g8R4rqWIp9 is among the most dangerous and harmful types of malware out there – ransomware. And more specifically, g8R4rqWIp9 belongs to the subtype of file-encrypting ransomware.
This is by far the most unpleasant subtype, as it proves to be the most difficult to deal with. What viruses like g8R4rqWIp9 do is they scan your machine for target file types (it’s usually the most commonly used ones such as images, videos, audios, text documents, etc.), after which they create a list of these files. Then they go by them, one by one, and create encrypted copies of the data, whereas the originals are deleted from the computer.
The encryption is typically quite complex and makes the affected data unreadable to any type of software. Hence, victim users will not be able to open or in any way access their data, which is pretty much the equivalent to losing it altogether. And this is when the whole blackmail scheme comes into play, and how variants like g8R4rqWIp9 get their name.
After the treacherous encryption process is over, the virus will reveal itself and what it has done by means of a ransom note. And in it, it will normally inform you about the encryption, how you won’t be able to access your files and how you may even lose them completely. But then it offers you to pay a certain amount of money (possibly within a given timeframe and in some cryptocurrency), in exchange for which you will receive a decryption key. And that decryption key, in turn, is what it necessary to once again make your files readable.
Now that’s really great, however, what the cybercriminals behind threats like g8R4rqWIp9 don’t want you to know is that there are actually alternative file recovery methods. In fact, we have listed some of them below and encourage you to try them out before attempting to transfer money to the hackers. But note that you will first need to remove g8R4rqWIp9 from your OS, and we have included instructions on how to do that below as well.
The g8R4rqWIp9 virus
The g8R4rqWIp9 virus is typically highly stealthy and rarely shows any signs of its presence on the infected computers. Even high-quality security software may have trouble detecting the g8R4rqWIp9 virus on your PC.
In addition to hardly having any symptoms, ransomware like g8R4rqWIp9 has another dreadful advantage. Very often antivirus programs don’t recognize encryption as a harmful process. And in effect, it really isn’t one. Much on the contrary, it’s something used to protect data, but in this case the hackers have simply come up with a way to use it to serve their evil purpose. And in some instances, more advanced versions of ransomware can even go the extra mile and just disable your security software – just to be sure it doesn’t interfere.
The g8R4rqWIp9 file extension
You will notice that all your encrypted file names have one thing in common – the g8R4rqWIp9 file extension. The g8R4rqWIp9 file extension is the suffix that this ransomware replaces the regular extensions with and, thus, prevents other software from recognizing them.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Currently Unavailable|
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g8R4rqWIp9 Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.
Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt g8R4rqWIp9 files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!