.GMBN Files Virus (Matrix) - How to Remove It

.GMBN Files Virus (Matrix) – How to Remove It

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This article presents more details on .GMPF files virus and provides a complete guide on how to remove malicious files from the infected system. The guide at the end shows alternative methods for files recovery as well.

According to analyses conducted by security researchers, the so-called .GMBN files virus belongs to Matrix threat family. It is yet another data locker ransomware that plagues computer systems in an attempt to corrupt valuable user files and extort a ransom payment.

Threat Summary

Name.GMBN Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that transforms the code of valuable files in order to extort a ransom payment for their recovery.
SymptomsYour access to all files that contain the extension .GMPF in their names is restricted. Files remain unusable until thier code is reverted back to otiginal state.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.GMBN Files Virus – Distribution

For the activation of .GMBN files virus on your device, hackers attempt to trick you into downloading unnoticeably. So the distribution of its payload file could be realized with the help of various shady techniques. All these techniques aim to conceal the presence of this malicious code so that you are more prone to run it on your device.

The primary spread technique is believed to be the malwspam. Malspam which is the sort for emails that deliver malicious software enables hackers to pose as representatives of legitimate businesses, websites, services, and even governmental institutions. This trick aims to mislead you that you are going to interact with safe and legitimate content. However, in case that you neglect to do a check for any suspicious details and directly follow the instructions presented in by the text message you could unnoticeably run this ransomware on your device.

The text messages usually contain strong call-to-action that urges you to review the content of an attached file or a presented link as soon as possible.

.GMBN Files Virus – Overview

The so-called .GMBN files virus which has been identified as a strain of

Matrix threat family is yet another data locker ransomware that plagues computer systems in an attempt to corrupt valuable user files and extort a ransom payment.

The infection process with .GMBN cryptovirus is triggered by the execution of its payload file on the system. When started, this file initiates a sequence of malicious activities. Some of these activities affect the settings of essential system components. While others manipulate the functionalities of legitimate processes

For the purposes of the attack, .GMBN ransomware is likely to create several additional malicious files. There are several folders that may store ransomware files:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

A sure trait that your system has been infected with .GMBN Matrix ransomware is the appearance of a file called !README_GMBN!.rtf in any folder that contains encrypted files.

This file is the ransom note associated with this Matrix strain. Its purpose is to convince you paying hackers a demanded ransom in order to restore encrypted files. For the sake of your security, we recommend you to avoid their instructions and attempt to deal with the problem in a secure way.

.GMBN Files Virus – Encryption Process

During data encryption process the ransomware transforms parts of the original code of target files in order to leave them unusable. Following this process, hackers demand a ransom payment for data decryption. Unfortunately, you could find all your valuable files encrypted by this Matrix variant including but not limiting to your:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

All corrupted files appear with the extension .GMBN appended to their names. Along with this extension, other two could also appear at the end of files’ names. A unique ID number and an email address (RecoveryData1@cock.li)for contact with hackers.

Remove .GMBN Files Virus and Restore Data

The ransomware associated with .GMBN extension is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So you should properly clean and secure your infected system before you could regularly use it again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this ransomware. Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.

In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should consider the installation of a reliable anti-malware program. As an additional security layer that could prevent the occurrence of ransomware attacks you could install an

anti-ransomware tool.

If you want to understand how to potentially fix encrypted files with the help of alternative data recovery approaches, make sure to read carefully all details mentioned in the step “Restore files”. We remind you that before you begin with the data recovery process, you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive as this will help you to prevent their irreversible loss.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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