What is Troldesh Ransomware?
Troldesh Ransomware is also known as Shade Ransomware, and it primarily targets users who speak Russian. Unfortunately, this threat has the potential to invade operating systems in different regions because the notification associated with it can also be introduced to you in English. This notification is displayed via an image that replaces your usual Desktop wallpaper. This replacement is initiated as soon as this threat is executed and done encrypting the files found on your PC. As you might have found out yourself, this threat does not corrupt system files that you can easily replace. No, this threat goes after your personal files, and it is likely that you will be more willing to pay the ransom requested by cyber criminals if you find your personal files in jeopardy. Are your files backed up on an external drive or online? If they are, you can remove Troldesh Ransomware in no time. If they are not, you have to be careful about the steps you take.
How does Troldesh Ransomware work?
According to the researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com, Troldesh Ransomware can encrypt files with many different extensions, including .mp3, .jpg, .gif, .txt, and .bmp. Once the files are corrupted, they gain the “.xtbl” extension, which makes it very easy for you to identify which files were corrupted without trying to open them. When the files are encrypted, a decryption key is hidden (most likely sent to a remote server) to make it impossible for you to unlock your files manually. Simultaneously, your Desktop wallpaper is modified to warn you that your files were encrypted and to point you to a TXT file that is created as well. This file might be named “README.txt,” “README1.txt,” or something similar to that, and you are likely to find it placed in every directory with encrypted files. This file is also likely to be placed on your Desktop for easy access. It acts as a tool that the developers of Troldesh Ransomware use to create a communication with you, as it orders you to email them.
The emails mentioned in the readme.txt file are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, and you are urged to use them to contact cyber criminals. The file also includes a unique private key that is a combination of random letters and numbers. You are ordered to send this key to the provided emails to initiate the decryption of your files. Of course, it is naive to think that this is all that you need to do to have your files back. If you establish a connection with cyber criminals, they will send you instructions demanding a ransom payment. Is it possible that cyber crooks would send you the decrypter you need after paying the ransom? It is, but you also need to think about the possibility of being scammed. Cyber criminals could easily take your money and move on to the next victim without even thinking about decrypting your files. That means that you might be stuck in a very unfortunate position. Before you give up or take reckless risks, we recommend looking into legitimate file decryption tools. You might be able to find a tool that will decrypt your files without any interaction with cyber criminals.
How to eliminate Troldesh Ransomware
Troldesh Ransomware is a serious threat, and you cannot play around with it. If it has corrupted your personal files, you need to be careful about how you choose to decrypt them. Paying the ransom might result in the loss of your money, without getting anything in return. Using third-party tools to decrypt files can also be dangerous, considering that you might come across fake software designed only to trick you and expose your operating system to more infections. Whatever you do about your files, deleting Troldesh Ransomware is extremely important, and we suggest you get to it as soon as possible. The instructions below show how to eliminate the main components of the malicious threat, but keep in mind that their names might be different in your case. Of course, if you are thinking about investing in anti-malware software to keep malware away – which is what we strongly recommend – you can rely on it to eliminate the ransomware automatically.
- Launch Explorer by tapping Win+E keys.
- Enter C:\ProgramData\Windows\ into the address bar.
- Right-click and Delete the csrss.exe file (the name might be different).
- Launch RUN by tapping Win+R keys.
- Enter regedit.exe into the Open box and click OK.
- Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
- Right-click and Delete the value named Client Server Runtime Subsystem (remove this value only if the value data points to the location of the malicious .exe file).
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