Tellyouthepass Ransomware

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

Tellyouthepass ransomware removal instructions

What is Tellyouthepass?

Most ransomware-type programs are used with a purpose to block victims from accessing their files, to keep data encrypted unless a ransom is paid. Tellyouthepass is one of these programs, it was discovered by GrujaRS. It renames all encrypted files by adding the ".locked" extension and creates a ransom note, the "README.html" file. For example, if some file is named "1.jpg", then Tellyouthepass will rename it to "1.jpg.locked" and so on.

According to cyber criminals, this ransomware encrypts data using RSA-1024 and AES-256 cryptography algorithms. The only way to decrypt files is to buy a decryption tool that people who developed Tellyouthepass have. In order to buy it, victims have to transfer these cyber criminals 0.2 of Bitcoin to a provided Bitcoin wallet address and then to send screenshots of the completed transaction to tellyouthepass@protonmail.com email address. Cyber criminals promise to send a decryption tool once they will get these screenshots. Their ransom note also includes information that victims should not rename any of the encrypted files or to try to decrypt them using some other tools/software. However, it is known that most cyber criminals do not send their victims decryption tools even if a ransom is paid. For this reason we recommend not to trust these or any other ransomware developers. Unfortunately, ransomware-type programs cause encryptions that are impossible to decrypt without using tools that usually only particular ransomware's developers have. There is no tool that can be acquired for free and would be capable of decrypting files encrypted by Tellyouthepass. In such cases we recommend to use data backup that was (if was) created before having a computer with ransomware 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 quite similar to other programs of this type such as Spyhunter, Raldug, Carcn and many others. Typically, ransomware-type programs have two main things in common: they are designed to encrypt data and ask to pay to pay a ransom. Most common and main differences between these programs usually are price of a decryption and cryptography algorithm that was used to encrypt files. In most cases encryptions are impossible to decrypt without using the right tool, unless ransomware is not fully developed and has some bugs, flaws. For these reasons we recommend to create data backups (regularly) and store them on some remote server like 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 various untrustworthy software download sources. Cyber criminals use spam campaigns to spread viruses by sending emails that contain malicious attachments. Attached files usually are Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, archives like RAR, ZIP, executables (.exe files), JavaScript files and so on. In other cases such emails contain web links that lead to malicious files. Once opened, these 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 such sources usually cause installations of ransomware and other infections by themselves. Fake software updaters either exploit bugs and flaws of some outdated software, or download and install malicious programs instead of the updates and/or fixes. Software 'cracking' tools are used with intention to bypass paid software activations. However, cyber criminals often use these tools to spread computer infections too. If used, these programs often download and install viruses instead of performing successful activations.

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 tellyourthepass@protonmail.com
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 Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay 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.
Removal

To eliminate Tellyouthepass virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Web links or attachments presented in emails that are received from unknown or/and suspicious email addresses should not be opened, even if presented as legitimate and official. Download software using official and trustworthy sources, not some third party downloaders, unofficial websites and other sources that we mentioned above. Keep installed software updated, however, do it using only implemented functions or tools provided by official developers. Note, software cracking tools are not legal, besides, they often cause computer infections. Therefore, these tools should not be used. Have a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed, these programs are very useful when willing to avoid various 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's 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 https://localbitcoins.net/ or https://www.coinbase.com/ .
2. send 0.2 btc to my wallet address 1CLWBxbBKddQTUuhsUsn8izq2crUAgGYZ1.
3. send your btc transfer screenshots and your persionid to my email tellyouthepass@protonmail.com . i will send you decrytion tool.


Tips:
1.don't rename your file
2.you 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 tellyouthepass@protonmail.com.
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 "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default this feature automatically protects files stored in 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's more information on how to get this update and add additional protection layer from ransomware infections.

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

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

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

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • 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.

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