What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts the victim's files and extorts payment to provide the decryption key. It has been around since as early as 1989, but it became a problem for computer users in 2005, when online criminals began using it to extort money from their victims. When ransomware is installed on your PC, it encrypts your personal files with strong encryption and then displays a ransom note with instructions for how to pay the ransom.
Paying the ransom will supposedly decrypt all of your files while not paying might not result in you being able to access them again at all. However, there are some risks involved in paying: if you pay, there is no guarantee that the malware author will actually give you the key, and you could also get scammed.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware spreads in a few ways, but the most common way is that the ransomware creator sends a link to a spam email. These emails often contain an attachment with malicious software or links to malicious websites or hacked websites. The victim clicks on these links and malware is downloaded onto your computer.
The other way ransomware spreads is by clicking on Spam emails from people you don't know (and thus don't vet). Or clicking on malicious links.
How Does Xdqd Ransomware Work?
Xdqd Ransomware uses strong encryption to encrypt your files and then displays a ransom note. The note will offer instructions for how to pay the ransom in order to decrypt your files while Xdqd Ransomware claims that there is no guarantee that the malware author would give you the key even if you paid. This is similar to other ransomware, so it shouldn't be a surprise that Xdqd Ransomware works in this way.
How to Remove Xdqd Ransomware
Below you can find some manual instructions to help you remove Xdqd Ransomware from your computer. However, if you are infected with a particularly nasty ransomware, it might be a good idea to install anti-ransomware software and rely on it for protection in the future. A good anti-ransomware program will keep an eye out for ransomware acting suspiciously on your computer and automatically neutralize it before it can cause any damage.
How to Remove Xdqd
Xdqd Ransomware uses strong encryption to encrypt your files and then displays a ransom note. The Xdqd Ransomware note will offer instructions for how to pay the ransom in order to decrypt your files while Xdqd Ransomware claims that there is no guarantee that the malware author would give you the key even if you paid.
However, you should remove Xdqd Ransomware from your computer as soon as possible, because the malware could cause further damage to your computer. If you don't know how to do this manually, please use the removal instructions below.
Step 1: Use Task Manager to Stop Malicious Processes
Before you can start removing Xdqd Ransomware's malicious files, you need to stop it running and remove its process from Task Manager. To begin with, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your keyboard and click on Task Manager in the menu that appears. Then find a malicious process called "Xdqd" and click on it once (not twice).
Step 2: Install Anti-Malware
The best way to remove a problem such as Xdqd is with an anti-malware program. These programs scan your computer for malware and remove them automatically. They also protect against future infections.
Step 3: Uninstall Xdqd Ransomware's Entries From the Registry
To completely remove Xdqd Ransomware from your computer, you have to locate and remove all of its registry entries. To do this, press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard and click on the Windows Start button. In the search box that appears type "Regedit" and press Enter. This will open the Windows Registry Editor and you should see an option titled "Uninstall a program". Click on it and then double-click on Xdqd Ransomware to open its uninstaller. Once it opens, you are asked if you would like to delete all files associated with Xdqd Ransomware encrypted files.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
The first thing you need to do is be very careful about what emails you click on. Even if the email looks legit, send it to your spam folder or delete it. It can always wait until you are able to check with someone you trust, and even then, you can be safe by doing a reverse image search to see if the content of the email is similar online (which means it's a spam email). You should also be careful about following links from emails that you aren't familiar with and businesses that are not trustworthy (i.e: small businesses or those with names that are close to other more successful businesses).
The second thing you need to do is make sure that your software is up to date. This will help prevent malware from gaining access to your computer. Unfortunately, even if you do these things, it doesn't mean that you can't still fall victim to a ransomware attack.