Infected with XCry Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is XCry Ransomware
In this article, we will talk in detail about the XCry Ransomware cryptovirus, which became most active in January of this year. Like many analogues, it encrypts user data with an AES algorithm. It also requires a ransom in the form of Bitcoin for decrypting files. This virus encrypts user data in various formats, such as documents of MS office, video or audio, and much more. Moreover, it changes the extension of the infected files to .xcry7684. After entering the computer, this is a special HOW_TO_DECRYPT_FILES.html file that contains information about the methods of redemption. Here’s how this note looks like:
Your files have been encrypted.
To decrypt your files, follow instructions
Open your explorer, in the pathbar, enter %appdata%
Find the file encryption key and send it to email: funnybtc@ainnaiLcc
Await payment instructions.
Judging by the contents of the note, XCry Ransomware targets English-speaking users. The notes indicate that the user must pay a ransom in order to receive a special encryption key. However, there is no guarantee that scammers really decrypt your files. We do not recommend you to pay. The best option for you would be to try to remove XCry Ransomware yourself, using our recommendations, which are listed below.
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How XCry Ransomware infected your PC
In most cases, XCry Ransomware comes through unprotected user network settings; this can come in the form of a spurious update for a program or as an attachment to a spam mailing list. Penetration occurs because users rarely use the paid version of antivirus programs. This is an error since the free version cannot protect your computer 100%. You need to carefully monitor the status of your computer, and you do not need to open suspicious emails. If XCry Ransomware already came and encrypted your data, then you can use our recommendations to remove it right now.
First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will XCry Ransomware system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the XCry Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
SpyHunter 5 – fully removes all instances of XCry Ransomware – files, folders, registry keys.
You may find more detailed information about antivirus products in our article – Top 5 Antivirus Software for Windows
Restore your files using shadow copies
- Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Step 2: Remove following files and folders of XCry Ransomware:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by XCry Ransomware?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although latest versions of XCry Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Written by Rami Douafi