GNS Ransomware

What is GNS Ransomware?

Were your personal files corrupted by GNS Ransomware? If they were, you should be unable to read them, and that is because the ransomware encrypts them. What does that mean? To understand it more simply, you can think of passwords. If you password-protect a file or a folder, that file/folder gets encrypted. The purpose is to ensure that only you – or whoever else has the password – can access it. Well, when cybercriminals use encryption, they lock files so that you could no longer access them. What is the purpose of that? The attackers hope that if you need a decryptor, they could convince you to pay for one. Due to this, they corrupt the most sensitive files – your personal files. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that cybercriminals would give you a decryptor regardless of what you did. Due to this, we suggest focusing on the removal. Do you know how to delete GNS Ransomware?test

How does GNS Ransomware work?

GNS Ransomware is very similar to Smpl Ransomware, HAT Ransomware, CLUB Ransomware, and other well-known threats from the Crysis/Dharma Ransomware family. These threats are created by different parties who use an available malware code to build their own unique versions. The thing is that they are not that unique. Yes, some variants have more functionalities than others, but they all encrypt files and they all present the same demands. The main thing that is relatively unpredictable is the distribution of these threats. Some might be dropped by other threats. Others might be executed with the help of spam emails. Cybercriminals could also exploit vulnerabilities. Do you know how GNS Ransomware might have slithered into your operating system? If you have no idea, you might be unable to locate and delete malware files manually. Of course, even if you know exactly where the launcher of the threat is, you might hesitate to jump into action because of the encrypted files.

Once files are encrypted by GNS Ransomware, it launches a window with a message that states that “YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED.” The infection also drops a file named “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt” to present a shorter version of that message. It is basically stated that victims need to contact the attackers by emailing them at (or as a backup) and learn how to obtain the decryptor. Although the original message mentions nothing about a ransom, we would not identify GNS Ransomware as ransomware unless money was extorted from the victims. As soon as you contact the attackers, they will start pushing you to obtain a decryptor, and they will promise you full decryption. Well, of course, cybercriminals cannot be trusted, and if you are going to do what they want, do so at your own risk. We cannot recommend doing any of that. Hopefully, you do not need to if you can replace the files with the copies stored in external/online backup or restore files using the free Rakhni Decryptor that was built for the victims of Crysis/Dharma malware.

How to delete GNS Ransomware

There are no concrete steps that you need to take to remove GNS Ransomware from your operating system. According to researchers, all you need to remove is the malicious .exe file that launched the infection and encrypted the files. However, it is unknown where you might find this file or what its name might be. If you are unable to locate and delete GNS Ransomware manually, do not stress too much. In fact, it is better if you implement anti-malware software anyway. This software has the capability to automatically remove all malware files, which can be exceptionally helpful if other threats exist along with the ransomware. Furthermore, it can help secure your operating system, which is not something you should ignore if you wish to stay away from malware in the future. If you are looking into replacing/restoring files, do so after the removal of the threat.

Removal Guide

  1. Locate the {unknown name}.exe file that executed the threat.
  2. Choose Delete to eliminate the file.
  3. Delete every copy of the FILES ENCRYPTED.txt file.
  4. Empty Recycle Bin and then quickly install a trusted malware scanner.
  5. Run a full system scan to check for malware leftovers. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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