When TeslaCrypt ransomware was first released, it started infecting users with a “bang”. The virus had multiple variants which suggested that it may have been used by more than one hacking teams. Fortunately, a decryptor has been released for free for TeslaCrypt ransomware, which is why we have decided to create instructions and hence simplifies the user into decrypting files encoded by the TeslaCrypt ransomware. Due to its many variants, the decryptor, kindly created by the malware researcher BloodDolly works with the master key released into the public and affected users can now decrypt their files. The decryptor is called TeslaDecoder and in this article, we will show you how to effectively decrypt TeslaCrypt files.
TeslaCrypt Ransomware – A Bit of Background
TeslaCrypt’s latest 3.0 and 4.0 versions have made a lot of money to their creators by encrypting files with a very strong encryption algorithm. Researchers believe that the current algorithm used by the latest version of TeslaCrypt is a very strong RSA cipher. Unlike the 3rd version, the 4th version of TeslaCrypt force-restarts the computer of the user to begin encrypting a wide variety of often used file types.
However the good news is that the following master decryption key was released for the many variants (.xxx, .ttt, .jpg, .mp3, .exx, .ezz, .ecc, .micro) of TeslaCrypt ransomware:
This pushed researchers into creating a working decryptor, named TeslaDecoder. Below we will show you how to decode your files using it.
Decrypting Files Encrypted by TeslaCrypt Ransomware
We have decided to separate this decryption process in two stages – preparation and decryption, to make the process effective and efficient. Here are the instructions:
Just in case this process takes some time for your computer, to complete and you happen to be busy with other activities while decryption commences, we have left instructions on how to disable automatic hibernation and shutdown on your computer:
Step 1: Click on the battery icon in your system tray (next to the digital clock) in Windows and then click on More Power Options.
Step 2: The Power Options menu will appear. In your power plan click on Change Plan Settings.
Step 3: In your plan’s settings make sure you set “Turn off the display” and “Put computer to sleep” to “Never” from the drop down minutes menu.
Step 4: Click on “Change Advanced Plan Settings” and click to expand the “Hard Disk” option in the list there.
Step 5: From there, set the power settings (On Battery and Powered On) to “Never”.
To decode files, you should first download the TeslaDecoder tool, by clicking on the button below:
After downloading the software, you should see it as a .ZIP file. It is an archive file. You should download WinRar software or use the built-in zip reader of Windows to open it and extract the “TeslaDecoder” somewhere you can easily open it:
As soon as you have extracted the folder, open it. In it locate and open TeslaDecoder.exe file:
After you have opened it, you should see the below posted screen. From there, click on the “Set Key” button:
After you do this, a sub-menu will appear with a drop-down list of the variants of TeslaCrypt. Choose your variant after which click on the “Set Key” button and this sub-menu shall close:
From there you have several options:
- Decrypt Folder – specify a folder to decode.
- Decrypt All – decrypt all files of this variant. (overwrites the encrypted files – backup is recommended)
- Decrypt List – decrypt files from a pre-set file list.
In case you did not choose to overwrite your files, the decoder will save them in a backup copy under the .TeslaDecoder extension.
Since the risk of you having TeslaCrypt still on your computer, we recommend you decrypt the files from a safe computer, or secure your computer for the moment and the future as well. This is the reason we have created several steps to help you secure your computer and at the same time stay protected from ransomware in the future as well:
Step 1: Make sure to read our general protection tips and try to make them your habit and educated others to do so as well.
Step 2: Install an advanced anti-malware program that has an often updated real-time shield definitions and ransomware protection.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
Unfortunately for many users, these methods somehow may not work with TeslaCrypt’s .vvv variant.
- Guide 1: How to Remove TeslaCrypt from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TeslaCrypt from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TeslaCrypt from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TeslaCrypt from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TeslaCrypt from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TeslaCrypt from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TeslaCrypt from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TeslaCrypt from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TeslaCrypt
Step 2: Uninstall TeslaCrypt and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by TeslaCrypt on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by TeslaCrypt there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TeslaCrypt from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TeslaCrypt and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove TeslaCrypt via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove TeslaCrypt from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase TeslaCrypt from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall TeslaCrypt from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove TeslaCrypt from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the TeslaCrypt will be removed.
Eliminate TeslaCrypt from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.