Tear Dr0p Ransomware - Remove and Restore Files

Tear Dr0p Ransomware – Remove and Restore Files

remove Tear Dr0p ransomware

In this article, you will find out how to remove Tear Dr0p all files and objects associated with the ransomware and how to restore .teardr0p files.

Tear Dr0p is a malware classified as a data locker ransomware. It invades computer systems to encrypt target files stored on their hard drives. The infection appends a specific file extension .teardr0p to each corrupted file. After, encryption the ransomware drops a ransom message that appears on the PC screen. Instead of demanding a ransom payment, hackers urge infected users to play a game to restore .teardr0p files.

Threat Summary

NameTear Dr0p
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware virus encrypts files on your PC and drops a ransom note that urges you to play a game for the decryption of locked files.
SymptomsThis ransomware encrypts your files and then it may append specific extension on every encrypted file.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files
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Tear Dr0p Ransomware – Distribution

There are several spread techniques for ransomware payloads that cyber crooks prefer. Well-crafted email spam messages are used commonly. They may be trying to make you more prone to download the infection on your PC. For the purpose, the email sender, as well as the address, may be spoofed. Thus, you may believe that the message is sent by a representative of a trustworthy company or even a friend of yours. In most of the cases, the text message in such emails is written in a way to convince you to download a malicious file attachment or visit a web page. Both components may be set to deliver the Tear Dr0p ransomware payload on your system.

When the malicious ransomware script is injected into a web page, hackers may configure that page to download Tear Dr0p automatically each time a user visits it. The links that land on corrupted web pages may be spread via instant messaging services or post on various social media channels.

Tear Dr0p Ransomware – Impact

It appears that Tear Dr0p is a ransomware that does not demand a ransom payment but tricks you into playing a game it provides. However, it still remains a malicious infection that needs to be removed from the compromised machine.

The analyses conducted by security researchers reveal that Tear Dr0p is able to access the Registry Editor in order to add certain values under the Run and RunOnce sub-keys. The ransomware targets these two keys because they have the functionality to execute predefined files on each Windows system launch. So by setting its malicious values under these keys, the ransomware ensures its automatic execution each time the system is started.

In addition Tear Dr0p may use the functionality of Run and RunOnce sub-keys to display its ransom note on the PC screen. Below you can read the text message and see a picture of the note:

Your files have been encrypted with AES, using 256 bit private key

You’re really unlucky ):
You have been infected with “TEAR DR0P” ransomware, oh no I’ve encrypted your files!
First of all DO NOT remove the ” .teardr0p” from the files! This tells the decryptor what files to decrypt!

Fear not, this isn’t one of those “pay to unlock” ransomware, you just have to pass the “test”

You can do one (or more) of the following)
1: Pass the “test” and I’ll decrypt your files!
2: Crack the program and find the decryption key!
3: Remove “Tear Dr0p.exe” from your App Data folder (You won’t get your encrypted files back though)

Tear Dr0p ransom note

Once your system got hit by Tear Dr0p crypto virus, you are likely to hear a voice message that speaks the following:

“Your files have been encrypted with AES, using 256 bit private key”
“please cry more”
“hahaha your files have been encrypted, please cry more”
“Invaild points cannot decrypt ): Play the game and get a high score to decrypt your files..”

At the end of the attack, when your files are completely out of order, the ransomware urges you to play a game and get a high score to decrypt data.

Tear Dr0p ransom game

Tear Dr0p Ransomware – Data Encryption

Tear Dr0p ransomware is primarily designed to scan for predefined types of files and encrypt them by utilizing strong cipher algorithm. After encryption corrupted files are renamed with the specific file extension – .teardr0p. You may notice it on all files that originally have one of the folloing regular extenson:

→.7z, .c, .cpp, .doc, .docx, .gif,.htm, .html, .java, .jpeg. .zip, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .ogg, .pdf, .phtml, .png, .rar, .sql, .svg, .txt, .vb, .xhtml, .xls, .xml, .zipx

Eventually, you will be able to restore .teardr0p files by clicking the Decrypt files button which is presented on the ransom note window. In case that it doesn’t work properly you can check some alternative data recovery solutions and how to use them in the guide below.

Remove Tear Dr0p Ransomware and Restore Files

Тo remove Tear Dr0p ransomware just follow the step-by-step removal guide below which provides both manual and automatic approaches. Due to the complexity of ransomware code, security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool that guarantees maximum efficiency.

Once the removal is complete, you could find alternative data recovery approaches for .teardr0p files. They may be useful for the restore of some encrypted files. Be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before you proceed with the recovery process.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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