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.truke Files Virus – Remove It and Restore Files

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What is .truke virus? How did it infect? Can .truke files be recovered?

The so-called virus .truke is devastating ransomware that plagues computer systems in order to encrypt personal files with strong cipher algorithm. Like most malicious programs of this type, .truke forces its victims to pay ransom fee for a specific decryption tool. As reported by security researchers, .truke files virus belongs to the infamous STOP/Djvu ransomware family. When this ransomware encrypts a file, it appends the extension .truke. For example the file family.jpg will be renamed to family.jpg.truke when encrypted. An additional trait of infection with this ransomware is the appearance of a ransom note file named _readme.txt in all folders that contain encrypted data. The file may be placed on the desktop as well.

Threat Summary

Name .truke Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts files on your computer and extorts a ransom fee for their recovery.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with .truke extension. A ransom message requires ransom payment for a decryption tool.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.truke Files Virus – Update June 2019

The good news for all victims of STOP .truke ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.

So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .truke decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.

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Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .truke ransomware infections.

.truke Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – How Does It Infect and What Does It Do?

As identified by security researchers, the so-called .truke files virus is yet another strain of [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-stop-ransomware/”] STOP/[wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-djvu-files-virus/”] Djvu ransomware. Once started on a computer system, it interferes with essential settings to become able to reach personal files and encode them with sophisticated cipher algorithm. Following encryption, it leaves all corrupted files renamed with an extension of the same name .truke. In the picture on the right you can see how the image file family.jpg will appear when the ransomware encrypts it:
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All changes which .truke virus applies enable it to remain undetected during the attack. Some modifications affect main registry keys like RUN and RUNONCE. Since these keys manage the automatic execution of many essential files they perfectly support ransomware’s persistent presence on the machine. Once the threat adds malicious values under these keys it becomes able to load on every system start.

The main goal of .truke virus is to blackmail its victims into transferring ransom fee to cybercriminals who control the attack. That’s why it drops the _readme.txt file on the infected computer. This file contains ransom message with instructions on the ransom payment process. Here is a copy of its text:

Don’t worry my friend, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
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You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
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If you want to prevent yourself from falling victim to hackers once again, we recommend you to refrain from contacting cybercriminals and continue with our thorough .truke files virus removal guide. The steps below will help you remove all malicious files and objects from the infected computer and show you several alternative data recovery approaches that may be efficient for .truke files recovery.

As regards the distribution of .truke files virus, it is likely to be realized with the help of common techniques such as malspam, malvertising, software bundles, and corrupted websites. The most preferred by hackers is malspam. It is realized via massive email spam campaigns. So beware every time when a received email contains the following elements:

  • URL address that appears in the form of an in-text link, banner, image, button or typical link. When opened in the browser this link could load compromised web page that is set to download and execute infection files directly on the PC.
  • A file attachment of well-known file format like .rar, .zip, .docx, .mp3, .txt, etc. The attached file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.

We should inform you that there is a free STOP decrypter which is expected to be updated to support decryption of .truke files soon. So it is advisable to refrain from any negotiations with hackers and keep an eye on our removal guide for updates. As soon as the creator of STOP ransomware decrypter, Michael Gillespie manages to update his tool we will update our .turke ransmware removal with information and download option.

Remove .truke Files Virus and Restore Data

The so-called .truke files virus is a threat with highly complex code that corrupts both system settings and valuable data. So an infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after all malicious files and objects are removed. For the purpose, we recommend the help of our guide that reveals how to remove .truke ransomware from the computer. In addition, the guide presents several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful for the restore of .truke files. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .truke Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .truke Files Virus

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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 .truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus 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.

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Step 4: Scan for .truke Files Virus 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.

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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.

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

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

Ransomware infections and .truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus:

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 .truke Files Virus. 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 .truke Files Virus. 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 .truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus. 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 .truke Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .truke Files Virus 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.


.truke Files Virus FAQ

What is .truke Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus 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 ..truke Files Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..truke Files Virus 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 ..truke Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .truke Files Virus 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 "..truke Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus 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 .truke Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..truke Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .truke Files Virus 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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