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This article will aid you remove Gendarmerie ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end.

Gendarmerie is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus dubbed by its creators. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is written to append the extension .Hacking to all encrypted files. The Gendarmerie virus has a ransom note message written in French, but it is not specifically aimed for French speaking users. Keep on reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameGendarmerie Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .Hacking to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Gendarmerie Virus – Infection Spread

Gendarmerie ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

The original name of the payload file was “Gendarmerie” and the project was called gendarmerie_crypter.

Gendarmerie ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.

Gendarmerie Virus – Detailed Analysis

Gendarmerie is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them decrypted. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project. The virus is accompanied with a ransom note written in French, which does not mean that the virus targets only French speaking users.

Gendarmerie ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

That ransom note is inside a file called Message_Important.txt and can be viewed from the below screenshot:

It is written in the French language and reads the following:

instruction à faire pour récupérer la clé de décryptage de vos fichiers crypter
email de contact : [email protected]
1) acheter des coupons neosurf de 100€ ,euros .
2) vous pouvez acheter les coupons neosurf ici https://www.recharge.fr/carte-neosurf
3) vous pouvez aussi acheter les coupons neosurf ici https://www.neosurf.com/fr_FR ou dans les bureaux de tabac
4) dès que je reçois les coupons neosurf ,je vous envoie la clé de décryptage par email.
Contact Email : [email protected]

The note of the Gendarmerie ransomware states that your files are encrypted. The ransom payment for potentially unlocking your files is 100 euros. However, even if it was, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit other crimes.

Gendarmerie Virus – Encryption Process

As Gendarmerie ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it 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

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .Hacking. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.

The Gendarmerie cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process even more efficient as it will eliminate one of the possible ways for restoring your data. If your computer machine was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.

Remove Gendarmerie Virus and Restore .Hacking Files

If your computer got infected with the Gendarmerie ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Gendarmerie Virus and other threats.
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To remove Gendarmerie Virus follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Gendarmerie Virus files and objects
2. Find files created by Gendarmerie Virus on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Gendarmerie Virus

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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