.Gamma Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Nov. 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove .Gamma Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Gamma file can be recovered.

Data encryption is typically a process used to secure important data files and make them inaccessible in any way to anyone who doesn’t have the unique decryption key that can unlock the said files. Being one of the most advanced and effective forms of data protection, the file encryption is very commonly used to keep important files that users might not want to get accessed by other people secured. However, cyber criminals have found a way to use this very same process against their potential victims as means of blackmailing them. One of the nastiest malware category out there is the infamous Ransomware cryptovirus category and this type of malicious programs uses the so-called encryption method in order to harass users and take their money.

.Gamma File

.Gamma Ransomware

The premise under which Ransomware cryptoviruses operate is simple – the virus enters the PC, scans the HDD for certain file types (normally, such that are commonly used and are likely to be important to the user) and then locks the said files with its encryption. After this is done, a notepad file or a notification banner gets generated on the infected computer – the note tells the Ransomware victim that the only way of regaining the access to the encrypted data would be to send a certain amount of money to the hackers following a specific set of instructions. If the money is paid, the user would supposedly receive the unique key that can open the locked-up files. This is basically the gist of how Ransomware cryptoviruses work – they silently encrypt your files without showing any symptoms and then reveal to you what has happened and what you are supposed to do in order to restore your data. Here, however, is the first issue – you can’t really trust the hackers behind the attack. While they might try to assure you that the key for your files would indeed be sent to you after you pay, there really can be no real guarantee that this would happen. That is why, security experts advice to not directly pay the money and try some other alternatives if such are available to you. Below, we’ve posted one such alternative on how one might be able to deal with one of the latest cryptovirus infections – the nasty .Gamma virus.

.Gamma Ransomware Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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. 

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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. 

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.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt .Gamma files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If .Gamma has locked your data and is currently preventing you from accessing your own files, then we’d certainly advise you to give a try to the instructions from our guide. We cannot promise that they will certainly get all of your data back but if you complete the guide and/or use the suggested removal tool, you should at least be able to get rid of the infection and make your PC safe for further use. The problem with Ransomware infections like .Gamma is that the encryption remains on the files even after the malware is no longer inside the system. Still, though, the elimination of the infection is the first step towards getting your files back unless you decide to go for the ransom payment. However, as we said, paying isn’t always a viable option as you might simply lose money over nothing. Nevertheless, the end decision is yours – we are just telling you what the options are.

Detection issues

A big problem with Ransomware programs like .Gamma is the overall lack of symptoms. On most systems, the encryption process would go unnoticed as there won’t be any red flags. On some computers, there might be noticeably high amounts of RAM, CPU and HDD use while the files are getting encrypted by the cryptovirus but that’s about all you could expect as a symptom. In fact, infections like .Gamma are so stealthy that even a good and reliable antivirus program might still fail to pick it up mainly because no actual damage is being caused to anything by the encryption – it’s only that the files are getting locked.

Regarding Ransomware distribution

Being aware of the ways such a virus can get to you is essential as it will help you keep your machine clean and your data safe in the future. Similarly to most types of malware, a Ransomware like .Gamma could get distributed alongside pirated software downloads, spam messages, fake and hazardous web ads, torrents, illegal websites and so on. Some other types of malware such as Trojan Horses could also be employed as means of infecting computers with Ransomware which is the reason why you should still have an antivirus program on your computer. One thing that can really help against Ransomware is file backups – storing copies of your most valuable data on safe locations like cloud storages and external devices (flash drives, external HDDs, etc.) could save you a lot of trouble even if you get attacked by a Ransomware on your PC.

SUMMARY:

Name .Gamma
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most infections of the Ransomware category tend to lack any visible symptoms aside from increased use of system resources (RAM, HDD, CPU).
Distribution Method Fake advertisements, malicious spam messages, shady downloadable contents, Trojan backdoors and so on.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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!


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