XYZware belongs to the infamous group of malware based on Hidden Tear Project. It is still in the development stage. This means that hackers are not massively attacking users but rather «testing» their malware.
This ransomware utilizes the RSA-2048 cipher and AES-128 as well to make valuable files on your computer unreadable by the OS. After finishing the encryption process, XYZware creates a message on the desktop to notify the owner of the compromised computer.
Hackers promise to fix your files for «just 0.2 Bitcoin» implying that there is no other way to decrypt the data without a key and their decryption program. Furthermore, they also try to intimidate users saying that they have only 48 hours to pay for the key. Only the most valuable files on your PC are targeted for encryption by the ransomware. To avoid losing those files we recommend them backed up somewhere safe. We also strongly suggest against playing by the hackers’ rules. It is a common practice to treat 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.
XYZware ransomware does not have any sophisticated distribution schemes yet and most likely will spread by traditional malware spam. However, there might be a little twist to it since hackers are trying to write a convincing message with believable names and attachments. The best way to protect your computer is to have a trusted anti-malware program installed. Plus, you should ignore emails from unknown senders. Sometimes one click on a suspicious link is enough to compromise your computer.
There are two ways to get rid of the XYZware 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 XYZware 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 XYZware 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 XYZware 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 XYZWARE 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.