Tabe Virus


Tabe belongs to the class of malicious code known as ransomware. More specifically, Tabe falls into the subcategory of file-encrypting ransomware.

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The Tabe Virus ransom note

If Tabe has infected your computer, then you were likely informed about this via a desktop notification or similar means that literally just told you that the virus had encrypted a rather large portion of the files stored on your machine. Furthermore, the message likely contained information as to how you can restore your data to its previous state. Namely, the criminals behind this ransomware virus are trying to get you to pay a certain amount in ransom for a so-called decryption key, which they claim to be your only solution for this problem.

In these cases the hackers generally also use various scare tactics in order to increase their chances of you actually paying them. For instance, they like to threaten that the decryption key will only be available for a limited amount of time, after which they will delete it. Or they may even threaten to delete your encrypted files and so on.

Whether or not you choose to comply with their demands and pay them out of your pocket for something that should be rightfully yours is entirely up to you. All we can do here is provide you with a free removal guide we encourage you to use no matter if you decide to pay or not. This is because allowing Tabe to remain in your system will most likely result in the subsequent encryption of any files that you manage to recover. And after you have completed those steps you will find a second part in the guide dedicated to alternative file recovery methods that, unlike the ransom payment, don’t aim to extort money from you.

The Tabe virus

The Tabe virus may have infiltrated your system with the help of a backdoor Trojan or other malware. Typically ransomware like the Tabe virus relies on spam messages and malicious online ads for its effective distribution.

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The Tabe Virus encrypted files

Of course, there are also other means via which you may have landed this infection. For example, illegal download websites are a common source, especially cracked software and pirated content are high on the list of potential distribution methods.

So knowing this, you can be more mindful of your browsing habits and preferences in the future and try to avoid potential malware sources so you don’t end up with such issues. But the best and more surefire prevention measure you can undertake especially when it comes to ransomware attack is backing up your data. Keep copies of your files on a separate drive that is not connected to other computers and the internet. Or you can even keep your data on a cloud service, although some experts view this option as a little less safe. That way, even if you do happen to land another ransomware virus (Avdn, Zzzzz), you will be able to restore your files without worrying about paying anyone.

The Tabe file extension

The Tabe files extension is used to replace the extension determining the existing format of your files. And because of the Tabe file extension, regular software is incapable of recognizing the encrypted data.  


Name Tabe
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove Tabe Ransomware

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

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Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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How to Decrypt Tabe files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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