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How to Remove Win32-Exxroute.A Ransomware?
Win32-Exxroute.A is part of the ransomware family. Imagine there was a contest of the worst cyber infections roaming the web. Which one do you think will win? Hands-down, ransomware. In fact, it wouldn’t even be in the contest! It’d be a too obvious of a winner! Ransomware tools are an utter plague on your PC! The program sneaks in undetected by preying on your carelessness. Then, once it settles into your system, it begins its mess-making. The infection targets your data. Everything you keep on your computer becomes a target. The ransomware aims to lock every single file you have. All your documents, pictures, music, videos, pictures, everything! It encrypts all of it by adding an extension. Once the extension is in place, that’s it. Your files are locked, and beyond your reach. You can try to rename them, or move them, but it will be to no avail. Your data is inaccessible. It’s no longer under your control but at that of the ransomware. Once the infection gets a hold of everything, it extorts you. Your data acts as a hostage, and the Win32-Exxroute.A tool is the kidnapper. It states that if you pay a certain amount of money, you’ll receive a decryption key. You can then use it to free your files of their captor. However, it’s not as simple as that. There are many ways the exchange can go wrong. Remember this. After the ransomware encrypts your files and displays its demands, you face a choice. Pay up or say goodbye to your data. Pick the latter! The best course of action you can take is to forsake your files. The alternatives are much, much worse.
How did I get infected with?
How do you suppose you got stuck with such a dreadful infection? After all, it didn’t just pop out of nowhere. Well, there are actually plenty of means of infiltration. One of the tool’s most commonly used ways is via fake updates. Like, Java or Adobe Flash Player. For example, you may be convinced you’re installing updates, but you’re wrong. In reality, you’re giving the green light to a dangerous cyber menace. That’s why caution is crucial. Another way the tool pops up onto your PC is as a zip file sent in an email from an unknown sender. Do NOT open that email! Do NOT download what’s on it! Avoid emails from unknown senders. Chances are, they’re not good news. Better safe than sorry. Always do your due diligence, and be vigilant. Never skip reading the terms and conditions. Don’t ever rush or give into naivety. Distraction is your enemy. Vigilance is your friend.
Why is Win32-Exxroute.A dangerous?
The Win32-Exxroute.A menace slithers into your system, and your data gets locked. Once the infection finishes with the encryption, it displays a message. The message contains explanations and instructions. The gist of it is ‘your files are encrypted, if you want to free them, pay up.’ Hear us when we say that paying does not equal releasing your data from its captor! Above all else, you have to realize that you have NO guarantees when it comes to ransomware. Zero. You can comply all you want, you still lose. Do you know why? It’s because the game is rigged against you. You just can’t win. The extortionists behind the infection are hardly trustworthy. Even if you pay the requested ransom, odds are, you get duped. They can send you a decryption key, which doesn’t work. Or, not send you one at all. They can do whatever they choose. But, worst of all, if you pay, you open a door you can’t close. You allow these strangers into your private life. If you transfer the ransom amount, you give them access to your personal and financial details. Is there a world where giving strangers your private information ends well? Don’t be naive. Make the wiser choice. It may be difficult to say goodbye to every file you have, but it’s the right thing to do. Pick privacy over pictures.
Win32-Exxroute.A Removal Instructions
STEP 1: Stop the malicious process using Windows Task Manager
- Open your task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
- Locate the process of the ransomware. Have in mind that this is usually a random generated file.
- Before you kill the process, type the name on a text document for later reference.
- Locate any suspicious processes associated with Win32-Exxroute.A encryption Virus.
- Right click on the process
- Open File Location
- End Process
- Delete the directories with the suspicious files.
- Have in mind that the process can be hiding and very difficult to detect
STEP 2: Reveal Hidden Files
- Open any folder
- Click on “Organize” button
- Choose “Folder and Search Options”
- Select the “View” tab
- Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
- Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
- Click “Apply” and “OK” button
STEP 3: Locate Win32-Exxroute.A encryption Virus startup location
- Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.
- A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”
- WARNING! be very careful when editing the Microsoft Windows Registry as this may render the system broken.
Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:
- and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]
- Then open your explorer and navigate to:
Navigate to your %appdata% folder and delete the executable.
You can alternatively use your msconfig windows program to double check the execution point of the virus. Please, have in mind that the names in your machine might be different as they might be generated randomly, that’s why you should run any professional scanner to identify malicious files.
STEP 4: How to recover encrypted files?
- Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your data from a recent backup, in case that you have one.
- Method 2: File Recovery Software – Usually when the ransomware encrypts a file it first makes a copy of it, encrypts the copy, and then deletes the original. Due to this you may try to use file recovery software to recover some of your original files.
- Method 3: Shadow Volume Copies – As a last resort, you can try to restore your files via Shadow Volume Copies. Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive you want to recover. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.