What is STOP Ransomware
Tfude Ransomware, which is actually next generation of STOP Ransomware appeared in January of 2019. This virus encrypts user’s essential files, such as documents, photos, databases, music with AES encryption and adds .tfude (later started to append .tfudet and .tfudeq) extensions to affected files. This ransomware is almost identical to .puma Ransomware and .djvu Ransomware, that we described earlier, and belongs to the same authors, because it uses the same e-mail adresses (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) and same BitCoin wallets. After virus finishes, it creates _openme.txt file with ransom note on the desktop and in the folders with affected files. Here is the content of this file:
------------------------ ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED ------------------------
Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information
Don't try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
Your personal ID:
Tfude variation of STOP Ransomware displays fake Windows Update pop-up during the process of file encryption. From the file above, we can understand, that hackers offer 50% discount for decryption, if ransom amount is paid within 72 hours. However, this is just a trick to encourage people to pay the ransom. Often hackers don’t send decryptor after this. We recommend you to remove executables of STOP Ransomware and save those encrypted files to the time, when decryption tool appears. Before that, you can try manual instructions described in this article to restore files. File-recovery software can also help return some of the copies of the files, probably, removed earlier. Follow instructional guide below to remove STOP Ransomware and decrypt .tfude, .tfudet or .tfudeq files in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.
How STOP Ransomware infected your PC
STOP Ransomware virus is propagated via spam attack with malicious e-mail attachments and by manual PC hacking. Can be distributed by hacking through an unprotected RDP configuration, fraudulent downloads, exploits, web injections, fake updates, repackaged and infected installers. Virus assigns certain ID with the victims, that is used to name those files and supposedly to send decryption key. In order to prevent infection with this type of threats in future we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 and BitDefender Anti-Ransomware.
Download STOP Ransomware Removal Tool
To remove STOP Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of STOP Ransomware.
How to remove STOP Ransomware manually
It is not recommended to remove STOP Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.
STOP Ransomware files:
STOP Ransomware registry keys:
How to decrypt and restore .tfude, .tfudet or .tfudeq files
Use automated decryptors
Download STOPDecrypter (.tfude variations)
This tool was developed by Michael Gillespie. It requires encrypted and original file pair with the size more ~150 Kb and works only for those encrypted with offline keys. Download it here:
Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .tfude, .tfudet or .tfudeq files. Download it here:
There is no purpose to pay the ransom, because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.
If you are infected with STOP Ransomware and removed it from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:
Use Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Pro to restore .tfude, .tfudet or .tfudeq files
- Download Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Pro.
- Select location to scan for lost files and click Scan button.
- Wait until Quick and Deep scans finish.
- Preview found files and restore them.
Using Windows Previous Versions option:
- Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
- Select Previous Versions tab.
- Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
- To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
- In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.
Using Shadow Explorer:
- Download Shadow Explorer program.
- Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
- Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
- Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
- In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.
If you are using Dropbox:
- Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
- Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
- Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.
How to protect computer from viruses like STOP Ransomware in future
1. Get special anti-ransomware software
Use BitDefender Anti-Ransomware
Famous antivirus vendor BitDefender released free tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as additional shield to your current protection. It will not conflict with bigger security applications. If you are searching complete internet security solution consider upgrading to full version of BitDefender Internet Security 2018.
2. Back up your files
Regardless of success of protection against ransomware threats, you can save your files using simple online backup. Cloud services are quite fast and cheap nowadays. There is more sense using online backup, than creating physical drives, that can get infected and encrypted when connected to PC or get damaged from dropping or hitting. Windows 10 and 8/8.1 users can find pre-installed OneDrive backup solution from Microsoft. It is actually one of the best backup services on the market, and has reasonable pricing plans. Users of earlier versions can get acquainted with it here. Make sure to backup and sync most important files and folders in OneDrive.
3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox
Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails is most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications, and provides very high level of anti-spam protection.