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Remove TFlower Ransomware Virus (+ TFlower File Recovery) Sept. 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove TFlower Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any file encrypted by TFlower can be recovered.

TFlower is a very malicious program that belongs to the infamous Ransomware cryptovirus category. This infection is among the hardest to detect and because of that it is very effective in its malicious attack. As a typical cryptovirus, TFlower is pretty straightforward in its activities and follows a specific agenda. The goal of the infection is to sneak in the system without being noticed and to place a complex encryption to a number of files that it considers as important to you. Once it locks them up, the malware will immediately place a ransom-demanding notification with the help of which it will blackmail you to pay a certain amount of money in exchange for the unique access key which can reverse the applied encryption. Without applying that corresponding key, you will be unable to open or use any of your precious files, no matter what software you may try to use as help.

So, if you have some important work-related documents, personal projects, spreadsheets, images, audios or videos of a great value, you would be prompted to purchase that key or lose access to them forever.

The hackers who stand behind the malware would immediately offer you to pay a certain amount of money to obtain it, and will provide you with concrete instructions on how to do that. They will place a ransom-demanding notification on your screen to make sure that you know exactly what you have to do in case you want to make the payment.

TFlower Ransomware

TFlower Ransomware

The TFlower Ransomware will leave you this message in a !_Notice_!.txt file explaining what you have to do to pay the ransom.

If you agree to send them your money, however, you should be aware of the fact that there is no way of getting them back, regardless of how effective the decryption key will be. What is more, there isn’t really a guarantee that sending the money would result in you receiving the decryption key. All you have to do is hope for the best. Whether the hackers will keep their promise and really send you what you need for the decryption of your files, and whether that key will really work is another story. All this makes it a rather risky to send your money to such criminals.

Sadly, there aren’t many other options once you have been infected with a cryptovirus. Therefore, if you don’t want to risk your money and want to explore some alternative solutions, the first thing we would advise you is to remove the Ransomware from the computer. You can use the instructions in the removal guide below as  a starting point or simply run a system check the professional TFlower removal tool attached to the guide.

How to deal with the TFlower file encryption?

TFlower File

When you visit the site given to you by the ransomware it will have this written in it.

Typically, files encrypted by ransomware such as Format or Nelasod have their file extension changed so that no software can recognize and use them, but the TFlower Ransomware that does not encrypt files in any specific extension. Therefore, full data-recovery is only possible with the help of external data backup copies. Still, to get back some of the encrypted information, you may give a try to the file-recovery methods listed in the second part of the guide. Make sure, however, that you have first removed the infection otherwise you may risk the encryption of everything you manage to recover.  

SUMMARY:

Name TFlower
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

TFlower Virus Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt TFlower 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!


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