This guide was created to help users recover files infected with the GoldenEye Ransomware Virus and help them remove it, as it is still in their system.
There are a lot of different types of unwanted and harmful software throughout the internet and some are more dangerous than others. In this article, we will be focusing on the most problematic type of malicious programs – the infamous Ransomware. While this kind of viruses has been around for some time, it has fairly recently started to evolve and expand so rapidly, becoming a huge problem for both regular users and big companies. Lately, new Ransomware has been released under the name of GoldenEye Ransomware Virus. In our article we will try to give you all the necessary information that you might need to know about the GoldenEye Virus and Ransomware in general, so that you can ensure the safety and security of your PC. Ransomware viruses are quite different from most other malware – what they do is they encrypt your personal files and demand ransom afterwards. If the user does not pay the money, the files remain inaccessible.
The process of encryption
One of the main reasons why Ransomware programs are such a huge problem is the fact that they are very difficult to detect. Most antivirus software is well-suited for detecting other, more conventional threats such as Trojans, worms, etc. However, when it comes to viruses such as GoldenEye Ransomware Virus, many security programs have problems identifying the threat. The reason for that lies in the method that Ransomware uses to lock the targeted files. These viruses use something called encryption to make the data inaccessible. What you should know about encryption is that it’s actually not a malicious process. In fact, it’s commonly used by regular legal programs to protect their files. This is why antivirus programs usually disregard encryption processes, because they see them as harmless. However, when the Ransomware is finished encrypting your data, you won’t be able to access it without a special key for the code that only the hacker using the virus has.
Detecting the virus (manually)
Even if your antivirus is not able to detect the infection, you can do that manually. Encryption takes time, hard-drive space and other considerable amounts of RAM and CPU time. This is because your files are first copied by the virus and then the originals get deleted. The encryption is not directly forced on your original files, it is the copies that are encrypted. Due to the complexity of this process and the time and resources it requires, it is possible for the user to notice it if they are being vigilant. Therefore, pay close attention to your machine’s behavior – if anything seems odd, make sure to check your Task Manager. If suspiciously large amounts of RAM and CPU are being used and also if you notice that you have less free HDD space than you should have, know that there might be a Ransomware infection. In that case, you should shut down your PC, disconnect it from everything and then seek professional aid. Also, do not try to connect any devices in an attempt to save your data in the last minute, because the Ransomware might get on those devices and encrypt their files as well.
If you’ve failed to intercept the infection and your files have already been locked by GoldenEye Ransomware Virus, you’d receive a notification from the virus itself in which you’d be told that you have to pay a certain amount of money in return for the encryption key. Most of the time, there are instructions on how exactly to make the transfer. Usually, the money is demanded in bitcoins. Bitcoins are e cryptocurrency that cannot be traced. This is why they are so popular among hackers – that way it is nearly impossible to track down the cyber-criminal and bring them to justice. The usage of bitcoins is one more reason why Ransomware viruses are so widely spread and so difficult to counteract. If you are currently faced with the ransom demand, our advice for you is to seek another option. Paying the money does not guarantee that you’ll receive the encryption key, but it guarantees that the hacker will be further encouraged to keep on blackmailing more and more people. Below the current article you can find a detailed Ransomware removal guide that may help you deal with the virus without the need to pay anything. It must be said that the removal guide does not give a hundred percent certainty of success but it is still a much better alternative to the ransom payment.
Protection against GoldenEye Ransomware Virus
It is very important that you learn how to protect your computer from any future Ransomware attacks. Make sure that you remember and follow the next guidelines to boost the security of your system and online security.
- Mind the sites you visit. This should be a no-brainer, but a lot of people are extremely careless with the websites they visit and use to download stuff from. Only stick to those that are reputable and you know you can trust.
- Avoid shady e-mails and hyperlinks that are sent to you. Those are among the most common methods of Ransomware distribution. If you think an e-mail or a hyperlink within a text message seems suspicious, do not click on it, no matter who’s sent it to you.
- Backup your important data. This is the best precaution, because if you have backed up your files, even in the event of a Ransomware attack, you will still have an accessible copy of them and won’t need to pay the ransom or seek a way to have the files decrypted.
- Installing a high-quality anti-virus program can greatly help you in the struggle against GoldenEye Ransomware Virus and other Ransomware. Some developers are trying to modify their antivirus products so that they can detect Ransomware viruses. Also, know that oftentimes viruses like GoldenEye Ransomware Virus infect users’ systems via another virus that serves as a backdoor. A good security tool could detect such backdoor malware.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Ransomware infection might cause your PC to run slower and consumes high amounts of RAM, free HDD space and CPU time during the encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Ransomware viruses are known do be primarily distibuted via malicious e-mails, harmful hyperlinks, illegal sites and through other viruses such as Trojan Horses.|
Remove GoldenEye Ransomware Virus
- Insert the DVD (or the USB) into the computer, then run the computer and choose to boot the OS from the DVD/USB. You may have to change Windows boot priorities from the bios by pressing Del
- When Windows boots from the DVD/USB select Windows Repair
- Open the Command Prompt and write the following commands inside: enter: bootrec / fixmbr, bootrec / fixboot and bootrec / rebuildbcd
- Your Windows OS should now be able to boot normally. You can proceed with the removal of the virus as usual.
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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:
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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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 files infected with GoldenEye Ransomware Virus
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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