Xorist-Frozen Ransomware

What is Xorist-Frozen Ransomware?

Xorist-Frozen Ransomware is yet another variant based on the infamous Xorist Ransomware. We have seen a number of dangerous ransomware programs originating from this base, such as Cryptedx Ransomware and Hello Ransomware. Unfortunately, this dangerous program can encrypt all your important files once it manages to sneak onto your system. Since you will not notice its presence until it is too late, it is not possible to remove Xorist-Frozen Ransomware from your computer without the possibility of losing your files to encryption. Hopefully, though, you have a recently saved backup in cloud storage or on an offline removable drive. Right now, this seems to be the only way for you to be able to recover your files. Our malware experts at anti-spyware-101.com say that they have not found any free tool yet that could help you restore your files. Also, there is no guarantee that if you pay the ransom, you will get the private key needed for decryption. We advise you to remove Xorist-Frozen Ransomware as soon as possible. For the details, please read our full article.

Where does Xorist-Frozen Ransomware come from?

The most likely way for you to infect your computer with this malicious threat is to activate it via spam e-mails. You may have received a spam recently that you believed to be important and urgent, a this is why you opened it in the end. Obviously, this spam is rather convincing and not as conspicuous as they used to be; the subject line will not tell you to "please open me so I can infect your computer with a dangerous ransomware infection." This spam can make you believe that you have an outstanding invoice, there is an issue with your bank account (e.g., suspicious transactions detected), or you have not paid a fine in due time. But once you open this mail, you will not find any usable information since then, you would not feel the urge to open the attached file. This attachment can pose as an image or a document containing vital information for you. Unfortunately, this is why you would click to view it. Please note that this will activate this malicious attack and you will not be able to delete Xorist-Frozen Ransomware without possibly losing your files.

It is also possible that you have a remote desktop program installed on your PC and it is not configured securely. Cyber criminals can gain access to your system via RDP (Remote Desk Protocol) and install this ransomware behind your back. But you may also drop such a dangerous infection without your knowledge if your browsers or drivers (Java and Flash) are not updated. Cyber crooks can set up malicious sites using Exploit Kits, which are designed to trigger malicious scripts to drop a ransomware infection in the background. The only way for you to protect your PC against such attacks when your computer is not protected with a powerful anti-malware program is to keep your browsers and drivers always up-to-date. Otherwise, you will have to remove Xorist-Frozen Ransomware or any other threat you may let on board this way.

How does Xorist-Frozen Ransomware work?

This new variant also seems to apply the XOR algorithm to encrypt your personal files, including your photos, videos, audios, documents, and archives. This could cause serious damage to you. This malware infection uses a long extension, "...Files-Frozen-NEED-TO-MAKE-PAYMENT-FOR-DECRYPTOR-OR-ALL-YOUR-FILES-WILL-BE-PERMANENLTY-DELETED," added to the original extension of the affected files. The ransom note text file, "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt," could be dropped on your desktop or in every affected folder as well.

This ransom note gives you 36 hours to pay 0.5 BTC (around 5,400 USD at the moment) for the private key; or else, you are threatened that your key will be deleted from the secret remote server. Once you transfer the money to the given Bitcoin address, you have to send an e-mail to "frozen_service_security@scryptmail.com"  with the subject of "ERROR-ID-63100888(0.5BTC)." Then, you are supposed to get a reply with the private key. However, experience shows that it is highly unlikely that these cyber crooks will send you anything after they get your money. Thus, we advise you to remove Xorist-Frozen Ransomware as soon as possible.

How can I delete Xorist-Frozen Ransomware?

It is not too complicated to eliminate this threat no matter how dangerous it is. In fact, you only need to delete all related files, and that is all there is to it since this ransomware does not seem to set up any registry keys and does not copy itself, either. Please follow our instructions below if you want to take action manually. Remember that there could be other threats on board, too. Also, it is possible that you simply cannot defend your computer efficiently enough and you need a proper professional anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. Once you install such reputable security software, keep it and every other program on board always up-to-date to protect your PC.

Remove Xorist-Frozen Ransomware from Windows

  1. Open the File Explorer by pressing Win+E.
  2. Locate the downloaded malicious .exe file and delete it.
  3. Delete the ransom note file ("HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt").
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  5. Restart your computer. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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