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Can’t Remove .Gamma Ransomware ? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove .Gamma Ransomware that can be found at the bottom half of this...

Can’t Remove .Gamma Ransomware ? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove .Gamma Ransomware that can be found at the bottom half of this article.

This post is concerned with one quite common and highly dangerous malware hazard that is called .Gamma Ransomware . According to the PC virus categorization, this piece of malicious software is a Ransomware-based virus. Ransomware viruses are capable of rendering the infected victim’s computer files totally inaccessible after the virus program has completed its task utilizing a technique called file-encryption. After all targeted computer files have been encrypted and rendered unavailable, a disturbing pop-up note gets displayed on the user’s screen – the message is supposed to notify the victim that a set amount of money should be paid if they are to regain their access to the secured data files.

Usually, there will also be instructions inside the pop-up that are meant to guide the user through the process of completing the payment. In addition to that, threats may be added in the pop-up – it might be declared that in case the targeted user decides not to issue the money transfer, they will never get the decryption code. Certainly, lots of you have come to this page due to the fact that the noxious .Gamma Ransomware has recently locked-up your data files. If that’s your current situation, you can find a Ransomware removal guide manual down the page that might help you handle your problem.

How Ransomware Works

Ransomware may be categorized as a PC virus but it should be noted that it’s a rather unique type of malicious software. Regrettably, this is also the reason why there are not many protection software programs out there that could in fact deal with a Ransomware threat. Mostly, this has to do with the fact that most malware programs the likes of .Gamma Ransomware wouldn’t normally try to inflict any real harm to the user’s computer system or to the files that are stored on the machine.

Consequently, the activities of .Gamma Ransomware are generally not viewed as potentially harmful by the majority of conventional system protection tools. In fact, the encryption code generally brings about NO real harm to the user’s data files. In reality, one otherwise useful file-protection method gets turned against the customer by .Gamma Ransomware . Noticing the invasion of Ransomware in time is possible, although it is somewhat unlikely. Sometimes, though quite rarely, the warning signs of the infection can be recognized and the Ransomware process – noticed inside the Task Manager. The signs can be unusually high consumption of computer resources like Hard-drive space, processor time and RAM.

Bitcoins and Payment

Having your PC infected by .Gamma Ransomware and having your personal documents encryption-locked by it normally leaves the infection’s victim with a very limited selection of options to choose from. Normally, the main two alternative possible options are to either go for the ransom money payment or to try to search for another solution that won’t involve making a payment to the online criminal. It is very important to understand that regardless of which option you decide to go for, the recovery of your personal documents is not going to be guaranteed. Searching for alternative methods for dealing with the problem, however, is obviously the more advantageous course of action.

On the flip side, choosing to carry out the payment may turn out to be a complete and pointless waste of money – money that you’d probably never get back. An important thing to note here is the fact that there are numerous examples of cryptovirus victims that have paid the demanded money, but haven’t gotten any data-decryption information and/or keys. What this basically means is even if you carry out the transaction, you may simply be wasting your money without actually getting your personal data back. One potential alternative solution is employing the recommendations inside our Instruction manual that is located at the bottom of this article. Alas, whether the techniques from our instruction manual are going to work in your situation or not is not certain, so bear that in mind. Nonetheless, it’s recommended you have a look at the instructions from the manual – they might not always guarantee a successful outcome, but they are surely a preferable option in comparison to carrying out the money transfer to the hackers.

Prevention

Regardless of whether you have been able to successfully overcome .Gamma Ransomware or not, you must find a way to stop any future contaminations. Keeping away from any possible Ransomware-caused problems in the future is not as difficult as dealing with such a virus when it has infected your Computer, so it is essential that you learn how to accomplish that. File backups are certainly the best way to make sure that your files stay safe and accessible even if you accidentally land a Ransomware on your Computer. In this way, even if you actually do get infected once again, no damage will be done, as you are still going to have safe copies of your software documents.

One more step to defending your data is avoiding all the most typical sources of viruses. These are most frequently unwanted emails and their attachments. Anything that looks shady and obscure will need to be definitely avoided even though you may have obtained it from a person who you know as there’s the possibility that their device has been compromised. Another potential source of Ransomware are the so called malicious advertisements. Since it is generally hard to discern legitimate adverts from threatening ones, you need to constantly be alert. Unfortunately, a lot of those online ads can include malicious code. If you accidentally go to the wrong website and click on the wrong advert, there’s no telling what potential harm can come to your PC. Simply keep away from suspicious web content and you will never ever regret it.

Remove .Gamma Ransomware Guide

1: Preparations

Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.

2: Task Manager

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.

If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.

Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.

3: The Hosts file

Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.

Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that. 

hosts_opt (1)

If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.

4: Disable Startup programs

Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.

Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10,  it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:

If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious, disable those programs and select OK.

5: Registry Editor

Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.

Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.

Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.

6: Deleting potentially malicious data

Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:

%AppData%

%LocalAppData%

%ProgramData%

%WinDir%

%Temp%

Delete everything you see in TempAbout the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.

7: Decryption

The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.

 

Daniel Sadakov

Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

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