Toec Ransomware

What is Toec Ransomware?

Toec Ransomware is one of those infections that are created using a well-known and thoroughly-analyzed code. This code has been used many times before to build such infections as Nols Ransomware, Noos Ransomware, Reco Ransomware, or Boot Ransomware. These threats are popularly known as STOP Ransomware because this is the infection that it all started with. In most cases, it is obvious that the same attackers are controlling these threats, and that is because the same contact email addresses are introduced to victims via the ransom note. In this case, however, the email addresses are unique. That, of course, does not mean that we are dealing with different attackers. They might just be trying to cover their tracks. That being said, regardless of who created this malware, it is important that you delete it from your operating system. If you have no idea how to remove Toec Ransomware, we hope that you will find all answers to your questions in this report. If not, the comments section below is always open.testtest

How does Toec Ransomware work?

If Toec Ransomware got into your operating system, it is most likely that you opened a file attached to a misleading spam email. Hopefully, you will not repeat this mistake again in the future. In fact, if you ever receive strange messages from unfamiliar senders, you should delete them instantly. Needless to say, the messages in the Spam folder should be removed as well. Although sometimes legitimate emails fall into this folder, for the most part, this is where you can find absolute trash. If Toec Ransomware gets in, it immediately disables Task Manager and opens a window that mimics Windows Update. Without a doubt, Windows will not start updating randomly, and this is a sign that something wrong is going on. Sadly, you are unlikely to be able to stop the threat once it is executed. Once files are encrypted, the window disappears, and you can find the “.toec” extension appended to their names. A file named “_readme.txt” is dropped as well, and the message represented via it is meant to convince you to pay a ransom.

The ransom note informs that you need a decryption tool to have all files decrypted. The tool costs $490 within the first three days, and $980 after that. It is revealed that you would have to pay the ransom in Bitcoin, but payment details are not revealed, and you are supposed to contact the attackers to obtain them. We do not advise emailing or because you do not know what the attackers could send you after providing you with ransom payment instructions. On top of that, paying the ransom is too risky, and so contacting the attackers at all is unnecessary. What if you want to pay the ransom? If you cannot restore your files manually or replace them using backup copies, you might decide to follow the instructions of Toec Ransomware cybercriminals. Do that only if you understand that you are most likely to lose your money without gaining anything in return. Before you take any risks, also check if a free decryptor was released. The STOP Decrypter has been successfully decrypting files corrupted by malware from this family, and although Toec Ransomware was not decryptable at the time of research, it is possible that this version could become decryptable in the future.

How to remove Toec Ransomware

Toec Ransomware is malware, and, of course, you need to eliminate it from your operating system as soon as possible. According to our malware research team, if you cannot detect the launcher, you will not be able to delete Toec Ransomware yourself following the guide below. However, if you install an anti-malware program you can trust, the threat will be eliminated automatically. The program will also keep your operating system protected against new infections that could be trying to attack you in the future. Of course, even the best security software will not protect you 100% if you do not take virtual security seriously. If you want to be safe, you need to stop opening spam emails, downloading files from unreliable sources, visiting strange websites, interacting with random ads/surveys/pop-ups/alerts, or skipping updates. It is also a good idea to backup personal files outside the system to ensure that you have replacements in case your security measures you employ fail to fend off malware.

Removal Guide

  1. Find the launcher file and quickly Delete it.
  2. Tap Win and E keys at once to launch Explorer.
  3. Type %HOMEDRIVE% into the bar at the top and tap Enter.
  4. Find the folder named SystemID and Delete it.
  5. Find the file named _readme.txt and Delete it.
  6. Type %LOCALAPPDATA% into the bar at the top and tap Enter.
  7. Find the folder with a random name that contains malware and Delete it.
  8. Empty Recycle Bin and immediately install a malware scanner.
  9. Run a complete system scan and delete any leftovers if they are found. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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