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Danger level 7
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

GusCrypter ransomware

GusCrypter ransomware, also known as GusLocker Ransomware, is a harmful threat that might enter your system and encrypt all your personal files in no time. This malicious application comes in two different versions. They slightly differ from each other, for example the older one drops DECRYPT.html as a ransom note and employs the .GUSv2 filename extension, whereas the new one drops Information.html on affected computers and marks files using the .bip filename extension; however, there is also one thing that unites them both. Both versions of GusCrypter ransomware encrypt files once they slither onto users’ computers. Ransomware infections use strong encryption algorithms to make sure users cannot unlock their files free of charge, so they undoubtedly bring a lot of problems to users. If you have already encountered GusCrypter ransomware and the majority of your personal files have been encrypted by this nasty infection, you must delete it right away. Once the threat is gone, you could then try out available file recovery methods. Sadly, we cannot promise that you will manage to fix your encrypted files.

Different versions of GusCrypter ransomware use different filename extensions (.bip and .GUSv2), but they both encrypt all personal files in popular formats. To be more specific, you will find .mp4, .mp3, .tif, .lnk, .doc, .docx, .bin, .pem, .jpg, .jpeg, .txt, .pdf, .zip, .7z, and many other files encrypted after the successful entrance of GusCrypter ransomware. You do not even need to open a ransom note to find out what cyber criminals want from you. We are sure they will ask you to pay some Bitcoin to get files unlocked. That is what all ransomware infections are about – they are developed by cyber criminals to extract money from users. While sending money to cyber criminals might seem to be the easiest solution to the problem, you should not rush to make a payment, especially if you know you could live without those files that have been encrypted because there are no guarantees that you will be given a working decryptor even if you transfer money to the malware author. We have to tell you the truth – it might be impossible to unlock files without the special decryptor. It is very likely that you could get them back only if you have ever backed up your files. No matter what your final decision is, i.e. whether or not you decide to purchase a decryptor from cyber criminals, you will still have to remove the ransomware infection from the system yourself because it will stay active on your system even if the payment is made.

GusCrypter ransomware is not a very prevalent infection, so our specialists could not obtain much information about its distribution, but, as always, they still have a theory. According to researchers, it is very likely that this ransomware infection is spread using good old distribution methods. That is, the chances are high that it is delivered to users via email. Once they open a malicious email attachment holding a malicious executable file, the ransomware infection infects users’ computers and locates personal files so that it could encrypt them. It is one of the most popular malware distribution methods, but it is no doubt not the only way how users encounter computer threats. You might one day realize that you have encountered a Trojan, a ransomware infection, or another harmful computer threat after downloading and installing a beneficial-looking program from a P2P website too. Clicking on random links found on the web might have the same effect. Theoretically, it is possible to prevent all existing threats from entering the system without the help from the outside; however, this is easier said than done. Therefore, security experts highly recommend keeping security software installed on the system. It will protect you against all types of malware without difficulty. Your life will no doubt become easier and your virtual security will be considerably improved once you install it.

Many users expect that they will unlock their personal files affected by malware by deleting the threat they have encountered, but, unfortunately, it is not true. Your files will stay encrypted if you remove GusCrypter ransomware as well, but it does not mean that you do not need to remove this infection from your computer. If it stays active, it might encrypt more files on your PC, launch its ransom note automatically every time you turn on your computer, and it might even be able to send some information from your computer to its C&C server.

GusCrypter ransomware removal guide

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  2. Open Processes.
  3. Locate the malicious GusCrypter ransomware process and kill it.
  4. Close Task Manager.
  5. Press Win+R.
  6. Type regedit and click OK.
  7. Access HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  8. Locate the malicious Value pointing to the ransom note in the %USERPROFILE% folder (it may be named inf).
  9. Right-click on it and select Delete.
  10. Close Registry Editor.
  11. Remove suspicious files from your Desktop (%USERPROFILE%\Desktop), Downloads (%USERPROFILE%\Downloads), and Temporary Files (%TEMP%).
  12. Delete the ransom note (the .html file) dropped on your computer.
  13. Empty Recycle Bin.
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