Exotic Ransomware is a completely new infection that is already terrorizing Windows users. This threat hides in spam emails, and unsuspecting users launch it by opening files attached to these emails. Of course, these files look like regular DOC, PDF, JPEG, or other kinds of files, and the messages representing them are very misleading. Overall, if you open spam emails and trust the content attached to them, you are bound to expose yourself to malware or scams sooner or later. Hopefully, you will be more careful in the future. Of course, if your operating system is vulnerable – and it is if a ransomware has slithered in – other threats could have slithered in as well. In this report, we focus on how to delete Exotic Ransomware. The good news is that removing this ransomware is quite easy if you have basic knowledge about the Windows operating system. The bad news is that you will not solve the biggest issue by eliminating this threat. So, what is the biggest issue associated with this malware and how do you solve it?
Unfortunately, Exotic Ransomware is one of those infections that can encrypt your files. Our research team could not uncover which exact method this threat uses, but our guess is that its creator has either employed RSA or AES. Both of these encryption algorithms are very strong, and it is impossible to crack them. In rare cases, legitimate decryption tools are created to decipher the algorithms; however, in the case of Exotic Ransomware, such a tool does not exist; at least, it did not exist at the time of research. Whatever encryption method this infection uses, we know that the process is initiated by an executable file in the %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup directory. The name of this file can be misleading (e.g., Microsoft Audiodriver.exe), so be careful when removing it. Obviously, its elimination is very important because if you do not get rid of it, it will immediately encrypt all files located in the %USERPROFILE% directory. It was found that this threat is even capable of encrypting .exe files, which is not very common with ransomware infections. The main .exe file is also responsible for introducing you to the ransom note that appears via a pop-up window.
Once the devious Exotic Ransomware is done encrypting your files, you will face a pop-up called “You got f[*****] by EXOTIC SQUAD!”. According to the message in this pop-up, to retrieve your personal files, you need to pay a ransom of $50 in Bitcoins within 72 hours. It is stated that some of your files will be deleted every 5 hours until you pay the ransom, and, when the time runs out, all files will be erased. At the bottom of the pop-up, you can see a countdown clock, as well as Bitcoin address to which you are asked to transfer the ransom to. This address is 14k81d3PhfB8A3GJAGa1wmbRdE7x7fgby8, and it is the same for all users. You might also encounter another pop-up called “Crypto,” which informs that if you try to remove the so-called Exotic Virus, your PC will be “killed.” Because Exotic Ransomware can block the Task Manager, you will not be able to kill malicious process, and that might stop you from closing the main pop-up window as well. If you are allowed to close it, you will soon find that your personal files are encrypted, renamed, and given the “.exotic” extension. If you find this to be the case, you should have no doubts that a malicious ransomware has taken over your operating system.
So, what should you do about Exotic Ransomware? First of all, we do not recommend paying the ransom because it is highly unlikely that the creator of this infection will decrypt your files. In fact, it is unlikely that they could do that even if they wanted to. After all, there is no way to identify you, and it looks like a decryption key is not sent to remote server for safe keeping. Unfortunately, it looks like you would be wasting your money by paying the ransom. Do you know what that means? That means that your files might be lost, and all because of you not protecting your operating system, not backing up your most sensitive files, and not being careful with spam email attachments. At the end of it all, you need to remove Exotic Ransomware from your operating system, and we strongly recommend using anti-malware software. Not only because it can automatically erase the ransomware but also get rid of other threats while keeping your operating system protected. An alternative to that is manual removal.
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8:
Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP: