The ransomware virus, called XYZware has been reported to attack computers all over the world after which encrypt their files using AES-128 encryption algorithm. The virus then drops a Readme.txt ransom note In which it demands 0.2 BTC (Bitcoins) from the victims of the ransomware virus. In case you have become a victim of XYZware ransomware, advices are to read this article thoroughly and learn how to remove this virus and hopefully get your files back.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using AES-128 and may lock the key using RSA cipher.|
|Symptoms||The virus drops a Readme.txt file on the compromised computer.|
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How Does XYZware Infect
Malware researchers have so far received alerts that this virus has been uploaded on hacking forums and may infect via malicious e-mail spam messages. Such messages usually contain deceptive statements, like “Your eBay purchase has been made, please see the Invoice” and the questionable Invoice may be a malicious attachment of different executable types, for example:
However the infection is also believed to come as a fake update, via exploit kits, and fake installers of free software, found in suspicious websites.
XYZware – What Happens If I Get Infected
In case you become infected by this malware, it’s first activity is to connect to a remote host and drop it’s files on your computer, which are:
After the files are dropped, XYZware may create registry entries for those files. These registry entries may be for the .exe file to run every time Windows starts. For this to happen, the virus may either drop a copy or a shortcut of the file in the %Startup% directory or modify the Windows Registry Editor, targeting the following sub-keys:
After this virus runs on your computer, it attacks files primarily with the following types:
- Microsoft Office.
- Text Documents.
- Database Files.
- Image files.
- Virtual Image files.
After the encryption has been completed, the files can no longer be opened. The virus then opens the Readme.txt ransom note which has the following contents:
After this, the encryption process is complete, and the virus may leave behind it’s malicious files or delete them. Whatever the case may be, most of the ransomware viruses, like XYZware are created to intimidate users into paying the ransom, which is highly inadvisable. Instead of this, malware researchers recommend removing this ransomware from your computer, because paying may:
- Not guarantee that you will receive your files back.
- Help the cyber-criminals further spread their malware and infect users.
Remove XYZware and Get Encrypted Files Back
For the removal of this ransomware it is important to follow certain methodology. This is why we have created the removal instructions below and we advise following the steps. In case you are unsure that you have sufficient experience in manual malware removal, experts always recommend using an advanced anti-malware program that will permanently fix the issue and protect your system in the future as well.
For the restoration of the files encrypted by XYZware virus, the best recommendation is to back the files up on another drive. Then you can use the copies of those files in combination with alternative methods to restore your files, such as the ones we have mentioned in step “2. Restore files encrypted by XYZware.”. They may not be 100% guarantee that you will get all the files back, but these tools may help for at least some of the data.
Manually delete XYZware from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the XYZware threat: Manual removal of XYZware 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.