Do you know what DXXD Ransomware is?
DXXD Ransomware is a serious threat that can cause much harm in no time. Just like other existing ransomware infections, it enters machines without a user’s consent and then immediately starts encrypting data. Research carried out by our team of specialists has shown that DXXD Ransomware is unique in a sense that it targets Windows Server operating system mainly. Of course, we cannot promise that it will not enter your Windows XP, 7, 8/8.1, and Windows 10. Therefore, you need to be cautious all the time. You will quickly notice if DXXD Ransomware ever sneaks onto your computer. You will, first of all, notice a bunch of encrypted files, including documents, presentations, pictures, and other data. Secondly, there will be a new file created on Desktop. It will explain to you what has happened to your data and what you can do about that. If your server has been attacked, you might also notice a message added to the login screen of Windows Server saying that “your server is attacked by hackers” and you have to write an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions and recommendations.
It will not be hard to say which of your files have been encrypted and which have been left as they are because those encrypted ones will have dxxd (without a dot) added to their endings, for instance, image.jpgdxxd. Of course, you will not be allowed to open any of them, so it will definitely not take much time for you to understand that something is wrong. Another thing you will see after DXXD Ransomware finishes encrypting your files is the presence of a new file ReadMe.TxT on your screen. If you open this file, you will find the following text there:
Dear owner, bad news!!!!
Your SERVER [hacked], and file's [ENCRYPTED]!
If you need back files and recommendation's,
to protect your file's and server, write to e-mail:
If don't answer on e-mail? Write to [jabber]:
GUIDE : http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/38942/the-beginners-guide-to-pidgin-the-universal-messaging-client/
Programm : https://pidgin.im/download/
Register account : https://www.xmpp.jp or https://rows.io/ or your custom.
Add me : [email@example.com]
And so, write me.
As you can see, there is no information about the ransom or how to decrypt files. The only thing you are instructed to do is to contact cyber criminals by one of the provided emails. Users who do not have emails can communicate using the Jabber service as well. If you contact cyber criminals who have developed DXXD Ransomware, it is very likely that you will be told to make a make a payment to get your files back. You need to know that it is very risky to transfer money to cyber crooks because they might not even have such a thing as the decryption tool, which means that you might not get anything in exchange for the money you pay. What is more, it seems that the free decryptor exists, and it can be easily downloaded from the web, so there is no point in spending your money on the decryptor which cyber criminals might not even have.
It is not clear how usually DXXD Ransomware appears on machines because it is not very popular yet, but it is definitely true that it always enters computers secretly. According to our team of specialists, this infection might have used an exploit kit to enter the system. Of course, we do not say that this is the only way ransomware infections travel.
It will not be very easy to remove DXXD Ransomware from your system, but you need to do that as soon as possible because your data might be encrypted once again. What you can do to remove it is to use an automatic malware remover that works on Windows Server OS or reinstall this operating system. After you do that, ensure the maximum protection of your machine if you do not wish to encounter another malicious application once again.
In ton-techie terms:
There are thousands of malicious applications spreading through the web these days, so there is a chance to encounter one again and lose files. In order to make sure that this does not happen to you, you should create a backup of your server and keep it outside the computer. In the case of entrance of file-encrypting malware, this backup will help you to recover your files. You should back up your data if you use an ordinary Windows OS as well.