The .tater ransomware is a new virus sample that originates from the GarrantyDecrypt family of viruses and appears to be spread by a yet unknown hacking group. This means that is very possible that they have customized the source code of the base virus in order to create this particular strain.
The infections are made by using the most popular distribution tactics. The computer users may receive phishing email messages or malware sites which are all made to look like legitimate messages that have been sent in by well-known services or companies. All of them will include links, attachments or scripts that can lead to the .tater ransomware infection. Other techniques that can be used by the criminals include the creation of payload carriers such as documents and software installers. They can be further uploaded to file-sharing networks. Larger distribution releases can also depend on browser hijackers — malware plugins which are made popular with the most popular web browsers. Whenever they are installed the relevant .tater ransomware infection will be caused.
As soon as the virus is launched it will start its built-in behavior pattern which can dynamically change according to certain conditions. The hackers can also launch actions against a chosen subset of infected machines. The viruses that belong to this family will normally launch a sequence of common malicious actions:
- Information Gathering — A data acquisition module is started by the main engine which will harvest information that can be used both to identify the users and the machines. This allows the criminals to generate an unique identification tag (ID) that is applied to every different machine. In addition the gained personal information can be used to carry out crimes such as identity theft and financial abuse.
- Security Bypass — The main engine can also scan the memory contents and hard disk contents for anti-virus programs and other security solutions that can prevent the normal execution of the virus code. This includes firewalls, virtual machine hosts and anti-malware engines.
- Boot Changes — The built-in engine can modify the system settings in order to automatically start the .tater ransomware as soon as the computer boots. This action may also block access to certain recovery menus therefore making it impossible to follow the manual user removal guides.
- Additional Payload Delivery — The made infections can cause the delivery of other malware to the compromised machines.
Depending on the exact tactics other modules can be run as well. Whenever all actions have completed the actual file processing will start. The ransomware engine will use its built-in list of target file type extensions which are to be encrypted with a strong cipher. When this is completed the affected files will receive the .tater ransomware extension.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .tater Ransomware |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.tater Ransomware – What Does It Do?
.tater Ransomware could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .tater Ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
.tater Ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The main engine could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.
The .tater Ransomware is a crypto virus programmed to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .tater Ransomware cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .tater Ransomware
If your computer system got infected with the .tater Files ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .tater Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .tater Ransomware from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .tater Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .tater Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall .tater Ransomware 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .tater Ransomware on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .tater Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .tater Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .tater Ransomware.
Ransomware infections and .tater Ransomware 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .tater Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .tater Ransomware and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .tater Ransomware 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .tater Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .tater Ransomware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .tater Ransomware on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .tater Ransomware aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.tater Ransomware FAQ
What is .tater Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?
.tater Ransomware 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 .tater Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?
.tater Ransomware 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 .tater Ransomware 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 ..tater Ransomware files?
You can't. At this point the ..tater Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..tater Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .tater Ransomware 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 "..tater Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..tater Ransomware 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 .tater Ransomware 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 .tater Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..tater Ransomware files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .tater Ransomware 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?
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.