What is Xorist Ransomware?
Apparently, Xorist Ransomware is an unusual malware that seems to have many different versions. Its developers slightly modify the malware, so the version you have on your computer could be a little bit different than the case presented in this article. Nonetheless, all of them are still quite alike, and if you continue reading the text, you will learn how this ransomware is spread and how to remove it from your computer. Our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com have tested one of the Xorist Ransomware variants and say that there might be a chance to restore a part of your encrypted data with software that is designed to recover files. Although you could try paying the ransom, you should consider a possibility that the cyber criminals who created this infection might not keep up with their promises and your files could remain encrypted.
Where does Xorist Ransomware come from?
Most likely, the ransomware should be spread through malicious email attachments, e.g. executable file, fake text documents, etc. Although such data can be very tempting and you may want to open them, it is always better to delete it instead. Especially, if no one was supposed to send you anything and it comes from unknown source. If you still want to open it, you should definitely take some precautions. For example, you could scan the file with an antimalware tool or search for information about it on the Internet.
How does Xorist Ransomware work?
When you open the malicious file it will use either the XOR or TEA encryption method that should encipher your files with these extensions: .zip, .rar, .7z, .tar, .gzip, .jpg, .jpeg, .psd, .cdr, .dwg, .max, .bmp, .gif, .png, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .txt, .pdf, .djvu, and many others. Besides, your files should have an additional extension, e.g. picture.jpg.EnCiPhErEd. It is important to know that different Xorist Ransomware versions could add unique additional extensions. Unlike other ransomware infections this one does not ask to pay the ransom with Bitcoins. The malware leaves a text message with its demands on your desktop and in random folders where your files were encrypted. The same message is shown in the pop-up that appears on your screen.
As for the Xorist Ransomware version, we tested its message stated that users have to contact its creators through Facebook. It seems that when you communicate with the cyber criminals, they will instruct you how to pay the ransom and then they should give you a password for your file decryption. Also, it says that you have only two attempts to submit it, and if the password is correct your files would be unlocked. Otherwise, it claims that if you fail both times, all of your data will be destroyed. The windows with a box to type in the password shows up together with the main warning pop-up.
How to delete Xorist Ransomware
Naturally, you should evaluate how important are the files that were encrypted and decide for yourself if they are worth to pay the ransom. As we said before, there is no guarantee that ransomware’s creators will give you the correct password, so you should consider the possibility that your files might be lost already. If you choose to delete Xorist Ransomware, you have two options. You could either look for suspicious executable files in this directory, %LOCALAPPDATA%\Temp, or you could install an antimalware tool that would do the job for you. For the manual option, there are instructions a little below this text. Also, you may already know that particular programs might be able to recover some of your files, and you could try it for yourself as soon as you get rid of this infection.
Erase Xorist Ransomware
- Press Windows Key+E.
- Insert given location into the Explorer: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Temp
- Search this directory for any recently downloaded suspicious executable file, possibly with a random name.
- Right-click the malicious executable file and select Delete.
- Go to: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
- Locate these files: HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt and desktop.ini.
- Right-click them separately and select Delete.
- Empty your Recycle bin.
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