Few days ago, a ransomware virus, detected as Win32/Wagcrypt.A has been detected out in the wild to attack Windows-based servers. The ransomware virus aims to encrypt videos, music, audio files and other type of data with the one and only purpose of extorting the administrator of the server/computer to pay a hefty ransom fee to get the files back. In case you have become the unfortunate victim of .zXz ransomware, advice is to read the following material to learn more about the threat, remove it and try to get your encrypted files back.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” linking to a web page and a decryptor. The file-extension .zXz has been used.|
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.zXz Ransomware – How Does It Infect
For it to infect successfully, the .zXz virus uses a combination of different techniques for infection. This may include:
- Distribution malware, like Trojan.Droppers, Downloaders, Botnets, Worms and others.
- Exploit kits.
- Command and control server.
- Malicious scripts for the infection to commence.
- Obfuscators to conceal the malicious files from any protection software.
These tools may be used to send out malicious web links on social media like Facebook or via Skype chat messages. The very same web links with malicious code In them may also be sent out via e-mail to fool the average user. But most of all, .zXz ransomware may send out various spam e-mails that may contain malicious attachments in a .zip or .rar archives. To learn how to protect yourself from such in the future, we advise you to read the following material:
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Once this particular infection becomes opened it may connect to a remote command and control server and download the actual payload of .zXz ransomware on your computer. This payload may be located in several critical Windows folders, such as:
After this, the .zXz virus may modify the Windows Registry editor with the one and only purpose to execute the malicious file that encrypts data on Windows Startup. This is achievable via adding custom registry values in the following sub-keys:
After this has been done, the .zXz virus may begin to encrypt files. The files the malware looks for to encode may be of the following types:
→ “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 the encryption the files can no longer be opened. This is due to the advanced encryption employed on them. The virus also adds the .zXz file extension to the encrypted files.
After this happens the virus may drop a ransom note which should display the ransom instructions which may intimidate victims into paying a hefty ransom fee to get the files back.
Remove .zXz Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files
For the removal of this crypto-malware advices are to focus on following the instructions we have posted below. They are designed so that they help methodologically in removing this ransomware. In case you are unsure, experts always recommend following the Automatic instructions an downloading an advanced anti-malware program which will take care of the removal process automatically for you.
In case you are looking for a method to restore your files in case they have been encrypted by this malware, advices are to focus on several alternative methods which we have kindly suggested for you in step “2.Restore files encrypted by .zXz Virus” Below.
Manually delete .zXz Virus from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the .zXz Virus threat: Manual removal of .zXz Virus 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.