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.xncrypt Virus (Restore Files)

This article has been created to display how to remove .xncrypt file ransomware and restore your files If they have been coded by this infection.

A ransomware infection, known as .xncrypt has been reported to cause infections and encrypt files on infected computers. The virus is known as .xncrypt filecoder and demands victims to pay a ransom fee of 0.25 BTC to restore the files back to normal. The virus also leaves behind a ransom note where full instructions on how to create a Bitcoin wallet have been provided by the cyber-criminals. In case you have been infected by the .xncrypt ransomware, we advise you to read this article in order to learn how to remove this virus completely, protect your PC and try to get the encrypted files back.

Threat Summary


.xncrypt Virus

Type Ransomware
Short Description Encrypts files on the computers it infects asking a hefty ransom fee to be paid – 0.25 BTC.

Symptoms The victim may not be able to open the files. The .xncrypt extension is added. Displaying of error messages. Dipslaying of the virus wallpaper and ransom note..
Distribution Method Via an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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.xncrypt Ransomware – Distribution

The .xncrypt file virus contains a malicious file, detected in VirusTotal, known as xncrypt v.1.exe:

This file may be spread via intermediary malware that usually may be connected to:

  • Exploit kits.
  • JavaScript.
  • Documents with malicious macros.
  • Trojan.Downloaders and Droppers.
  • Other malicious files.

These files may be spread via multiple different methods:

  • As malicious attachments sent in spam e-mails that present them as legitimate files.
  • As files uploaded in cloud-sharing sites, like Dropbox, for example. Such files are uploaded on web links that can also be sent via social media, spam mails and other user-content sites.
  • As fake Java or Adobe flash player updates.
  • As fake key generators, license activators or other type of fraudulent software uploaded on suspicious websites or via torrent sites.

.xncrypt File Virus – Activity

Once this ransomware infection has already infected a computer system, it may begin to perform various malicious activities. One of them may be to drop multiple support modules responsible for uninterrupted infection and file encryption. Usually the virus does this with the assistance of file obfuscation software. The modules may be of the following file types:

.dll, .bat, .vbs, .tmp, .reg, .exe, .js

They may be located in the following Windows folders:


The files may exist under different names, but in most cases when they are not randomly named, they may have the same names as legitimate Windows processes, such as svchost.exe, for example.

After dropping the malicious files on the user’s computer, this ransomware infection may begin to perform different system modifications on the compromised devices. These modifications include several different value strings that may be added to the following Windows registry sub-keys:


After modifying the Windows Registry Editor, the .xncrypt ransomware virus may also delete the shadow volume copies on the infected computer by executing variations of the bcedit and vssadmin commands, for example:

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

In addition to this activity is the ransom note and the wallpaper which the .xncrypt ransomware also drops on the victim’s computer. It has the following contents:

“Your computer has been infected
This is Ransomware , Your all files Encrypted and can’t to open again
You Can not perform activities as usual on your computer because your screen will always be locked before this is fixed
You must have a password to encrypt all your files back And Unlock your screen
To get a password, You must send me a ransom of 0.25 BTC to the following Bitcoin address
You can contact me by this email : xncryptgprotonmail.com
while attaching the transfer receipt from your Bitcoin address
For more details, see the steps below
1. Create Your Bitcoin wallet.
2. Increase your Bitcoin Balance
3. Send Bitcoin with the amount of bitcoin I have requested to the Bitcoin address above
4. Contact me by email above while attaching proof of transfer from your Bitcoin address.
5. And I give the password”

After this procedure has finished, the virus may also display an error message with the following statement:

“Invalid Path or Filename
Please check to make sure the path and filenameare correct and if the file exists.”

After the pop-up is displayed, the computer may restart and after reboot, the victim sees the screenlock messages of .xncrypt file virus:

.xncrypt File Virus – Encryption Process

The encryption activity of this ransomware virus includes scanning your computer for important documents, images, audio and video files, archives and other data and encrypt them. The .xncrypt virus may look for matches with the following file extensions:


After the files have been located, .xncrypt ransomware encrypts them and may leave behind the files appearing the following way:

Remove .xncrypt File Ransomware and Restore Data

Before beginning to remove the files encrypted by this ransomware infection, recommendations are to always backup your important data. Then, it is recommended to remove the malicious files of the .xncrupt ransomware. One of the ways to do it is if you follow the removal instructions below. In case you feel unsure that all the related files and objects to .xncrypt ransomware are going to be removed manually, it is advisable to take the automatic approach. For maximum effectiveness of removal and future protection, security experts strongly recommend downloading an advanced anti-malware program and scanning your computer with it.

If you want to restore files encrypted by the .xncrypt ranomware virus, we have suggested several alternative methods that can help you with that. These methods are located below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .xncrypt Virus”.

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How to Remove .xncrypt Virus from Windows.

Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .xncrypt Virus


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 .xncrypt Virus 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 .xncrypt Virus 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 .xncrypt Virus 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.

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 .xncrypt Virus 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.


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


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.


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

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Get rid of .xncrypt Virus from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall .xncrypt Virus and remove related files and objects

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 .xncrypt Virus:

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 .xncrypt Virus. 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 .xncrypt Virus. 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 .xncrypt Virus 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 .xncrypt Virus. 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

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.

Step 2: Scan for and remove .xncrypt Virus files from your Mac

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for .xncrypt Virus:


SpyHunter for Mac

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Remove .xncrypt Virus from Google Chrome.

Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.

Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.

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Erase .xncrypt Virus from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"

Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.

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Uninstall .xncrypt Virus from Microsoft Edge.

Step 1: Start Edge browser.

Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".

Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.

Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.

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Remove .xncrypt Virus from Safari.

Step 1: Start the Safari app.

Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences

Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.

Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the .xncrypt Virus will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

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Eliminate .xncrypt Virus from Internet Explorer.

Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'

Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.

Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.

Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.

Remove Push Notifications caused by .xncrypt Virus from Your Browsers.

Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.


Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

advanced settings

Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

Content Settings

Step 4: Open “Notifications”:


Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

Block, Edit or Remove

Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.


Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":


Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

remove push notifications firefox

Stop Push Notifications on Opera

Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings


Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

content settings

Step 3: Open Notifications:


Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

three dots

Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.


Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".

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