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Remove TowerWeb Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Ransomware-sensorstechforum-StrictorTowerWeb is a modern ransomware variant that encrypts the files on infected computers, asking the approximate sum of 100 US dollars for decryption of the files. The virus uses a very strong cipher which denies access to the files after encryption. It also changes the wallpaper of infected computers with an image containing ransom instructions. Users who have become victims of TowerWeb ransomware are advised not to pay any ransom to the cyber-criminals and immediately remove it since it threatens to break Windows after 72 hours of no payment. If you want to try and restore the encrypted files, we strongly advise you to read this article and learn how to do it, instead of making the ransom payoff.

Threat Summary

Name TowerWeb
Type Ransomware
Short Description Encrypts files using a strong file encryption algorithm. Asks the sum of 100$ for file decrypion.
Symptoms Files are encrypted and become inaccessible. The background is changed to a ransom note.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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Ransomware – How It Infects Its Victims

The TowerWeb Ransomware uses several strategies to make a successful infection. For starters, it may use spam bots to spread two types of threats:

  • Malicious web links.
  • Malicious executable files.

These spam bots may send out spam e-mail messages, post spam comments as well as post other messages which may be comments, chat messages, and other types. Such web links may redirect to malicious URLs which can infect the user through a drive-by download or another mean (Exploit Kits, JavaScript). Malicious files can be distributed as e-mail attachments and may resemble Microsoft Office documents or Adobe Reader files. Some malicious files may even be pretending to be installers of various software, widely played games’ cracks or key generators for software.

TowerWeb Ransomware Viewed In Detail

As soon as it has been dropped, TowerWeb may situate one or more files of the following file types:

.exe, .vbs, .bat, .tmp, .dll, .cmd, .tmp

These types of files may be its malicious modules, each one of which has specific functions. These files are usually dropped in key Windows locations, such as the following:

  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%
  • %My Documents%
  • %Desktop%
  • %Temp%

After being dropped, the program may modify the following registry keys to run on Windows Startup:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

When the malicious files of TowerWeb ransomware have been executed, the virus begins to encrypt a variety of widely used file types.

After it encrypts the files, the ransomware changes the background image of the affected computer to a picture which is Anonymous-themed. It contains the following ransom instructions:

…………WRITE THIS INFORMATION DOWN…………
Ransom Id: {ID}
BTC Address: {ADDRESS}
Email: towerweb@yandex.com
IF YOU LOOSE THIS INFO, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTACT
…………WRITE THIS INFORMATION DOWN…………
YOU WILL NEED TO USE ANOTHER
DEVICE TO EMAIL US. YOUR
COMPUTER WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY
UNTIL YOU PAY.
Your computer files have been encrypted moved to a hidden ENCRYPTED partition on your computer.
You must pay $100 USD within 24 hours or $150 after 24 hours in Bitcoin to get them back.
After 72 hours all files will be deleted including your operating system.
If you do not have Bitcoin visit www.LocalBitcoins.com to purchase them.
Email us if you need assistance or have paid.
Email: towerweb@yandex.com
In the mean time, you will notice your computer will not respond to your commands.
Don’t worry… everything will be back to normal when you pay.
Once you pay all your files and programs will be decrypted, and your computer restored quickly.
Without the decryption password, you will not get them back, and your computer will not function properly.
Once payment is received you will get the decryption password and simple instructions to restore all
your files and computer to normal instantly. It takes about five minutes to restore everything to normal.
Once again… after 72 hours all files will be deleted including your operating system.
Email us if you need assistance or have paid.
Email: towerweb@yandex.com
The same information is on your desktop.
DO NOT LOOSE THE CONTACT INFO
HINT: IF YOU CANT CLICK ON ANYTHING YOUR
MOUSE BUTTONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REVERSED.
MORE CHANGES WILL COME UNTIL YOU PAY.

The wallpaper changed by it looks similar to another ransomware, called Strictor:

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TowerWeb Ransomware – Conclusion, Removal, and File Restoration

The bottom line is that this ransomware does not fool around, threating to crash the operating system of the infected PC. This is why we recommend to immediately take actions to stop It and try restoring the files using the instructions below.

To remove Tower Web Ransomware, we strongly advise you to follow the removal manual below. For maximum effectiveness when removing TowerWeb ransomware, you may require an advanced anti-malware program.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove TowerWeb from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TowerWeb

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall TowerWeb and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by TowerWeb on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by TowerWeb there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for TowerWeb with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by TowerWeb.

Ransomware infections and TowerWeb aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of TowerWeb from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall TowerWeb and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to TowerWeb:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to TowerWeb. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to TowerWeb. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove TowerWeb via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as TowerWeb. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by TowerWeb.

Ransomware infections and TowerWeb aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


TowerWeb FAQ

What is TowerWeb ransomware and how does it work?

TowerWeb is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does TowerWeb ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.TowerWeb Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of TowerWeb is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .TowerWeb files?

You can't. At this point the .TowerWeb files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .TowerWeb files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by TowerWeb ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".TowerWeb" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .TowerWeb files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of TowerWeb ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate TowerWeb ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .TowerWeb files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like TowerWeb ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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