This article will aid you to remove Scarab ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.
Scarab is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. According to some malware researchers, all files of a compromised computer get locked with the AES military grade encryption algorithm. The Scarab cryptovirus will encrypt your data, while also appending the .xtbl extension to each encrypted file. Keep on reading the article to see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.
|Name||.xtbl Files Virus|
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files with the AES encryption algorithm. All locked files will have the .xtbl extension appended to them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .xtbl Files Virus |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.xtbl Files Virus (Scarab) – Distribution Ways
The .xtbl Files Virus (Scarab ransomware) might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected.
Scarab ransomware has its payload file being detected by multiple security software vendors already, as it can be seen in the below screenshot of the VirusTotal service:
Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware located at the corresponding forum thread.
.xtbl Files Virus (Scarab) – In-Depth Analysis
Scarab is a virus that encrypts your files and places a .txt file, with instructions inside the infected computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files.
Scarab ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
After encryption the Scarab virus shows a ransom message located inside a .txt file.
You can see its contents of this file, labeled IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL YOUR FILES BACK, PLEASE READ THIS.txt, from the following screenshot given down below:
The ransom note states the following:
*** IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL YOUR FILES BACK, PLEASE READ THIS ***
email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Your files are now encrypted!
—–BEGIN PERSONAL IDENTIFIER—–
—–END PERSONAL IDENTIFIER—–
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
Now you should send us email with your personal identifier.
This email will be as confirmation you are ready to pay for decryption key.
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Contact us using this email address: email@example.com
Free decryption as guarantee!
Before paying you can send us up to 2 files for free decryption.
The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain
valuable information (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.).
| How to obtain Bitcoins?
| * The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click
| ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price:
| * Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
| * Do not rename encrypted files.
| * Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
| * Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price
| (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The note of the Scarab ransomware states that your files are encrypted and that you have to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted once again.
.xtbl Files Virus (Scarab) – Encryption Process
What is known for the encryption process of the Scarab ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the .xtbl suffix. That suffix is appended to the name of an encrypted file as a secondary extension. The original extension and filenames remain unchanged after encryption, as the .xtbl extension is added.
According to some researchers, the ransomware is probably coded in Delphi and could potentially infect computers with older Operating Systems such as Microsoft Windows 98.
Currently there is no information regarding which types of files get encrypted by the malicious application.
The files which are used the most by users that probably get encrypted are probably from the following categories:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Note that you can send 2 files for free decryption to the ransomware authors, up to 1Mb each, to see if you can get them decrypted. If you do that, you can keep both the original and the encrypted versions of those 2 files, for using them with decryption software that could be send out for free in the future. As the ransomware doesn’t seem decryptable at the moment, you might have to wait a long time for such a decryptor to be released for free, but take note that it might never be developed.
The Scarab cryptovirus deletes all Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Along with the above-stated command, other ones are executed, which remove backups, making the effects of the encryption process more efficient. Those commands remove some of the viable ways to restore your data via Windows inherent processes. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their original state.
Remove Scarab Ransomware and Restore .xtbl Files
If your computer system got infected with the Scarab ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.