GOZ virus

GOZ virus Removal Guide

What is GOZ virus?

What is Goz virus?

GOZ virus (also known as GameOver Zeus, P2PZeus and GameOver Trojan) is a dangerous trojan horse, which has ability to steal people’s banking logins, passwords and other credentials or sensitive information. It can also be involved to the distribution of Cryptolocker ransomware and other ransomwares that have ability to encrypt specific files that are kept on user's computer and then ask to pay a ransom for their decryption. Unfortunately, if GOZ virus downloads Cryptolocker or other cyber threat to the system, anti-malware helps only in the removal of this virus. Encrypted files can be decrypted only by paying a ransom, which varies from $100 to $500… Fortunately, you can try using such programs as R-studio and Photorec for recovering your files but we can't assure you that these program will work on your computer.

UPDATE! There is a hope that this virus won’t affect your system – according to the latest news, FBI has managed to take GOZ virus down. However, it is believed that millions of PC users are still infected with this Trojan horse. For checking the system we highly recommend using reputable security software. For that we would like to recommend using FortectIntego. Of course, before running it you should update its database. Please, do NOT delay this scan because Goz malware can easily lead you to money loss, identity theft and similar issues.

How can GOZ virus infect my computer?

GOZ virus is mostly spread in the US, Canada and Russia. It is mostly done with a help of spam campaigns that involve malicious attachments and message body that informs about “important” situation. Once victim is tricked into believing that something is wrong and clicks on the attachment, he/she downloads a malicious .exe file that is a GOZ virus. The most interesting fact about this Trojan horse is its Peer-to-Peer capability that is used for downloading a configuration file. Please, be very careful with emalis that present themselves as important messages from FDIC, IRS, MySpace, Facebook, or Microsoft. If you think that your PC was affected, don‘t waste the time and follow a guide that is given below:

How to remove GOZ virus?

When trying to remove GOZ virus from the system, you should think about reputable anti-spyware. We recommend using FortectIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. Make sure you use updated versions to detect all files that belong to this dangerous virus. If GOZ has already infected your PC with Cryptolocker virus or similar ransomware, try to follow these steps:

  1. Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
  2. Run Regedit
  3. Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
  4. Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
  5. Reboot and run a full system scan with updated FortectIntego.

Also, it's advisable to have a backup of your data. If you would use USB, CD's, DVD's or at least online backups, you would get ability to avoid problems related to encrypted data. If you want to restore your files, you may try using such recovery tools as R-studio and Photorec.

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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

How to prevent from getting trojans

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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