.guvara Files Virus (STOP) – WHAT IS IT + Remove It

.guvara Files Virus (STOP) – WHAT IS IT + Remove It

What are .guvara files? How to open .guvara files? How to remove STOP ransomware and try to restore .guvara encrypted files?

A new variant of STOP ransomware has been recently detected to use the .guvara file extension which is added to the files, encrypted by it. The virus may attack your computer and change the file extension of your files after encrypting them. The .guvara files cannot be opened and the creators of this virus want you to pay ransom in order to be able to use the files again. This ransom is usually paid out in BitCoin and the crooks threaten victims in their _open_.txt ransom note that they must pay as fast as possible. If your PC has the .guvara files, then we recommend reading this article.

Threat Summary

Name.guvara Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionVariant of STOP Ransomware. Encrypts your files and holds them hostage until you pay ransom to be able to use them again.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and have the .guvara extension aded. They become no longer usable and a ransom note _open_.txt appears.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.guvara Ransomware – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The main method which is used to spread the .guvara ransomware virus is often spam e-mail messages, like the example below:

These messages often carry the virus file as an e-mail attachment and this virus file may pose as some sort of an important document, like an invoice or a receipt for a purchase the victim may have not even heard of. Not only this, but they may also carry a malicious web link, whose main idea could be to be spread as a result of such e-mails. Such links can often hide behind fake buttons of well-made e-mails that often pretend to imitate e-mails coming from PayPal, eBay, DHL and other big companies.

Another form of distribution of the .guvara ransomware virus is usually if the malware is spread by being uploaded on websites, where it often pretends to be a legitimate type of download file. Such files often turn out to be fake installers of programs, fake portable software, cracks, license activators, patches and other files.

Once having infected your computer, the .guvara ransomware may drop its virus files in it. They are often with random names and could be located in the %AppData% or other system Windows directories. Among the dropped files by the .guvara ransomware is the _open_.txt file, containing the ransom message:

Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases 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 do we give to you?
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
Don’t try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.
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The encryption process of the .guvara virus may affect the following types of files;

  • Documents.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Audio files.
  • Archives.
  • Database files.
  • Other important data.

The ransomware uses the AES cipher for encryption, also known as Advanced Encryption Standard. It encodes the files and generates an assymetric decryption key. This key’s main purpose is to correspond with a special decryption program, which only the crooks behind the .guvara virus have and want you to pay BitCoins for it. After encryption, the files appear like the following:

Besides these activities, the .guvara variant of STOP ransomware could also do the following unauthorized actions on your computer:

  • Create files.
  • Create mutexes.
  • Read and write files.
  • Delete your backups.
  • Stop the Windows Recovery Services.
  • Install other viruses.
  • Check if it’s running on a virtual drive or if it has infected your PC before.

Remove .guvara Files Ransomware and Try Restoring Data

To remove this virus, we strongly recommend that you do a fresh backup beforehand. This will allow you to save your files from permanent breaking, even if they are encoded. When a decryptor is out, we will update this article, so we also advise that you keep reading it for more information on a free decrypter. In the meantime, you can try and recover files by checking the “Try to restore” step below. It contains several methods that are not 100% effective, but they can at least get some of your files back.

Until then, you should follow the steps below to remove the .guvara virus. If the first two steps do not seem to have much help, then we advise what most experts would – to run a scan on your PC with an advanced malware remediation software. Such anti-malware program will scan your computer and remove all malicious files automatically, plus make sure that viruses, like .guvara STOP ransomware do not come back in the future.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .guvara Files Virus from Windows.

Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .guvara Files Virus


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 .guvara Files 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 .guvara Files 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 .guvara Files 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.

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 .guvara Files 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.


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


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.


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

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

Ransomware infections and .guvara Files 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:


2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .guvara Files Virus from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall .guvara Files Virus and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 .guvara Files 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 .guvara Files 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 .guvara Files 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 .guvara Files 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 .guvara Files 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

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

Step 2: Scan for and remove .guvara Files Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .guvara Files Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.

Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .guvara Files Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac .guvara Files Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. 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 recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:


  1. AvatarGuillermo Hurtado

    Hola. Gracias por tan buena labor de ayudar a los que estamos sufriendo por esta plaga del ransomware. Tal vez me puedan ayudar. tengo el ransomware extensión GUVARA. descargué el STOPDECRYPTER y dice que tiene soporte para esta extension pero no desencripta nada. coloqué unos archivos encriptados para ensayar en determinada carpeta, también, en otra coloqué un archivo encriptado junto a su copia original, es decir, sin encriptar. pero tampoco hace nada. que podrá estar pasando? gracias por su respuesta.

  2. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

    Hi Guillermo,

    It appears that currently this version of Stop ransomware is not decryptable. But it is very likely that a decrypter will be developed soon, so you just have to wait a bit longer. We will update our article once a decrypter is available.


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