GlobeImposter GlobeImposter is deemed a ransomware type of a computer virus. GlobeImposter is a very dangerous malware which renders the computer it infects almost useless by encrypting all the files and making them unusable. Once the process is finished it will display a message containing instructions for online payment. Ransomware programs have been around for decades now, but it wasn\u2019t until recent years that they became a genuine massive phenomenon, with millions and millions of unique samples being released on the web, making users today watch their every step when using the internet. Well, almost every step. After all, you, dear reader, have ended up here perhaps due to lowering your guard and ending up infected with one of the newest ransomware variants called GlobeImposter Ransomware. Today\u2019s article is dedicated to this particular ransomware virus, the encryption it uses to lock you out of your files and the possible ways you may have landed it in the first place. But aside from that, it is very important that you see to the removal of GlobeImposter Ransomware as soon as possible and for that purpose we have created a detailed removal guide, which you can use for free, just below this article. For those of you, who don\u2019t feel as confident in dealing with system files and deleting things from their PCs, you can also use our specialized removal tool, which will do the job for you in a matter of a few minutes. And last but not least, in our guide we have also included file restoration instructions that may succeed in recovering at least some of your encrypted data. Give them a try to see if they will be helpful for you. GlobeImposter 2.0 Viruses like GlobeImposter Ransomware use very complex, sophisticated encryption algorithms when working on the files of one\u2019s PC. They first need to locate the file types they\u2019re after, which can be anything from system files to pictures, music and videos. And once that is done, they proceed to create encrypted copies of that data, whilst deleting the originals, which, in turn, leaves the victims with nothing but a pile of useless data. In the majority of cases, this process will run without any interruption or without any symptoms. Even your antivirus program will most likely be powerless to detect an issue, because encryption is not an inherently malicious process. As a matter of fact, it\u2019s used to protect data, not harm it, which is why most security software will simply ignore it altogether. Now as for the distribution of these viruses, this still remains a very important part to understanding them and learning how to defend your system against them in the future. We did hint earlier many of the infections could have easily been prevented and that is the actual truth. Applying your common sense when browsing the web can really save you a lot of trouble, even of the ranks of GlobeImposter Ransomware and other ransomware viruses. For example, one of the most common sources of ransomware is still spam email campaigns. You\u2019d think that it\u2019s the oldest trick in the book and people shouldn\u2019t be falling for that anymore, yet here we are. Most commonly the virus will be included as an attached file, even one as seemingly harmless as a Word document or PDF files. Alternatively, the email (or other message) may contain a hyperlink, which you will be encouraged to follow under whatever pretext. The trick is to look out for suspicious signs, like weird email addresses, strange and perhaps even illiterate content of the email itself or even just the subject. Do not under any circumstances interact with the attachments or links in it, unless you are 100% sure it\u2019s trustworthy. Another very common way of getting infected is by clicking on a malicious online ad. The trick with these is that they can be literally anywhere, on any website. Of course, you\u2019re more likely to find them on sketchy or illegal pages, but to be on the safe side, you\u2019d be wise to simply steer clear of any online popups, banners or box messages. Fake system requests can also be a common source, so be sure to manually install system updates and security patches, as opposed to trusting a random notification that showed up and is offering to do so for you. One last thing we would like to advise you on before you can move on to the removal guide is backing up your most important files from now on. This is essentially what will render any ransomware virus totally harmless and unable to leverage anything to extort money from you. SUMMARY: Name GlobeImposter Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by 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 Detection Tool Keep in mind, SpyHunter's malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase the full version.\u00a0More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. GlobeImposter 2.0 Ransomware Removal Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 How to Decrypt GlobeImposter Ransomware 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!