Get Rid of XRat Ransomware and Unlock PC

Posted by John Larkin - August 17, 2016

XRat Ransomware Virus is Dangerous

If you know how this XRat ransomware can quietly get into your computer, you can know how to avoid this kind of infections. It is released by cyber criminals on the web. Let us give you some clues about how it is usually spread. It is put into some e-mails as an attachment by the cyber criminals. When you open the corrupted email and run the attachment, you help XRat to sneak into the computer system. So be very careful when you view emails in your inbox or click on the attached files.

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Another common method taken by the cyber criminals is to let it hide in some free programs. In this way, the spread of the ransomware can be wider and effective. The uninvited guest get into the computer system when computer users install the corrupted free programs. If you want to restore your computer system security, you must remove XRat as soon as possible. Once it is activated, it starts to encrypt the files in the computer system and just tells you that your files has been encrypted, and you need to pay a certain amount of ransom fees if you want them back, but remember, they are cyber criminals! We recommend that you immediately delete XRat.

Guide to Remove XRat Ransomware Virus

Step 1: End the Malicious Processes
Step 2: Show Hidden Files in the System
Step 3: Find out Malicious Files and Remove Them
Step 4: Decrypt Encrypted Files


Step 1: End malicious process via Windows Task Manager

1. Right click on the Task bar and select Start Task Manager (click Task Manager for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10).
Taskbar-Start-Task-Manager

2. In Processes tab, find out the processes of XRat ransomware virus and right click on it. (For Windows 8, 8.1 10 users, click Details tab). Usually, their processes are named randomly. After that, select Open File Location.
open-file-location

3. Go back to Task Manager and click End Process button (For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users, click End task). After that, delete all suspicious files in the folder.
End-Process


Step 2: Show hidden files and folders

For Windows Vista and 7 users,

1. Click Start button to open Start Menu.

2. Open Control Panel and click Appearance and Personalization.
Control-Panel

3. Click Folder Options.
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4. In the View tab, click Show hidden files, folders and drives and click OK.
show all hidden files

For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users,

1. Open any folder in your computer.

2. Click View tab and then tick Hidden items to show all hidden files.
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Step 3: Locate the files of XRat and remove them

1. Hit Win and R keys on the keyboard to open Run box.
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2. Type regedit and click OK.

3. Navigate to the location as below and remove the file displayed [RANDOM]

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

4. Run this malware detect tool to find out malicious files in the system and delete them completely so that XRat ransomware virus will not come back again.


Step 4: Restore the system data from a recent backup to decrypt encrypted files

You can try the following recovery methods, but we cannot promise that they will help you recover your files, as XRat ransomware virus uses AES-265 and RSA encryption method.

Method 1: Use System Restore.

1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys simultaneously to open Task Manager.

2. At the top left corner, click File and then click New task (Run…).
file-new-task-windows-7

3. Type in rstrui in the box and click OK.
open-rstrui

4. Click Next.
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5. Select the restore point and click Next button.
select-restore-point

6. Click Finish button to confirm your restore point.
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7. Click Yes once you decide to restore your system.
last-confirm

Method 2: Use Shadow Volume Copies.

Shadow Copy (also referred as Volume Snapshot Service) is a technology in Windows that automatically backup copies or snapshots of computer files or volumes, even when they are being used. To recover your files, you can use Shadow Explorer that is for free.

1. Download Shadow Explorer from its official website and run it.
2. Select the drive and date of the backup files.
3. Right click the file or folder and click Export to save it.
shadow-explorer-export-file



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