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Gesd Virus (.gesd Files) Ransomware REMOVAL Guide

Gesd virus file extension – are your files encrypted with it? If so, then your system has been attacked by a severe crypto infection, which is another iteration of the infamous STOP ransomware. The Gesd ransomware is designed to target your personal data and encrypt them via a strong encryption algorithm. Once this process is finished, you can’t operate with your files until they are decrypted.

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Gesd Virus

Аs already mentioned, Gesd is part of the STOP ransomware family which has been releasing new variants quite often. At the moment, Gesd files are not decryptable.

The Gesd ransomware drops a ransom message file, _readme.txt, on the infected system to blackmail victims to pay a ransom fee for the alleged decryption of their files.

This article will provide you with instructions on what to do, once your files have been encrypted with the .gesd extension.

Threat Summary

Name Gesd
File Extension .gesd
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A ransomware that is designed to encrypt the victim’s files to make them pay a specific amount of ransom, usually in Bitcoin.
Symptoms Important files are encrypted and renamed with the virus extension .gesd.
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom fee probably in cryptocurrency.
Ransom Demanding Note _readme.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers
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Gesd Ransomware – Full Description

Gesd virus is a crypto virus that was just detected in active attack campaigns. The virus is an iteration of the popular STOP DJVU Ransomware. The distribution of the Gesd virus is believed to be happening via malspam (malicious spam).

Malspam campaigns ensure cybercriminals that their ransomware will reach a large userbase, as it is a relatively easy method which has proven to be efficient. Malicious emails usually contain malicious code hidden in commonly used file types, such as documents and archives attached to the email message. In most cases, such malicious emails pretent to be send by legitimate sources, such as largely known organizations and companies.

NOTE. You should know that files which should activate the Gesd virus on Windows can be:

  • Invoice coming from reputable sites, like PayPal, eBay, etc
  • Document that appear to be sent from your bank
  • An online order confirmation note
  • Receipt for a purchase
  • Tax bill

These documents could be part of a phishing scheme in attempt to make the potential victim download the payload of the Gesd ransomware.

Gesd Attack Stages

The attack is initiated when the Gesd infection file is executed on the victim’s system. Current ransomware variants are usually more sophisticated than older ones, and they can perform various malicious activities that seriously disrupt the operating system. Furthermore, by adding malicious entries under specific registry keys, the ransomware can become persistent.

Did you know that once the Gesd virus affects the key RUN, it can start its malicious files on each system reboot. Thus, the best advice we can give you is to check your system’s registries and clean malicious entries while also removing Gesd ransomware from your system.

Long story short, the sole purpose of all malicious stages of the ransomware operation is the encryption of your files. For the encryption to take place, the Gesd virus launches a built-in cipher module after it scans specific folders for certain file types typically utilized for storage of personal data.

Each time the module detects a target file, it applies changes that alter the original code of the file to encrypt it.

Other variants of STOP ransomware such as righ and msop, utilize sophisticated cipher algorithms such AES and RSA, and this is most certainly true for the Gesd iteration.

Once the encryption stage is finalized, the virus drops the _readme.txt ransom note, which should say the following:

ATTENTION!

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.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
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Note that getting in touch with cybercriminals is highly inadvisable. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your encrypted files, and it would also enable futher criminal operations involving ransomware and other malware.

At this point, Gesd is not decryptable with neither Emsisoft’s STOP Djvu Decryption tool, nor with the previously created tool from Michael Gillespie.

However, as soon as we notice security researchers’ announcement about an update that supports the decryption of Gesd ransomware, we will update this article with the latest information.

Remove Gesd Ransomware – Instructions

The so-called Gesd ransomware 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 the Gesd virus. That’s why we recommend that all steps presented in the removal guide below to 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, you can refer to the automatic part of the guide.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Gesd from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Gesd

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Gesd and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Gesd on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Gesd there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Gesd with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Gesd.

Ransomware infections and Gesd aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Gesd from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Gesd and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Gesd:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Gesd. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Gesd. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Gesd via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Gesd. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Gesd.

Ransomware infections and Gesd aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Gesd FAQ

What is Gesd ransomware and how does it work?

Gesd is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Gesd ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Gesd Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Gesd is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Gesd files?

You can't. At this point the .Gesd files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Gesd files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Gesd ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Gesd" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Gesd files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Gesd ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Gesd ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Gesd files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Gesd ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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