Gomer Ransomware


Gomer is a new virus program for Windows computers that will keep your data unavailable until you make a ransom payment. Viruses like Gomer are referred to as Ransomware and are known for their use of advanced file-encrypting processes to lock their victim’s files.

Gomer Ransomware

Screenshot of the GOMER-README.txt message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their locked files

If your files seem to have been encrypted by this malicious computer program, then you should learn about the different options you have with regard to minimizing the damage done by this virus. Speaking of damage, Ransomware viruses typically lack the ability to damage any part of the system or the files located on the computer’s hard drives. Sure, the virus locks the targeted files but it doesn’t cause any harm to them. The encrypted data needs to stay intact or else the hackers wouldn’t have any blackmailing leverage.

The whole idea behind Ransomware data-encrypting viruses like Gomer and Roger is to get the attacked victims to pay money to the criminals in order to restore their access to the unavailable data. This is why, as soon as the encryption finishes, the virus automatically puts a big banner message on the screen that states that if the user follows the ransom payment instructions provided there and sends the demanded sum to the hackers, the latter would send back a unique decryption key that can supposedly release the files from the grasp of the virus.

The Gomer virus

The Gomer virus is an advanced form of malware that silently carries out a file-locking process on the attacked computer. The Gomer virus uses a complex encryption algorithm to deny the user access to their own private data files until the ransom is transferred.

Obviously, users who don’t keep highly valuable data or who regularly back-up their most important files wouldn’t be in so much trouble if a Ransomware attacks them. However, even they should make sure to remove the virus from their computers and also check the system for other malware that may be hiding in it because Ransomware viruses oftentimes infect user computers with the help of a backdoor Trojan horse. This means that if Gomer is in your system, it is possible that there could also be another threat in there that you don’t know about.

The Gomer file encryption

The Gomer file encryption is what stops the victims of this computer virus from opening, using, and editing their locked files. The Gomer file encryption doesn’t go away when/if the virus is removed – to unlock the encrypted files, you will need the decryption key.

Gomer Ransomware

The Gomer Virus will start encrypting your files as soon as it has infected your system.

As we said, this key is what the hackers offer you against the ransom. However, our advice for our readers who have been attacked by Gomer is to postpone the ransom payment and try the alternatives you will see in the file-restoration section of the following removal guide. The reason we advise against paying the ransom is that you may never get the needed key even if you complete all the payment instructions correctly. On the other hand, the steps and potential recovery alternatives that you will find below won’t cost you anything to try out.


Name Gomer
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most Ransomware viruses are able to stay unnoticed and show no signs of their presence while encrypting the files of their victims.
Distribution Method Ransomware viruses are oftentimes delivered into the system of their victims with the help of a Trojan horse backdoor.
Data Recovery Tool Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove Gomer Ransomware

Gomer Ransomware

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).

Gomer Ransomware


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

Gomer Ransomware

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

Gomer Ransomware
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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.

Gomer Ransomware

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:

Gomer Ransomware

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:

Gomer Ransomware

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.

Gomer Ransomware

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!

Gomer Ransomware 

How to Decrypt Gomer 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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