This page aims to help you remove .Toec for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Toec file can be recovered. .Toec .Toec is a malware threat that targets Windows systems with the purpose to lock the user files found on their drives. .Toec belongs to the Ransomware category of viruses, and it will demand a ransom payment for the decryption of the files. Ransomware is currently the most problematic and dangerous form of computer viruses, and the reason for that lies in the highly advanced encryption algorithms that these threats used combined with the overall stealthiness of these threats. Users typically don\u2019t realize that their data has been getting encrypted until the process is already over and all of their important files cannot be accessed without a special key. This key is, of course, in possession of the criminals behind this malware, and their goal is to harass their victims into releasing a ransom payment for the said key. If you are here because the insidious .Toec cryptovirus has entered your computer, placed your files under a lockdown, and presented you with a ransom note that requires you to send a certain amount of BitCoins (or another cryptocurrency) to the hackers\u2019 virtual purses, then be sure to read the information from this page, as it may help you choose the best course of action for your situation. The .Toec virus The .Toec virus is a type of malware aimed at extorting money from you by keeping your data \u201chostage\u201d. Once the .Toec virus enters the computer, it initiates a file-encrypting process which locks all user data, and then a ransom is demanded. Getting infected by a Ransomware cryptovirus may not always be all that problematic. If, for example, you don\u2019t keep any sensitive and important data on your computer, or if you have data backups of the files you fear losing, all you\u2019d need to do is remove the malware, and the problem would be gone. We will even show you in the guide below how you can eliminate this cryptovirus. However, a big portion of the Ransomware victims do indeed have valuable data in their machines and have no backups from which they can restore it. In this case, one is faced with a tricky dilemma - to pay the money sum (which is oftentimes quite significant) and potentially get their data back, or to refuse to follow the hacker\u2019s demands, and not get the decryption key. We understand how tempting it might be to pay the money if you can afford it and if the files that got locked are so important to you that you\u2019d be willing to pay the ransom to get them back. However, you must remember that you don\u2019t get any guarantees about whether you\u2019d actually receive the key needed to unseal your data. Therefore, it\u2019s best to hold on to your money for the time being and try some of the possible alternatives. The .Toec file extension The .Toec file extension is a sequence of characters that get added to each file encrypted by this virus. The .Toec file extension replaces the normal extensions of each affected file, and can\u2019t be recognized by normal programs. Speaking of alternatives, we might have several suggestions for you in the guide you will find here. However, before you give them a try, you must make sure that the .Toec virus is taken care of and is no longer in the system. The first section of the guide will show you the correct steps you will need to follow in order to eliminate the infection. After the virus is gone, you can safely try to restore your data using our suggestions, but keep in mind that their effectiveness is situational and can\u2019t be guaranteed - you will have to try and see for yourself if they work for you or not. Also, don't forget to check if you have any backup locations you may have forgotten about - these could be other devices, flash memory sticks, cloud storages, even your email account could have some useful data stored in it. SUMMARY: Name .Toec Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms Ransomware threats usually lack symptoms, and their presence is only revealed once their file-encrypting job gets completed. Distribution Method Misleading web adverts, clickbait links and banners, pirated games, spam, etc. Data Recovery Tool Detection Tool .Toec Virus File Removal Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 How to Decrypt .Toec 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!