‘.xxx File Extension’ Ransomware

Posted: January 15, 2016
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs 117

‘.xxx File Extension’ Ransomware Description

The '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware is one of two variants of TeslaCrypt: a file encryptor noted for attacking data associated with gaming software. Although its file-ransoming tactics remain broadly similar to its predecessor, the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware also includes under-the-hood changes that can prevent you from recovering your files as easily as previously. Malware experts still recommend using secure file backups for preventing any damage from the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware's attacks, and anti-malware tools for deleting the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware.

The Natural Extension of Old Threat Problems

The '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware is a new threat based on a past version of TeslaCrypt, which, in turn, most likely bases itself on the CryptoWall Ransomware. Like those file encryptors, the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware scans the infected machine's hard drive for specific file types, encrypts them (a process that makes associated programs unable to read them) and plants instructions for purchasing the decryption solution from a con artist. Relatives of the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware have focused on video and computer game components, although other threats of the same format have been seen modifying image files, audio files, spreadsheets and documents.

The '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware is one of two upgrades to TeslaCrypt, along with the '.ttt File Extension' Ransomware. Neither the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware nor its partner include any changes to the basic encryption algorithm. However, malware researchers have found signs of these threats changing the acquisition method for their decryption keys. The latest changes clearly are meant to block free decryption tools provided by third-party security researchers, which leaves victims with limited options for recovering their files. The encryption attacks also include changes to the file names: the addition of a '.xxx' extension, purely for identification purposes.

Saving Your Files from a Trojan's Ransom

File encryptors of most types, including the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware, make their profits from the poor backup strategies of their victims. Thorough backup protocols, such as using cloud servers and removable devices, you can keep your files out of reach of the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware's payload. Con artists have no way of guaranteeing that any ransom transactions they offer will be followed up on with a real decryption solution, and malware researchers never can recommend paying their fees.

The '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware includes randomly-named files in non-standard locations of the Windows system, as well as various Registry changes. You can remove all of the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware's files and settings most easily through the comprehensive systems scans of dedicated anti-malware products.

However, anti-malware scanners don't include decryption features ordinarily, and a third-party decryptor is not yet available to the public. Prevention is, therefore, more important than ever for stopping threats like the '.xxx File Extension' Ransomware from locking down essential data for good.

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