Remove Tabe Ransomware (.tabe File Recovery)

By Chona Esjay | Posted on June 16, 2020 |

Tabe ransomware is another variant from STOP or DJVU family of crypto-virus. This is one notorious kind of computer infection where Tabe virus targets important typical files like documents, spreadsheet, presentations, archives, images, photos, databases, and so on.

Like most ransomware, Tabe’s objective is to block user’s access to targeted files and it can successfully accomplish such task by encrypting the file with a complex algorithm that requires both Tabe ransomware decryption tool and private key combination. Files that were infected by Tabe will get appended with a .tabe extension. So, the basic file note.docx will transform into note.docs.tabe after it was fully encrypted by the file-locker virus.

How Does Tabe Ransomware Spreads?

Tabe ransomware is an adaptation from previous releases like Nypd, Kkll. and Pezi. All of these crypto-viruses are employing the same spread campaign and mostly, they can reach random victims via spam email messages. Holders of Tabe ransomware are too clever to create an enticing email messages and make it appear as it originates from a prominent organization. They can even tweak the sender’s address to masks it as legitimately dispatched from a valid server.

What is very uniform about these spam emails by Tabe ransomware developers is its persuasive message to influence recipients from opening the attached file. Attackers are urging user to open the included document, which will actually execute the Tabe ransomware and the initial attack stage will commence.

Aside from mass-mailing method, some cracked software from various file-sharing network and servers can also cause Tabe ransomware infection. Some of these pirated apps where deployed by cyber hoodlums mainly to infect the computers of those who are regularly downloading said illegal software.

What To Do When Infected by Tabe Ransomware?

Once Tabe ransomware infects a computer, majority of user’s files will be encrypted and as said, .tabe file extension will be added. Basically, aside from encrypting it, the added .tabe extension also disassociates the file from significant program where it was created.

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After the encryption, Tabe ransomware will generate a note commanding victims to pay a sum of $980 as compensation for the decryption tool and private key that attackers are suppose to provide. Hence, computer security professionals do not suggest dealing with Tabe ransomware actors. According to these experts, there is no guarantee that attackers will send the tool after receiving the payment. Even if they forward the Tabe decryption tool, it do not guarantee that entire .tabe infected files will be restored to their previous condition.

The recommendation would be to make a backup copy of all .tabe encrypted files and wait for the official free decryption tool. For the meantime, security experts suggest to clean the computer in order to remove Tabe ransomware virus and avoid infecting new files.

How to Remove Tabe Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Tabe virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.

Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like alternative tool, Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Anti-Malware Tool

1. Download free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.

4. After the installation process, click the Get Started button to launch the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On the main console, click on Scan to run most complete detection method to find hidden objects associated to Tabe ransomware.

7. Scanning may take a while. Please wait until the anti-malware tool is done with the checking.

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8. Once the scan has completed, the tool will display the list of detected threats. Remove all identified malicious items and restart the computer if necessary.

Stage 2: Double-check for Tabe’s leftover with Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool

1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

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2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.

3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Tabe ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.

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4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message “This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product.” You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.

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5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Tabe ransom virus entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.

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6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.

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7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.

8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Tabe ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Tabe Decryption Tool

Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu will work only if affected files were encrypted using Offline Keys. Tabe ransomware uses the alternate Offline Keys during encryption if there is a problem encountered while communicating to a remote command-and-control server. Follow the guide to start recovering .tabe encrypted files.

1. As precautionary measures, we suggest to BACKUP all your .tabe encrypted files first on a separate media (USB Drive, Flash Drive, DVD Discs, etc…).

2. Download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu from this archive page.

3. Right-click on decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe and click “Run as Administrator“. Windows may prompt “Do you want to allow this app…” just click Yes to continue.

4. By default, the tool will pre-populate the locations where encrypted files were identified. To include other directories, simply click Add Folder button.

5. To start recovering files infected by Tabe ransomware, click on Decrypt button to start the procedure. The interface will display status of the current decryption process.

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We will update this section once the full decryption tool is on hand. In the meantime, please try other options below if the above procedure is not not effective.

Option 1: Windows Previous Version Tool

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Tabe ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:

1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.

3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.

Option 2: Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Tabe Ransomware

Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Tabe ransomware.

1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.

2. Install the program with the default settings.

3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.

4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Tabe ransomware infection.

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5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…

6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.