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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Oxar Ransomware

The ransomware clan is growing rapidly, and Oxar Ransomware is one more threat to join in. This infection is believed to spread via spam emails (just like most other threats of this kind), but it could also be distributed using RDP exploits, and pre-existing malware could download it onto your computer without your knowledge at all. Once the infection finds a way into the operating system, it does not waste any time. Immediately, it starts encrypting your files. A few extensions that this malware scans your PC for include .doc, .docx, .gif, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .txt, and .zip. These extensions represent files that are personal to you. They are not system files that you can re-download anew. Needless to say, this move is deliberate because if you cannot recover personal files, you are more likely to fulfill the demands that the creator of this malware has for you. Needless to say, all that this creator wants is your money. Unfortunately, the trade is unlikely to be fair, which is why we do not recommend paying the ransom. Continue reading to learn about this and the removal of Oxar Ransomware.

While it is hard to locate Oxar Ransomware as soon as it slithers in, it has no problem revealing itself once the files are encrypted. In fact, it even modifies the names of your files to make it more obvious which ones were corrupted. Fortunately, the original name is not changed, but the “.OXR” extension is added at the end of every single one. The infection also opens a pop-up entitled “File encrypted” to inform you that your files were encrypted. Soon after this, the main ransomware message is shown. This message is represented via a window called “LOCKED IN,” due to which, some victims might also try to remove this infection as LockedIn Ransomware. The ransom message is not at all surprising because, essentially, it says the same things as all ransomware threats. The main points are that your files were encrypted, that you cannot recover them yourself, and that you need to pay a ransom of $100 USD for a special “encryption key.” There is also a warning suggesting that if you or anti-malware software delete Oxar Ransomware, the decryption of your files will become impossible. Unfortunately, that is likely to be enough to scare some victims into following the instructions, which include creating a Bitcoin Wallet and then transferring 100 USD in Bitcoins.

If you restart the computer, the ransom note will disappear because the infection is not set up to start whenever you turn on your PC. Therefore, we do not recommend restarting unless you know for sure that you do not want to follow the demands of cyber criminals. Our research team, of course, does not advise paying the ransom because we have seen too many ransomware infections to know that their creators are interested in getting money, not providing victims with decryptors. Of course, if the files encrypted by Oxar Ransomware are extremely important to you, you might be desperate to get them back. If they are so important, maybe they are backed up? If that is the case, you do not need to worry because your files are not lost. If that is not the case, try looking for a legitimate file decryptor that, hopefully, could help you.

You have to delete Oxar Ransomware, and you have to do it quick. More importantly, you have to ensure that your operating system is not infected with malware in the future. This threat comes from the vast HiddenTear family, and any of the hundreds of infections belonging to it could use the same security backdoors to slither in. If you do not want to face RanRans Ransomware, Unikey Ransomware, or any other similar infections in the future, you must make sure that virtual protection is strong. The easiest and best thing you can do is install an anti-malware tool that will automatically erase the ransomware and reinforce overall protection. If you trust you can protect your operating system yourself, you still need to get rid of the malicious infection, and the instructions below give you a rough guide on how to achieve that. Note that the installer of the ransomware can be placed anywhere, which is why we cannot give precise steps.

Oxar Ransomware Removal

  1. Identify the launcher with a random name (could be placed anywhere, but you can check Desktop, Temp, and Download folders first. If you cannot find the threat, use a malware scanner).
  2. Right-click the file and choose Delete.
  3. Empty Recycle Bin to get rid of the malicious launcher completely.
  4. Perform a full system scan using a legitimate and reliable malware scanner.
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