TaRoNiS ransomware (Free Instructions) - Decryption Steps Included

TaRoNiS virus Removal Guide

What is TaRoNiS ransomware?

TaRoNiS ransomware — a virus that encrypts your files and demands money to get them restored

TaRoNiS ransomwareTaRoNiS ransomware is a virus that demands payment in a ransom note.

TaRoNiS ransomware is a crypto-virus that locks your data by using a complex cipher. This is the latest version of Xorist ransomware, but this time with a shorter and more ordinary file extension .TaRoNiS. There is probably more than ten versions already discovered of this virus. The ransomware[1] encrypts your data using XOR or/and TEA encryption methods and places a ransom note file called HOW TO DECRIPT FILES.txt on every existing folder. This text file contains more information about the attack, such as ransom amount of 0.08 BITCOIN and a wallet address with options to create a cryptocurrency account. This ransom message is very detailed and contains step-by-step instructions for the victim.

Name TaRoNiS
Type Ransomware
Danger level High
Ransom note HOW TO DECRIPT FILES.txt
Relation Xorist ransomware
Symptoms Most of the files modified using .TaRoNiS extension; ransom file placed on the desktop and folders, PC runs slow, high CPU usage
Ransom size 0.08 BTC
Distribution Spam email attachments, exploit kits
Decryption There is a free decryption tool that works for the previous versions of this ransomware
Elimination Install and use anti-malware tool FortectIntego to get rid of TaRoNiS ransomware

TaRoNiS ransomware virus encrypts your data and immediately places an extension to those modified files. This makes your photos, videos, audio files or documents, archives useless and locked. You can easily identify locked files because they all have .TaRoNiS file extension at the end.

Ransom message then is placed on every folder and desktop so you can find out what is happening immediately. HOW TO DERIPT FILES.txt note contains instructions and information about the compromised files. Although, you shouldn't trust the developers of TaRoNiS ransomware. You better remove TaRoNiS ransomware and then think about file restoring.

The contrivers of this virus claim that they will provide you a TaRoNiS ransomware decryptor if you agree to pay the ransom. This key might not even exist and paying 0.08BTC may only lead to financial losses. Researchers[2] do not advise paying the demanded ransom by TaRoNiS virus. Contacting these cybercriminals is also not suggested since it cannot lead to positive results.

Here is the fraction of the ransom note displayed by TaRoNiS ransomware:


I am truly sorry to inform you that all your important files are crypted.
If you want to recover your encrypted files you need to follow a few steps.
Atention!! I do not offer for free the decrypt key, for that you have to pay 0.08 BITCOIN.

Decryption tool for previous versions of TaRoNiS ransomware exist, but cybercriminals make each version of a virus slightly different. So this tool may not work on the latest Xorist ransomware versions. The only and probably the best way of recovering your files is from the backups. We also have a few file recovery options down below. But you need to remember that this is only an option after successful TaRoNiS ransomware removal. Use FortectIntego first.

TaRoNiS ransomware virusTaRoNiS ransomware virus is a program based on money extortion.

Crypto-viruses hide inside malicious email attachments

Ransomware distributes itself using different methods, but the most common is to use insecure spam emails and their attachments as a tool for malicious script spreading. A payload is dropped immediately you download a file from an insecure email. These letters might be safe-looking because malware creators disguise their content using names of large-scale companies and services.

Keep away from spam emails and delete them without opening. Also, there is a possibility that ransomware creators use other exploit-kits[3] for the virus spreading. Vulnerabilities on your system are an easy way in. Or even the advertisements can contain a malicious link or redirect you to an exploit-kit's server.

TaRoNiS ransomware elimination options

To remove TaRoNiS ransomware from your computer, you need to use anti-malware tools and be cautious while scanning the system. This can ensure you are detecting all possible threats because FortectIntego and Malwarebytes perform a full system scan before suggesting you the options for TaRoNiS ransomware termination.

TaRoNiS ransomware removal can and should be done immediately after noticing ransomware's activity. You should focus on this before you try to recover your data. Any device plugged in has been encrypted, and you cannot put anything else in until your PC system is clear. You can scan your system repeatedly after the cleaning to avoid any infection repetition.

Ways to recover files encrypted by TaRoNiS ransomware are indicated down below. You should read the instructions carefully and try all the displayed methods. Some of them might only recover a part of the compromised data. So, make sure that you gave a chance to all decryption tools.

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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of TaRoNiS virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

First thing you can try when dealing with ransomware is rebooting your PC in Safe Mode with Networking:

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove TaRoNiS using System Restore

System Restore is a feature you might try next:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of TaRoNiS. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with FortectIntego and make sure that TaRoNiS removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove TaRoNiS from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by TaRoNiS, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro is a tool for file restoring

If you are dealing with TaRoNiS ransomware or you deleted your files accidentally, try Data Recovery Pro and restore your files:

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by TaRoNiS ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature can recover your files

If you want to restore files individually try using this feature, but remember that System Restore should be enabled before the attack:

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer can restore encrypted files

If TaRoNiS ransomware left Shadow Volume copies untouched you could recover them:

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Decryption tool for TaRoNiS ransomware is not available

Although, you can try the decryption tool which was developed for previous ransomware versions.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from TaRoNiS and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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