Ginemo Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The Ginemo ransomware is a new dangerous threat to computer users, as it is being distributed via a Trojan virus. Learn more about it in our article along with the removal instructions.


Name
Ginemo Ransomware

File Extensions
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Ransom
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Solution #1
Ginemo ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

Solution #2
Ginemo Ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Current attacks are being carried out through a Trojan, namely the Trojan.Agent.RNS. Other distribution methods are expected.

Ginemo Ransomware Description

What is interesting about this particular threat is that it does not encrypt the target user files. The developers have used another tactic to blackmail the victims – they lock the screen of the computers. Security experts have uncovered a hardcoded code that can be used to restore access to the computers – 690717803018521.

The ransomware also adds two registry entries to the Windows operating system:

  • HKCU\..\RunOnce: [userini] C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Sdat.exe
  • HKCU\…\Winlogon: [Shell] C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Sdat.exe

At the current moment the ransomware is not very dangerous to the users, although it is a persistent threat. We expect to see future versions that contain improved code.

Ginemo Ransomware Distribution

The Ginemo ransomware so far has been delivered using a Trojan virus, the Trojan.Agent.RNS to be exact. Upon infection with it the computer users are also plagued with the dangerous ransoomware. The binary file is disguised as a Sdat.exe binary file.

We expect to see other distribution methods employed by the hackers as well – spam email campaigns and infected software bundles.

Ginemo Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Ginemo completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

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    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

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    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Ginemo Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Ginemo requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Ginemo ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

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STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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