GILLETE Ransomware

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

GILLETTE ransomware removal instructions


Discovered by Michael Gillespie, GILLETTE is a high-risk ransomware infection (malicious program) used by cyber criminals to blackmail their victims. Ransomware-type programs encrypt files stored on computers and make ransom demands. GILLETTE changes each encrypted filename by adding the "GILLETTE" extension. For example, "1.jpg" becomes "1.jpg.GILLETTE". It also generates a text file ("Decrypt DATA.txt"), which is stored in every folder that contains encrypted files.

As stated in the "Decrypt DATA.txt" ransom note, GILLETTE encrypts all files. The only way to restore them is to contact the developers and pay a ransom (i.e. to purchase a decryption tool). The ransom must be paid using the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. GILLETTE's developers offer free decryption of one file as a 'guarantee' that they have a tool capable of decryption. To achieve this, victims must send a file by email to the address. People are encouraged not to rename encrypted files or try to decrypt them using other tools. According to the developers of this ransomware, these actions might cause permanent data loss. Cyber criminals (developers of ransomware-type programs) cannot be trusted - they do not send decryption tools even if their ransom demands are met. Most people who send money to them are scammed. Note, however, that only GILLETTE's developers have a 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 specific tool, thus making decryption without their involvement impossible. Since there are no tools able to decrypt GILLETTE encryption free of charge, we recommend that you use a data backup and restore all data from there.

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

GILLETTE decrypt instructions

GILLETTE is just one of many ransomware-type programs that include Plomb, Korea, and DESYNC. Typically, these programs encrypt data and display ransom notes. Common differences are size of a ransom (cost of decryption) and cryptography algorithm used to encrypt files. Most are "uncrackable" - decryption without the involvement of cyber criminals is usually only possible if tyhe program is still in development, or contains bugs/flaws. To avoid damage caused by ransomware in future, create data backups and store them on remote servers or unplugged storage devices.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Typically, ransomware developers proliferate 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 the emails into opening presented attachments/web links. Opening them results in download/installation of malicious software, in this case, ransomware. Trojans are malicious programs that, if installed, proliferate other programs of this type, including ransomware. In this way, trojans 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 other similar channels are also used by cyber criminals. They present malicious executables (or other files) as legitimate. When users download and install them, they are often tricked into causing computer infections. Software "cracking" tools are used to avoid paying for software and bypass activation, however, cyber criminals often employ these tools to proliferate malicious programs. Fake updaters are used to trick people into downloading and installing infections rather than updates/software fixes. These updaters can cause infections by exploiting outdated software bugs or flaws.

Threat Summary:
NameGILLETTE virus
Threat TypeRansomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
SymptomsCan't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methodsInfected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
DamageAll files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.

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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. Do not open attachments in emails that are irrelevant (even if presented as official, legitimate, and so on). Furthermore, software should be downloaded using only official and trustworthy channels. Avoid P2P networks, dubious websites, and other dubious sources. Software should be updated using implemented functions or tools provided by the official developers (and not other tools). If official software requires payment, do not use software "cracking" tools to bypass paid activations. These tools are illegal and often lead to computer infections. Finally, have reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed and keep it enabled. If your computer is already infected with GILLETTE, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in GILLETTE ransomware 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 GILLETTE (".GILLETTE" extension):

Files encrypted by GILLETTE

GILLETTE ransomware removal:

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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 GILLETTE 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 GILLETTE 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 GILLETTE 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 GILLETTE 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 GILLETTE, 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 GILLETTE ransomware.

Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the 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 is more information on how to get this update and add an 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 GILLETTE ransomware: