.Gate File Ransomware in depth
A new Ransomware infection, named .Gate , has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team and in the guide below, we will do our best to help its victims effectively deal with it. .Gate has been created by hackers with malicious intentions with the goal of encrypting their victims’ files and then requesting a ransom in exchange for the locked data’s decryption. Because of this, the security professionals consider this infection to be a cryptovirus. In case that your computer has been secretly infected with this new threat, or any other treat like .Etols, .Raldug or .Crabslkt, you may not have access to some personal files on your system as they may be locked with a complex encryption algorithm. You may also notice that a ransom-demanding notification may get generated on your screen, asking you to pay a ransom to a given cryptocurrency wallet.
Distribution methods of .Gate File Ransomware
Like most Ransomware representatives, .Gate is distributed online with the help of different transmitters and sketchy techniques such as spam messages, fake ads, malicious email attachments, infected links, torrents, infected software installers and illegal websites. You may get your machine compromised without knowing it by simply visiting a malicious website, clicking on a suspicious link or downloading some free software and files. However, sometimes, a Trojan Horse infection may be behind the contamination with Ransomware because many Trojans may secretly create backdoors and security holes which can easily be exploited by threats like .Gate . That’s why it is very important to take preventive measures against stealthy threats like this one and invest in reliable antimalware protection which can detect malicious processes in the background of your system and disable them.
Can I remove .Gate File Ransomware myself?
In order to extort money from its victims, .Gate uses a strong encryption algorithm to lock a variety of file types. These files may be audios, videos, text documents, images, archives, spreadsheets and more. The file formats that may be targeted by the Ransomware may include .doc, .docx, .ppt, .jpeg, and many more. However, their extensions may be replaced with some new ones, which cannot be recognized by the system after the encryption takes place. In order to unlock and make the data accessible again, you are likely to get asked to pay a certain amount of money for the purchase of a special decryption key.
Risks of .Gate File Ransomware
The hackers behind the infection would basically try to blackmail you into paying for the access to your own files. They may threaten that if you don’t make the payment on time, the special key that can open your files will be destroyed and you will never be able to open or use the encrypted data again. They may also give you a short deadline and tell you that you must pay before the given time runs out. Even if you give them your money and fulfill all of their ransom demands, however, there is no guarantee that you will recover your data because they may never send the decryption key back to you. That’s why, instead of falling for their blackmailing scheme, we suggest you use alternative solutions to remove .Gate and then try to recover your data from backups or with the help of other available decryption options. As a start, you can follow the instructions in the removal guide below and focus on the safe removal of the infection so you’d at least have a clean computer again.
.Gate File Ransomware SUMMARY:
|Danger Level||High (.Gate Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Gate Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Ransomwares get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove .Gate File Ransomware
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: IP related to .Gate
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.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the .Gate .
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 as there could be a link between them and .Gate , 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 – .Gate
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Gate Ransomware. About 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: .Gate Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Gate 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.