.Sexy virus is a spin-off of Globe Imposter encryption-for-ransom. The latter, in its turn, is known to be a fake version Globe ransomware. It might sound rather unlikely, but ransomware does fake other ransomware. A faking ransomware benefit from the fame of the faked one: ill fame is still fame, odds are the victims are more likely to pay the amount demanded, where the demand comes from a proven threat. That is to say, in the case of Globe ransomware rumors have it that a victim would better pay, for there is no other likely way to redeem the files encrypted.
.Sexy data encryptor. Ransom note
.Sexy ransomware has surfaced at the beginning of November 2017. IT security classifies the .sexy release as an ID-ransomware. That is because the infection in its ransom note indicates and ID. The ID is a sequence of digits the user concerned is to report to the crooks.
The message dropped by the .Sexy trojan informs on the encryption completed. It invites the users to contact the crooks by email (either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). They promise to decrypt one file, to be attached to the email. The body of the message shall indicate the ID included in the ransom note. As a follow-up, the user is to get the instruction on how to pay the ransom.
The ransom note is available in each directory that contains the files encrypted by the ransomware. Obviously enough, the infection adds .sexy as an extra extension to the names of the hacked files, hence its ‘.sexy’ name.
To scramble the data the ransomware applies AES-256 cipher. This a military grade algorithm, which implies that any brute-force computations aiming at aborting the encryption take longer than one can possibly wait. On the other hand, it takes time. The encryption runs in the background, but could be, in principal, detected due to a surge in the consumption of computer resources.
The help section below features the best practice of the malicious encryption removal tailored to deal with .Sexy ransomware attack.
Automated cleanup to remove .Sexy virus
1. Click the button to download the stub installer and go through several setup dialogs. Once the tool is up and running, click Start Computer Scan
2. Wait until the cleaner checks the PC for .Sexy ransomware malicious code. As soon as the scan is completed, the report will list all malware objects spotted in the system. Make sure the entries for detected infections are checked, and select the Fix Threats feature. This will result in malware removal and system remediation, so you should now be good to go.
Restore the encrypted files
.Sexy encryption is a sophisticated data modification. There is no simple and single solution to cover all the cases. Transferring the ransom as demanded by the crooks is not the way either.Kindly apply the methods outlined below as they have been carefully developed to provide a recovery help for the most severe cases of encrypting assaults.
Data recovery with automatic software
Good news is that the virus actually deals with copies of the files. The originals have been deleted. The removed data still can be restored by virtue of such tools as Data Recovery Pro.
Shadow Volume Copies
As Windows creates backups at given periods of time, a victim is advised to address relevant restore points. Unfortunately, the method cannot apply unless the System Restore had been enabled prior to the invasion. Please also note the recovery returns files as saved before the time associated with the restore point addressed.
- Previous Versions dialog to target individual files
One can open Properties for any file. The menu has a tab called Previous Versions. It indicates versions of a file that have been backed up.
To make use of the feature, right-click an affected file and choose Properties in the drop-down list. Proceed with clicking the above-mentioned tab. You can opt between the Copy or Restore procedures, the former enabling to copy the item into the location specified by the user.
Backups and removing remaining traces of ransomware
Prevention is the best cure. If you stick to making regular reserve copies of your data and store those outside your operating system, the impacts by the ransomware are very limited. However, prior to copying the data from backups into the system hit by .Sexy ransomware, make sure the removal of this virus has completed.
Your manual removal attempts may kill the ransomware in general. In most of the cases, some remnants manage to survive and are still capable of causing a significant damage. Please apply a reliable anti-malware scanner to detect and remove, if applicable, any remaining infections.