Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware is a computer infection that encrypts almost every single file on the affected system except for the operating system files. As such, this program is extremely dangerous, and it is hard to counter the infection consequences unless you have backed up your files in advance.
Although it is not hard to remove Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware from the system, it might take some time before you restore the affected files. Do not hesitate to look for professional assistance if you need to explore more file recovery options. And don’t forget to secure your system against similar infections in the future.
How would it be possible to secure your computer against similar infections? First, you need to know how this infection spreads around. Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware employs the most popular ransomware distribution method, which is spam emails. It spreads via spam email attachments, and it means that users download this infection onto their systems willingly. Of course, no one knows that they are downloading the ransomware installer file. This is because the attachment looks very much like a legitimate document. And the spam email message urges user to open the document for one reason or the other.
The main point here is to be able to tell that an email message hasn’t come from a legitimate source. The common aspect of spam messages that distribute malware is the exaggerated sense of urgency. They try to push users into acting rashly without thinking. Therefore, if you are about to open a file that arrived with an urgent message, you might want to scan that file with a security tool first. This would definitely minimize the potential of a ransomware infection.
However, if Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware enters your system, then it’s a completely different story. We definitely know that this application is another version of CryptConsole v3 Ransomware. There are actually quite a few versions of this program out there, and all of them are quite similar. The main problem is that Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware will definitely encrypt every single file, leaving only the system files intact. Like most of the ransomware programs, this app also needs your system to function properly if it wants to get the ransom fee from you. This is what the infection says in its ransom note:
Your files are encrypted!
Your personal ID
Discovered a serious vulnerability in your network security.
No data was stolen and no one will be able to do it while they are encrypted.
For you we have automatic decryptor and instructions for remediation.
The note goes on to say that you need to pay 0.112 BTC or approximately 600 USD for the decryption key. It also gives really long instructions on how to acquire Bitcoin, and how to send the ransom. However, keeping in mind that the infection was released back in October 2018, there is a very good chance that the program’s server is offline by now, and there is no need to retrieve the decryption key in the first place. Therefore, you need to focus on restoring your files and removing Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware from your system instead of paying the ransom.
Our research suggests that Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware is not hard to remove. You just need to delete the file that launched the infection. As for your files, there might be a public decryption tool available by now. If not, you might want to check every single device you have or a flash drive in your possession, to see if you have some of your files saved there. Of course, if you have a file back on an external hard drive, you don’t have to worry about it.
When you remove Xzet@tutanota.com Ransomware, do not forget to scan your system with a security tool that would help you determine if there are more potential threats on-board.