Ransomware

Topi Virus


Topi

Topi is a ransomware-based malware that relies on a blackmail scheme to extort money from its victims. Topi can make any digital information unavailable to the user by encrypting it with a complex algorithm and then demanding ransom in exchange for decrypting it.

Topi

The Topi Virus will encrypt your files and leave a _readme.txt file behind.

To date, Ransomware infections are the most harmful cyber threats that you can encounter. Topi falls precisely into this category of cyber threats because it specializes in file encryption and money extortion. To perform its agenda, the virus needs to enter your system first. And, this often happens with the help of a Trojan horse virus. The two versions of malware are often included in spam emails and their attachments and when you open one, the Trojan detects a vulnerability in your PC which then is exploited by Topi. The infection with Ransomware can also occur when you click on a fake ad, or you get redirected to a compromised website that contains the virus.

The Topi virus

The Topi virus is a harmful piece of software that serves the criminal intentions of a group of anonymous hackers. What the Topi virus does is it secretly invades a targeted computer, encrypts the files found on it and then demands ransom in order to decrypt them.

Scanning the entire disk for valuable files is what Topi usually does the moment it gets into the system. It checks which files the victims use the most and then compiles a list of all these files for encryption. The malware applies very complicated encryption that makes all the listed files inaccessible. Normally, at the end of the process, you get a ransom-demanding alert on your screen that provides you with instructions on how to regain access to your files by paying ransom. A decryption key is usually promised in exchange for your ransom payment.

The Topi file recovery

The Topi file recovery is a complicated process that requires a special file decryption key. If you don’t have a file decryption key, the Topi file recovery may also be possible if you use your personal file backup sources or system backup copies.

Unfortunately, most of the time the ransom payment is not a solution to the Ransomware problem. For one, there is always a risk that after you transfer your money, the hackers behind Topi may just disappear and leave your files forever encrypted. Therefore, if we were you, we would rather explore other possibilities that can help us to remove the infection and restore important files instead of rushing with a ransom payment. Some of these alternatives include consulting a specialist. Another way to handle such malware is to try to remove it with the help of a comprehensive removal guide such as the one that you will find below.

Once you clean the computer, you can safely connect your external drive or your cloud storage from where you can recover copies of your files. Another thing that can be done is to buy special Ransomware-removing software that can handle the infection. Prevention is always the most effective solution when it comes to all types of cyber threats. Some more special tips about keeping Ransomware away involve simply avoiding the possible sources of the virus as well as keeping important files backed up.

SUMMARY:

Name Topi
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

Remove Topi Ransomware


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. 

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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.

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:

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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.

Step4

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 Topi 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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