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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

Sexy Ransomware

Sexy Ransomware is a malicious threat that appears to be just a new version of the infamous Globeimposter Ransomware. According to the latest research, this malware is most likely to slither into your Windows operating system if you open a corrupted spam email attachment or if cyber attackers are capable of exploiting unsafe RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) configurations. The distributor of the threat could employ other methods to spread it as well, which is why you need to be cautious. Needless to say, the chances of you letting in malware are much lower if you stay away from unreliable sites, installers, and downloaders, and act cautiously when interacting with emails, links, ads, and other kinds of virtual content. When this malware slithers in, it goes after your personal files. Unfortunately, it is capable of encrypting files, and then it demands a ransom fee, which some users are likely to pay. That is not what we recommend, and you can learn about it by reading this report. We include information regarding the removal of Sexy Ransomware also.

When Sexy Ransomware encrypts files, it specifically targets those that are found in these three directories: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%, %APPDATA%, and %PUBLIC%. If your personal files are stored in these directories and the subfolders within them, you are likely to find them encrypted. You can easily identify the files affected by the ransomware by the “.SEXY” extension attached to their names. The sample our research team tested when analyzing the threat was not capable of encrypting many files, and, hopefully, that is what you experience as well. When you learn about the existence of a file-encrypting ransomware, the first thing you should do is check your personal files. Hopefully, all files that are corrupted are backed up externally, and you do not even need to think about the decryption at all. When it comes to decryption, you have to understand that a complex encryption algorithm is used in the process. A private key compatible with this algorithm is created as well, and without it, decryption is not possible. That, unfortunately, is what the developer of Sexy Ransomware uses to make you do something you should not.

The developer of Sexy Ransomware communicates with the victims via a file named “how_to_back_files.html”. This file should be placed in affected locations. The message within this file is pretty simple: If you want your files back, you need to email cyber criminals and then pay the ransom. It is stated that you will get decryption instructions only if you email sexy_chie@aol.com. These instructions, of course, include paying a ransom. The ransom note suggests that “the price for decryption of all files” is assigned to every victim personally. Some victims are likely to be willing to pay the ransom, but that is not what we recommend because you are unlikely to get your files back even if you pay the ransom 10 times. Instead, you need to delete Sexy Ransomware and then figure out a way to keep file-encrypting malware away from your operating system in the future. As you might have figured out by now, your files, most likely, are lost for good. If they are backed up, you have nothing to worry about, but if that is not the case, make sure it is a mistake you do not repeat again.

Yu must understand already how important it is to delete Sexy Ransomware from your operating system. The sooner you get rid of this threat and reinstate your system’s protection, the fewer security issues you will face. Where is the launcher of the ransomware? If you know the answer to this question, you should be able to remove Sexy Ransomware manually. If you cannot eliminate this infection manually, do not hesitate to install anti-malware software because it will simultaneously erase malware and reinstate Windows protection. What is more, if other threats are silently active on your operating system, they will be automatically deleted along with the ransomware as well! Hopefully, the path is clear, and you know exactly what you need to do to get your operating system cleaned and protected. If you still have questions, do not wait to ask them, which you can do by posting a comment in the section below.

Sexy Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete recently downloaded suspicious files (specifically, the malicious .exe file that is the launcher).
  2. Launch RUN by tapping Win+R and then enter regedit.exe into the dialog box.
  3. In Registry Editor navigate to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce.
  4. Right-click and Delete the value named BrowserUpdateCheck (note that the value data should the location of the malicious .exe file).
  5. Empty Recycle Bin to eliminate the ransomware.
  6. Install a trusted malware scanner and run a full system scan to check if you have erased all malicious components and threats.
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