How to remove Toec virus and restore encrypted files

Toec ransomware virus

That article is dedicated to ransomware called Toec that infects laptops in all countries of the world, and encrypts the data. Here you will find important info about Toec's essence, and how to delete Toec from the PC. Except that, we'll explain how to recover the cyphered files, if possible.

Toec ransomware already infected many PC around the world via easiest method: scam messages with viral attachments. Occasionally hackers use zero-day vulnerabilities to penetrate the PC, but well-known program vendors quickly fix them. When infection takes place, Toec inspects the hard drive to find the folders for encryption and their general value. At the moment, each modern ransomware can cypher image, audio, text and video info in all popular extensions. Virus cyphers all files, but the ones that look like business correspondence go first. All software in the system will be safe because scammers want only information. Encryption is carried out via famous encryption algorithms, and its complexity is so above the average level that it cannot be bruteforced. Such complexity is the foundation for impressive success of ransomware in recent years: an ordinary customer, even if he has a very good experience in suchlike things, will never be able to recover the data, and will need to pay the price. The only manner to restore files is to hack the fraudster's site and obtain the master key. Sometimes it is possible to retrieve encryption keys via faults in viruse's program code.

The computer knowledge is extremely important in our century, since it assists customer to guard the laptop from malicious software. For encrypting software this is most important, as, in contradistinction to normal viruses, after eliminating ransomware from the computer, the consequences of its doings will stay. You easily can decrease the chances to get ransomware by following these rules:

    • Don't admit any alterations to the PC, coming from suspicious programs. The simplest way of file restoration is the recovery via Shadow Copies, and the developers of viruses have added the elimination of those copies into the default functionality of malware. The removal of shadow copies needs admin rights and confirmation from the user. The second of thought before accepting the changes can save your files and your time.
    • Monitor the condition of your workstation. It needs much of computing power to encrypt the information. If you detect an abnormal decline in computer power or detect a unwanted string in the Process Manager, you need to unplug the workstation, start it in safe mode, and scan for ransomware. These measures, in case of penetration, will save some of your information.
    • Be careful with the e-mails that contain something more than a message. If such a letter comes from an unknown address and it tells about obtaining some prize, a lost package or anything similar, this could be a fraud letter. The second most effective kind of such letters is a forgery for biz correspondence. summaries, complaints, lawsuits, Invoices for products and services and similar important information don't come accidentally, and the receiver should know the sender. Otherwise, it is a scam.

We draw your attention to the fact that removing ransomware is just a first and compulsory move for the regular work of the computer. To get back the information you'll have to familiarize with the advices in the special paragraph of this entry. In case of ransomware we don't provide the hand deletion instruction, since its complication and the likeliness of mistakes is very high for regular customer. We don't advise you to delete ransomware by hand, because it has different defensive mechanics that will interfere you. Modern encrypting viruses are able to fully delete corrupted information, or part of it, if somebody tries to uninstall the virus. To neutralize this, abide to the guide under this paragraph.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab

Startup

Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

After erasing Toec from the PC, you just need to decrypt the encrypted files. In fact, this is not literally decipherment, since the encryption methods used by fraudsters are very complicated. There are the lucky chances, but most of the time data restoration needs a lot of time and efforts. If you choose the manual information recovery - take a look at this article, which shows all the safest methods.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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