Tellyouthepass Ransomware

Also Known As: Tellyouthepass virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Tellyouthepass ransomware removal instructions

What is Tellyouthepass?

Discovered by GrujaRS, Tellyouthepass is one of many ransomware-type programs used to block access to files by encryption and keep them in this state unless a ransom is paid. The program renames all encrypted files by adding the ".locked" extension and creates a ransom message in a text file called "README.html". For example, "1.jpg" is renamed by Tellyouthepass to "1.jpg.locked".

According to cyber criminals, this ransomware encrypts data using RSA-1024 and AES-256 cryptography algorithms. The only way to decrypt files is to purchase a decryption tool available only from the developers of Tellyouthepass. To purchase the tool, victims must transfer 0.2 of Bitcoin to these criminals via a Bitcoin wallet address provided, and then send screenshots of the transaction to the email address. Cyber criminals promise to return a decryption tool when they receive the screenshots. Their ransom message also includes information stating that victims should not rename any encrypted files or to try to decrypt them using other tools/software. In fact, most cyber criminals do not send decryption tools even if ransoms are paid. Therefore, do not trust these (and other) ransomware developers. Unfortunately, ransomware-type programs cause encryptions that are impossible to decrypt without using specific tools held by the developers. No tools can be acquired free of charge that are capable of decrypting Tellyouthepass-encrypted files. In these cases, we recommend that you use a data backup, if one was created prior to ransomware infection, and restore all files from there.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

Tellyouthepass decrypt instructions

Tellyouthepass is similar to many other programs of this type such as Spyhunter, Raldug, and Carcn. Typically, ransomware-type programs encrypt data and demand ransom payments. Common differences between these programs are cost of decryption and cryptography algorithm used to encrypt files. In most cases, encryptions are impossible to decrypt without using the correct tool, unless the ransomware is not fully developed or contains bugs/flaws. For these reasons, we recommend that you maintain regular backups and store them on a remote server such as Cloud or unplugged storage device.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

In most cases, ransomware-type viruses are proliferated via spam campaigns, Trojans, fake software updaters, software 'cracking' programs and untrustworthy software download sources. Cyber criminals use spam campaigns to proliferate viruses by sending emails that contain malicious attachments. Attached files are usually Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, archives such as RAR, ZIP, executables (.exe files), JavaScript files, and so on. In other cases, these emails contain web links that lead to malicious files. Once opened, the attachments infect computers by downloading and installing malicious programs. Trojans proliferate other viruses. If installed, they cause chain infections. Untrustworthy software download tools/sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients, and so on), freeware download websites, free file hosting websites or unofficial pages can be used to present malicious software as harmless files. People who download files using these sources usually cause installation of ransomware and other infections. Fake software updaters exploit bugs and flaws of outdated software, or download and install malicious programs rather than the updates or fixes. Software 'cracking' tools are used by many people to bypass paid software activation (illegally), however, cyber criminals often use them to proliferate computer infections. These programs often download and install viruses rather than performing any software activation.

Threat Summary:
Name Tellyouthepass virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker.
Encrypted Files Extension .locked
Ransom Demanding Message README.html file.
Ransom Amount .2 Bitcoin
Cyber Criminal Contact
Detection Names (e3.exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.31815158), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Filecoder.NVA), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Encoder.bwf), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).
Symptoms Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of a ransom (usually in Bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
Damage All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Web links or attachments presented in emails that are received from unknown or suspicious email addresses should not be opened, even if presented as legitimate and official. Download software using official and trustworthy sources, and not third party downloaders, unofficial websites, or other sources mentioned above. Keep installed software updated, but use only implemented functions or tools provided by official developers. Note, software cracking tools are illegal and often cause computer infections. Avoid these tools. Have reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed, since these programs prevent computer infections. If your computer is already infected with Tellyouthepass, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Tellyouthepass ransomware text file ("README.html"):

I am so sorry ! All your files have been encryptd by RSA-1024 and AES-256 due to a computer security problems.
If you think your data is very important .The only way to decrypt your file is to buy my decrytion tool .
else you can delete your encrypted data or reinstall your system.

Your personid :

Decrytion do as follows:
1. if you not own bitcoin,you can buy it online on some websites. like or .
2. send 0.2 btc to my wallet address 1CLWBxbBKddQTUuhsUsn8izq2crUAgGYZ1.
3. send your btc transfer screenshots and your persionid to my email . i will send you decrytion tool.

1.don't rename your file can try some software to decrytion . but finally you will kown it's vain .

Anything you want to help . please send mail to my email,,
Have a nice day .

Screenshot of files encrypted by Tellyouthepass (".locked" extension):

Files encrypted by Tellyouthepass

Tellyouthepass ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Tellyouthepass virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Tellyouthepass ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Tellyouthepass ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Tellyouthepass are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by Tellyouthepass, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Tellyouthepass ransomware.

Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.

Controll Folder Access

Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

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Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

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  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove Tellyouthepass ransomware:

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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