If your screen suddenly turns purple with a ransom note locking your screen, it is quite likely that Xxlecxx ransomware has managed to slither onto your system. As you may know, ransomware programs are probably the most dangerous threats as you can lose all your important files, including your photos, videos, audio files, archives, and databases, in such an attack. But before you start panicking, let us tell you the good news: This version does not actually encrypt your files even if it claims so. For this reason, we can assume that this is not a finished product or your attackers are rookies and want to make easy money by tricking you. Obviously, most inexperienced users may fall for this scam and may believe that their computer is blocked, locked, and whatsoever. This is one of those rare occasions when you can remove Xxlecxx ransomware without any devastation left behind. But you should not take this attack lightly. In fact, we suggest that you start making regular backups either on a removable drive or to cloud storage.
The most likely way for you to infect your computer with this almost-dangerous ransomware threat is via spam e-mails. Cyber criminals tend to use this method since they can reach a great number of potential victims in relatively no time. Obviously, crooks have become more sophisticated over the years and nowadays it is not at all easy to spot a spam. And, this is true for spam filters, too. In fact, such filters may overdo their job sometimes and put even authentic mails into the spam folder. This spam has an attachment that usually looks like a document or an image. Our research indicates that the malicious file could be called “xXLecXx.exe” but it may appear differently since this attachment has to be disguised so that you do not realize that it is an executable file, which would raise suspicion for some. Such a spam can appear to be very important and urgent. This is thanks to the subject matter they related to in the subject field. This can be anything to do with unsettled or problematic invoices, issues with hotel or flight bookings, legal issues, and the like. Please remember that you can delete Xxlecxx without consequences because this version does not encrypt your files. However, in the case of a finished and working ransomware, you could lose all your files in a matter of minutes if you do not have a backup or your system is not protected.
Although we cannot confirm that this particular infection is spread via the following channels, we believe that it is important that you know about them. It is sometimes possible to install ransomware programs by downloading free programs from suspicious sources, such as torrent and freeware pages. Another big mistake is when you do not update your browsers and drivers regularly. If you click on corrupt ads or links, or your computer is infected with adware, it is possible that you get redirected to one of the malicious webpages cyber criminals operate using Exploit Kits. Loading such a page can trigger malicious Java or Flash scripts to drop a ransomware program. Therefore, you should stay away from suspicious pages and clicking on questionable content, but most of all, you should keep all your programs and drivers always up-to-date.
This ransomware cannot be considered a real ransomware in the sense that it does not actually encrypt your files. Well, not yet at least. Still, it does pretend to be one, which is proven by its ransom note that comes up after you activate this malware infection. This is a rather unique ransom note window because there is no image used but a simple purple background looking really more like a Windows application window. This note tells you that your files have been encrypted and you are given two possibilities. If you choose the first one, your files will be deleted; at least, this is how these criminals want to push you to go for number two. If you choose two, you have to transfer 150 USD as explained in more details after you click on the “What to Do” button below. This is your lucky day though because if your system has been infected with this first version, your files are all safe so you do not need to think about transferring money to cyber criminals. We would never encourage you to do so anyway. Apart from technical issues that might emerge and cancel out the possibility of receiving your decryption code, it is also quite unlikely that crooks would care to send you anything other than more malware threats. Therefore, it is time for us now to tell you how you can remove Xxlecxx ransomware from your system.
Before you could delete the related executable file, you need to stop the screen lock. Fortunately, you can easily close this window by pressing the Alt+F4 key combination simultaneously. Then, you can go after the malicious file. Please follow our instructions below if you want to hunt down this infection manually. We believe that it is important to protect your system if you do not want to let similar or more dangerous threats onto your PC. It is essential too that you use reliable security software to defend your computer. We suggest that you install SpyHunter or any other anti-malware program that you have researched carefully and found reputable enough.