!XTPLOCK5.0 Cryptinfo.txt Ransomware Remove and Restore Files

ransomware-on-focus-sensorstechforumCyber-criminals behind the e-mail [email protected] have begun to demand 2 BTC from users via a ransomware virus that is dubbed “!XTPLOCK5.0” based on it’s ransom note string. Malware researchers, like Michael Gillepsie believe that this ransomware virus is an instance of the notorious DMALocker ransomware virus. After encryption !XTPLOCK5.0 leaves behind a ransom note in the form of a .txt file named “cryptinfo.txt”. This ransom note aims to “motivate” affected users to pay the ransom amount of 2 BTC (at present times around 1300 USD) in order to get the files back. Anyone who is infected by this ransomware virus should not pay the ransom under any circumstances, because it not only supports the cyber-criminals but is also not a guarantee that you will get your files back. Instead, we recommend following the information in this article to remove the !XTPLOCK5.0 threat completely and try alternative solutions to restore your files until malware researchers come up with a solution, which we will post on this page.

Threat Summary

Name!XTPLOCK5.0
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA cryptovirus encrypting files on the compromised computer and then demanding a ransom payment of 2 BTC to decrypt them.
SymptomsThe !XTPLOCK5.0 ransomware will encrypt all files with strong encryption after which leave a “cryptinfo.txt” file.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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!XTPLOCK5.0 – How Is It Distributed

Similar to DMALocker the !XTPLOCK5.0 malware may also spread via malicious third-party web links that may be advertised by third-party applications of an adware character on an affected computer. The virus might also be distributed via malicious e-mail attachments as well as malicious web links posted online. Messages of a spamming character may look like reputable messages from well-known services, like LinkedIn, Facebook, banking or government institutions. The e-mail attachments may contain several different details in them like convincing messages, fake buttons that lead to suspicious web links and may cause browser redirects and others. This is why it is strongly advisable to use external mail services with spam blockers, like Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird or others.

!XTPLOCK5.0 – More Information

The ransomware one name for which is !XTPLOCK5.0 is believed to create the following files upon infection:

→%UsersProfile%\cryptinfo.txt
%UsersProfile%\{malicious executable}.exe

After having created those files, the virus may create a custom registry entry for the malicious executable file to run on Windows boot and begin encrypting files straight away. The targeted key for this is:

→HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”cssys” = “%User’sProfile%\ntserver.exe”

This may cause the encryptor of the virus to run and target the following types of files for encryption:

→“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 CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .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 Encoded Files .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 Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .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”Source:fileinfo.com

After having encrypted the files with strong encryption believed to be AES, RSA or both algorithms used for different segments for the encryption, the encoded data can no longer be accessed.

The final stage for !XTPLOCK5.0 is to focus on notifying the user that his or her files are encrypted, and 2 BTC must be paid to retrieve the files. This is done by providing the following message in the cryptinfo.txt file:

→”Attention! ! !
All of your copies of your system have been permanently deleted and the data on all partitions and workstations have been encrypted!
Stay calm.
You can recover all your data by making a payment of 2 BTC (1200 USD) in Bitcoin currency to receive a decryption key.
To purchase Bitcions you can use www.coinbase.com
After buying BTC send the equivalent of 2 BTC (1200 USD) to our BTC adress:
16jX5RbF2pEcLYHPukazWhDCkxXTs7ZCxB
After payment contact us to receive your decryption key. In mail title write your unique ID: {custom id visually resembling a MAC address}
Our e-mail: [email protected]

Remove !XTPLOCK5.0 Ransomware and Restore Locked Files

To remove this ransomware completely from your computer, we advise you to guide yourself by the removal instructions posted below. They are carefully designed to help your remove all of the files related to !XTPLOCK5.0 ransomware. In case you feel unsure in what you are doing, experts often advise using an advanced anti-malware software which will automatically take care of everything related to !XTPLOCK5.0 ransomware virus on your computer. Whatever the case may be, paying the ransom is not recommended because of several logical reasons:

  • There may be a free decryption available.
  • You support the cyber-criminals’ operation.
  • There is no guarantee that paying will get you access back to the files.

If you want to restore your files, we advise you to wait for a free decryptor to be released, since malware researchers are constantly working towards decrypting different ransomware variants, as was the case with the DMA Locker 3.0 ransomware which resembles this virus a lot.

While you wait for a free decrypter to be released, you may try the decryption instructions for the older variant of DMA Locker or the alternative file restoration methods provided in step “2. Restore files encrypted by !XTPLOCK5.0” below. But before attempting any decryption, use the tools at your own risk and make a backup, just in case the files become corrupt during decryption.

Manually delete !XTPLOCK5.0 from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the !XTPLOCK5.0 threat: Manual removal of !XTPLOCK5.0 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 !XTPLOCK5.0 files and objects
2.Find malicious files created by !XTPLOCK5.0 on your PC

Automatically remove !XTPLOCK5.0 by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove !XTPLOCK5.0 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by !XTPLOCK5.0
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Vencislav Krustev

A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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