Remove Ransomware

How to Remove Ransomware?

The virus you’re now stuck with is one of the newest types of ransomware out there. It uses RaaS (Ransomware as a service) operation to spread its versions online. Yes, there are many variants of this pest. If you didn’t already know it, ransomware is one of the worst kinds of cyber infections on the Web. It’s incredibly stealthy, very resourceful, aggressive, harmful and problematic. And you’ve managed to catch it. The number of ransomware-type programs is spreading at an alarming rate for one very simple reason – these viruses allow hackers to steal your money. Crooks seem to be tirelessly working on new programs of this malicious kind and we’ve written numerous removal guides about similar parasites. How exactly does the sceme work? First of all, your once infection-free computer gets compromised. It goes without saying that the installation itself happens completely behind your back; no one in their right mind would voluntarily install ransomware. Secondly, the parasite gets activated and scans your machine. It does so in order to locate your personal files. As mentioned already, this infection is impressively dangerous so it’s searching for pictures, music, videos, Microsoft Office Documents, presentations, basically anything of value you may have stored on your PC. Once the virus finds your private data, it begins encryption. Using a highly complicated encrypting algorithm, this parasite quickly infects a huge percentage of your data. That means files with a great variety of extensions get encrypted – .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf, .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .bin, .mp3, .mp4, .gif, .xml, .rar, etc. The original file extension gets replaced with the parasite’s malicious one – .xtbl. Your computer can’t recognize this random new file format, though. And, logically, it cannot open the infected data. There might be some incredibly important/valuable files that fall victim to this trickery; however, you won’t be able to use any of them. By locking out your access to your own personal information, the virus attempts to blackmail you. Many PC users would give into their panic and anxiety seeing such sudden, unauthorized modifications in their private data. This entire scheme is aiming directly for your money. After the virus locks your files, you will start seeing a highly aggravating ransom message. That is because during the encryption process the ransomware added its payment instructions in every single folder that contains infected data. Those are a lot of folders. Furthermore, the also virus drops a .txt file on your PC desktop. You’re practically stumbling across the ransom note all the time because the more often you see these instructions, the more likely it is that you’ll follow them. That’s precisely what hackers want. And that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do. Don’t pay anything and don’t attempt to contact hackers at Instead, get rid of their infection.

How did I get infected with?

As we mentioned, ransomware applies stealthy, secretive infiltration techniques. For example, this virus might have gotten to you with the help of a Trojan horse or via some spam message/email-attachment. These spam messages often contain malicious URLs; that is why you have to constantly watch out for potential threats while surfing the Web. Sometimes all that’s needed in order to infect your machine is one single careless click. Do not neglect your virtual safety because hackers rarely miss opportunities to take advantage of your haste. Always pay close attention to the process when installing software. Avoid questionable executables and third-party commercials as those are usually very harmful. Visiting some unreliable website could cause you a serious cyber damage as well. Also, keep in mind that the illegitimate freeware/shareware bundles you might download off of the Internet could be corrupted. Remember, it’s a lot easier to prevent virus installation right now than it would be to remove a parasite later on.


Why is dangerous?

Due to the parasite’s manipulations, your private data is now unreadable and inaccessible. And practically useless. In order to restore the files encrypted by the virus, you need a decryption key. However, as you could imagine, that thing doesn’t come for free. According to the ransom message, you need to pay a hefty sum of money in Bitcoins which will guarantee you this highly questionable decryption key. You’re supposed to receive a unique combination of symbols in exchange for your money. The problem is, you’ll probably receive nothing. Keep in mind that if you play by hackers’ rules, you will end up in an extremely vulnerable position. Crooks don’t have a single reason whatsoever to keep their end of the bargain; all they want is for you to give away your money. That’s why they keep forcing their malicious email address on you. Remember, this is a scam. Instead of letting hackers deceive you, ignore their attempts to include you in a fraud. To delete the virus manually, please follow the detailed removal guide that you will find down below. Removal Instructions

STEP 1: Kill the Malicious Process

STEP 2: Reveal Hidden Files

STEP 3: Locate Startup Location

STEP 4: Recover Encrypted Files

STEP 1: Stop the malicious process using Windows Task Manager

  • Open your task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
  • Locate the process of the ransomware. Have in mind that this is usually a random generated file.
  • Before you kill the process, type the name on a text document for later reference.


  • Locate any suspicious processes associated with encryption Virus.
  • Right click on the process
  • Open File Location
  • End Process
  • Delete the directories with the suspicious files.
  • Have in mind that the process can be hiding and very difficult to detect

STEP 2: Reveal Hidden Files

  • Open any folder
  • Click on “Organize” button
  • Choose “Folder and Search Options”
  • Select the “View” tab
  • Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
  • Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
  • Click “Apply” and “OK” button

STEP 3: Locate encryption Virus startup location

  • Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]

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  • Then open your explorer and navigate to:

Navigate to your %appdata% folder and delete the executable.

You can alternatively use your msconfig windows program to double check the execution point of the virus. Please, have in mind that the names in your machine might be different as they might be generated randomly, that’s why you should run any professional scanner to identify malicious files.

STEP 4: How to recover encrypted files?

  • Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your data from a recent backup, in case that you have one.

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  • Method 2: File Recovery Software – Usually when the ransomware encrypts a file it first makes a copy of it, encrypts the copy, and then deletes the original. Due to this you may try to use file recovery software to recover some of your original files.
  • Method 3: Shadow Volume Copies – As a last resort, you can try to restore your files via Shadow Volume Copies. Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive you want to recover. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.

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