Your files are at huge risk if XData Ransomware has encrypted them. The ransomware encrypts data using the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) method, and you can decrypt it only if you have a decryption key that you cannot create yourself. Can you convince the creator of the ransomware to give you the key for free? Of course, you cannot because the only reason this infection was created in the first place was to make money. Once the files are encrypted, a message is delivered to you via a new TXT file, and you are urged to contact cyber criminals. If you follow the instructions, in time, you are provided with additional instructions showing how to pay a ransom. Whether it is big or minuscule, paying it is a huge risk. To learn more about the risks you might face when communicating with cyber criminals, as well as to learn how to delete XData Ransomware, you need to read this report. We also discuss the encryption and decryption of your personal files, which, we are sure, is the most important thing for you right now.
The file representing the demands of XData Ransomware creator is HOW_CAN_I_DECRYPT_MY_FILES.txt, and you should find it everywhere. Originally, this file should be found on the Desktop, but copies can be placed in every folder with encrypted files. According to the message in the TXT file, all photos, videos, documents, and other personal files are encrypted. Obviously, you have to do your own inspection to see which files were corrupted. Note that they should have the “.~xdata~” extension appended to their names. It was also found that this threat might encrypt the files of downloaded applications. Even .EXE files might be corrupted. Our researchers inform that XData Ransomware specifically encrypts the .exe files of browsers, but it evades Internet Explorer. So, if this browser is installed on your Windows operating system – and it should be – you can research the threat, as well as follow the demands of cyber criminals, which include emailing them. All emails are listed below. You are asked to send your ID number that is shown in TXT file, as well as the “[your PC name].[unique ID].key.~xdata~” file for identification purposes. Overall, communicating with cyber criminals is dangerous, and we do not recommend it.
The emails used by the creator of XData Ransomware:
If you email cyber criminals using your email address that you use for personal or work means, you could be exposing yourself to other scams because that enables malicious parties to record and use it in the future. The victims of Maykolin Ransomware, CryptoViki Ransomware, and many other ransomware infections face the same danger. So, if you must contact the developer of XData Ransomware, we suggest creating a new email address just for the purpose of contacting cyber crooks. Also, when you do, do not share any personally-identifiable information. When you receive instructions to pay the ransom, think very carefully if you want to take the risk. Are cyber criminals obligated to give you the decryption key when you pay the ransom? Of course, they are not, which is why most ransomware victims are left empty-handed. Although we cannot guarantee that you will face the same fate, the chances of you getting and successfully employing a decryptor are very slim.
If the entrance of XData Ransomware can teach you anything, it is that your operating system is very vulnerable, and malware can slither in at any point. While this particular threat is mainly spread in Ukraine (although it can slither into any vulnerable operating system regardless of its location!), there are plenty of other infections of the same kind. Most ransomware threats spread via corrupted spam email attachments, but different security backdoors could be employed to let malware in. So, what should you do? Well, of course, you need to strengthen your virtual security, and anti-malware software is the best instrument you can use for that. You can also rely on it to remove XData Ransomware, as well as other potentially active infections. If you choose manual removal, do not forget that your operating system is vulnerable and could be attacked at any moment.