The article presents detailed information about Geno virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from the infected system and how to potentially recover encrypted files.
Geno virus is a vicious crypto infection that belongs to the infamous STOP ransomware. When started on your computer Geno disrupts system security and encodes personal files with the help of two strong cipher algorithms. Encrypted files could be recognized by the extension .geno appended to their names. At the end of the attack, Geno virus creates a ransom message that urges you pay a ransom for .geno files decryption. This message could be found in the _readnme.txt file. It is placed on the desktop.
|Short Description||A version of the STOP/DJVU ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers and then extort a ransom from victims.|
|Symptoms||Important files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .geno|
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom ($490 – $980).
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers|
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Geno Virus (STOP Ransomware) – More About the Infection
Security researchers released information that the Geno virus is based on the code of one of the most popular ransomware families dubbedSTOP. The spread of Geno ransomware is realized with the help of spam emails, email attachments, hacked web pages, and corrupted freeware installers.
Since malspam (emails that deliver malicious code) technique enables hackers to spread their ransomware on a large scale, they often bet on it. For its realization, hackers usually embed the malicious code in files of common types and then attach these files to email messages. The emails usually state that the attached files as:
- Invoices coming from reputable sites, like PayPal, eBay, etc.
- Documents from that appear to be sent from your bank.
- An online order confirmation note.
- Receipt for a purchase.
Once activated on your system Geno virus creates several malicious files and places them in folders like %AppData% and %LocalAppData%. With the help of its malicious files the ransomware corrupts essential system settings and becomes able to encrypt target files.
For the encryption of target files Geno virus launches a built-in cipher module that scans selected folders for predefined types of files that store personal data. Every time the module detects a target file, it utilizes a combination of two sophisticated cipher algorithms to transform its code.
Unfortunately, the threat is likely to corrupt all files which store valuable information. Hence, encrypted may be:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Following encryption corrupted files cannot be opened. In addition, they have the extension .geno appended to their names. In fact, the main goal of this ransomware is to blackmail you into paying a ransom to hackers. That’s why Geno drops a ransom message with instructions on how to complete the ransom payment process.
Here is a copy of Geno virus’ ransom message which is named _readme.txt:
Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
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Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
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You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum to cybercriminals. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your .geno files.
How to Remove Geno Virus
The so-called Geno virus is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by Geno ransomware. That’s why it is recommendable that all steps presented in the Geno virus removal guide below should be completed. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
How to Recover .geno Files
There are several alternative methods that may be efficient for the recovery of .geno files. You could find them listed under Step 5 from our Geno ransomware removal guide. Beware that you should make copies of all encrypted files and save them on a flash drive for example. This additional step will prevent the permanent loss of encrypted .geno files.