Ransomware

Geno Virus Removal (+.Geno File Recovery)


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

Welcome to the removal guide for Geno, and the article explaining what this virus really is. If your files have been encrypted by this stealthy infection, and you don’t want to pay a ransom to the crooks who are now blackmailing you, the information we’ve prepared here may help you deal with this cyber threat. Our “How to Remove” team is dedicated to helping users like you fight against such malware infections, and here you’ll learn how to effectively remove Geno and protect your computer in the future.

The .Geno virus

.Geno Virus

You will find this message in a _readme.txt file left behind from the .Geno Virus

Eliminating the Ransomware infection is of utmost importance if you want to bring back the infected machine under your control, and block the hackers’ access. With this in mind, we will share our tested, and detailed steps with you in the next lines. You may also like to learn about some alternatives to the ransom payment, that may help you get your data back without giving your money to the criminals. Therefore, once you eliminate the infection, we will point you to the file-recovery section of the guide, with the hope that you will find it helpful. But let’s first say a few words about this new cyber threat before we move on, so that you better understand the malware you’re about to deal with.

Usually, infections with Ransomware occur when users click on malicious content pieces. Such content is frequently spread via spam emails, attachments to misleading messages, links, torrents, and suspicious downloads. The harmful payload can appear in the form of an ad, an image, a pop-up, or a regular file, and trick you into clicking on it without having a clue about the infection that it carries. This being said, Trojan Horses are a preferred transmitter of Ransomware because of their capacity to mask themselves as apparently harmless pieces of web content. Sadly, neither the infection, nor the file encryption process has visible symptoms, thus, it usually goes unnoticed until the malware reveals itself through a ransom note on the victim’s screen.

The .Geno file encryption

.Geno File

Geno’s file encryption in action

Direct decryption of the encrypted files can only be achieved after the application of a unique decryption key. Unfortunately, the decryption key for the Geno’s encryption is in the crooks ‘ hands, and they would only give it to you in exchange for a sizable amount of money, payable in BitCoins. They provide detailed instructions on how to pay the BitCoins in a note of ransom, displayed immediately after the file encryption has finished. Very often, if a payment is delayed or not made, the hackers will threaten to destroy the decryption key forever. They might even threaten to double the sum demanded for the ransom in order to make the victims pay faster. You should understand, however, that these are manipulative techniques used by the cyber criminals to make their victims behave impulsively, and pay as fast as possible.

Sending money to the crooks behind Geno, Hese or  Gero however, is not a good idea. Many Ransomware victims burn their money this way, and they get a key that doesn’t work or they never get a decryption key at all. Therefore, many security experts would advise you not to pay a cent to these crooks, and our “How to Remove” team supports this opinion.

It might be possible to restore your files by other means, and in the removal guide below, there are some options that you may like to try. Of course, it is ideal to restore the data from personal backup copies. You can use copies that you keep on an external drive or on a cloud. That is why the smartest and easiest way to protect yourself against data loss caused by Ransomware is to create regular backups, and keep them on external storages. However, you’d still need proper antivirus software, and a well-maintained and updated system, to remove the virus and prevent future infections.

SUMMARY:

Name Geno
Type Ransomware
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
Detection Tool

Geno Virus 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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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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Scan Results


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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.

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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 Geno 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!


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