Gomer 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\u2019s 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\u2019s hard drives. Sure, the virus locks the targeted files but it doesn\u2019t cause any harm to them. The encrypted data needs to stay intact or else the hackers wouldn\u2019t 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\u2019t keep highly valuable data or who regularly back-up their most important files wouldn\u2019t 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\u2019t 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\u2019t go away when\/if the virus is removed - to unlock the encrypted files, you will need the decryption key. 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\u2019t cost you anything to try out. SUMMARY: Name Gomer Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by 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 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 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 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!