Gojdue Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Feb.2018 Update


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

If you have come to this article on our site because your personal files on your PC have been locked-up/ encrypted by a Ransomware virus known as Gojdue, you might want to read the next lines so as to acquire some important information regarding this highly malicious piece of malware. We have also prepared a guide for removing Gojdue, where we have added instructions on both how to get rid of the virus and several methods that might help you with decryption of the files that have been locked by it. Just bear in mind that the decryption tips might not always work. That being said, our removal guide is still worth the try, as it won’t cost you anything and might still help you resolve the issue that you might be having with this nasty Ransomware.

About Ransomware

Ransomware viruses are undoubtedly one of the worst forms of malware that hackers are known to use for extorting money from their victims. The core idea behind a virus of this category is to lock the PC or the files of its victim and ask for a ransom payment in order to restore the access for the user. In the case of Gojdue, an encryption process is used to render any personal data located on the targeted PC inaccessible. Ransomware programs which do that are called cryptoviruses due to the employment of the encryption process. This is actually a key factor that determines the way the malware works and is also one of the main reasons why dealing with this kind of Ransomware can be extremely tricky sometimes.

The encryption

Data encryption is basically a method that is used to protect important files from corruption and unauthorized access. In fact, it is a rather useful process for anyone who wants high-level protection for their data. Encryption is used in many different fields of technology and software. However, the people who create Ransomware cryptoviruses have managed to utilize and exploit this otherwise useful method for their own illegal goals. When used by Ransomware, an encryption process would lock the files but the key that can unlock them will be held by the hacker who’s behind the malware attack. Once the process is over, a note file will normally be created on the user’s PC, where a ransom demand would be stated in exchange for the said key. Unless the money is paid, the files are said to remain inaccessible for good. The fact that encryption is actually a widely popular method for data security is one of the factors that allows Gojdue Ransomware and other similar viruses to stay below the radar while locking some unfortunate user’s files. Most antiviruses aren’t able to tell the difference between regular, non-malicious encryption and one that is being carried out by Ransomware. This is why most of the time users do not find out about the malware attack until their data already becomes inaccessible.

Gojdue 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. 

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. 

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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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 Gojdue 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!

Symptoms

Some lucky users might be able to manually find out that their machine has been attacked by Ransomware if they pay close attention to what is going on with their PC. Higher RAM and CPU use along with decreased free disk space are both common indicators of a Ransomware invasion and are especially apparent on machines that do not have a lot of virtual memory or a powerful processor. Also, if there are a lot of files on the computer, the malware would take longer to encrypt them all giving the user more time to spot the attack. However, know that it is still very difficult and dependent on luck to detect Gojdue Ransomware or any other similar virus that way. Regardless, being vigilant and watchful is never a bad idea.

Make sure you don’t expose your PC to danger!

Most Ransomware infections occur when the user isn’t careful enough while online. Downloading shady software from unreliable sites, opening suspicious e-mails and downloading their attachments or clicking on unknown and sketchy-looking links on the Internet are all potential security risks that you ought to avoid if you want to keep your system safe and clean. Also, one important and oftentimes overlooked piece of advice is to always keep a backup of the files that are important for you. Unless you have many gigabytes of data that need to be backed up, even a regular flash drive stick would do the job just fine. Also, you can use a cloud service as an additional backup option. Regardless of what backup method you choose to use, make sure that you always have safe copies of any important data that you wouldn’t want to lose in case you get attacked by Ransomware.

Lastly, if you are thinking about paying the ransom in case your files have already been locked up by Gojdue Ransomware, make sure that you first try out the guide that we have prepared for you. Making the money payment is hardly ever a good idea, as even if you do execute the transfer, you might simply lose your money without getting the needed key – there are just no guarantees when it comes to Ransomware.

SUMMARY:

Name Gojdue
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Odd PC behavior – high CPU and RAM use and less than normal HDD free space.
Distribution Method Malvertising, spam messages, malicious links, Trojan horse back doors, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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