .tax2015, .vcf, .xml, .aif, .iff, .m3u, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mpa, .wav, .wma, .3g2, .3gp, .asf, .avi, .flv, .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .rm, .srt, .swf, .vob, .wmv, .3d, .3dm, .3ds, .max, .obj, r.bmp, .dds, .gif, .jpg,.crx, .plugin, .fnt, .fon, .otf, .ttf, .cab, .cpl, .cur, .deskthemepack, .dll, .dmp, .drv, .icns, .ico, .lnk, .sys, .cfg

The .wnx extension will get appended to the encrypted files. The encryption algorithm used is still unknown.

The Winnix Cryptor cryptovirus is likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Read further to see what methods you can try to possibly restore some of your files.

Remove Winnix Cryptor and Restore .wnx Files

If your computer got infected with the Winnix Cryptor ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Winnix Cryptor.

Manually delete Winnix Cryptor from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the Winnix Cryptor threat: Manual removal of Winnix Cryptor requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Winnix Cryptor files and objects
2.Find malicious files created by Winnix Cryptor on your PC

Automatically remove Winnix Cryptor by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Winnix Cryptor with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by Winnix Cryptor
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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