Toec is a highly dangerous computer virus. It uses a strong encryption algorithm to refrain victims from accessing files. This bug affirms that paying a ransom is the only way to recover encrypted files.
All about Toec ransomware
Toec is a crypto-virus that prime targets are Windows computer systems. This is one among countless of versions released by STOP/DJVU ransomware virus. By using a strong encryption algorithm, it holds access to the victim’s files. You may easily determine which is infected, as it renames all encrypted files by appending .toec extension. At this point, images, videos, documents, and other valuable data stored on a spoiled computer are unusable.
After encrypting files, Toec virus drops a text file called _readme.txt. It contains information what exactly happened to your files. A ransom note states that your files were encrypted. To restore affected data, the victim has to pay a ransom amounting to $490 (if you contact cyber crook within 72 hours). If you get in touch after that period, the price will increase to $980. This amount is in exchange for the decryption tool. Malware author affirms that there is no other way to recover files except paying a ransom. To contact cyber crook, it advised the victim to send an email at salesrestoresoftware @ firemail.cc or salesrestoresoftware @ gmail.com.
We have to remind you that Toec virus was developed to extort money from its victims. Thus, never give your trust to cybercriminals. Paying for ransom is not a solution. You cannot guarantee that crook will turn back the decryption tool and private key after sending the money. Meanwhile, the best possible option to recover your files is through data backup.
How dangerous Toec ransomware is?
Toec ransomware is considered a highly dangerous computer virus. Since the intention is to lock access to victim’s files, this bug can bring too much trouble to the involved person. Moreover, while this infection is still active on the computer, it may drop additional threats into the system.
How Toec ransomware hit on its target computers?
Toec ransomware is commonly packed with free downloadable software. Thus, if you install an application from an unreliable or third party source, you will most likely obtain Toec virus. Opening an email attachment from unknown or suspicious sender can be a reason as well. Cyber crook uses this as an accessory to transmit malicious code into the computer.
How to remove Toec ransomware?
To remove Toec virus, kindly follow the steps provided below. It is also vital to scan your computer using an updated and trusted anti-malware program. This is to ensure that your system is completely free from Toec virus and other malicious files.
Toec Removal Procedures
Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.
Step 1 : Reboot Windows Into Safe Mode With Networking.
First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Toec from loading at start-up.
NOTE: You will need to PRINT or BOOKMARK this procedure, as we have to restart the computer during the removal process.
1 Remove all media such as Memory Card, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer.
2 Boot Windows computer into SafeMode with Networking.
Instructions for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a) Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b) It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode with Networking.
Procedures for Windows 8 and Windows 10
a) Before Windows begins to load, press Shift and F8 on your keyboard.
b) On Recovery interface, click on 'See advanced repair options'.
c) Next, click on Troubleshoot option.
d) Then, select Advanced options from the list.
e) Lastly, please choose Windows Startup Settings and click on Restart. When Windows restarts, you will be send to a familiar Advanced Boot Options screen.
f) Select Safe Mode with Networking from the selections menu.
Step 2 : Detect and Remove Toec with Anti-malware Tool
3 Once the computer boots into Safe Mode with Networking, download the Removal Tool and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.
4 When finished downloading, locate and double-click on the file to install the application. Windows' User Account Control will prompt at this point, please click Yes to continue installing the program.
5 Follow the prompts and install with default configuration.
6 Before the installation completes, check prompts that software will run and update on itself.
7 Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompted to update the program before doing a scan. Please download needed update.
8 When finished updating, the tool will run. Select Perform full scan on main screen to check your computer thoroughly.
9 Scanning may take a while. When done, click on Show Results.
10 Make sure that all detected threats are checked, click on Remove Selected. This will delete all files and registry entries that belongs to Toec.
11 Finally, restart your computer.
Note: If Toec prevents mbam-setup.exe from downloading. Download the software from another computer. Renaming it to something like 'anything.exe' can help elude the malware.
Step 3 : Additional Anti-virus and Anti-rootkit Scans
Ensure that no more files of Toec are left inside the computer
12 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. Save it to your desktop or any location of your choice.
13 Once the file is downloaded, navigate its location and double-click on the icon (NPE.exe) to launch the antivirus program.
14 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept.
15 On NPE main window, click on Advanced. We will attempt to remove Toec components without restarting the computer.
16 On next window, select System Scan and click on Scan now to perform standard scan on your computer.
18 When scan is complete. All detected risks are listed. Remove them and restart Windows if necessary.
Alternative Removal Procedure for Toec
Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
During an infection, Toec drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.
To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.
Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
a) Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files' field, type rstrui.
b) Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.
Open System Restore on Windows 8 and Windows 10
a) Hover your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and wait for the Start icon to appear.
b) Right-click on the icon and select Run from the list. This will open a Run dialog box.
c) Type rstrui on the 'Open' field and click on OK to initiate the command.
If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore. Click here to see the full procedure.