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.X0lzs3c File Virus (XOLZSEC) Removal – Restore Files

This article will help you remove the XOLZSEC ransomware fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end of the article.

The XOLZSEC ransomware has been discovered by malware researchers from the MalwareHunterTeam. Looking at the code proves that it is a variant of ShellLocker ransomware. Files get encrypted, while the cryptovirus adds the .x0lzs3c extension to them. After your computer is infected, the XOLZSEC virus will show a ransom message with payment instructions. Keep reading to see how you can potentially recover some of your data.

Threat Summary

NameXOLZSEC
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware virus will encrypt your files and show a message screen with ransomware instructions for payment.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files while placing the .x0lzs3c extension to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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XOLZSEC Ransomware – Spread

XOLZSEC ransomware might spread its infection via different ways. The payload file which executes the malicious script for this ransomware, that in turn infects your computer machine, is circling around the Internet. Samples of this ransomware have been found by a few different malware researchers. You can see the detections of some security vendors for one such sample embedded into a file called “Ohayo.exe” by checking the screenshot from the VirusTotal service below:

XOLZSEC ransomware could also spread its payload file on social media sites and file-sharing networks. Freeware applications which are found on the Web could be presented as helpful but at the same time could be hiding the malicious script for this cryptovirus. Don’t be opening files right when you have downloaded them, especially if they come from sources such as suspicious links or emails. Instead, you should scan them beforehand with a security tool, while also checking the sizes and signatures of those files for anything that seems unusual. You should read the ransomware preventing tips in our forum section.

XOLZSEC Virus – Analysis

XOLZSEC is the name you will see if you are infected with this ransomware cryptovirus. Malware researchers have discovered that the malware is ShellLocker Ransomware Variant. All your files will receive the .x0lzs3c extension.

Your Desktop background will be changed to the following image:

The XOLZSEC ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry aiming to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those registry entries are typically designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System. An example of such an entry is the following:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

The message with the ransom payment instructions appears inside a window right after the encryption process is finished. You can preview the contents from the screenshot provided here below:

The ransom message reads the following:

All your important file are include (photos, musics, videos …)
You have 2 days to pay us 2 btc in address bellow , after
48 hours all your file will be gone oke! . After you pay please wait
us about 2-4 hours and your file will decrypt

ATTENTION : YOU CAN CLOSE THIS BUT YOUR FILE WILL BE GONE
XOLZSEC
[timer]

1tN2aLrsghPb2jSyZUdhqxjeRQicfm4TY

As clearly seen from the ransom message above, the developer of the XOLZSEC virus wants you to pay 2 Bitcoin, which equals to nearly 3.500 US dollars at the moment of writing this article. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay anything to the cybercriminals. Nobody can give you a guarantee that you will get your files decrypted upon payment, plus in that way you will support the criminals and probably motivate them to continue committing crimes.

XOLZSEC Virus – Encryption

XOLZSEC ransomware will encrypt files on your PC, which are from these file type categories:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Database
  • Document
  • Picture

For the time being, a list with file extensions which could be targeted is non-existent. The article will get duly updated if such a list is discovered. Every file that gets encrypted will receive the .x0lzs3c extension attached to it.

The XOLZSEC cryptovirus might be set to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by initiating the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

The command’s execution typically makes the encryption process more viable, since it eliminates one of the prominent ways for the restoration of your files.

Remove XOLZSEC Virus and Restore .x0lzs3c Files

If your computer got infected with the XOLZSEC ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Manually delete XOLZSEC from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the XOLZSEC threat: Manual removal of XOLZSEC 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 XOLZSEC files and objects
2. Find malicious files created by XOLZSEC on your PC

Automatically remove XOLZSEC by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove XOLZSEC with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by XOLZSEC
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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