This page aims to help you remove .Tfudet Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Tfudet file can be recovered.
If you have tried almost everything that comes to your mind in an attempt to open or use the files that have been stored inside your computer and all your attempts have failed, the chances are that your files have been encrypted by a Ransomware called .Tfudet. This type of malware is extremely stealthy and dangerous and oftentimes can attack your system without any visible symptoms. Before you realize it, a scary ransom-demanding message may appear on your screen and may ask you to pay a certain amount of money to a given crypto-wallet in order to liberate your most needed data from the grasp of a secret encryption algorithm. You may be given a short deadline to complete the payment and if you fail to do so, you may be threatened to never access any of the locked up files. And this is the most dreadful consequence from the Ransomware’s attack. If you are on this page, however, you are most probably seeking alternatives that may offer you a roundabout of recovering your data and cleaning your computer. That’s why, on this page, we will try to provide you with useful information about all the courses of action that you could take and the risks that you should consider. With this in mind, we need to warn you that there is no universal solution to threats such as .Tfudet and the instructions and file-recovery suggestions that you will see in the next lines can’t guarantee a full recovery to all the victims of this Ransomware. Sadly, even the ransom payment cannot guarantee that everything will be back to normal but, unlike the instructions on this page, it may cost you a lot of money that could simply get wasted in vain. That’s why we suggest you first take a look at the given suggestions below and see what works best in your case.
What will happen to my PC and my data?
In case that .Tfudet has taken your documents, photos, audios, videos, archives, and other much-needed data as its hostage, the best way to bring it back is to remove the malware from the computer and then use backup copies to recover the encrypted files. This is the ideal case where all you have to do is follow the removal section of the guide on this page and then simply copy your data back on the clean computer from your external backup device or cloud storage. If you don’t have backups, however, the recovery from the Ransomware’s attack may require some additional steps and may not always be fully successful. The crooks behind .Tfudet will most probably offer to send you a special decryption key which can unseal your files but you will be asked to pay a certain amount of money as a ransom to obtain it. If you decide to follow their instructions, however, you should know that paying doesn’t actually guarantee the recovery of your files. After all, these are hackers that we are talking about and nothing can make them keep their promise of sending you the decryption key which is why it’s inadvisable to give in to their demands.
|Danger Level||High (.Tfudet Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Tfudet Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove .Tfudet Virus File Ransomware
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2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Tfudet Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Tfudet Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.