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.goofed File Virus – Remove and Restore Files

The .goofed extension is associated with a crypto virus that encrypts essential files and blackmails victims into paying a $100 ransom in Bitcoins for the decryption key. The analyses of its samples reveal that .goofed ransomware is a new Hidden Tear strain. It employs the strong AES cipher to modify the original code of target files and then renames them with the .goofed extension. The infection ends with a ransom note that appears on the PC screen to inform victims how they are expected to act if they want to retrieve .goofed files.

This article provides more information about .goofed file virus infection and a detailed removal guide for its complete elimination. In addition, our team listed alternative data recovery methods that may help you retrieve .goofed files wihtouth paying the ransom.

Threat Summary

Name .goofed File Virus
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .goofed to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.goofed File Virus – Infection

Ransomware infections like .goofed may be spread via various techniques, but the most preferred one by criminals is via email campaigns. Email campaigns offer a wide range of capabilities to criminals who aim to trick online users into infecting themselves with the ransomware payload. For example, they often impersonate popular websites or legitimate institutions by spoofing the email address and the name of the sender. Thus they believe that you will be more prone to follow the call to actions presented in the message and install the ransomware payload on the machine. The payload can be embedded in an attached document file or injected into a web page that is presented as a clickable link in the text. The compromised links that can cause drive-by download ransomware attack may also be spread on social media channels.

The .goofed file virus is also possible to penetrate the system through the installation setups of suspicious apps of unknown origin. Such apps are usually offered for free on popular torrent websites.

.goofed File Virus – Analysis

The attack starts once a file called hidden-tear.exe is running on the system. It is capable of managing all malicious actions that lead to successful .goofed ransomware infection. Being a Hidden Tear variant .goofed file virus is believed to follow a typical infection pattern. So at first, it can initiate a scan to locate all predefined file types and encrypt them with a strong cipher algorithm. After this happens, all corrupted files can be recognized by the extension .goofed appended at the end of their names.

The .goofed file virus could also misuse Windows registries for the automatic execution of its payload each time the operating system starts. By creating specific values in the registry keys mentioned below, .goofed crypto virus ensures its stable presence on the infected host:

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

Other values associated with Goofed’s ransom note may be added under the same keys as they control all currently running processes which allow the threat to display the message automatically on display. As a result, its complete removal may become a tough task even for the tech savvy guys.

As regards the crooks’ message, it is dropped in a text file called YOU_DONE_GOOFED.txt and informs the following:

Files has been encrypted with hidden tear
Send me $100 in bitcoin to 112eFWptVuBw9KzVZFvgx8ERnqYMsY6HLj
And email me at hiddentear@protonmail.com for your decryption key.

At this point, the hackers’ identity remains unidentified, and any negotiations with them should be avoided. Beware that paying the ransom does not guarantee the recovery of your .goofed files. Instead, you can take a look at some alternative data recovery approaches listed in our guide below that have proved to be efficient in most of the cases.

.goofed File Virus – Encryption

Like other Hidden Tear based ransomware we reported – Amazon Carding, Barrax, the Goofed strain could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

All corrupted files are renamed with the .goofed extension and seem to be broken. For the encryption process .goofed file virus utilizes the AES cipher algorithm that changes the code of the files in a way that they remain inaccessible until the unique decryption key is applied to the decrypter. As criminals possess the key, they can extort a ransom of $100 in Bitcoins from victims who want to decrypt .goofed files. However, this will only fund hackers’ future malicious activities and encourage them to continue the attack campaigns.

Remove .goofed File Virus and Restore Files

The .goofed file virus should be deleted from the infected host. Otherwise, it can penetrate into other PCs connected to the same network or serve its creators as a gate for further malware attacks against your device. The removal process of all files and objects associated with the .goofed crypto virus is explained in our detailed guide below. For maximum efficiency and protection from future malware attacks, security experts recommend the help of an advanced anti-malware tool.

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Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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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 .goofed File Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .goofed File Virus

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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 .goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus 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.

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Step 4: Scan for .goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus.

Ransomware infections and .goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus:

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 .goofed File Virus. 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 .goofed File Virus. 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 .goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus. 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 .goofed File Virus.

Ransomware infections and .goofed File Virus 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.


.goofed File Virus FAQ

What is .goofed File Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus 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 ..goofed File Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..goofed File Virus 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 ..goofed File Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .goofed File Virus 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 "..goofed File Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus 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 .goofed File Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..goofed File Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .goofed File Virus 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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