XData (.key.~xdata~) encryption propagates over Ukrainian terrain at enormous rate, ransom at stake

XData ransom trojan chiefly targets victims in Ukraine. Its propagation vector is yet to be clarified.

However, the number of victims is astonishing. Reportedly, only during May 19 the infection compromised more computers in the country than WannaCry for the whole week. Now, take into account that Ukraine is among five most affected by WannaCry areas, while WannaCry is a global newsmaker of recent week. Needless to say, users fall victims of the ransomware at astonishing scale.
The attack unfolds on the background of Ukraine’s blocking top Russian web-hubs such as Mail.ru, Vkontakte, Yandex. The blocking campaign is just ongoing. Meanwhile, most of the cyber crooks that develop and run encryption campaigns are known to reside in Russia.

XData locks most of the files on the host machine. The files cannot be read because they have become encrypted. The encryption leverages AES cipher, which means there is no available computation power that can possibly produce the decryptor. Even if you harness the utmost computing capacity possessed by the human race, you will get the key long after the expected human lifespan.



XData prompts its victims to communicate with the invaders. It drops HOW_CAN_I_DECRYPT_MY_FILES.txt, which is a ransom communication. The message explains what is going on and provides emails to be contacted. The follow-up is typical for the ransomware. The victims get another message that demands a certain amount of bitcoins to be transferred to the specified bitcoin wallet. The transfer shall, according to the crook’s assurance, release the private key. That key is capable of restoring the items to their original arrangement, hence undo the encryption.
Needless to say, the data locked by XData might be really precious for the users concerned. However, transferring the ransom demanded is a far cry from the reasonable response. To say the least, the ransomware often fails to release a proper key. Instead, the greedy crooks may demand another payment.
To get rid of XData malicious encryption, apply the best practice tools and techniques as laid down below.

Automated cleanup to remove Xdata encryptor

Infection vector for ransomware typically features a trojan. The one in question definitely subscribes to that routine. The trojan drops its body into target computer and proceeds with disabling the detecting functionality of any security solution installed. The antivirus is thus unable to spot introduction of virus from the remote server.
The ransomware invasion is indicative of its dropper residing in the computer memory. It also hints at other invasions. The PC can hardly be considered properly protected due to the impacts of the above trojan.
Ultimate option implies a total formatting for any drives of your PC. That is not an option for many users, for it destroys all the data hosted by the machine. The best solution to pick would be in-depth system examination with a reliable security suite.
The trojan that has installed Xdata ransomware, unless removed, is to trigger its installation campaign as soon as a new strain of ransomware is available. Thereby, it is critical to kill it as soon as possible.

The technique successfully overcomes malicious software, including any ransoming threats. It deploys a reputable security suite that offers not a single chance for malicious components to avoid detection and extermination. The software is incredibly user-friendly and operates on a single-click basic.

It is good to note the removal of Xdata ransomware does not recover the data affected. However, the virus is subject to compulsory extermination or else is going to introduce related infections into the machine.

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 Xdata 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

Xdata ransomware 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.

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Backups and removing remaining traces of Xdata 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 Xdata encryptor, 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.

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