XARCryptor Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what XARCryptor Ransomware is?

XARCryptor Ransomware is a version of another infamous threat, GarrantyDecrypt Ransomware. Both of these threats might attack your operating system via spam emails, malicious downloaders, and even using remote access vulnerabilities. If you are not careful enough, even a seemingly insignificant action could lead to the attack of this dangerous infection. Once the threat is executed, it can create a real mess inside your operating system. Of course, the main task for this malware is to encrypt files, which it can do successfully using a complex algorithm. There is no easy or good way to say it, so we might as well just spit it out: The encrypted files are lost. Theoretically, a decryptor might exist, but you are unlikely to obtain it even if you fulfill every single demand that cyber criminals might throw your way. Of course, they are humans too, and so they are unpredictable, but we certainly do not recommend following their instructions. Instead, you want to remove XARCryptor Ransomware and forget about the incident right away.

After XARCryptor Ransomware slithers into your operating system, it quickly performs a few different tasks. First, it deletes shadow volume copies, and that means that the system cannot be restored using a restore point. Beyond that, the infection also records browser-related information. It can read browsing history, and it can also steal passwords that are stored on the installed browsers. This is one of the many reasons why saving passwords on browsers is a bad idea, but that’s not what we need to discuss right now. Of course, as soon as you delete XARCryptor Ransomware, it is a good idea to reset all passwords that might have been compromised. Although all of this is terrible, it might not compare to the encryption of personal data. The infection encrypts files and then adds “.odin” to their names. We really hope that the files with these extensions added to them have been backed up; otherwise, they are lost, and you can simply remove them. You can also store them away in case a decryptor becomes public, but that is unlikely to happen.XARCryptor Ransomware Removal GuideXARCryptor Ransomware screenshot
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#RECOVERY_FILES#.txt is the file that XARCryptor Ransomware creates in the Startup directory and also where the corrupted files exist. This text file informs that files are encrypted and then suggests emailing odin19@protonmail.com for more information on the recovery. The message also warns that using “decryption tools” can damage data permanently. Well, your files are damaged already, so there is no harm in using legitimate decryption tools. Unfortunately, at the time of research, none of them could decrypt files hijacked by XARCryptor Ransomware. If you email cyber criminals, they will know how to contact you in the future, and they will also ask you to pay money in return for a key or a program that, allegedly, can decrypt your files. This is nonsense you do not want to believe in because you are unlikely to get your files back. We suggest focusing on the removal.

Some victims might be able to remove XARCryptor Ransomware manually, but that is a tricky task because the infection could be quite anywhere. If you lack experience, you might be unable to identify and erase the file-encryptor all on your own. That is not a disaster because you can use anti-malware software to get rid of the threat. Employ a tool you can trust, and it will delete XARCryptor Ransomware automatically. You will not need to do a thing. The tool will also keep your operating system protected against other infections, and that is crucial if you do not want to face other threats again. Do not forget to back up files too!

Delete XARCryptor Ransomware

  1. Delete all recently downloaded suspicious files.
  2. Delete the #RECOVERY_FILES#.txt ransom note file. Some copies might exist here:
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Startup
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  3. Empty Recycle Bin and then immediately perform a full system scan using a reliable malware scanner.

In non-techie terms:

The malicious XARCryptor Ransomware is a stealthy threat at first, but then it reveals itself so that the victim would follow their command. The infection was created to encrypt files, which it does successfully, but that is not the only thing it can do. It also can delete shadow volume copies, as well as record browser data, which might include saved passwords. This is one of those threats you want to avoid at all cost, no doubt. If you can evade the infection still, employ security software ASAP. If your system was infected already, delete XARCryptor Ransomware, reset jeopardized passwords, and secure your system. Note that if you are not able to erase the threat manually, you can always use anti-malware software. It can also ensure full-time security, and so installing it is the best solution.