This is a fresh addition to the large family of ransomware cyber threats which is nothing new but a piece of malware that messes up your files. The general behavior of Dxh26wam Ransomware (also goes by the alias of Crypted) is common to other ransomware programs: it targets most valuable files on the PC and adds a unique extension which cannot be read by the system.
In this particular case, all infected files get a new extension of «.crypted», hence the second name of the malware. It is easy to miss that something is wrong and your security along with the data is compromised if you don’t have any anti-malware protection. After finishing the encryption, this ransomware informs the user with a note that demands a ransom to be paid. Malicious programs like Dxh26wam Ransomware often suggest using Bitcoin wallets to pay for the decryption key that will bring your files back to normal deleting the .crypted extension.
According to latest reports, this malware uses AES and RSA encryption algorithms. Furthermore, Dxh26wam ransomware is also capable of altering Windows Registry which allows managing Shadow Volume Copies. Those are critical for successful restoration of the corrupted files, and without Shadow Volume Copies you can kiss your data goodbye. So we advise having backups for the most important files on your computer. Dxh26wam is known to target files with the following extensions: .jpg, .jpeg, .docx, .doc, .xlsx, .xls, .ppt, .pdf, .png, .odt, .pptx, .msg, .rar, .mdb, .zip. Interestingly enough, the ransom note for this malware is written in Delphi programming language while the virus itself was programmed using Python. The ransom note has different translated versions apart from the English one – victims can read it in French, German, Italian, Dutch, and Chinese languages.
We also strongly suggest against playing by the hackers’ rules. It is a common practice to threaten users with the removal of all infected files unless a decryption key is entered. But there are no guarantees that cyber criminals will actually unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one.
We also think it is important to understand where did it come from to prevent stepping on the same rake twice. According to our analysis and reports we receive, this locker infiltrates your computer via spam emails from the unknown sender. It comes in the form of suspicious attachment (it can be a text file, video, picture and so on). If you receive an email from the unknown source with a strange message and suspicious attachment, don’t rush to open it. Do not download and run executable files or applications from your inbox. There is a high chance of catching a virus, worm, Trojan, etc. by simply clicking infectious links.
There are two ways to get rid of the Dxh26wam Ransomware. You can do it manually if you know where the original malicious file is hidden. But it might take time. Plus, if you don’t know where to look you can accidentally delete wrong files. To avoid this, we recommend using an anti-malware program such as Plumbytes Anti-Malware or SpyHunter. If your computer is infected with Dxh26wam Ransomware, it will be eliminated along with other threats found. Having an additional protection against cyber-attacks is highly recommended because other threats might come your way after previous are eliminated.
Symptoms of Dxh26wam ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for Dxh26wam ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the DXH26WAM RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.