Remove GoldenEye Ransomware Virus

Remove goldeneye ransomware virus in just a few easy steps with our removal guide which works with all versions of Windows.

One of the latest nasty cryptoviruses, which is troubling many businesses as well as online users, is called goldeneye. We won’t lie if we say that this Ransomware, unfortunately, is very unpleasant to deal with, and if you have been infected, there are two major options you have. Either you have to submit to the hackers and pay the required ransom, without any guarantee that you will get your decryption key, or you can remove the nasty malware on your own and try to restore your encrypted files by other means. If you are looking for the latter, the removal guide below may offer you a solution to effectively get rid of goldeneye as well as a few things you can try to get some of your files. Take a look at the information that follows to gain a better understanding of the threat you are facing and to learn how to handle it best.

What makes goldeneye such a dangerous threat?

For the short period it has been around, goldeneye has managed to gain its place among the most feared Ransomware threats. This new cryptovirus, attacks your computer by infiltrating all your disks and storage devices and applying a very complex encryption algorithm. The aim of the crooks behind the threat is to lock your most important files and prevent your access to them unless you pay a fat sum in Bitcoins as ransom. They usually place their demands in a disturbing ransom note once the whole encryption process is completed and only then, the victims would know what a nasty threat they have been infected with. What is worse, there isn’t really any program that can open the encrypted data and it may stay locked forever unless a proper decryption key is applied.

So is there an option to save your PC and files?

We have to be very frank here – if your computer has been attacked by goldeneye, there isn’t much you can do. Even security experts are facing difficulties combatting the newer and more sophisticated Ransomware versions, which come up every day, so there really isn’t a solution that works 100%. The good thing is that if you are able to detect the threat, which can be done manually with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below, you may be able to clean your system from the infection. You can delete goldeneye and all of its malicious files, and soon your computer will be Ransomware-free again.

However, bringing your encrypted files back to normal may not always end with success. goldeneye has a very complex encryption algorithm and without a proper decryptor, the locked files may not be unlocked. This is the main idea of the crooks behind the Ransomware – to make the files un-decryptable so the victims would pay the ransom. But there is a trick here that the crooks would never tell you – they only need the money and no matter how much they promise you that once you pay you will get a decryption key that will bring all your files back to normal, the truth is that there is no guarantee for that. Not only may you not get any key at all, but even if you really receive one, it may not work. Many Ransomware victims have had this bitter experience of burning their money and still begin left with their data locked, so the risk of losing both your hard earned money and your files is very real. That’s why, many reputed security experts, including our team, would advise the goldeneye victims not to pay any cent to the hackers. There are a few things they can try, which despite not giving any guarantee, at least won’t cost anything.

How to deal with the goldeneye infection?

First thing’s first: removing goldeneye is essential for the health of the infected system. Not only may the Ransomware encrypt any other external device that is connected to the PC, but it actually might come along with a hidden Trojan horse inside the system. This means, that the computer is compromised by two very dangerous malicious programs, which if not removed on time, may cause even worse harmful actions. That’s why, before any attempts to restore the encrypted data, the victims should eliminate both these threats. The removal guide below can help in that. And only then, when the computer is clean, one should try to extract some of the files with the help of the tips included in the guide. A backup from a cloud or an external drive will be the easiest, that’s why for future protection it is best to invest in one. Staying away from sketchy online content, spam emails, suspicious links, and unknown web locations may also minimize the chances of bumping into such a nasty threat.  But the optimal protection hides in the well maintained and regularly updated system and a reputed antivirus software.

Goldeneye file Ransomware Removal

Step 1 – hunt for active virus processes

To do this, you will have to make use of your Task Manager. Use the R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination in order to open it. Now, go to the Processes tab and sort the list by order of CPU and/or memory used. Now, look through the list – if any process is using up very high amounts of memory or has a suspicious name or description, then it might be a process ran by the Ransomware. End that process immediately and move on to the next step.

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Now open your start menu and search for MSConfig. Go to the Startup section and see if there are any suspicious entries with unknown manufacturers. Disable anything that seems illegitimate. Keep in mind that the virus may duplicate the names of real programs!

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Step 2 – prepare your PC for the removal process

Next thing you need to do is boot your machine into Safe Mode and reveal all hidden files and folders. Click on the links for detailed instructions.

Step 3 – find and delete virus-related files

  1. Open your Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run window (Winkey+R) and pressing Enter, then open Edit->Find. Search for the virus name.ransomware-guide-2ransomware-guide-3ransomware-guide-4
  2. If there are any results, delete those registry entries.
  3. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type each of the following and go to the corresponding location:
    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%
  4. Delete everything from Temp. In the other folders, see if there has been added anything recently that seems suspicious. If that is the case, delete the new entries.ransomware-guide-5

Step 4 – look for Hosts file manipulation

  1. Use the Win-key+R combination to open Run and hit enter after you copy-paste the following:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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  1. A notepad file will open. If your PC has been infected, may be IP addresses at the bottom of the file. Delete them.
  • Note that if those IP’s are either 0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.1, then they are not coming from a virus, thus this is no indication of an infection. ransomware-guide-7

Step 5 – decrypt already encrypted files

For this, you will first have to identify the virus you are dealing with and then acquire the corresponding decryptor tool that can help you decrypt your files.

  1. To identify the Ransomware, go to this link and follow the instructions.
  2. Now that you know what you are dealing it, make a search for how to decrypt ransomware and look for a decryptor for your specific virus.

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