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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Gillette Ransomware

Gillette Ransomware belongs to a family of malicious file-encrypting applications called Rapid Ransomware. According to our researchers, this latest edition to it is incredibly annoying since it can relaunch itself after the computer restarts and might keep displaying its ransom note every minute. Not to mention, the malware encrypts user’s files with a robust encryption algorithm. The displayed ransom note should suggest contacting the hackers who developed the infection and paying them to receive decryption software. If you do not want to do this, we recommend erasing Gillette Ransomware at once. The steps below explain how to eliminate it manually, so if you feel up to the task, you should have a look at them. Naturally, to know more about the malicious application, you should read our article first.

You might wonder where threats like Gillette Ransomware come from if you have no idea how it infected your system. Usually, they get in with suspicious email attachments and installers. In other words, it is possible you could avoid such threats if you take extra precautions. First of all, we would recommend not to open data if you are not one hundred percent sure about its safety. Unreliable files can come from Spam emails, various file-sharing web pages, pop-up advertisements, etc. If you want to launch a file, but you are unsure whether it is safe to do it, you should scan it with a reliable antimalware tool first. In case it contains any malicious components, the tool should detect it and warn you about it. We would highly recommend scanning doubtful email attachments since it might be difficult to determine whether they are dangerous or not on your own. As you see, hackers can make malicious installers look like text documents, pictures, or other harmless data.

If the user is not able to recognize the threat and launches its installer, Gillette Ransomware should begin the encryption process. While at it, the malicious application is supposed to mark all targeted files with the .Gillette extension, which is why it received such a name. During this process, the threat should also drop a couple of files on the system. To be more accurate, the malware ought to place one .txt and one .exe file in the %APPDATA% directory. Additionally, it may create a couple of Registry entries in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run location and a couple of tasks in the %WINDIR%\system32\Tasks directory. All of it is needed to make the computer launch the malware and its ransom note automatically. Lastly, Gillette Ransomware should drop a couple of ransom notes called Decrypt DATA.txt and recovery.txt.

If you take a look at both notes, you should see they contain the same text. According to it, the malicious application’s victims can get decryption tools that should be able to unlock all Gillette Ransomware’s encrypted files. The problem is that it is said the user would have to pay for such tools. Needless to say, there are no guarantees the malware’s developers will deliver the promised tools as they might not bother doing so. Plus, they could decide they want to get more money and try to extort it from you. Of course, it is just as possible they will hold on to their word and give you the tools you need, but if you do not want to take any chances, we recommend not to trust them.

Users who do not want to put their savings at risk could eliminate Gillette Ransomware manually. The process could be a bit complicated, but we can offer the instructions available below the text that should make the task a bit easier. Those who prefer leaving the deletion of malicious applications to antimalware tools, should pick a reputable security tool and perform a full system scan. Once it is over, you should be able to get rid of the ransomware application and other possible threats by pressing the given removal button.

Erase Gillette Ransomware

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager and select Processes.
  3. Find a process belonging to the threat.
  4. Mark it and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Click Win+E.
  7. Find this path: %APPDATA%
  8. Look for files called info.exe and recovery.txt, right-click them and select Delete.
  9. Find this location: %WINDIR%\system32\Tasks
  10. Search for files and folders called Encrypter, right-click them and select Delete.
  11. Go to: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  12. Look for text files named recovery.txt and Decrypt DATA.txt, right-click them and select Delete.
  13. Exit File Explorer.
  14. Press Win+R.
  15. Insert Regedit and click Enter.
  16. Find the given directory: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  17. Locate value names dropped by the threat, for example, Encrypter_074 and userinfo.
  18. Right-click the described value names and press Delete.
  19. Exit Registry Editor.
  20. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  21. Restart the computer.
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