Remove .GFS Ransomware (+File Recovery)


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

The Ransomware-based infections may well be called one of the largest threat on the Internet today. They use the method of encryption to take hostage of the victim’s files or the screen of the infected device in order to ask for a ransom payment for their liberation. Unfortunately, the security experts are still a couple of steps behind the criminals who create such malicious programs in the sense that there is still no solution that can help the victims reverse the effects of the attack in 100% of the cases. However, this is not a reason to despair because there are some methods which may potentially help you remove such an infection and deal with its consequences to an extent. In fact, in this article, we will provide you with instructions on how to remove one recently reported Ransomware called .GFS. You can find the instructions in the detailed removal guide below along with some suggestions on how to restore the files that have been encrypted by this nasty malware. However, before proceeding to them, we advise you to read the information that follows as it can be useful to you and will help you protect your computer and data against similar malware programs in the future.
How do the Ransomware cryptoviruses work?
Once in your system, the Ransomware typically begins to secretly scan your system for the presence of certain file types. These files can be documents, images, audios, video files and, in some cases, even system files which are needed for the operation of the system. After the malware gains the necessary information about which files are stored on your system, it starts creating encrypted copies of these files one by one. As a result, the victim cannot open or use those copies in any way unless a special decryption code is applied to them. The original files of these encrypted copies get deleted without the user’s knowledge. As soon as this whole process ends, a large ransom-demanding message appears on the screen and asks the victim for a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key.

The ransom message typically states the conditions under which the hackers promise to send you the needed decryption key for the restoration of your files. Most often, a certain amount of money (typically requested in BitCoins) needs to be sent to the crooks before you obtain the key. If no payment is made, the hackers threaten to destroy that key and thereby make you permanently lose access to your files. This is usually done in order to scare the victims and make them panic in order to prevent them from seeking a rational approach to the Ransomware’s attack. Letting yourself get into a panic, however, is the worst that you could do in case that you have been attacked by .GFS because, when acting out of fear and frustration, you are more likely to get fooled by the crooks rather than solve the problem. In addition, the payment of the ransom does not guarantee that you will actually receive the key necessary for decoding your data. The criminals may simply not send it to you and vanish with the money as they oftentimes do with many of the victims. That’s why our suggestion is to give a try to other methods such as the ones in the removal guide above and try to remove .GFS on your own instead of risking your hard earned money by offering it to some anonymous crooks.

SUMMARY:

Name .GFS
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

Remove .GFS File Ransomware


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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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:

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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 .GFS 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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