This is an article dedicated to xData Virus File Ransomware.
To begin with, we could certainly claim for sure that Ransomware programs are the most terrible cyber threat you can ever encounter nowadays. That’s especially true in case you are not very cautious while surfing the web. Such viruses can and are likely to infiltrate your system, check all its file storage spaces, and define exactly which data you use most regularly. Following that, all of the files of importance usually end up encrypted and you – rendered incapable of accessing any of them. After that, a ransom is going to be extorted from you in exchange for unlocking your encoded data. As terrible as it may sound but this description is related the xData Virus: the exact Ransomware virus, we are discussing below and which has probably threatened you as well.
Introducing the modern cyber threat Ransomware as a whole:
Generally speaking, Ransomware is the common name for all the harmful software pieces that affect your most important files. For sure, not all Ransomware-based viruses we are aware of are able to lock up your data. Actually, there are differences in the ways the various Ransomware subcategories act and affect their victims. Nevertheless, what is common for all of them is that the cyber hackers behind such infections are typically simply targeting your finances. It is even possible that these cyber criminals may really have no intention to restore your access to the hijacked data. For that reason, it is essential that you read the full article below and decide how to act afterwards.
Normally, Ransomware comprises all the malicious programs capable of infecting your PC and later on- demand that you need to pay their creators for undoing the horrible encryption process they have been done to you and your data. However, the targeted devices may be different as well as the possible effects coming from Ransomware:
- The screen-lock viruses: These programs are likely to simply attack and affect only your computer screen. Such a virus can’t do anything harmful to your files. Still, this malware subcategory consists of programs which can still harass you into paying a ransom in exchange for unblocking your screen.
- The mobile-device oriented Ransomware viruses: The members of this subgroup normally infect mobile devices. Their manner of behaving resembles the one of the screen-locking malware, as they can prevent you from accessing your smartphone/ tablet by putting a large notification on the entire screen and then – again ask for ransom in exchange for removing the annoying alert message.
- The most popular subtype – the data-encrypting Ransomware: This subcategory comprises all the malware versions that are able to encrypt files and threaten to destroy them in case the affected user refuses to pay the required money. Inarguably, this kind of Ransomware is the worst as you will face both encryption and virus infection and risk losing both your money and your important data.
Characteristic features of xData Virus in detail:
xData Virus is a member of the file-locking subtype, mentioned above. This malicious program represents a terrible threat that can sneak into your PC without having to ask you for your consent. Such malware invades the targeted devices even without misleading the user into giving an uninformed permission. Normally, after that, this awful piece of software clearly determines which data you consider vital via scanning all of your data storage spaces. The final step of the infection is implementing the encryption process – the targeted files get encoded one by one.
Possible ways of distributing:
If you are not aware of the ways how you could get infected with by such a horrible cyber evil, we should tell you that there indeed are many potential ways. For instance: shareware and/or torrents may carry such malware. Also, this virus may be included in various contagious web pages – once you visit such a page, the malicious program could come as a drive-by download directly to your device. Spam and unwanted emails are also among the most frequent sources.
What could possibly be done in case of an infection:
To start with, you can always try the Removal Guide below (take a look at the instructions at the end of the page). We cannot be really sure that the steps there will be effective in each and every case of a Ransomware infection, but we advise you to definitely try this guide. It will help you delete xData Virus from you machine and potentially also restore your files. Also, learn to create back-ups. Nothing is as effective against Ransomware as backing up your essential files. This is the most basic and helpful habit you may need to develop. And finally, do not rush into paying the ransom right away – ask your friends, consult forums, look for software to deal with xData Virus, but don’t opt for the payment immediately.
xData Virus File Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.