Do you know what Sexy Ransomware is?
Sexy Ransomware is a new version of Globeimposter 2.0 Ransomware, a crypto-threat analyzed by our specialists some time ago (you can read about it at Spyware-Techie.com). Even though it is a newly-developed infection, it does not differ much from older crypto-malware. Our malware researchers have carried out an in-depth analysis to find out how it works. It has turned out that it is a typical ransomware infection. That is, it also encrypts users’ files to make it possible for cyber criminals to obtain easy money from users. Do not be one of these users who support malicious software developers. If you ever detect Sexy Ransomware on your computer and realize that your files have been encrypted, you should, first of all, go to remove the ransomware infection from your computer. Then, you could think of the decryption of your encrypted files. We do not say that the decryption of files affected by ransomware is easy, but there is one way to restore these files for free. Specifically speaking, you can restore the encrypted data from a backup, but you first need to delete Sexy Ransomware because this infection might encrypt those files you restore again.
Ransomware infections are considered one of the most harmful malicious applications because they corrupt files on users’ computers when they infiltrate them. These threats usually do not touch any system files because they could not work on users’ PCs themselves if they corrupt operating systems running on them. Even though files in the %WINDIR% directory (the directory containing Windows files) will not be affected if Sexy Ransomware ever slithers onto your computer, there is basically no doubt that you could no longer open your files located in other directories. Ransomware infections usually target the most valuable files, and Sexy Ransomware is no exception. It will also lock your pictures, videos, music, and other files by appending the .SEXY extension to them all. Once files are locked, you will find how_to_back_files.html dropped in all directories with encrypted files as well. The ransom note tells users that they need to send one encrypted file and a unique ID to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. This file will be decrypted and, on top of that, you will find out how much money you need to pay for the decryption tool if you send an email to crooks. Do not transfer money to cyber criminals behind Sexy Ransomware because they might take your money but do not send the decryption tool to you. You could not do anything to get it from them in this case.Sexy Ransomware screenshot
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Sexy Ransomware is distributed just like other threats classified as crypto-malware. Research has shown that it might be distributed via spam emails. In this case, it travels as a malicious attachment. Also, researchers say that it might be spread via unsecure RDP. Last but not least, it might be possible to download malware from dubious pages because it might pretend to be decent software. If you are not so sure that you could ensure your system’s maximum protection alone, we have one piece of advice for you – install security software on your computer. It cannot be any antimalware tool because not all of them are trustworthy, so install only such a tool you know can be trusted 100%.
Ransomware infections are quite harmful threats, so it is usually not that easy to delete them from compromised machines too. As for Sexy Ransomware, you will need to delete all suspicious files you have downloaded recently to delete its launcher. Additionally, you will need to eliminate its entry from the system registry. You can perform all the removal steps manually, or you can use an antimalware scanner to erase bad software from your computer.
How to delete Sexy Ransomware
- Press Win+R.
- Insert regedit.exe in the box and click OK.
- Open HKU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce.
- Locate the Value named BrowserUpdateCheck, right-click on it, and select Delete.
- Remove all suspicious files downloaded recently.
- Empty Trash.
In non-techie terms:
It is impossible not to notice that Sexy Ransomware, a harmful malicious application, has entered the system because it encrypts files immediately after the entrance. Another symptom showing that the ransomware infection is active on the system is the presence of the how_to_back_files.html file in some directories. What all ransomware infections want from users is their money, but you should delete the ransomware infection you have encountered right away and do not send money to crooks behind it. They claim that they have a decryptor, but we have to tell you the truth – there are no guarantees that they will share it with you.