How to remove Troldesh ransomware and decrypt .xtbl files

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Infected with Troldesh Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?

What is Troldesh Ransomware

Troldesh is family of ransomware viruses also called Shade Ransomware. Unique version of this threat can be created by anyone using special “developer kit”, that is available on the underground forums. This virus targets Russian and American users. Malware encrypts user personal files and documents along with photos, music, videos with asymmetric encryption algorithm (RSA-2048 or RSA-4096). Ransomware appends .xtbl extension to all encrypted files. After this Troldesh demands ransom from 0.5 and 1.5 BTC (from $270 to $800). Virus places text or html files with instructions to decrypt your files, for example How to decrypt your files.txt, in folders with encrypted files. Usually this instructions require using TOR browser and payment via BitCoin network. This makes it very hard to detect malefactors. Troldesh also modifies desktop background to deliver the message, that your computer is infected. Currently Troldesh is detected by Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials. Here are e-mails used by remote hackers:

Gerkaman@aol.com, cryptopay@aol.com, drugvokrug727@india.com, Bitcoinrush@aol.com, Ramachandra7@india.com, freetibet@india.com, Redshitline@india.com, obamausa7@aol.com, Green_Ray@india.com, Seven_Legion2@aol.com, Makdonalds@india.com, mailrepa.lotos@aol.com, Dakinibless@india.com, goldman0@india.com, Ecovector@aol.com, ninja_gaiver@aol.com, Vegclass@aol.com, datastorm@india.com, JohnyCryptor@aol.com, payfornature@india.com

Update: Use following service to identify the version and type of ransomware you were attacked by: ID Ransomware. Also check following website for possible decryptor: Emsisoft Decryptors.

Most popular ransomware from Troldesh family:

NameE-mailAppended extension
VeglassVegclass@aol.com.Vegclass(@)aol.com.xtbl
EcovectorEcovector@aol.com.{ecovector3(@)aol.com}.xtbl
JohnyCryptorJohnyCryptor@aol.com.{user-id}0.JohnyCryptor@aol.com.xtbl
Green_RayGreen_Ray@india.com.green_ray(@)aol.com.xtbl
Mahasaraswatimahasaraswati(@)india.com.{mahasaraswati(@)india.com}.xtbl

troldesh ransomware virus

How Troldesh Ransomware infected your PC

Troldesh Ransomware distributes using standard methods (malicious email attachments, torrent (P2P) networks, fake invoices). Troldesh Ransomware uses TOR network for receiving ransom, which makes it very difficult to trace the attacker. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police, as user in this network are often anonymous. Encryption starts in the background. Way to protect your computer from such threats is to use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.

First of all don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.

1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer, before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Troldesh Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.

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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Troldesh Ransomware:

Remove following registry entries:

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Remove following files:

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How to decrypt files infected by Troldesh Ransomware (.xtbl files)?

Use automated decryption tools

kaspersky decryptor for Troldesh Ransomware

There is ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky that can decrypt .xtbl files. It is free and may help you restore .xtbl files by Troldesh Ransomware virus. Download it here:

Download Kaspersky Shade (Troldesh) Ransomware Decryptor

You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .xtbl files.

Decrypt .xtbl files manually

Restore the system using System Restore

system restore

Although, latest versions of Troldesh Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.

  1. Initiate the search for ‘system restore
  2. Click on the result
  3. Choose the date before the infection appearance
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

Roll the files back to the previous version

Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged (in our case – Troldesh Ransomware by Troldesh Ransomware). This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.

windows previous versions

  1. Right-click the file and choose Properties
  2. Open the Previous Version tab
  3. Select the latest version and click Copy
  4. Click Restore

Restore .xtbl files using shadow copies

shadow explorer gui

  1. Download and run Shadow Explorer.
  2. Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
  3. Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
  4. Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.

Protect your computer from ransomware

hitmanpro alert with cryptoguard

Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.

Download HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard

Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

Author: Tim Kas
Computer security specialist. I try to do my best and share my knowledge with you by creating simple-to-follow and useful guides on various topics about computer security.

3 thoughts on “How to remove Troldesh ransomware and decrypt .xtbl files

  1. Kaspersky decrypt .xtbl files tool did not work for me. It does always ask to some path and ask for the original file. Any other instructions?

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