What is Ransomware?

Your personal files are doomed if the malicious Ransomware manages to slither in. This threat – a version of the infamous Xiaoba Ransomware – can hide within spam emails, and so if you are careless, you could be tricked into executing it yourself. Unfortunately, once the launcher is activated, it is unlikely that you can stop it even if you are aware that the file is malicious. Of course, if you remove the launcher right away, the threat might be stopped. However, if you do not delete Ransomware in time, your files are either encrypted or erased. It is hard to say why exactly this malicious infection was created. One version of it pushes the victims to pay a ransom for an alleged decryptor, but there is also a version that does not even make a ransom demand. Instead, it quickly erases the files. Please continue reading the repot to learn more about the threat, and if you come up with any questions, note that the comments section is open to everyone.

How does Ransomware work? Ransomware might work as a file remover and a file decryptor. According to our researchers, if the threat attaches the “..²¡Ãû¤ÏۤǤ¹[].XiaoBa” extension to the original names of the encrypted files, they are at risk of being erased. This version of the infection does not make any demands, and it appears that it was created solely for the purpose of erasing data. It is possible that this version is used to test something. At the end of the day, it is not much worse than the other version of Ransomware because although it does not delete files, it encrypts them, and decrypting them is not possible. You can determine whether or not that is the version you are dealing with by checking for the “.Encrypted[].XiaoBa” extension attached to the files’ names. As you can see, both extensions include an email address, and this is where the name of the threat derives from as well. The email address, of course, belongs to cyber criminals who have built the ransomware, and we do not recommend emailing it.

The ransom note that the second version of the Ransomware introduces users to is delivered via a file named “_XiaoBa_Info_.hta.” You can find this file in the %HOMEDRIVE% directory along with the “_XiaoBa_Info_.bmp” file that is used to replace the original Desktop wallpaper image. The .hta file should also have a copy on the Desktop. The ransom note does not disclose a lot of information, and that is because the main goal behind it is to make you email the creator of the infection. What happened if you did that? First of all, your own email address would be recorded, and, of course, your inbox could be flooded with all kinds of spam emails in the future because of it. Second, you should be introduced to information regarding the payment of a ransom. Whether the sum demanded is small or big, paying it is a mistake because cyber criminals cannot be forced to hold their end of the deal. The victims of TBlocker Ransomware, Datakeeper Ransomware, Cypher Ransomware, and all other file-encryptors need to be aware of this as well.

How to delete Ransomware

You need to remove Ransomware as quickly as possible, and even if recovering personal files is not possible, you still need to clean your operating system. Whether your files were encrypted or deleted, you also need to think about the security of your operating system and data in the future. If you want to protect yourself against malicious ransomware in the future, it is most important that you employ well-rounded security software, and we suggest using anti-malware software. As soon as you install it, it will automatically delete Ransomware, and then it will strengthen protection against other threats that could try to invade in the future. If you do that and back up your files online or externally, you will not need to fear the invasion of any other file-encryptor.

Removal Instructions

  1. Find and Delete the {unknown name}.exe launcher of the ransomware (its name and location are random).
  2. Launch Windows Explorer by tapping keys Win+E together.
  3. Type %HOMEDRIVE% into the bar at the top and then tap the Enter key.
  4. Delete the files named _XiaoBa_Info_.bmp and _XiaoBa_Info_.hta.
  5. Move to the Desktop and Delete the copy of the _XiaoBa_Info_.hta file.
  6. Perform a full system scan as soon as you Empty Recycle Bin. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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