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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


Xxlecxx is a new ransomware program that can infiltrate your system without your knowledge and lock your screen with its scary ransom note. However, it seems that this dog only barks and does not bite at all. While this infection claims that it has encrypted your files, we have found that it does not touch any of your files. Seemingly, it does lock your screen so that you may think that your files have really been taken hostage, but that is all that actually happens. Of course, it is possible that this is simply a trial run of an unfinished vicious program and it will surface in the near future to strike hard. Still, for the time being, there is no need to panic because you can easily remove Xxlecxx from your computer. Even if this ransomware does not damage your files, you should take it as a sign and make sure that you regularly backup your personal files to be on the safe side.

Similarly to most of its predecessors, the main distribution method we have found this ransomware using is spamming campaigns. This means that the malicious executable that could be called “xXLecXx.exe” is attached to a spam mail. This attachment could be disguised as a photo or text file with the matching extension and file type icon. So it is possible that you will see it as “xXLecXx.jpg.exe.” Victims obviously do not realize that this is an executable file. This is why they save it and open it to view its content. However, this is exactly the moment when they initiate this malicious attack.

You need to understand that just because your mail server is protected by a spam filter, you can still receive such dangerous spams. As you may know, sometimes spam filters cannot really decide with 100 percent certainty that a mail is harmful or not. These usually end up in your spam folder. It is possible that an important or legitimate mail lands there every single day. Therefore, it is possible that you would consider checking that folder for such mistakenly sorted mails. At least, this is what these cyber criminals also count on. Thus, they use believable sender name and e-mail address pairs as well as convincing subject lines. Believe it or not, it is very easy to draw people’s attention to a mail that is about an unpaid speeding ticket, problem with a credit card, suspicious transactions on your bank account, online booking done with the wrong banking details, and so on. These are typical scenarios that you would want to see the details of even if you do not feel related. Right? Well, unfortunately, wrong. Because after you open this mail, you will be instructed to download the attached file that is supposed to give you all the information you need. You are only lucky this time that you can delete Xxlecxx without losing your files to encryption.

After you activate this ransomware, it locks your screen with its application window, which resembles somewhat a Windows notification window in purple. This is indeed the ransom note window that appears on full screen, on top of all your active windows. The note is quite straightforward and short. It informs you about the encryption and that you have but two choices. One, your files will be deleted right now or two, you pay $150 for the decryption code and you will be able to recover your files. We know that this may sound scary for inexperienced computer users. However, our research and tests show that this version does not encrypt any files at all. This can mean that this ransomware infection is not yet finished but somehow surfaced, probably for a test run. In any case, we do not advise you to ever contact such criminals because you would risk further severe infections, let alone the fact that you would support cybercrime. Hopefully, you understand already the need for proper prevention. We believe that it is important to have a backup copy of your files that you could easily transfer back after you remove Xxlecxx or other ransomware that actually cause devastation on your system.

After you free up your computer from the screen lock by closing the ransom note window (Alt+F4), you can easily locate the malicious file you downloaded from the spam e-mail. If you need assistance, please use our guide below this article. Hopefully, you understand now how easy it is to let even a dangerous threat like this one could be enter your machine. You can do a lot to prevent malicious threats from sneaking onto your system if you avoid suspicious websites, refrain from clicking on third-party ads, and if you keep all your drivers and programs updated. However, the best protection for your PC would be to install a trustworthy anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. This security software can automatically detect and eliminate any known malware threat.

How to remove Xxlecxx from Windows

  1. Press Alt+F4 to close the ransom note window.
  2. Press Win+E to open File Explorer.
  3. Find the downloaded malicious file (“xXLecXx.exe”) and delete it.
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  5. Restart your computer.
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