Do you know what XUY Ransomware is?
XUY Ransomware is a minor computer infection that has been created to target certain individuals. It means that it is not wide-spread, and only a handful of users have been infected with it. What’s more, it is possible to create a decryption tool for this infection, so there is no need to follow the instructions and pay the ransom fee (it would not solve anything anyway).
Check out the instructions for the manual removal of XUY Ransomware right below this description. Should you have more questions about ransomware infections, please feel free to leave us a comment.
Perhaps you have been hearing a lot about ransomware programs, but you are not quite certain what they really do? Ransomware programs have been all the rage for a few years now. They are extremely annoying and dangerous infections that can virtually leave the computer crippled for good.
The point behind a ransomware infection is to hold personal or corporate data hostage until the owner pays a ransom fee. They do that by encrypting personal data with powerful algorithms. The main problem with ransomware infections is that that it is often impossible to unlock the encrypted files unless one has the decryption key. Decryption keys are unique, and only the owners of these malicious programs have them. What’s more, unless the program is wide-spread, it is highly unlikely that a public decryption key is available for a certain ransomware infection.
It is very often that users download and install ransomware programs on their systems without even realizing it. This happens due to the distribution method that is usually employed by such programs. They use spam email attachments to infect unsuspecting users. And these spam emails look like legitimate notifications from reliable sources. Thus, users download and launch ransomware installer files thinking they are opening important documents.XUY Ransomware screenshot
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This is the usual route that most of the ransomware programs take to reach their targets. XUY Ransomware, on the other hand, is a slightly different infection. As mentioned, it usually targets certain users or groups, and the infection is carried out individually.
Judging from what our research team has found XUY Ransomware is very similar to the Torn and Thorn Ransomware infections. It would suggest that the people behind this program use a similar code to create their final product. Or it could be that the codes of the previously released infections were simply customized.
During our tests, we have found that XUY Ransomware encrypts most of the files that are located in the %UserProfile% and %PUBLIC% directories. The affected files then receive the .xuy extension added to their names. Needless to say, after the encryption, it is impossible to open the damaged files. However, our researchers point out that the infection is not able to carry out successful encryption is there is a file called “trig” in the %ALLUSERSPROFILE% directory.
Either way, it seems that the program isn’t fully developed because all the warnings that this ransomware gives in the description are fake. What’s more, this ransomware displays the ransom note that says you have you pay in order to get your files back. However, the cryptocurrency wallet address given in the message is fake. Hence, it is not possible to transfer the ransom fee. It is also very likely that this program hasn’t been developed for profit. And son, instead of using spam email campaigns to infect users around the globe, XUY Ransomware is likely to be exploited as a personal attack or a community attack, for example, against a gaming community or anything like that.
If your files have been encrypted by XUY Ransomware, we would recommend addressing a security professional who would create a decryption tool for you, seeing how our research team managed to develop one without much difficulty. In other words, it is possible to retrieve your files. You can also delete the encrypted files and then transfer copies of your data back into your system from an external hard drive (provided you have a data backup).
As for this infection, you can remove it with a reliable antispyware application or by manually deleting all the suspicious files you have recently downloaded. It might be too much of a task for you, so please consider acquiring a legitimate antispyware tool.
How to Remove XUY Ransomware
- Remove recently downloaded files from Desktop.
- Open the Downloads folder.
- Delete the most recently downloaded files.
- Scan your computer with SpyHunter.
In non-techie terms:
XUY Ransomware is one of the ransomware programs that try to extort money from innocent users or are simply there to cause havoc. It is possible to revert the encryption caused by this infection, but you still need to remove XUY Ransomware from your computer as soon as possible. The fastest and the most efficient way to deal with this infection is to use a licensed security application that would terminate all the malicious files for you automatically. What’s more, a security tool of choice would protect your system from other potential threats.