What should you know about .tar File Virus?
According to the latest research report, .tar File Virus is a noxious threat to Windows Server computers which do not support the proper port configuration, employ weak login credentials and lack security updates. Anti-virus vendors may detect strands of the malware under different name as well. This ransomware threat may be introduced to the servers through manual hacking, corrupted plug-ins for the popular platforms like WordPress or Magneto and Web access panels. It can run on the latest versions of the Windows Server and also supports 64-bit system architectures. Evidence shows that .tar File Virus is unlike many file-encoder ransomware which is especially programmed to encode the backups stored on local drives as well.
However, encoding backup copies is not seen in most of the crypto-malware and the computer users may suffer from extensive data corruption when the malware attack their machine. At the time of writing security note, the .tar File Virus does not encrypt data stored on the shared drives, but that modify soon. Security researchers report that ransomware uses strong AES-256 cipher in order to lock the data onto the system and appends the enciphered file extension with '.tar'. However, advanced system users may familiar with TAR data container, which is an end product of a program technique especially used to combine various files into a single archive file. The TAR archive files are pretty common on Linux OS and they are also used on the Windows OS as well.
Do You Need To Pay Ransom Money?
Cyber security analysts note that .tar File Virus uses an RAR data container in order to store the victim's data and then demand ransom money to release the password for vault. However, asked ransom fee is a hefty price for decryption tool and most of the server administrators may not be willing to pay ransom amount. However, the malware researchers remind that paying ransom money is a gamble and it should be avoided. It might encode the backups for databases and the backup copies of drive, but you can use clean backups from your removable media and unmapped the storage containers. However, before employing data recovery steps, you should eliminate .tar File Virus completely and permanently from your computer.
Steps To Uninstall .tar File Virus From PC
Procedure 1: Reboot Your PC In Safe Mode
How To Start Computer In Safe Mode with Networking (Win XP/Vista/7)
- Please restart your system. Just before the Windows start, continuously press F8 on your keyboard. Now, you will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- Select Safe Mode with Networking from the selection options. Please use the keyboard’s arrow up or down to navigate between selections and then hit Enter to proceed.
Method To Start Win 8 In Safe Mode With Networking
- Restart your PC and as soon as it begins to start, kindly please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing the Advance Boot Options, Win 8 will display the Recovery Mode. So, continue with the given instructions until you reach the Safe Mode function.
- Tap on ‘See advanced repair options’.
- Then after, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, select Advanced options.
- On the next window, choose Windows Startup Settings.
- At last, click on the Restart button. Now, Windows 8 will restart and boot into the Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the computer in Safe Mode with Networking.
Procedure 2: ShadowExplorer can be really helpful in restoring your file encrypted by .tar File Virus
When .tar File Virus attacks it generally tries to Uninstall all shadows copies which is stored in your computer. But there are chances that .tar File Virus is not able to Uninstall the shadow copies everytime. So you need to restore the original files using shadow copies.
Follow these simple steps to restore original files through shadowexplorer
- Download shadowexplorer link from http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install it on your system.
- Now you need to open shadowexplorer and select c: drive on left panel.
- Now choose at least one month ago date from date field.
- Now you need to go to the folder which have encrypted filed.
- Now right click the encrypted files.
- You need to export the original files and choose a destination to store them.
Procedure 3: System restore can be another method to restore your encrypted files
- Open start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System tools >> System Restore.
- Click next to go to restore window.
- See what restore points are available for you , choose a restore point at least 20 to 30 days back.
- Once selecting click next.
- Choose disk c: (it must be selected by default).
- Now click next and system restore will start working and will be able to finish in few minutes.
Procedure 4: Another method for recovering your decrypted files are by using file recovery software
If above methods are not successful you can go for file recovery software. It can be helpful in recovering your encrypted files as .tar File Virus first makes a copy of original files and then encrypt it. After encryption it Uninstalls the original files. So there is high probability that these file recovery software can help you in recovering your original files. You can find links to some best file recovery software below.
- Recuva : you can download from http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download
- Testdisk: you can download from http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download
- Undelete 360: you can get it from http://www.undelete360.com/
- Pandora Recovery: you can download from http://www.pandorarecovery.com/
- Minitool partition recovery: you can get it from http://www.minitool.ca/