Please do not keep your system unprotected because a new harmful infection Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware, which turned out to be a new version of XiaoBa Ransomware, has been developed by cyber criminals. It surely differs from the first version, but they both encrypt users’ files with the intention of extracting money. Once Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware encrypts files, it drops a ransom note that comes in 20 different languages; however, the Chinese version of the ransom note is opened by default, which suggests that it targets users who speak Chinese primarily. Of course, it does not mean that you are safe if you live far away from China. Needless to say, malicious software usually ends up on computers users keep completely unprotected. Also, it is very likely that you will soon end up with a malicious application if you act carelessly, for example, keep downloading software from random websites you incidentally visit. Sadly, you cannot turn the clock back if Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware has already infiltrated your computer and caused you trouble. In such a case, you should make sure the ransomware infection is gone from the system in the near future. It should not be too difficult to erase Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware because it removes itself after locking personal data and leaves only several minor components. You will need to remove them yourself.
No doubt you will notice the entrance of Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware because you could no longer access a bunch of files soon after its successful installation on your computer. All these files get the .[firstname.lastname@example.org]Encrypted_(random id).XIAOBA extension appended to them. Additionally, the ransomware infection drops a ransom note HELP_SOS.hta, so you will notice a new file in almost all folders on your PC. As mentioned, it opens the ransom note in Chinese by default, but it is available in 20 different languages. The ransom note assures users that their files exist and can be restored to their normal state with a special decryption key. It can be purchased directly from cyber criminals behind Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware. It costs 0.5 Bitcoin, which is, approximately, 3200 USD at today’s price. Once the payment is made, an affected user must drop an email to email@example.com. The ransom note also warns that the use of any other decryption application “may result in file corruption or destruction.” A free third-party decryptor that would help you to get your files back does not exist, so we do not suggest that you use random decryptors that can be downloaded from the web. Sadly, Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware also deletes volume snapshots to make it impossible to use shadow copies in order to get files back, which leaves you with only one option – restoring files from a backup.
Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware does not belong to the group of prevalent malicious software, but you might still end up with this threat and lose almost all your personal files if you keep opening attachments from spam emails (it is the most common ransomware distribution method) or use an RDP connection that can be easily hacked. You should be careful with software you download from the web too because it is now known that Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware poses as an Adobe Flash Player installer. Last but not least, malicious software might slither onto your computer without difficulty if you do not have security software active on your computer.
You will not unlock your files by deleting components of Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware from your computer, but you must still eliminate this threat fully from your system as soon as possible. There are two files you will have to delete: HELP_SOS.hta, which is a ransom note, and HELP_SOS.vbs, which contains two sentences that once again inform the victim that files have been encrypted. Additionally, you should remove suspicious files from your Downloads folder. You can identify which components are untrustworthy quicker by performing a system scan with an antimalware scanner. Make sure you use a fully reliable tool!