Yet another variant belonging to the Rannoh/Rakni also known as Shade and XTBL ransomware has been spotted amongst many. This variant seems to be an updated version of this ransomware family and it does not hesitate when it comes to file encryption. The virus uses a strong AES encryption algorithm to render the files no longer able to be opened on the computers it infects. After this has been done by the Guardware ransomware, the malware changes the interfix of the encrypted files to a unique ID for the infected computer. When the e-mail is contacted, the criminals associated with Guardware ransomware request payment usually in online cryptocurrency, such as BitCoin.
Fortunately, now there has been a decryptor released and we at Sensors Tech Forum advise you to read the instructions below to learn how to remove this nasty virus from your computer and decrypt your files for free.
|The ransomware encrypts files with the AES cipher and requests a payment from the user to grant access back to the files.
|After encryption the ransomware steals login passwords and adds the .xtbl extension and the e-mail for ransom payoff and contact after every file name.
|Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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Guardware@india.com XTBL Ransowmare – More Information
Users on reddit forums have discovered the new ransomware being spread via malicious executable with the following name:
The Guardware virus is believed to not have been active at first when it was discovered back in September 2016, but to increase infection rate exponentially since.
To infect maximum amount of users, the creators may have spammed this executable on multiple locations, including suspicious websites, malvertised hosts as well as uploaded it on torrent sites. However, let us not exclude the possibility of the executable being uploaded directly as an e-mail attachment in a spam message being sent out to the user to foll him or her into opening the –-mail.
Whaveter the case may be, this ransomware virus also known as “The Splash Trojan”, may interefere with the following registry entries after an infection takes place:
Then, this CrySiS iteration may uninterruptedly and unnoticed to attack and encrypt a wide variety of file extensions:
→ .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .mp4, sql, .7z, .m4a, .rar, .wma, .gdb, .tax, .pkpass, .bc6, .bc7, .avi, .wmv, .csv, .d3dbsp, .zip, .sie, .sum, .ibank, .t13, .t12, .qdf, .bkp, .qic, .bkf, .sidn, .sidd, .mddata, .itl, .itdb, .icxs, .hvpl, .hplg, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .syncdb, .gho, .cas, .svg, .map, .wmo, .itm, .sb, .fos, .mov, .vdf, .ztmp, .sis, .sid, .ncf, .menu, .layout, .dmp, .blob, .esm, .vcf, .vtf, .dazip, .fpk, .mlx, .kf, .iwd, .vpk, .tor, .psk, .rim, .w3x, .fsh, .ntl, .arch00, .lvl, .snx, .cfr, .ff, .vpp_pc, .lrf, .m2, .mcmeta, .vfs0, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .iwi, .litemod, .asset, .forge, .ltx, .bsa, .apk, .re4, .sav, .lbf, .slm, .bik, .epk, .rgss3a, .pak, .big, wallet, .wotreplay, .xxx, .desc, .py, .m3u, .flv, .js, .css, .rb, .png, .jpeg, .txt, .p7c, .p7b, .p12, .pfx, .pem, .crt, .cer, .der, .x3f, .srw, .pef, .ptx, .r3d, .rw2, .rwl, .raw, .raf, .orf, .nrw, .mrwref, .mef, .erf, .kdc, .dcr, .cr2, .crw, .bay, .sr2, .srf, .arw, .3fr, .dng, .jpe, .jpg, .cdr, .indd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .pdd, .psd, .dbf, .mdf, .wb2, .rtf, .wpd, .dxg, .xf, .dwg, .pst, .accdb, .mdb, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps
The encrypted files usually have an extremely long name that consists of the e-mail address for contact if you have become affected as well as the .xtbl file extension. Here is how an encrypted file by firstname.lastname@example.org ransomware may appear:
Fortunately we can help you restore your files. Malware researchers have developed a free decryptor that usually works for all the Shade variants using the .xtbl file extension. We have created instructions on how to download and use this decryptor and hopefully recover the lost files for free after removing Guardware ransomware completely.
Guardware Ransomware – Removal and Decryption Instructions
Phase 1 – Removal
Before you attempt any form of decryption, it is advisable that you remove this virus from your computer firstly, to be safe. We have provided a fast removal manual that will help you locate and delete the files of the Guardware ransomware virus before starting the decryption process.
What is Guardware Ransomware?
Guardware is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithms to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
What Does Guardware Ransomware Do?
Ransomware in general is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware viruses can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
How Does Guardware Infect?
Via several ways.Guardware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
Another way you may become a victim of Guardware is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to Open .Guardware files?
You can't without a decryptor. At this point, the .Guardware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryption key for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Guardware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".Guardware" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Guardware files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of Guardware Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate Guardware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Guardware files.
Can I Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can Guardware Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Can a Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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