If your all files have received the .xtbl extension, a new version of Scarab Ransomware must have infiltrated your computer. It is as dangerous as the original infection. Once it infiltrates computers, it immediately locks files on them, which means that your pictures, videos, music, and many other files will all be encrypted if you ever encounter this ransomware infection. It does not need your permission to infiltrate your computer, so you cannot keep your system unprotected if you do not want to encounter it. Is it already too late for prevention? If the .xtbl extension ransomware has already entered your system and locked your files, you could not do much to get them back. You could only purchase the decryption tool from cyber criminals behind this infection. It might be your only chance to get your files back, but we cannot guarantee that you will get it after you pay for it, so you will do this at your own risk if you decide to make a payment. No matter what your final decision is, you must delete the .xtbl extension ransomware from your computer. No, crooks will not erase it for you even after they receive your money.
The .xtbl extension ransomware does not differ much from its predecessor, i.e. Scarab Ransomware. After successfully slithering onto users’ computers, it starts doing its dirty work immediately. That is, it, first, scans the computer and finds where users’ files are located. Without a doubt, it targets those files that are the most important to make sure that users want to get them back and thus send money to the author of the ransomware infection. When all files get the .xtbl extension appended, i.e. once they are completely encrypted, a .txt file with a message for users is dropped on these affected computers. You will be told to send your personal identifier indicated in the ransom note to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the size of the ransom is not indicated in the ransom note, you will find the price of the decryption tool when you send an email. In most cases, these are not cheap tools, so think twice before you send money to crooks. The decryption tool might not only be expensive, but it might also be useless. Nobody knows whether it works well. In fact, there are zero guarantees that you will receive it from the developer of this ransomware infection either, so it is quite risky to purchase it. There might be no other ways to unlock files if you do not purchase the decryptor, but you will, at least, not spend your money on the tool you might not even get. By sending a ransom, you will also give crooks a reason to continue doing their job.
There are so many different ransomware infections available, but the majority of them are distributed similarly. To be more specific, crypto-malware is often distributed via spam email campaigns. In most cases, these infections are spread as attachments. Since they look completely harmless at first glance, users open them and allow nasty malware to enter their computers themselves. This is definitely not the only distribution method used to promote ransomware infections. Specialists say that users might download these threats from the web too if they keep downloading software from various P2P websites. Finally, in some cases, ransomware infections are dropped on users’ computers by the Trojan infection they have active on their systems. Crypto-malware must be deleted from the system ASAP no matter how it has entered it because if the ransomware infection is launched again, it will start working from the beginning, i.e. it will first scan the system and then will encrypt files, meaning that all new files will be encrypted too.
The .xtbl extension ransomware does not seem to be sophisticated malware. In fact, it should delete itself after locking data on your computer, but we still suggest that you check %APPDATA% in case it is still there. It is advisable to remove the ransom note from all affected folders too. If you need some help, you should use our manual removal instructions. The malicious application can be removed in a different way as well – you can use an automated malware remover. Unfortunately, the .xtbl extension will stay appended to your files, i.e. they will not be decrypted no matter how, i.e. manually or automatically the ransomware infection is removed from the system.
How to delete the .xtbl extension ransomware