What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a small software that installs and runs as a background process on a computer. It encrypts files on the computer. After the encryption, the malware will demand payment to decrypt these files.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware spreads and installs after a user is exposed via spam, emails, or other malware. Users who don’t have protection against ransomware will get infected by this malware. Infected files will be encrypted, which makes them unreadable to users. A message is shown on the screen, telling the victim they need to pay to decrypt their files.
How Does Tcyo Ransomware Work?
Tcyo Ransomware is a Trojan that encrypts files with the extension .tcyo on the computer.
After the scan is done, files are encrypted with AES encryption, and a unique AES key is generated for each file. The files are renamed to .tcyo. After this, a ransom note is shown on the victim’s screen. This ransom note tells victims that they have to pay to decrypt their files. The message will also contain a payment site and instructions on what to do next.
How to Remove Tcyo Ransomware
First step is to check online to see if there is a decryptor software available for Tcyo Ransomware. This tool will help you regain access to your files. If a decryptor is not available, there are some steps you can take to manually remove Tcyo Ransomware. Be mindful however, that this is risky and may cause you to lose all your files.
To Remove Tcyo Ransomware, use these steps:
- Restart your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" by pressing F8 during boot.
- Search for and delete any Tcyo files on the system.
- Uninstall all programs installed from the command line if necessary using either Grep or Akillsoftware's "wmic" tool (Windows). This will be a slow process as you must sift through every installed file to ensure no traces of Tcyo remain in the file paths of other applications on your computer.
- Delete any registry entries created by Tcyo Ransomware, including any unauthorized processes owned by "Tcyclicker."
- Delete the ransom note left on your computer by Tcyo Ransomware, if any.
- Delete the ransom site and ensure that it is unbookmarked in your web browser. If you only browsed it once, then it will be gone from your browser history.
If manual removal is not an option, you can restore your files from a recent backup.
As a last resort, you might need to contact cybersecurity professionals to see which options are available to decrypt your system.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
To protect your computer from ransomware, there are a few steps that you can take. First, you should ensure that your computer is always protected with the most up-to-date antivirus software and anti-malware software. Ensure that these security programs are updated regularly because some of the older versions of these programs may not remove the virus or provide enough protection against future attempts by hackers to steal data. It is also recommended that you make backups of files regularly in case anything happens to your computer.