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.Tron Virus (Tron Ransomware) – Remove + Restore Files

Tron Virus is a newly discovered malware instance that appears to be made by an unknown hacker or criminal group. The security researchers propose that future attacks might implement newer versions of the malware engine.

Threat Summary

Name Tron
Type Ransomware
Short Description The Tron virus is a malware that encrypts the target data with .Tron.
Symptoms The victims will find that their files are encrypted with the .Tron.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, File Sharing Networks, Exploit Kits
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Tron virus – Infection Spread

The Tron virus can be delivered using an array of different tactics. One of the most popular ones relies on the use of email messages that are sent in bulk similar to SPAM. In these cases a main part of the messages are the social engineering elements. They are made in order to coerce the victims into interacting with the dangerous code. The criminals can opt to insert hyperlinks in the body contents. The other method is to use file attachments directly to the messages.

A similar mechanism relies on the use of malware payloads. There are two popular methods that are often combined with the email spam messages:

  • Malware Documents — They include the dangerous code and are a popular delivery method. The files can be of different types: rich text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once they are opened a notification prompt appears which asks the users to enable the built-in scripts (macros). If this is done then the infection will be downloaded from a remote server and executed on the local machine.
  • Software Installers — The hackers take legitimate installers of famous software and modify them to include the dangerous Tron virus code. Popular targets are system utility apps, creativity suites and games.

All dangerous files can also be uploaded to hacker-controlled servers. They can use the web design, graphics and text of popular download portals in order to fool computer users into using it.

Another delivery mechanism relies on the use of browser hijackers. They represent malware browser plugins that are usually made compatible with the most popular software (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari). They are uploaded to the various software repositories of the applications and advertised using false developer credentials and user reviews. Their main goal is to redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled page. The site loads tracking cookies and other technoogies that build a complete user profile of the victims. The next step is the actual virus delivery.

Tron virus – Technical Data

The security analysis of the Tron virus reveals that it does not contain code from any of the famous malware families. It is made by an unknown hacker or criminal group and appears to follow the standard behavior patterns associated with the common malware. It is possible that this is a testing version, future updates may bring in more components.

The infection can start with an information gathering component that can hijack sensitive data from the infected computer. Some of the harvested information is used by the hackers for statistical purposes and is made up of hardware information and certain values set by the operating system. The gathered data is can also be used to expose the users identity by revealing their name, address, telephone number, interests, location, passwords and account credentials.

The collected information can be used by a stealth protection module in order to protect the Tron virus from system and security software that can interfere with its correct execution. Such include anti-virus programs, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts.

If the Tron virus fails to execute this step it may be programmed into deleting itself to avoid detection.

The next step would be to institute various system changes. Depending on the configuration files and the active campaign they may be different. A typical example would act against the Windows Registry by modifying the available entries or creating new ones. As a consequence the victims may experience performance issues and trouble with starting up certain applications or system services.

Another issue would be to disable the boot recovery menu and delete all shadow volume copies of the target data. This makes data recovery impossible without the use of a professional-grade recovery software. Refer to our instructions below on how to overcome this issue.

Advanced viruses tend to institute a network connection with the hacker-controlled servers. It can be used to deploy additional threats or spy on the victims in real time. Such infections allows the criminal operators to use the Tron virus in order to take over control of the machines at any given time.

Tron virus — Encryption Process

The Tron virus starts the ransomware component once all previous modules have executed succesfully. Depending on the sample configuration it can target a list of file type executions. Most of the viruses target the most popular files:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Documents
  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Databases

The captured samples associated with the ongoing attack campaign have been found to skip encryption of users from Kazakhstan. In other cases all target files are encrypted with the .tron extension. An application lockscreen is instituted which prevents ordinary computer interaction until the threat has been completely removed. Its message reads the following:

All your files are encrypted
What happened to my computer?
Your important files are encrypted.
Many of your documents, photos, videos, databases and other files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted.
Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recovery your files, but do not waste your time.
Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.
Can i Recover my Files?
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Remove Tron virus and Restore Your Files

If your computer got compromised and is infected with the Tron ransomware virus, you should have some experience with removing viruses before tampering with it. You should get rid of the ransomware fast before it can spread further on the network and encrypt more files. The recommended action for you is to remove the ransomware completely by following the step-by-step instructions written below.

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How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Tron from Windows.


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

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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 Tron 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 Tron 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 Tron 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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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 Tron 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 Tron.

Ransomware infections and Tron 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 Tron from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Tron 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 Tron:

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 Tron. 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 Tron. 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 Tron 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 Tron. 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 Tron.

Ransomware infections and Tron 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.


Tron FAQ

What is Tron ransomware and how does it work?

Tron 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 Tron ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Tron 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 Tron 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 .Tron files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Tron 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 ".Tron" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Tron 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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