If your files have turned into random strings of letters and numbers with .EXTE filename extensions, you must have Exte Ransomware active on your computer. Without a doubt, it has entered your PC illegally. Although ransomware infections try to enter systems unnoticed, they do not work in the background like other malicious applications. Because of this, users find out quickly about the successful entrance of Exte Ransomware. This infection has been set to encrypt users’ files not to make them angry. Most probably, it performs the encryption of users’ personal files right after the successful entrance so that it would be easier for cyber criminals to get money from users. Although the ransom note dropped on victims’ PCs after locking their personal files does not contain a word “ransom,” there is basically no doubt that users will be told to send a certain amount of money to malware developers in exchange for the decryption key. If you are curious, you can write an email to developers of Exte Ransomware to find more about the decryption of files, but you are not allowed to send them money, so, in our opinion, there is no point in spending the valuable time on writing an email to them either.
There is no doubt that you have become a victim of Exte Ransomware if your files have been locked and now they have .EXTE appended to them. Some ransomware infections lock users’ Desktops to get money from them, whereas others lock their pictures, documents, videos, and music and then tell them that they can get the decryption key by sending a certain amount of money. In most cases, users have to make a payment in Bitcoins. The ransom note _HELP_INSTRUCTION.txt of Exte Ransomware does not tell victims anything about the ransom or the decryption of files. It only tells them that their files have been encrypted and further information will be provided for them only if they write an email with a unique ID (it is provided at the end of the ransom note) to one of the provided email addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. We cannot stop you from sending cyber criminals money, but we want you to know that the possibility is high that you will get nothing from them, so making a payment for the decryption tool, even if it turns out to be quite cheap, is not recommended. You still have two options if you do not purchase a decryptor: a) you can go to restore files from a backup (you must have this backup outside your system) or b) you can wait for a free decryptor to be released. According to specialists, it is only a question of time when the decryptor is released and available for download because similar threats from the CryptoMix ransomware family Exte Ransomware also belongs to are already decryptable.
We cannot say anything new about the distribution of Exte Ransomware. Its infection rate is still quite low, so it is hard to make final conclusions, but our specialists believe that this infection is disseminated using well-known distribution methods. Specifically speaking, it should be spread via spam emails. Ransomware infections appear in these emails as harmless-looking attachments, so many users open them fearlessly and get infected with malware immediately. Exte Ransomware will go to encrypt your files immediately following the successful entrance, but the inability to access some files is not the only symptom showing that this infection is already inside the system. More experienced users can find two new Values in the Run registry key as well. Additionally, an executable file having a random name appears in the %APPDATA% directory. If you can find these components of Exte Ransomware, there is no doubt that it is the one that should be blamed for ruining your personal data.
If you are an inexperienced computer user, you should acquire a reputable malware remover, such as SpyHunter, and let it delete Exte Ransomware from your system. If you consider yourself one of those advanced users, you should be able to erase this infection from the system manually – our manual removal guide will also help you. Unfortunately, your files will not be unlocked no matter if you erase this infection manually or automatically.