How to remove Tfude virus and restore encrypted files

If you fell a victim of an encrypting virus and have reasons to assume that it’s the Tfude program – here you'll receive help. We offer simple and efficient instructions about Tfude uninstalling and practicable manners to restore the corrupted info.


What do we know about ransomware? It is built upon a completely legitimate coding algorithm that modifies all files on user’s workstation, so user can't use them in any way. Of course, a key is encrypted too, but with another algorithm. In most cases, these algorithms are AES and RSA, which have proven themselves the most complex and sustainable. These methods and the software based on them are freely available in the Web, so scammers just need to invent defensive techniques, to restrict an access to a program, and make the flawless control and update scheme. Some viruses just work in standalone mode, and swindlers know of a new victim as late as he contacts them and sends his ransom. The complex encrypting viruses are very active, and deliver data to hundreds addresses, to confuse the researchers and throw them off virus’ track.


Ransomware threat is the ugliest threat that you may face on the Internet since a regular customer has no power to eliminate it. The only situation when you can overcome ransomware is if you aren't facing a real one, but a screenlocker, that covers your screen and tries to lure your funds. In all other events, if ransomware was developed and secured in a proper manner – you should just expect that virus researchers can defeat it. If web-criminals failed somehow, and a ransomware has some vulnerabilities, which allow you to recover information – you'll find an answer in our guide.



Regardless of virus' sort, the AES and RSA algorithms are too complex to break them directly. It can take thousands of years to perform all needed calculations on a common computer and, maybe, 3-4 decades in case of usage of an industrial computer. The best manner to beat a powerful ransomware is to find flaws in its code, or hack the Command & Control website, to get a master key. Rare viruses also have a switch, able to cease virus' activity completely or to scare it off a particular machine. If anyone discovers such breaker for this virus, or create a decryption tool, we'll give you full information in this guide.


There are a few methods to check, until you can yield and await for a decryptor. As we said earlier, fraudsters make failures, and certain specialties of your system might assist you to get back your data.


  • If your Windows profile doesn't have administrator rights – today’s your happy day. The catch is that the operating system replicates all files prior to they’re removed or altered. Those copies are called Shadow Volume Copies, and Tfude has the methods to eliminate them. If you are using the usual account – the operating system requests for a authorization at the very moment Tfude attempts to remove SVC. If you've seen suchlike request and ignored it – your copies are secure, and could be used to recover the files.
  • A protected copy is the single entirely productive manner to recover the information, but you should delete Tfude before. Make sure that Tfude is removed totally, because if it’s not – all information will be messed up one more time, with the files that were stored on a flash drive.


In case you checked all these opportunities and there is no possibility to get back lost data – you better remove the malware from the device and wait until a decryption tool will be published.

How to remove Tfude

Unfortunately, there’s no chance to entirely avoid an automatic mode. This ransomware is very stealthy and there is a possibility to pass some elements and then suffer from it (it could happen if you connect a flash drive with your saved data to a not-completely-cleared computer). It knows how to hide very good, so you literally won’t have an opportunity to delete it completely by hand. Here's your elimination instruction which will help you to beat this problem. It contains some manual steps and an optional AV program stage.

Removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide: how to decrypt files on MAC.




Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 6. Scan computer with antivirus

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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot

How to restore files

If you got rid of Tfude, or at least you aware of how you can to do that, let’s think about the data recovery. As you know now, if you use an administrator entry and you let the virus an access into the system – you have no way to recover your data except for the backups. If you that didn't happen – you have feeble fortunes for data restoration, but it needs topical recovery program. We suggest you to use Recuva or ShadowExplorer tools. You can get these tools easily on their official websites, with close instructions.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel

Decrypt files. Step 1


  • Click System and Security

Decrypt files. Step 2


  • Select Backup and Restore

Decrypt files. Step 3


  • Select Restore files from backup
  • Select checkpoint to restore


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