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Remove xXLecXx Ransomware and Restore Your Files

This article aims to help you get rid of the xXLecXx ransomware virus from your computer and restore your files in case they have been encrypted by this virus.

A ransomware, named xXLecXx has been detected in the start of June 2017. The virus has been created to display a lockscreen which is very similar to the Windows error screens. However, instead of error message, the screen displays the demands of the cyber-criminals for the victims to pay the hefty sum of $150 as a ransom amount to decrypt the encrypted files. In addition to this, the ransomware virus also intimidates victims that their files will be deleted if the ransom is not paid. If your computer has been infected by this ransomware virus, we recommend that you read the following article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

NamexXLecXx
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the files on the infected computer, demanding a ransom payoff to be made in order to decrypt the files.
SymptomsFiles cannot be opened with any program. A purple Windows-like error lockscreen that can be shut down by pressing Alt+F4
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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The Distribution of xXLecXx Ransomware

There may be several methods by which this ransomware infection could be spread. The primary method of those may be via spam e-mail campaigns that the cyber-criminals are involved with. Usually these are conducted either via spamming software or spam campaigns. The first step of the cyber-criminals in this scenario is to create multiple different fake e-mails to spam from. This takes additional investment if the e-mails are to seem legitimate. Then the crooks design how they wish to send the malicious objects that infects your computer. Usually this is done by sending out fake messages that aim to convince you to open an e-mail attachment, like the image below displays:

Besides this method, there are also other methods which may be involved with spreading xXLecXx ransomware onto unsuspecting victims’ computers. The main of those methods are to spread the malware via multiple malicious files that pretend to be:

  • Software installers.
  • License activators.
  • Cracks.
  • Patches.

Usually these are uploaded on suspicious software download websites and their primary purpose is to fool users who are looking to download a program for free via torrents or other methods, like third-party mirror links.

xXLecXx Ransomware – Analysis

As soon as infection takes place, the xXLecXx ransomware virus immediately connects to a third-party host in order to download it’s payload on the infected computer. The main malicious file which is associated with the xXLecXx ransomware virus is called xXLecXx.exe, but there may be other support files along this file, which are .exe, .tmp, .dll and other types. The targeted folders for this are the following:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

In these directories, there may be more than one malicious objects associated with xXLecXx ransomware.

After the files are dropped, the xXLecXx ransomware may engage in different malicious activities, the first of which is to obtain administrative privileges on the infected computer. Then, the virus may add custom registry value strings in the Windows Registry Editor. These strings are primarily associated with activities such as running the malicious files of xXLecXx on system startup and displaying it’s lockscreen, which you can see in the image below:

In addition to this, xXLecXx ransomware may delete the Shadow Volume Copies on the infected computer by it. This results in the user not being able to use Windows recovery to restore his/her files. One method to delete them is via the Windows command prompt, more specifically the following commands:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

Although it may be a scare tactic, the xXLecXx ransomware threatens to delete the files of the victims if you tamper with it. This is why it is recommended to quit the lockscreen picture using Alt+F4 and transfer the encrypted files to a flash drive or other external memory carrier while offline, in case your PC is infected.

xXLecXx Ransomware’s Encryption Process

The encryption process of this ransomware virus is a process that targets only important files. This includes various Microsoft Office documents, PDF files, presentation file formats, media files, like audio and video formats and many other types of often used file types. The xXLecXx virus is careful not to encrypt files in the %Windows% and other system directories that may damage the normal work of the OS that has been victimized.

After the encryption process, conducted by xXLecXx ransomware is performed, the virus leaves the files no longer able to be opened. It does not add any type of file extension, but the icons of the files may disappear from, them, looking somewhat like the following:

Remove xXLecXx Ransom Virus and Restore Encrypted Files

If you want to remove this virus, you can follow the instructions which we have posted underneath. If manual removal may be a challenge for you and you cannot find all the objects of xXLecXx manually, security experts recommend using an anti-malware program. Installing such software will make sure that all of the related objects to xXLecXx are removed from the infected computer and will protect it against future intrusions in real time as well.

Removing the virus still leaves you with one more problem to solve and this is to deal with the encrypted files. We have suggested several alternative methods with which you can try and restore at least some of your files. They are in step “2. Restore files encrypted by xXLecXx” below. Make sure to follow us regularly, because if there is decryption for this virus, we will update this article as soon as possible with further decryption instructions.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove xXLecXx from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove xXLecXx

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 xXLecXx 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 xXLecXx 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 xXLecXx 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.

IMPORTANT!
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 xXLecXx 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by xXLecXx.

Ransomware infections and xXLecXx 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of xXLecXx from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall xXLecXx and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 xXLecXx:

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 xXLecXx. 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 xXLecXx. 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 xXLecXx 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 xXLecXx. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove xXLecXx files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as xXLecXx, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by xXLecXx on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac xXLecXx aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. 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 recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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