Tono virus is an Internet scam run by cyber criminals. They try to scare victims accusing them in a violation of copyright law on behalf of Tono organization. This program is a ransomware designed to extort money out of scared victims, and it is spread with Trojans from malicious and infected websites. After Tono virus is started to run, it completely locks screen and other means of victim’s access to the infected computer. Then it displays a message about violating law by a victim. Tono virus is spread in Norway and request victims to pay 100 EURO or 1000 NOK as a fine and for unlocking infected computer. Message says that unless a fine is paid, a victim might face more serious punishment. Cyber criminals demand payment to be made with PaySafeCard payment system. People often do not know that government never used such a payment systems for collecting fines, and it gives cyber criminals a chance to succeed in money extortion.
This removal guide will help you to remove Tono virus either manually or with a help of Tono virus Removal Tool that comes with “Free online support” and “Free one-year-long protection” against stubborn malicious programs.
What is Tono virus?
Tono virus is a ransomware scam that cyber criminals designed for an easy money extortion. They try to scare victims with fake accusations and push them to pay a fine for a fake violations. Removing Tono virus is a quite complicated matter since victim’s computer is locked and antivirus software is disrupted or blocked. Tono virus uses Trojans for infecting your computer, and you need to be careful while visiting suspicious websites. Request of payment made with PaySafeCard is a clear sign of the Tono virus scam, and message displayed is a complete fake. This message is not related to any official agency, and you do not need to be scared. Remove Tono virus as soon as possible before this scam helps cyber criminals to steal your money.
Your computer system might get infected with Tono virus after you visit some infected website or download free content contaminated with Trojans from the Internet. Email might be used to spread Tono virus and help to infect your computer. You need to avoid clicking links and buttons on suspicious websites. Do not visit websites with an adult content since a lot of them are used to infect your computer with one or another malicious program.
Tono virus Removal Tool
Tono virus protects itself against removal by locking your antivirus software and your access to controls on the infected computer. This makes it difficult to Remove Tono virus manually. Some of removal procedures are potentially dangerous for your computer. Unless you understand everything in the manual removal guide, it is better to use Tono virus Removal Tool that comes with a free antispyware program and free online assistance.
Remove Tono virus Manually
Start your system in Safe Mode and try to access Windows System Restore . You need to find the restore point set before your computer was infected with Tono virus and restore your system to previous. System Restore will undo all the changes made by this virus, and you can restart your computer as normal and run a full scan with your security program to remove malicious files installed onto your PC.
If the System Restore is not available or there is no a restore point that you can use, then, do the following:
1. First, you need to check proxy settings and repair them to prevent hijacking that might link your computer to a malicious website that spread this infection.
2. Start your computer in a Safe Mode and log as a system administrator. Then access Startup folder. For this click Start, select All Programs and find Startup folder. Look at the startup folder and remove suspicious program that you cannot identify. Tono virus uses a random name consist of characters and numbers, and some variations might use startup for blocking your computer. Disable suspicious items, restart your computer, and see if it helps.
3. If disabling suspicious files in Windows Startup list doesn’t help to prevent blocking your PC, than you need to fix registry keys used for blocking.
Click Start and type regedit in the search field below. Then press Enter. (On windows XP you need to click Run in the menu and type the command in the input field of the Run utility.
Press OK button, or Enter key, when done.)
In Registry Editor Look for the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
Double click on this key and find Shell in the right pane. It should be set to “Explorer.exe”. If there is something different or an addition to it after coma, right click this line and modify the value to “Explorer.exe” only.
Note: If you see path related to the name that you remove, write it down. It points to the program that runs Tono virus, and you need to find and remove it.
VERY IMPORTANT: Before you make changes to your system registry database, make a backup file for the keys being changed or removed in your system registry. You can do this by opening File menu in the Registry Editor and clicking Export. Then follow instructions on the screen. If something goes wrong, you can restore this key by double clicking the saved registry backup file. If no problem is noticed, then you can just discard this file later. Unless you do the backup, you might end with inoperable machine that requires expensive professional attention.
Kill Tono virus malicious processes
Note: The file is located in either %AppData% or %Temp% directory in the current user profile.
Remove Tono virus entries from system registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell [random chars].exe
Delete Tono virus files and folders:
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\ [random chars and numbers]
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\[random chars ] \ [random name].exe
Note: Better check for location in your system registry as described above since the path might be different.
If manual removal is difficult and confusing to you, then use removal tool and get a free assistance for removing Tono virus and free antispyware program that will protect your computer against spyware for a full year.
Complete Tono virus Removal
Tono virus might come with other malicious programs. After you remove this virus, make an update to your antivirus program and scan your system for viruses. You can use free antivirus scanner from different manufacturers to make sure that no threat is missed. Then you need to check your system for hidden spyware programs using some anti-spyware program like one that is offered with Tono virus Removal Tool since a normal antivirus software wouldn’t remove legitimate spyware used with malicious purpose by cyber criminals.
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