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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Topi Ransomware

What cybersecurity hygiene practices are you adopting to protect yourself against Topi Ransomware? Are you deleting all of the spam emails you receive without opening them? Are you installing any pending updates? Are you refraining from downloading any new files and programs? Are you implementing trusted anti-malware software to safeguard your operating system? There are plenty of things you can and should do, but if you are careless in one area, the threat could slither in without your notice. This is why it is important to install security software and also prepare for ransomware attacks. The best thing you can do for yourself is to create copies of your personal files and store them in external backups. If you create copies, removing Topi Ransomware will not be such an ordeal if it slithers in. Has this malware already invaded your operating system? If it has, you need to take action immediately.

STOP Ransomware is the predecessor of Topi Ransomware as well as MOOL Ransomware, BBOO Ransomware, Reha Ransomware, Nbes Ransomware, Hets Ransomware, and hundreds of other file-encrypting infections. They all use the same vulnerabilities and backdoors to invade operating systems, and they all represent the same ransom message that instructs to pay $980 in return for a file decryption tool. More on that, further in the report. New STOP Ransomware variants keep popping up, and that might be a big reason why a STOP Decryptor was created. It is free for Windows users to use, but unfortunately, it does not guarantee complete decryption. Some variants might be undecryptable at all. While we cannot guarantee that you will be able to use this tool to restore the files corrupted by Topi Ransomware, you definitely might want to give it a try if you do not have copies to replace the infected files after the removal of the infection. At this point, there is no other way to restore files, and note that you cannot get them back to normal by deleting the “.topi” extension appended to them by the infection.

The ransom message that we have mentioned already is delivered using the _readme.txt file, which is originally stored in the %HOMEDRIVE% directory. This message is set up to convince you that you need to pay a ransom to obtain a decryptor that, allegedly, is the only tool that can restore files. Even if that were the case, how can you trust cybercriminals? They can promise you whatever just to make sure that you send them your money. The ransom note does not reveal details about the payment, and you are supposed to email or to get them. The ransom note presented by Reha Ransomware uses the exact same emails, which means that the same attacker has created both Reha and Topi Ransomware. Of course, they could operate multiple email accounts and stand behind multiple different STOP Ransomware variants. While sending a message to the attackers might seem pretty innocent, remember that once they get your email address, they can expose you to scams again and again. What we suggest is that you ignore the ransom note and focus on the removal of Topi Ransomware.

You might be able to delete Topi Ransomware manually if you can locate the launcher of the infection. Where is it? We do not know, but it could be on the Desktop or in the Downloads folder. If you are able to find and remove the launcher, you should be able to eliminate the remaining components as well. Another method of Topi Ransomware removal is automatic. Install anti-malware software, and it will take care of the infection for you. As we discussed already, implementing anti-malware software is crucial for your cybersecurity hygiene, and if you have not considered installing it yet, we suggest you do it now. We hope that once you delete the infection and secure your operating system, you can replace the infected files with copies or restore them using a free decryptor. Note that if you are going to install anything that promises to restore your files, you have to confirm that the tool is legitimate first.

Topi Ransomware Removal

  1. If you can identify the launcher file of the infection, right-click and Delete it.
  2. Launch File Explorer by tapping Win+E keys and enter %HOMEDRIVE% into the quick access field.
  3. Right-click and Delete the ransom note file named _readme.txt and also a folder named SystemID.
  4. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA% into the quick access field.
  5. If you can identify the folder (random name) created by the ransomware, right-click and Delete it.
  6. Empty Recycle Bin and then immediately install a trustworthy, legitimate malware scanner.
  7. Perform a full system scan to determine whether or not your system is clean.
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