Xxx ransomware is a malicious program that encrypts files. It belongs to the GlobeImposter ransomware family. It targets personal files, adds .xxx to them, drops a how_to_back_files.html ransom note, and demands a ransom payment to get a decryptor. Xxx ransomware essentially takes files hostage. File recovery for users without a backup will be difficult, if not currently impossible. Paying the ransom is also not recommended because it does not necessarily mean you would get the decryptor. A free Xxx ransomware decryptor is also not currently available.

Xxx ransomware note

 

 

Xxx ransomware, like most ransomware, targets personal files. All your photos, images, videos, and documents will be encrypted and have an extension added to them. This particular ransomware adds .xxx to encrypted files. For example, text.txt would become text.txt.xxx when encrypted. You will not be able to open any encrypted files unless you first use a decryptor on them. But acquiring the Xxx ransomware decryptor will not be so easy.

The ransomware also drops a “how_to_back_files.html” ransom note. The note explains that to get a decryptor, it’s necessary to pay for a decryptor. The price is not specified in the note but it would supposedly be revealed when victims contact the cybercriminal. The note also mentions that victims can recover one file for free as proof that the malware operators can decrypt files.

Whatever the price may be, we don’t recommend paying the ransom. There are no guarantees that a decryptor would actually be sent to you after you make the payment. Many victims in the past have paid only to receive nothing in return. Furthermore, your money would go towards future criminal activities.

If you have a backup, you can start recovering your files as soon as you remove Xxx ransomware from your computer. We strongly recommend you use anti-virus software to delete Xxx ransomware because file-encrypting malware is a complicated infection. It requires a professional tool to get rid of, so make sure you use a good anti-virus program. If you try to do it manually, you could end up causing additional damage accidentally.

For users with no backup, file recovery will be much more difficult, if not impossible. Malware researchers/specialists release free decryptors whenever possible in order to help victims recover files for free. However, because of various circumstances, it’s not always possible to develop free decryptors. Free decryptors are usually posted on sites like NoMoreRansom, so if a free Xxx ransomware decryptor is ever released, it would be posted on that those sites.

How to avoid malware infections?

If you want to avoid malicious infections, your best bet is to develop better browsing habits. Dangerous habits include opening unsolicited email attachments, pirating copyrighted content using torrents, clicking on unknown links, etc. If you take the time to develop better habits, you will avoid a lot of malware infections in the future.

Cybercriminals often use email attachments to distribute malware. When users open malicious email attachments, they initiate the malware unknowingly. Fortunately, emails carrying malware are often quite easy to identify. The most obvious sign is grammar/spelling mistakes in emails that are supposedly sent by legitimate companies. Cybercriminals who launch malicious campaigns are often not native English speakers so their emails are full of mistakes. These mistakes are quite glaring when the sender claims to be from some legitimate company. For example, if you get an email from FedEx about a parcel delivery but the email itself is full of mistakes, you’re obviously dealing with a malicious email.

The way you are addressed by the sender can also help identify whether it’s malicious. When you receive an email from a company whose services you use, you will be addressed by name. This practice makes the email seem more personal. But because cybercriminals usually do not have access to personal information, they use generic terms like “User”, “Customer”, “Member”, etc.

The sender’s email is another thing you should check when dealing with an unsolicited email. When the sender claims to be from a legitimate company but the email address looks completely random, it’s most certainly a malicious email. But more sophisticated malicious emails may be sent from legitimate-looking email addresses. We strongly suggest you research email addresses to find out whether the sender is actually legitimate.

We always recommend scanning email attachments with anti-virus software or VirusTotal before opening them to ensure they’re not carrying malware.

Lastly, it’s important to note that torrents are often used to distribute malware. Torrent sites are usually poorly moderated, which allows malicious actors to upload torrents with malware in them. It’s particularly common to find malware in torrents for entertainment content (e.g. torrents for movies, TV series, and video games). So if you use torrents to download pirated content, you risk infecting your computer with serious malware and potentially losing your data. Furthermore, downloading copyrighted content for free is essentially stealing.

Xxx ransomware removal

Xxx ransomware is a sophisticated malware infection that requires a professional tool to get rid of. Do not attempt to delete Xxx ransomware manually because you could accidentally cause additional damage to your computer. It’s quite a complicated process and it’s not difficult to accidentally do something wrong. Instead, you should use anti-malware software.

If you have a backup, you can start file recovery as soon as you remove Xxx ransomware from your computer. For those who do not have a backup, free file recovery will not be possible. A free decryptor may eventually be released but when that will happen is not certain. If a decryptor was to be released, it would be available on NoMoreRansom. It’s worth mentioning that questionable forums often promote fake decryptors that could result in even more malware on a device. If you cannot find a decryptor on a legitimate source like NoMoreRansom, you certainly won’t find it on a random forum.

Xxx ransomware is detected as:

  • Win32:RansomX-gen [Ransom] by Avast/AVG
  • Generic.Ransom.GlobeImposter.64DACDB0 by Emsisoft
  • A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.FV by ESET
  • Ransom.GlobeImposter by Malwarebytes
  • Ransom_FAKEGLOBE.SMB by TrendMicro
  • ansom:Win32/Filecoder.RB!MSR by Microsoft
  • Globelmposter!01A6C1720A2D by McAfee
  • HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic by Kaspersky
  • Generic.Ransom.GlobeImposter.64DACDB by BitDefender

Xxx ransomware

 

Quick Menu

Step 1. Delete Xxx ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

Remove Xxx ransomware from Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP
  1. Click on Start and select Shutdown.
  2. Choose Restart and click OK. Windows 7 - restart
  3. Start tapping F8 when your PC starts loading.
  4. Under Advanced Boot Options, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Remove Xxx ransomware - boot options
  5. Open your browser and download the anti-malware utility.
  6. Use the utility to remove Xxx ransomware
Remove Xxx ransomware from Windows 8/Windows 10
  1. On the Windows login screen, press the Power button.
  2. Tap and hold Shift and select Restart. Windows 10 - restart
  3. Go to Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings.
  4. Choose Enable Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking under Startup Settings. Win 10 Boot Options
  5. Click Restart.
  6. Open your web browser and download the malware remover.
  7. Use the software to delete Xxx ransomware

Step 2. Restore Your Files using System Restore

Delete Xxx ransomware from Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP
  1. Click Start and choose Shutdown.
  2. Select Restart and OK Windows 7 - restart
  3. When your PC starts loading, press F8 repeatedly to open Advanced Boot Options
  4. Choose Command Prompt from the list. Windows boot menu - command prompt
  5. Type in cd restore and tap Enter. Uninstall Xxx ransomware - command prompt restore
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. Delete Xxx ransomware - command prompt restore execute
  7. Click Next in the new window and select the restore point prior to the infection. Xxx ransomware - restore point
  8. Click Next again and click Yes to begin the system restore. Xxx ransomware removal - restore message
Delete Xxx ransomware from Windows 8/Windows 10
  1. Click the Power button on the Windows login screen.
  2. Press and hold Shift and click Restart. Windows 10 - restart
  3. Choose Troubleshoot and go to Advanced options.
  4. Select Command Prompt and click Restart. Win 10 command prompt
  5. In Command Prompt, input cd restore and tap Enter. Uninstall Xxx ransomware - command prompt restore
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and tap Enter again. Delete Xxx ransomware - command prompt restore execute
  7. Click Next in the new System Restore window. Get rid of Xxx ransomware - restore init
  8. Choose the restore point prior to the infection. Xxx ransomware - restore point
  9. Click Next and then click Yes to restore your system. Xxx ransomware removal - restore message

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