If you cannot open your files and they have the .tocue extension added to them plus the _readme.txt note on your desktop, then you can be sure that your PC has been infected by a dangerous ransomware strain. It is known as STOP ransomware and the main idea of the Tocue Virus is to encrypt the files on your computer and then extort you into paying in BitCoin in order to get the files to work again. Read this article if your computer has been infected by the Tocue virus.
|Short Description||A ransomware virus, variant of the STOP Ransomware family. It’s main goal is to encrypt files on the computers victimized by it and then ask victims to pay ransom so that they can use the files again.|
|Symptoms||Files have the .tocue filee extension. The ransomware also leaves the _readme.txt ransom note.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Tocue Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Tocue Virus.|
|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.|
Tocue Virus – Update July 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP Tocue ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie found weaknesses in 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 Tocue decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of Tocue ransomware infections.
Tocue Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The primary method via which the .tocue files virus can infect a computer system is likely via a malicious file that is masked to seem as if it is legitimate so that users can be misled into opening it. Crooks use different tactics to spread files, like the Tocue Virus’s infection file:
- They may send you an e-mail, containing the file, posing as an invoice, receipt or some other seemingly legitimate file.
- They could upload the virus file on several different sites, where it could be posing as a legitimate software download.
Once the Tocue Virus has penetrated the defences of your system via exploiting Windows vulnerabilities, the virus may begin it’s menaces. The main activities after infection for the Tocue Virus are the following:
- To create mutexes.
- To modify the registry entries on the infected computer.
- To drop it’s files in the Windows system directories.
- To check if it has previously infected a given computer and avoid infecting it again.
- Encrypt files.
The ransomware also makes sure that victims see it’s ransom note file on the infected computer:
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For the encryption of files, the Tocue virus may use AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) cipher. This algorithm for encrypting files is used by many governments and without the decryption key it generates after encrypting files, it can take years to decrypt files, unless the virus has a flaw. The files that are encrypted have the .tocue file extension and they begin to appear like the following:
Remove Tocue Ransomware and Decrypt .tocue Virus Files
Before you decrypt your files we STRONGLY recommend that you remove the virus to avoid this from happening again. You can remove Tocue Ransomware by following the steps underneath. For automatic and fast removal, we recommend that you go straight to downloading an advanced anti-malware software. It will scan your computer and make sure that the virus is removed and it is safe to decrypt files.
Paying the ransom is not reccomended, because luckily for you, this virus could be decrypted using the STOP Decrypter. You can read how to remove the virus and decrypt your files by visiting the following article:
How to Remove Tocue Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Tocue Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Tocue 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Tocue Virus 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 Tocue Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Tocue Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Tocue Virus.
Ransomware infections and Tocue 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.
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 Tocue Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Tocue Virus 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 Tocue 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:
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 Tocue Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Tocue Virus, 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 Tocue Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Tocue Virus 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.