Remove CainXPii ransomware / virus (Removal Guide) - Recovery Instructions Included

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CainXPii virus Removal Guide

What is CainXPii ransomware virus?

CainXPii asks victims to pay ransom in PaysafeCard codes

CainXPii (or the Todce ransomware) is a lock screen virus [1] which does not encrypt files but prevents victims from accessing them by intervening system boot up. The virus working mechanism is based on one of last year’s screenlocker highlights, the Hitler ransomware. Just like it’s predecessor this parasite infiltrates computers in deceptive ways, most likely obfuscating its malicious payload under Minecraft.exe — a file which looks like an executable of the popular sandbox game. Unfortunately, by opening this file, the unsuspecting victim will also activate the ransomware download process. The screenlocker will then modify Windows registry, disable Task Manager functionality and carry out other stealthy procedures on the infected system to set up the ground for the attack and prevent CainXPii removal. After it’s done, the virus will wait until the computer is rebooted and then drop its ransom note before the PC even reaches the home screen. The ransom note is written in German and roughly translates as:

Warning: Your PC has been infected by TODCE RASNOMWARE. All your data has been encrypted.
You have time until the end of the month.
You can decrypt your PC for € 20 if you make the payment within the given time frame.
If you try restarting or shutting down your PC, all of your data (including documents, game files, pictures, passwords, and programs) will be ERASED.
The payment confirmation and data decryption can take up to 24 hours.
Please pay 20 euro in PaysafeCard codes.

CainXPii virus

The criminals’ choice of demanding ransom in PaysafeCard codes [2] does not come as a surprise. Though the crypto-ransomware typically rely on Bitcoins as their ransom currency, screenlocker creators tend to choose this particular method because it allows generating profit quickly, without the victims needing to through the lengthy and complicated procedure of purchasing cryptocurrency and then transferring it to the criminals’ accounts. We should also note that the parasite does delete random files from the computer if the victim attempts exiting the locked screen or rebooting their computer. Thus, if you are planning to remove CainXPii virus from the infected system, you should do it safely so that the parasite would not inflict additional damage. First, you obtain sophisticated antivirus software like ReimageIntego and then follow the professional advice at the end of this article to carry out the elimination correctly.

CainXPii ransomware virus illustration CainXPii is a ransomware which seems to be targeted at German speaking users. It is evident from the ransom note it drops on the infected computers. You can see it illustrated above.

The mechanics of system infiltration

CainXPii is based on the Hitler ransomware which means that it might spread the same way this infamous parasite does. As we’ve mentioned, the virus will use an obfuscated file to enter the system but how exactly do the criminals deploy Minecraft.exe on the computer? There are several options they can go for. First, they may distribute a fake version of Minecraft application on random software sharing websites and peer-to-peer networks. Also, the virus may be sent to the victim’s email and be activated when the file is downloaded and launched on the computer. Finally, unsuspecting users may voluntarily or accidentally click on some deceptive ads that hide CainXPii download link. The chances of that happening increase when infected with adware or similar ad-based viruses.

CainXPii removal options

When talking about CainXPii removal in domestic conditions, there is only one option you can go for — virus elimination using specialized software. Malware experts may approach the infection manually, but the home users should not mess with the parasite themselves. Of course, some manual labor may be needed when terminating the lock screen. The guidelines below explain how this procedure should be carried out without endangering your files.

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Getting rid of CainXPii virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

You may try terminating the lock screen by booting your PC in Safe Mode.

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
    Settings
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
    Reboot
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.
    Startup

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Downloads
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):

    %AppData%
    %LocalAppData%
    %ProgramData%
    %WinDir%

After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove CainXPii using System Restore

Another way to disable some of the lockscreen virus functionalities is performing the System Restore. Please note that your files will not be lost in the process.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of CainXPii. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with ReimageIntego and make sure that CainXPii removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove CainXPii from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by CainXPii, you can use several methods to restore them:

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from CainXPii and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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