Do you deal with an onslaught of emails at work every single day? Do you have to open multiple attachments regularly? If so, you might easily be targeted by ransomware programs like Gesd Ransomware. This infection may come disguised as a regular document file that you need to open and check, but once you do that, you will allow this malicious infection to enter your system. Afterwards, it might not be that challenging to remove Gesd Ransomware for good, but recovering your files might take some time. Do not feel discouraged by it, and do everything you can to get your data back.
As mentioned, Gesd Ransomware usually comes with spam email attachments. The problem is that those attachments look like regular document files. If you have to open a lot of MS Word or MS Excel documents at work, you probably might not think much about yet another document that comes your way. However, it is important that you double-check who sent you the attachment and whether you really have been expecting it. If you cannot check the credibility of the file, you should scan it with a reliable antispyware tool before you open it. If you do that, you would definitely avoid Gesd Ransomware (or any similar ransomware for that matter).
We might not know much about the distribution patterns of this infection because it is not very prevalent, but it is clear that Gesd Ransomware comes from the STOP Ransomware family. Therefore, the program is similar to Grod Ransomware, Msop Ransomware, Zobm Ransomware, and many other applications out there that are based on the same malicious code.
Most of the time, the names of these infections come from the file extensions that are added to the encrypted files. So yes, when Gesd Ransomware affects your files, all the documents will have the .gesd extension added. This way, you will definitely know which files were locked up by the infection. However, any user who has ever experienced a ransomware infection would tell you that you don’t even need those extensions because the system can no longer read the files, and so their icon changes. Hence, you can see that something is wrong.
Once the extension is complete, it goes without saying that Gesd Ransomware displays a ransom note. This note informs you that you need to contact the criminals behind this infection to receive instructions on how you should send the ransom fee.
Do you really need to send this ransom fee? Obviously not. This program is so obscure that it is very likely that the connection between the infection and its control and command center has been severed, and paying would not solve anything.
There is a chance that it is possible to decrypt some of the files with a public decryption tool that is available for the STOP Ransomware. However, for that tool to work, your files have to be encrypted with an offline key. If that is not the case, the public decryption tool won’t work.
Even if the public decryption tool doesn’t work, you shouldn’t panic. Simply remove Gesd Ransomware from your system today, and then explore all the other ways you can get your files back. Maybe you have most of the recent files saved on your mobile device? Perhaps some important documents still rest in your inbox? Maybe you have been backing your files up on a cloud drive automatically, and you have forgotten about it? Whichever it might be, make sure you check all the options. If you feel at a loss, consider addressing a local professional. Do not give until you try everything.