GILETTE Ransomware

Also Known As: GILETTE virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

GILETTE ransomware removal instructions

What is GILETTE?

GILETTE is a high-risk computer infection (malicious program) used by cyber criminals with a purpose to blackmail their victims. Ransomware-type programs are used to encrypt files stored on a computer and to make ransom demands. GILETTE changes every encrypted file's name by adding the "GILETTE" extension. For example, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.GILETTE" and so on. It also generates a text file ("Decrypt DATA.txt"), its victims can find it in every folder that contains encrypted files. GILETTE ransomware was discovered by Michael Gillespie.

As stated in the "Decrypt DATA.txt" ransom note, GILETTE encrypts all files and the only way to restore them is to contact its developers and pay a ransom. In other words, to buy a decryption tool from them. Ransom must be paid using Bitcoin cryptocurrency. GILETTE's developers offer a free decryption of one file as a proof/guarantee that they have a tool that is capable of decryption. To do so it is required to send them a file via email address. People are encouraged not to rename encrypted files and not to try to decrypt them using other tools. According to people who developed this ransomware these actions might cause permanent data loss. It is worth mentioning that cyber criminals (people who develop ransomware-type programs) cannot be trusted - they do not send decryption tools even if they are paid (their ransom demands are met). Simply said, most people who send them money and get scammed. However, it is true that GILETTE's developers are the only ones have the decryption tool that can decrypt files encrypted by this ransomware. Most cyber criminals use cryptography algorithms (symmetric or asymmetric) that cannot be "cracked" without using a particular tool, it makes decryptions without their interference impossible. Since there is no tool that could decrypt GILETTE's encryption for free, we recommend to use a data backup and to restore all data from there.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

GILETTE decrypt instructions

GILETTE is not the only ransomware-type program, there is a great number of them: Plomb, Korea and DESYNC are just a couple of examples. Typically, programs of this type are designed to encrypt data and to display ransom notes. Most common/main differences are the size of a ransom (price of a decryption) and cryptography algorithm used to encrypt files. One way or another, most of them are "uncrackable" - decryptions without interference of cyber criminals usually are possible only if a program is still in a development state, has some bugs, flaws. To avoid damage caused by ransomware in the future we recommend to create data backups and to store them on remote servers or unplugged storage devices.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Typically, ransomware developers spread these infections through spam campaigns, Trojans, untrustworthy software download channels/sources, software "cracking" tools and various fake software updaters. They use spam campaigns by sending emails that contain malicious attachments. The main purpose of these campaigns is to trick users who receive these emails into opening presented attachments/web links. Opening them results in download/installation of malicious software, in this case - ransomware. Trojans are malicious programs - if one is installed, it spreads other programs of this kind, including ransomware. In other words, trojans are designed to cause chain infections. Untrustworthy software download sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrents, eMule and so on), freeware download websites, free file hosting pages and various other similar channels can be used by cyber criminals as well. They present malicious executables (or other files) as legitimate. When users download and install them, they are being tricked into causing computer infections by themselves. Software "cracking" tools are used with an intention to avoid paying for software that is not free (bypass its activation). However, cyber criminals often employ these tools to spread malicious programs as well. Fake updaters can be used as tools to trick people into downloading and installing infections instead of updates/software fixes. These updaters could cause infections by exploiting outdated software's bugs or flaws as well.

How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Emails that are received from unknown, suspicious or untrustworthy email addresses and contain some attachments (or web links) should be handled with care. It is not recommended to open attachments in emails that are irrelevant (even if presented as official, legitimate and so on). Moreover, software should be downloaded using only official and trustworthy channels: P2P networks, dubious websites and various other unreliable sources that we mentioned above should be avoided. Software should be updated using implemented functions or tools that are provided by the official developers (not some other tools). If some software is not free, we do not recommend to use any (software "cracking") tools to bypass paid activations. These tools are not legal and often are main reason behind various computer infections. And finally, it is strongly recommended to have a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed and to keep it enabled. If your computer is already infected with GILETTE, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in GILETTE ransomware's text file ("Decrypt DATA.txt"):

All your important files are encrypted
There is only one way to get your files back: contact with us, pay, and get decryptor software.
We accept Bitcoin
You have Your personal identifier, write it in letter when contact with us.
Also you can decrypt 1 file for test, its guarantee what we can decrypt your files.

Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
For decrypt your data write to email

Contact information:
and tell us your unique ID -

Screenshot of files encrypted by GILETTE (".GILETTE" extension):

Files encrypted by GILETTE

GILETTE ransomware removal:

Instant automatic removal of GILETTE virus: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of GILETTE virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the GILETTE virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the GILETTE ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining GILETTE ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of GILETTE are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by GILETTE, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as GILETTE ransomware.

Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default this feature automatically protects files stored in Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.

Controll Folder Access

Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here�s more information on how to get this update and add additional protection layer from ransomware infections.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove GILETTE ransomware: