The aim of the following article is to aid users, who have fallen victim to a virus called Gdcb Ransomware. Gdcb Ransomware is a variant of the ransomware type and it has been reported to encrypt a large variety of different files on the computers it infects. After that, as you may already be well aware of, it places a ransom note on the computer’s desktop and/or in the folders with encrypted files. The ransom note, in turn, states the amount you are required to transfer to the hackers, as well as instructions on how to do that. In return, the blackmailers promise to recover your files, as long as you comply with all the points of the ransom note. It’s very common for these cybercriminals to also place a tight deadline in the note, and threaten to delete your files if you don’t manage to pay them in time. This is your typical scare tactic designed to frighten you and throw you off balance. That way you will be more likely to act out of impulse and just send the money without stopping to consider your alternatives. But we’re glad you didn’t immediately succumb to the pressure of this really sticky situation and on this page we will show you exactly how you can remove Gdcb Ransomware from your computer.
What you can do to fight ransomware?
Besides giving you the necessary tools to eliminate this virus, we will also try to provide you with a working solution for the file encryption Gdcb Ransomware has caused. However, ransomware is by far perhaps the trickiest type of malware to deal with. The encryptions its representatives use are complex and very sophisticated. So much so, that even specialists in the field are not always capable to crack their codes. With this in mind, you should begin to consider the fact that it may not be possible to restore your data. This is, however, strictly dependent on each individual case. The removal guide below will offer you the instructions on how to locate and remove the virus. In case you don’t feel comfortable enough having to locate and delete files and fear you might delete the wrong ones, you can also use our professional removal tool. Though, we should warn you that in some cases the virus may prevent your system from running the tool.
Anyway, after you have removed Gdcb Ransomware from your computer, be it manually or automatically with the help of the said tool, you will find instructions in the guide on how to recover your files. The restoration steps will aim to retrieve copies of the encrypted data from system backups, and this may not necessarily work in each and every case either. However, it’s still worth giving a try. In the event that it doesn’t work, there are also several other alternatives. For example, we have published a list of free decryptor tools released by security software companies for the purpose of combating ransomware. We update the list on a regular basis, so if you don’t find the tool that will work for you right now, be sure to check back in a little while to see if one hasn’t popped up in the meantime.
As far as paying the ransom goes, there are several reasons why that would not be the optimal solution for this problem with Gdcb Ransomware. For one, ransomware viruses are known to be getting extremely popular and one of the reasons is because the criminals behind them are incredibly elusive. And the main reason why they are so difficult to crack down on for the authorities is because they request they ransom payments be transferred in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, which are essentially untraceable. Therefore, the only viable way of stopping them from continuing with their blackmail scheme is for people to stop paying them. Furthermore, transferring the hackers the amount they want in no way guarantees that you will receive a decryption key and have your files recovered. In fact, the opposite is very often the case.
Therefore, we believe in people being prepared for potential attacks, instead of having to deal with their consequences. And one of the key prevention methods is creating backups of your most important data and keeping them on separate drives that are not constantly connected to the internet or your computer.
Our removal guide is provided due to the generous help of howtoremove.guide and their Gdcb Ransomware Removal instructions.
Gdcb Ransomware 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.