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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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Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

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.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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