Ransomware Removal Guide

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Category: Trojans Ransomware is yet another malicious program that belongs to the same ransomware family that adds “.xtbl” extension to its encrypted files. Previously, our researchers encountered several similar infections, e.g. Ransomware, Green_ray Ransomware, Ransomware, and others. It would seem that these threats replace user’s Desktop wallpaper and leave similar messages, which mainly ask to contact the provided email. We can only assume that the reply letter would suggest purchasing a decryptor. Nonetheless, what we do know is that dealing with Ransomware’s creators could be extremely risky. It is impossible to know if they have the decryptor and even if they do, no one can assure you that they will bother to send it. Naturally, we would advise you to delete the threat with the recommended steps below the article and recover files from what copies you have on other devices.

As we just mentioned Ransomware program could be spread with infected data that you might have downloaded as an email attachment. Users should know that such files sometimes look harmless because they might imitate various documents. An unknown sender or the fact that the email was categorized as spam may signal you about possible threats, so it would be unwise to ignore it. Probably, the best way to know if a file is malicious is to check it with a reputable antimalware tool. You could also try to search for any information related to the contents of the received email. If anyone else got something similar, you might find a forum topic, some comments from other users, and so on.

Users who infected their system with Ransomware probably already noticed that the malware can encrypt a wide range of different file types. Our researchers say that it could even encipher third-party software (Skype, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.). Yet, the most unfortunate part for any user is that the threat encrypts personal files, such as photos, videos, various documents, etc. After the malicious program enciphers all target data, it should switch the default Desktop image with Decryption instructions.jpg. The instructions only say that you should contact the people behind this malware via email.

The infection’s creators would probably explain to you that the only way to unlock data is to acquire a unique decryption key and a decryption tool. No doubt that these tools should have a particular price and if they would ask you to pay in Bitcoins, the reply should contain instructions on how to get this currency and make the payment. Just like we said in the begginning, there would be no guarantees, and it is possible that Ransomware’s creators might not keep up to their promise.

Therefore, if you do not want to waste your savings on a tool that may not even exist, we recommend deleting the threat. Ransomware places its data on the infected computer and it does not erase it after the encryption process is over. It would be better to remove this data as soon as possible. You could get rid of it while following the instructions below or with a security tool of your choice. Afterward, it is possible to recover locked files if you have any copies of them on external hard drives or other similar storages.

Eliminate Ransomware

  1. Open the Explorer.
  2. Search for random executable files in all of the following directories and right-click them separately to delete:
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  3. Close the Explorer.
  4. Press Win+R, type regedit and select OK.
  5. Go to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop and find a value name titled as Wallpaper.
  6. Right-click it, press Modify, erase “Decryption instructions.jpg” and replace it with another image.
  7. Navigate to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers and find a value name called BackgroundHistoryPath0.
  8. Right-click it, select Modify and replace “Decryption instructions.jpg” with a wallpaper picture you prefer.
  9. Find the following path: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  10. Look for value names with random titles (check if their value data points to these directories: %WINDIR%\Syswow64\*.exe, %WINDIR%\System32\*.exe).
  11. Right-click the value names one by one and press Delete.
  12. Close the Explorer.
  13. Empty Recycle bin.
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