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Team XRat is a ransomware that has been active since at least November 2019. This ransomware is a member of the X family of ransomware, which also includes Xorist and X ransomware. It is written in C++ and uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm to encrypt victims’ files. The ransomware appends the “.xrat” extension to encrypted files. For example, “sample.jpg” would be renamed to “sample.jpg.xrat”.

 

Victims of Team XRat are presented with a ransom note named “!!! READ THIS – IMPORTANT !!!.txt”. This ransom note contains instructions on how to decrypt their files and contact the attackers. This malware demands a ransom of 0.5 Bitcoins, which is currently equivalent to approximately USD 4,700.

 

Team XRat is distributed via malicious email attachments and remote desktop connections. It has been observed being dropped by other malware, such as the TrickBot trojan. This ransomware may also be spread through exposed Remote Desktop Services (RDP) connections that have weak passwords.

 

The ransomware may use multiple mechanisms to prevent victims from recovering their files without paying the ransom. Team XRat deletes volume shadow copies, which are used by Windows to create backups of files. Also, it attempts to terminate processes associated with backup software, such as Veeam, Acronis, and Cobian. This ransomware may also delete the Windows Restore Points.

 

To prevent ransomware from encrypting more files, it is important to disconnect the infected computer from the network and disable any remote desktop connections. Team XRat uses a hard-coded list of file extensions that it will encrypt. This list includes common document, image, video, and database file types. Any files on the victim’s computer with these extensions will be encrypted by Team XRat.

 

Files encrypted by this ransomware cannot be decrypted without the private encryption key, which is only known to the attackers. Team XRat attempts to delete itself after encrypting victims’ files. However, security researchers have been able to obtain samples of Team XRat Ransomware and decrypt victims’ files.

 

Team XRat is a serious threat to any computer user as it can result in the loss of important personal or business data. It is important to protect your computer by using a reliable anti-malware program and keeping your operating system and software up-to-date. You should also never open email attachments from unknown senders and be cautious when clicking on links in email messages.

 

If you are infected with ransomware, we recommend that you do not pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will result in the decryptor being released. Instead, focus on restoring your files from a backup, if possible. If you do not have a backup, you may be able to use file recovery software to recover some of your encrypted files.

You should try using SalvageData data recovery software. It can recover files encrypted by Team XRat as well as other ransomware.

But first of all, you should remove Team XRat from your computer to prevent it from encrypting any more files. You can use Malwarebytes anti-malware to remove it from your computer.

 

We also recommend that you scan your computer with Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a powerful anti-malware program that can detect and remove Team XRat ransomware as well as other malware.

Public decryption tool

Security researchers have released a public decryption tool for Team XRat Ransomware. This tool can be used to decrypt files encrypted by Team XRat Ransomware for free. However, it is important to note that this tool may not work for all victims as the attackers may have used a different encryption key for each victim.

You can find this tool on the following website:

https://www.nomoreransom.org/en/decryption-tools.html

Contact SalvageData Recovery Services

If you are unable to decrypt your files using the public decryption tool or if you do not have a backup, you may need to contact a professional data recovery company. SalvageData is a leading provider of data recovery services and can assist you in recovering your encrypted files.

SalvageData has a success rate of over 96% for ransomware recovery and has been in business for over 10 years.

To speak to a SalvageData representative, please call +1 (800) 972-3282 or visit our website. We will be happy to help you.

 

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