Do you know what the Tornado ransomware is?
When a computer gets infected with the Tornado ransomware, your valuable data, including documents, images, video and audio files comes unresponsive. The infection damages different files so that they cannot be used as usual by encrypting them with a RSA encryption algorithm. Upon encryption, the Tornado ransomware appends the extension ".[email@example.com].Tornado" to the already existing file extension. In every folder next to the files affected, the threat creates the file key.txt containing instructions for the victim. We strongly advise you against following the requirements of the attackers and recommend removing the Tornado ransomware straight away.
The Tornado ransomware stealthily encrypts files and also deletes volume shadow copies so to prevent the user from restoring data. Interestingly, the threat leaves the Windows, Program Files, and Program Files (x96) directories intact.
The Tornado ransomware is one of the many lucrative threats aimed at obtaining financial gain. Ransomware authors have obtained substantial sums of money from both businesses and individual users just because the victims expected to have the issues solved by the attackers. Unfortunately, the attackers have no interest in assisting their victims in problem solving, so it is advisable to ignore all the requirements and remove the infection even when the ransom warnings claim that if the ransom money is not submitted until the deadline, some permanent data deletion will take place.
In the ransom note of the Tornado ransomware, the victim is instructed to email the attackers at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the sum that has to be paid as a ransom. If the schemers do not reply in 48 hours, the inquiry should be sent to email@example.com. Other email addresses, such as and firstname.lastname@example.org, are also used by the attackers.Tornado Ransomware screenshot
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Even though the sum requested is not specified, it is clear from the warning that the ransom has to be pain in Bitcoin. The digital currency has gained its popularity because of its quality to hide the identity of payment receivers and senders. However, law enforcement has started to implement Bitcoin transaction tracking software to uncover illegal currency payments. It is just a matter of time when ransomware creators will shift to currencies such as Monero and Ethereum offering now untraceable payments and other more appealing features. The Bitcoin currency can be used for legal purchases, so if you encounter Bitcoin ever again, do not think that this currency is only for deceiving you.
As regards online deception, you should be aware of different tactics to spread malware, or to deceive you into downloading and installing it yourself. For example, malware can be downloaded to your computer without your knowledge after your clicking on a pop-up advertisement or some malicious link. Malware, including ransomware, is also spread through email, mainly phishing emails containing fake file attachments or links that are supposedly sent by some known service provider or seller. If, for example, you find a questionable email asking you to verify your account by clicking a link, do not click that link but access the website linked separately and log into your account. If you get an email asking you to preview some invoice, do not follow the requirement if you have not ordered anything recently. Use your common sense when exposed to questionable requests or offers so that you can minimize the risk of getting the PC infected.
The Tornado ransomware is one of hundreds of thousands of threats that are created to stealthily access unprotected machines and inflict specific damage. Cyber crooks could easily take advantage of your PC's vulnerability to malware and infect it with multiple other threats, so do not wait but remove the Tornado ransomware and make sure that the PC is shielded from malware of different types.
Below you will find the removal instructions that would guide you through the major steps of the removal process. If you do not want to remove the infection yourself, we strongly recommend implementing anti-malware. A professional security tool will remove the Tornado ransomware for you and fight off various infections, including browser hijackers, adware, trojans, and many other threats, so do not hesitate to choose security and online safety.
How to remove the Tornado ransomware
- Remove questionable recently downloaded files present on the desktop.
- Access the Downloads folder and delete unwanted recently downloaded files.
In non-techie terms:
The Tornado ransomware is a destructive infection encrypting files so that its authors can demand for a ransom. The requirement to pay a ransom in Bitcoin should be ignored, and the infection removed. On top, the system should be shielded from similar threats; otherwise, you could again be victimized by malware without your knowledge.