When talking about the most dangerous and problematic types of malware, the infamous Ransomware cryptoviruses are certainly at the top of the list. A recent outbreak of this particular kind of malicious programs that is unprecedented in proportion and size only further proves just how harmful Ransomware can be. In today’s article, we will give you some detailed information about one of the latest virus programs that belong to this category. It’s name is Gc47 Virus and probably a lot of you have landed on this page because you have already encountered the vicious malware. If that is your case, you have most likely already realized that most if not all of your personal files that have been saved on your PC have been encrypted by the virus which has rendered them inaccessible to you. The reason behind such an encryption is simple – the hacker who has attacked your system wants you to pay them a ransom or else, they will keep your data inaccessible by not sending you the key that can decrypt it. We understand how intimidating this can be, especially if the user has important documents on their computer hard drive that they need in their work. However, remaining calm and collected is essential in such a situation or else, you might jump to a rushed decision which might make matters even worse. Therefore, if you indeed have had your personal files locked by Gc47 Virus, we advise you to finish the rest of the article and then visit our removal guide for the virus where you can find instructions which might help you fix the issue without paying anything.
What you need to know about Ransomware
If you are dealing with a cryptovirus such as Gc47 Virus, then you need to have some basic understanding with regards to how it works and what makes it such a problematic piece of malware. The truth is that there is more than one reason for that.
- First of all, one thing that makes Ransomware infections such a pain is that most antiviruses are less than effective against such a malicious program. Most security tools that users use are not properly-suited for detecting cryptoviruses. The reason for that has to do with the fact that Ransomware programs do not function in a way that harms or damages the infected PC or the files that are on it. Typically, encryption processes aren’t harmful and, in fact, they are often used as a legitimate data protection technique. This makes it difficult for an antivirus program to actually recognize the Ransomware as a threat which, in turn, allows the malware to execute its task without getting interrupted whatsoever.
- Another reason why malware such as Gc47 Virus is such a huge threat is the fact that it shows almost no symptoms. The encryption process that is run by the virus might cause certain increase in the CPU and RAM consumption as well as temporarily decrease the free hard-disk space on the PC but on computers that are more powerful, noticing these symptoms isn’t very likely since there will be almost no slow-down of the computer’s productivity.
- The third main factor that makes Ransomware one of the nastiest software threats out there has to do with the encryption process itself and the fact that even after the virus is gotten rid of, the encrypted files would remain locked. For that reason, we have added a separate section to our guide where we explain what can be done in order to restore the access to the files without paying the ransom. However, the instructions there might not always work and it all depends on the specific circumstances of the infection. Still, it is highly advisable that users try all available alternatives to the ransom payment since going for that should only be seen as a last resort option. Remember, that in many cases, users that have made the money transfer have not received the key which means that they have basically thrown away their money further sponsoring an illegal cyber scheme.
Methods for Ransomware distribution
If you truly want to keep your files and computer safe in the future, you ought to constantly be on the lookout for certain potential ways via which a Ransomware cryptovirus can get inside your PC. Some of the things that you should be the most careful with are spam e-mails, shady sites that could be illegal and potentially harmful web-ads (malvertising). If you manage to avoid those, the chances of landing Ransomware would be very slim. However, there is one other way of handling a potential attack from such a virus and that is by having a file backup. If your data has been backed up on another device, then the files will be safe even if your machine happens to get infected by Ransomware.
Gc47 Virus Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.