Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware is a malicious software that is made in order to encrypt documents, photos and music. It stealthily penetrates the computer, encrypts files that stored on system disks and demands a ransom in order to unlock (decrypt) them.
The makers of ransomware have a strong financial motive to infect as many machines as possible. The files that will be encrypted include the following file extensions:
.wpg, .rofl, .1st, .flv, .menu, .m3u, .jpe, .wdb, .pst, .lrf, .lvl, .iwi, .bkf, .layout, .rar, .wbc, .wpa, .sql, .webdoc, .zw, .docx, .wbmp, .7z, .apk, .itm, .xdl, .wsh, .syncdb, .wpw, .xlgc, .snx, .vtf, .arw, .1, .p12, .wmd, .vfs0, .wma, .ptx, .w3x, .epk, .srw, .raw, .dba, .wps, .csv, .cfr, .dcr, .accdb, .fos, .bc6, .ysp, .wn, .bkp, .raf, .tax, .db0, .doc, .x, .das, .wp6, .wbz, .odc, .forge, .mov, .xld, .dwg, .xy3, .wma, .nrw, .map, .xyp, .xbdoc, .rb, .wgz, .gho, wallet, .dxg, .webp, .xlsx, .lbf, .sum, .t13, .xx, .txt, .xmind, .wpb, .psd, .big, .x3f, .crw, .css, .dmp, .xlsm, .hkx, .srf, .wdp, .ltx, .odt, .zabw, .wp, .wb2, .mrwref, .wsc, .bar, .sidd, .xlk, .y, .zip, .wmv, .mddata, .wire, .ztmp, .pem, .xpm, .kdb, .itdb, .sie, .xml, .dazip, .xlsx, .cas, .hvpl, .wpe, .wbk, .ws, .hkdb, .wri, .ppt, .wsd, .d3dbsp, .xlsm, .litemod, .pfx, .x3f, .zi, .ai, .mef, .kdc, .0, .x3d, .vdf, .wot, .sis, .ncf, .wpd, .wmo, .svg, .cdr, .pef, .p7b, .2bp, .m2, .xbplate, .vpp_pc, .xf, .bay, .zip, .z, .r3d, .erf, .zif, .bc7, .jpg, .xls, .der, .cr2, .mp4, .xlsb, .xmmap, .wmf, .mdbackup, .wpt, .mcmeta, .zdb, .sid, .itl, .fsh, .mpqge, .yal, .xll, .odb, .wps, .crt, .rwl, .ods, .icxs, .gdb, .orf, .wcf, .cer, .odp, .z3d, .jpeg, .sr2, .esm, .t12, .sidn, .mdf, .wpd, .pdd, .kf, .re4, .qdf, .bik, .dng, .p7c, .indd, .desc, .ybk, .rtf, .pak, .iwd, .js, .odm, .upk, .fpk, .hplg, .vpk, .wp5, .avi, .wbd, .sb, .eps, .tor, .3dm, .m4a, .xls, .3fr, .xar, .wotreplay, .pptx, .rw2, .pkpass
When the ransomware virus encrypts a file, it will append a new extension to every encrypted file. This means that a document file named ‘example.doc’, when encrypted, becomes ‘example.doc.locked’.
Once the ransomware virus finished enciphering of all personal files, it will create a file named ‘_readme.txt’ with ransomnote on how to decrypt all photos, documents and music. An example of the ransomnote is:
ATTENTION! Don’t worry, you can return all your files! All your files like photos, databases, documents 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 you have? 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. You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-hvv30uAtTY Price of private key and decrypt software is $980. Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490. Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment. Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours. To get this software you need write on our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Reserve e-mail address to contact us: email@example.com Our Telegram account: @datarestore Your personal ID:
|Type||Crypto virus, Crypto malware, File locker, Filecoder, Ransomware|
|Contactfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, @datarestore (telegram)|
|Ransom amount||$980, $490 in Bitcoins|
|Symptoms||When you try to open your file, Windows notifies that you do not have permission to open this file. Files are encrypted with a new file extension. Your file directories contain a ‘ransom note’ file that is usually a .html, .jpg or .txt file. You have received instructions for paying the ransom.|
|Distribution methods||Phishing Emails that is carefully developed to trick a victim into opening an attachment or clicking on a link that contains a malicious file. Drive-by downloading (when a user unknowingly visits an infected web site and then malicious software is installed without the user’s knowledge). Social media posts (they can be used to entice users to download malicious software with a built-in ransomware downloader or click a malicious link). Malicious web pages.|
|Removal||To remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware use the removal guide|
|Decryption||To decrypt Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware use the steps|
Use the step-by-step instructions below to remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware and restore (decrypt) encrypted documents, photos and music for free.
- How to remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware
- How to decrypt encrypted files
- Use STOPDecrypter to decrypt Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware
- How to restore encrypted files
- How to protect your PC system from Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto virus?
- Finish words
How to remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware
Using a malware removal tool to scan for and remove ransomware hiding on your system is probably the easiest solution to remove the Gorentos@bitmessage.ch virus. We suggests the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) application for Windows computers. MalwareBytes and KVRT are other anti malware tools for MS Windows that offers a free malware removal.
Remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware with Zemana Anti-malware
We advise you to use the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your computer of this ransomware. Moreover, the utility will help you to remove trojans, malicious software, worms and spyware that your PC system can be infected too.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of Zemana for Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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Update: July 16, 2019
After downloading is finished, close all apps and windows on your computer. Double-click the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware, other malware, worms and trojans. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the Zemana tool is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
When Zemana completes the scan, Zemana Free will show a scan report. When you’re ready, click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware will start to remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto malware and other security threats. When finished, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
Use MalwareBytes Anti Malware to remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware
We suggest using the MalwareBytes Free. You can download and install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to locate and remove Gorentos@bitmessage.ch virus from your PC system. When installed and updated, this free malicious software remover automatically finds and removes all threats present on the computer.
- Installing the MalwareBytes Free is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) on your personal computer by clicking on the link below.
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Update: July 25, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is finished, please close all applications and open windows on your PC system. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes onto your machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Anti Malware will start and open the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto virus and other malicious software. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
- After that process is done, MalwareBytes Free will open a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found.
- Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click the “Quarantine Selected” button. After finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Use KVRT to delete Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto malware from the system
The KVRT utility is free and easy to use. It may scan and remove ransomware such as Gorentos@bitmessage.ch virus, other malware, trojans and worms. KVRT is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Download Kaspersky virus removal tool (KVRT) from the link below. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Kaspersky® lab
Category: Security tools
Update: March 5, 2018
When the download is finished, double-click on the KVRT icon. Once initialization procedure is done, you’ll see the KVRT screen like below.
Click Change Parameters and set a check near all your drives. Press OK to close the Parameters window. Next click Start scan button to perform a system scan for the Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto malware and other trojans and harmful apps. This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. While the utility is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
When that process is complete, KVRT will show a list of found items as displayed in the following example.
Next, you need to click on Continue to start a cleaning procedure.
How to decrypt encrypted files
The Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto virus encourages victim to contact it’s developers in order to decrypt all personal files. These persons will require to pay a ransom (usually demand for $980 or $480 in Bitcoins).
Never pay the ransom! You might feel that you have no other choice but to pay up and decrypt encrypted files quickly. There is no guarantee that the creators of Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware virus will live up to the word and give back your personal files.
Use STOPDecrypter to decrypt Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware
Michael Gillespie (@) released a free decryption tool named STOPDecrypter (download from download.bleepingcomputer.com/demonslay335/STOPDecrypter.zip).
STOPDecrypter has been updated to include decryption support for the following .djvu* variants (.djvu, .djvuu, .udjvu, .djvuq, .djvur, .djvut, .pdff, .tro, .tfude, .tfudeq, .tfudet, .rumba, .adobe, .adobee, .blower, .promos, .dotmap. STOPDecrypter will work for any extension of the Djvu* variants including new extensions.
Please check the twitter post for more info.
How to restore encrypted files
In some cases, you can recover files encrypted by Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware. Try both methods. Important to understand that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to restore all encrypted files.
Recover encrypted files using Shadow Explorer
If automated backup (System Restore) is enabled, then you can use it to recover all encrypted files to previous versions.
ShadowExplorer can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: February 27, 2018
After the download is finished, open a directory in which you saved it. Right click to ShadowExplorer-0.9-portable and select Extract all. Follow the prompts. Next please open the ShadowExplorerPortable folder as shown on the screen below.
Launch the ShadowExplorer tool and then select the disk (1) and the date (2) that you want to restore the shadow copy of file(s) encrypted by the Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware like below.
Now navigate to the file or folder that you want to recover. When ready right-click on it and click ‘Export’ button as displayed on the screen below.
Restore encrypted files with PhotoRec
Before a file is encrypted, the Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware makes a copy of this file, encrypts it, and then deletes the original file. This can allow you to restore your personal files using file restore apps like PhotoRec.
Download PhotoRec on your PC from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 1, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, open a directory in which you saved it. Right click to testdisk-7.0.win and select Extract all. Follow the prompts. Next please open the testdisk-7.0 folder as on the image below.
Double click on qphotorec_win to run PhotoRec for Microsoft Windows. It’ll show a screen as displayed below.
Select a drive to recover as displayed below.
You will see a list of available partitions. Choose a partition that holds encrypted documents, photos and music as shown on the screen below.
Press File Formats button and choose file types to recover. You can to enable or disable the restore of certain file types. When this is done, press OK button.
Next, click Browse button to choose where recovered photos, documents and music should be written, then press Search.
Count of restored files is updated in real time. All recovered personal files are written in a folder that you have chosen on the previous step. You can to access the files even if the restore process is not finished.
When the restore is finished, press on Quit button. Next, open the directory where restored personal files are stored. You will see a contents as displayed in the following example.
All restored documents, photos and music are written in recup_dir.1, recup_dir.2 … sub-directories. If you’re searching for a specific file, then you can to sort your restored files by extension and/or date/time.
How to protect your PC system from Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto virus?
Most antivirus programs already have built-in protection system against the crypto malware. Therefore, if your PC does not have an antivirus program, make sure you install it. As an extra protection, use the HitmanPro.Alert.
Use HitmanPro.Alert to protect your PC from Gorentos@bitmessage.ch crypto malware
HitmanPro.Alert is a small security tool. It can check the system integrity and alerts you when critical system functions are affected by malware. HitmanPro.Alert can detect, remove, and reverse ransomware effects.
Download HitmanPro Alert on your PC by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 6, 2019
After the download is done, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro.Alert desktop icon. After the tool is launched, you’ll be displayed a window where you can choose a level of protection, as displayed in the figure below.
Now click the Install button to activate the protection.
Once you have finished the steps outlined above, your computer should be free from Gorentos@bitmessage.ch ransomware and other malware. Your computer will no longer encrypt your documents, photos and music. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new crypto malware, and then the best way – ask for help here.