Todar file virus
Ransomware | 07/31/2019

How to remove destructive Todar ransomware from your system?

About: Todar is a newly discovered threat in the digital world! Once, it enters your system, it will execute the malicious activities. This article will assist you to get rid of this nasty virus.

| Ransomware | How to remove destructive Todar ransomware from your system?

Understanding .Todar file virus

Here comes, another dangerous member of DJVU ransomware family. The developers called it – Todar ransomware. Alike many of its kind, the attack begins with the encryption of files in all the versions of windows.

Todar ransowmare

Once, in your system, it looks for the specific file extensions and makes them unreadable. If the files are locked with .todar extension, it is a challenging task to restore data manually. To decrypt .todar files, you will need to attain the unique decryption key or download Todar decrypter in your system. The key is stored on the remote server. Hence, obtaining the key is not a piece of cake! You have to pay hefty amount in exchange of the key. The ransom is asked in the form of bitcoins, which is the most used crypto currency. Hackers say, the only way out is by paying the asked amount. However, reality is way different!

Check out the article below to know the removal steps & to understand the menace used by Todar.

 

Threat Summary

Name Todar Virus
Type Ransomware
Category Malware
Targeted OS Windows
Symptoms Once in the system, it will encrypt all the files and makes them unreadable. In order to decrypt the files, you have to pay hefty ransom in the form of bitcoins.

 

Distribution Technique

A tech savvy mind knows it well, that there are several ways to transmit the dangerous crypto virus. Malicious links, Bundling, Fake Software Updater, Spam Campaign and many more! Apart from so many deceptive methods, the most common method used is – Spam Campaigns.

During spam campaign, hackers sent spam e-mails with malicious attachments to the compromised system. Though the e-mails look legitimate, however the danger lies within the content or the attachment. Most of the time, such e-mails are sent with the name of some well-known shipping companies or financial organisations. PayPal, FedEx, eBay or DHL are the most used names. These e-mails, generally informs you about an undelivered package or about an invoice of a shipment that you made. Out of curiosity, as soon as you open the e-mail, your system will be exposed to the risk of Todar ransomware. It launches the malicious payload of malwares in your system.

Even though the sender of such e-mails looks trustworthy and real, you should never open suspicious e-mails or files. Simultaneously, you should immediately delete such questionable e-mails from your inbox.

To conclude, we can say that the main reason for such infiltration is lack of proper knowledge and reckless behavior. Hence, be careful during your online sessions.

 

Threat Behavior

Similar to its cousins, once Todar gains access in your system, it scrutinizes your system for targeted files. The targeted files may include your personal documents, images, audio-video files and even backup files. After successful infiltration, .todar file virus executes the malicious activities. The disaster began with the encryption of files and making them unusable. It appends a unique extension – .todar to the filenames.

Unfortunately, it is just the beginning of disaster! It creates a special .todar decryption tool for every Todar file. This key for Todar file recovery is stored on the hacker’s server! Hence, getting the key is not an easy task! In order to recover .Todar files, you have to pay the demanded ransom. Hackers demand this ransom in the form of bitcoins – a crypto currency. They also threaten the victim users about the permanent data loss in case, they fail to make the payment within the specified time. Hence, with the fear of losing the data, victims get ready to pay any amount. However, paying the ransom is not the way out of this problem! It only encourages the evil within the hackers! They might initiate another such malicious project.

Details of Ransom

As mentioned earlier, the dangerous Todar extension virus demands a hefty amount of ransom in exchange of the Todar decrypter. Originally, it demands for $980 in bitcoins from the victims. However, you can claim a discount of 50% in the ransom amount, only if you contact the developers within 72 hours of the initial attack. Hence, the amount will be reduced to $490. The ransom-demanding message is delivered to you in a text file – _readme.txt. It is basically a notification that informs you about the crypto virus attack. The ransom – demanding message is displayed on your screen, every time you try to open a locked file.

Ransom – demanding Message:

Ransom Note

Apart from informing you about the attack, it also assists you to make the payment quickly and successfully. Furthermore, it also provides you e-mails, where you can contact these cyber criminals in case of any difficulty in payment procedure. gorentos@bitmessage.ch or varasto@firemail.cc , are the e-mails given if you are in need of help from the hackers.

The threat is not over yet! In order to get your trust and capture you in the trap, the devil behind Todar ransomware allows you to attach one file, which they decrypt for you free of cost! However, once you fall in the trap and make the payment for rest of the Todar files, you might be ignored.

Hence, we advise you to download Todar ransomware removal tool and get rid of Todar ransomware from your system. Moreover, here are certain possible Todar virus removal guidelines that you can follow:

Removal guidelines for .Todar file virus

 

STEP A: Reboot your system to Safe Mode

Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

  1. Click on Windows icon present in the lower left corner of the computer screen.
  2. Select and click  Restart.
  3. When the screen goes blank, Keep tapping  F8  Key until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. With the help of arrow keys on keyboard, Select Safe Mode with Networking  option from the list and press the Enter Key. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.

5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  1. Press and hold the Shift Key and simultaneously click on the windows icon present in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. While the Shift key is still pressed click on the Power button and then click on Restart.
  3. Now select Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings.
  4. When the Startup Settings screen appears which is the first screen to appear after restart, select and click on Enable Safe Mode with Networking. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.
  5. Click on the username and enter the password.

STEP B: Delete the suspicious file from Configuration Settings

  1. Type “Msconfig” in search box / Run Box, select it and press Enter.
  2. Click on “Services” Tab and click on “Hide all Microsoft services”.
  3. Select Todar Ransomware from the list of remaining services and disable it by removing the tick mark from the checkbox and click on Apply button.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Todar Ransomware mentioned and remove the check mark.
  3. Click on Apply button and then click on OK.

Windows 10

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Take the mouse cursor to ‘Open task Manager‘ link and click on it.  This opens the Task Manager window.
  3. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Todar Ransomware mentioned and click on it.
  4. Then click on Disable button.

STEP C: Remove malicious file from Command Prompt

Once the system starts, ensure to use an account with administrative privilege to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:

  1. Type the command “sc delete Todar Ransomware” in the command prompt and press Enter.
  2. Type “exit” to exit the command prompt and restart the system in safe mode with command prompt.

 

STEP D: Restore the system files & folders

Method 1 using Control Panel

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ button on the taskbar. This will open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the ‘Control Panel’ button in the Start menu. This will open the control panel window.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click on the ‘View by:’ button on the top right. Select the Large Icon option
  4. In the control Panel window click on the ‘Recovery Icon’. This will open a window that will ask ‘Restore the computer to an earlier point in time’.
  5. Click on the ‘Open system restore’ button. This will open the ‘system restore ’window where you need to click on the Next Button.
  6.  Select the restore point that is prior the infiltration of Todar Ransomware. After doing that, click Next.
  7. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Todar Ransomware.

OR

Method 2 using Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search box and click on the command prompt to open the Command Prompt window. box and clicking on it.
  2. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter.(Ensure that you in the system32 directory of Windows folder in C Drive)
  3. Now type rstrui and press Enter again.
  4. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Todar Ransomware. After doing that, click Next.
  5. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Todar Ransomware.

 

OR

Method 3 : Directly type 'rstrui' in the search box

  1. Type ‘Rstrui’ in the search box present on the task bar. This will open the System restore dialog box.

Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.

Tips to prevent your system from .Todar file virus

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Vipre and Kaspersky so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

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