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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Gpaa Ransomware

Gpaa Ransomware, or Global Poverty Aid Agency Ransomware, is a malicious application which surely belongs to the group of the nastiest malware. Although it illegally enters computers, it does not try to stay unnoticed. Instead, it starts working on victims’ computers right after successfully infiltrating the computer. When its malicious file is launched, the Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) crashes. Then, the ransomware infection starts encrypting users’ personal files. Before locking users’ files, it first finds where they are located. Researchers at have revealed that this malicious application finds and locks all kinds of files, including pictures, documents, text files, and media files. It does that so that it could obtain money from users easily. Although Gpaa Ransomware claims that it is a part of the crowdfunding campaign whose goal is to raise 1000 Bitcoins (“1 BTC for 1 CHILD!”) to save children, do not make a payment by any means because your money will end up in the hands of cyber criminals and will surely not reach poor children. If all the victims send the money required to developers of ransomware-type infections, they will never stop developing these threats. It is another reason you should keep your money in the pocket. Unfortunately, we cannot promise that you could unlock your files without the private key.

Gpaa Ransomware was first detected in the first half of June, 2017, so it is still not very popular at the time of writing. Of course, it does not mean that it cannot enter your computer because it uses sophisticated tactics to enter users’ systems. You will find out soon about its entrance because you will find a bunch of your files encrypted and having a new filename extension .cerber6. Names of these files touched by the ransomware infection will all be changed as well, for example, picture.jpg will become 2sjUpOFZcW1i6UZA.cerber6. After encrypting all users’ valuable files, Gpaa Ransomware creates ransom notes !READ.htm in directories with encrypted files. This file contains a message and a picture of a starving Nigerian child. Also, this file tells users why they can no longer access their files. In addition, they find out what they can do to get those files back after reading the message. It has been noticed that the size of the ransom demanded by Gpaa Ransomware might vary, but it should be about 2 Bitcoins (4903 USD at today’s price). Since there are no guarantees that you could decrypt your files after sending money to cyber criminals, you should not send a cent to them. Instead, go to recover your files from a backup or try restoring them from Shadow Volume copies. We cannot promise that these alternative data recovery methods will work either, though.

Without a doubt, Gpaa Ransomware is one of these computer infections which illegally enter computers. As a consequence, users know nothing about its entrance. Researchers at are sure that users do not download and install this malicious application on their computers. Instead, it might enter systems illegally via RDP connections. What is more, research carried out by our specialists has revealed that this computer infection might be spread via spam emails as well. In this case, users contribute to the entrance of this ransomware-type infection by opening an attachment they find in a spam email. Of course, they do not know that they will allow malicious software to enter their PCs by opening it. It is not always easy to prevent a harmful threat from entering the system because they use a bunch of different methods to show up on users’ PCs. Luckily, there is still one way to ensure the system’s protection. You can do this by installing a reputable security application on your computer and enabling it.

You need to remove Gpaa Ransomware fully as soon as possible because your files will be encrypted one more time if you ever click on its executable file. Since it is not one of those infections which make a bunch of modifications on affected computers, it should not be extremely hard to delete it. In fact, there are only two removal steps you need to perform to get rid of it. First, delete all recently download files. Second, remove ransom notes from directories with encrypted files. It is, for sure, not the only ransomware removal method you can adopt. You can delete this infection automatically as well. Download and install a legitimate scanner on your computer and then perform a full system scan with it once.

Remove Gpaa Ransomware

  1. Open the Windows Explorer (tap Win+E).
  2. Open %TEMP%, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, and %APPDATA%.
  3. Delete all suspicious files.
  4. Remove !READ.htm from all the places with encrypted files.
  5. Empty the Recycle bin and restart your computer.
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