How to remove GEFEST 3.0 virus and restore encrypted files

GEFEST 3.0 is the perilous program penetrating machines mainly via Trojans and scam e-mails. Occasionally fraudsters use exploits to take control over the computer, but big software companies promptly fix them. After penetration, the virus reviews the hard disc, defines the number of files for encryption and their approximate cost. At the moment, any new ransomware is able to encrypt image, audio, text and video information in all popular formats. Ransomware corrupts all files, but the ones that could be business records go first. GEFEST 3.0 targets only files with information, and does not affect the software, so that the man can use his PC to make the payment. The process is executed through famous encryption algorithms, and its complexity is so above the average level that decryption of files without a key is impossible. This is the foundation for impressive efficiency of ransomware in last years: common customer, even having a very good knowledge of the computer, won't ever get back the files, and will need to pay the price. The only way to restore files is to hack the fraudster's site and retrieve the encryption keys. Sometimes it is possible to withdraw these keys due to defects in viruse's program code. During the encryption, GEFEST 3.0 switches the extension of files to .Gefest, and asks around 700 $ as a ransom.

GEFEST 3.0 ransomware virus

That article is about GEFEST 3.0 ransomware that infects users' systems around the world, and cyphers the data. In this page you will see full information on GEFEST 3.0's essence, and how to eliminate GEFEST 3.0 from the workstation. Besides, we will explain how to recover the corrupted information, if possible.


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For any kinds of harmful software, one statement is correct: it's way easier to avoid it than to cure it. For encrypting viruses it's most important, since, unlike normal undesired software, when you remove ransomware from the computer, the consequences of its actions will stay. You easily can reduce the chances of getting ransomware by following these rules:

  • Don't neglect the symptoms that your hardware and software shows. File encryption is a complex act that consumes a significant amount of computer resources. In few seconds after the infection, the CPU performance decreases, and the encrypting process emerges in Process Manager. You might anticipate this event and unplug the computer before files will be totally lost. These measures, in case of penetration, will guard some of your data.
  • Attentively study your e-mails, especially the messages which have attached files. The most effective template of scam letters is the story about prize winning or parcel receiving. The second very common kind of fraud messages is a forgery for biz correspondence. Invoices for services or products, summaries, claims, lawsuits and suchlike specific files cannot be sent accidentally, and the addressee should know the person who sent it. In all other cases it is a scam.
  • Don't accept any alterations to the system, originating from suspicious programs. One of the easiest ways of data recovery is the restoration from Shadow Copies, and the developers of ransomware have included the deletion of shadow copies in the primary functionality of malware. The deletion of shadow copies needs administrator rights and verification from the operator. If you'll stop for a moment before confirming the dialogue box, it might save your files and your efforts.

We draw your attention to the fact that the elimination of the virus is only the, first move, which is obligatory for the normal operation of the system. If you uninstall virus, you won't return the information immediately, it will demand more actions described in the "How to restore encrypted files" part. To eliminate GEFEST 3.0, you need to launch the machine in safe mode and run the scanning via AV-tool. We don't advise anyone to remove GEFEST 3.0 in manual mode, because it has various defensive features that will interfere you. The very effective viral protection manner is the deletion of data on the chance of file decryption or virus removal attempt. To neutralize this, abide to the instructions below.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

After removing the malware from the workstation, user has to decrypt the polluted information. Actually, this is not literally decryption, since the encryption methods used by fraudsters are extremely complicated. There are the lucky exceptions, but generally file restoration requires lots of time and efforts. If you can't linger and are going to restore the information in manual mode - here's the complete article on that topic.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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