Infected with Gotcha Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?

What is Gotcha Ransomware

This article will describe Gotcha ransomware virus that has become common lately. This is a cryptovirus that encrypts user data using a double algorithm, and then requires a ransom in bitcoins if the user wants to decrypt their files. Initially, this virus targets English-speaking users, However, it has already spread around the world and threatens the computer of many users. It is also worth noting that it can delete shadow copies of files or system restore points, so as not to allow the user to decrypt files on their own. The virus changes files’ extension to .gotcha and creates a special text file !GOTCHA!.txt that contains detailed information about the ransom.

Gotcha Ransomware

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We gotcha files encrypted using encryption AES256-bit and RSA2048-bit.
Its impossible to recover the files without the correct private key.
If you are interested in getting key for small fee and get back your files,
contact immidiately!
Send email to:
[redacted 16 uppercase A-Z]
- Team GOTCHA!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The note contains information on which algorithm was used to encrypt files, as well as a warning against self-modification of files. Also, fraudsters say that you need a special private key that can encrypt files. Of course, to get this key, you need to pay big money. You do not need to do this, read our recommendations below, to try to delete Gotcha Ransomware and decrypt the files.

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How Gotcha Ransomware infected your PC

Most crypto viruses, in particular, Gotcha Ransomware, come to the computer. Using the vulnerability setting up the user network, due to the lack of adequate anti-virus software or other programs that can prevent the entry of similar viruses. It can also come as an attachment to a spam mailing list or as a false update for a utility or program that is contained in your system. Anyway, you need to use antiviruses and other programs that can protect your PC. Below you will find our recommendations to remove Gotcha Ransomware and decrypt your files.

First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.

1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will Gotcha Ransomware system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Gotcha Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.

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Restore your files using shadow copies


  1. Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
  2. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
  3. Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
  4. Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Gotcha Ransomware:

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How to decrypt files infected by Gotcha Ransomware?

You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.

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Restore the system using System Restore

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Although latest versions of Gotcha Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.

  1. Initiate the search for ‘system restore
  2. Click on the result
  3. Choose the date before the infection appearance
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

Roll the files back to the previous version

Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.

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  1. Right-click the file and choose Properties
  2. Open the Previous Version tab
  3. Select the latest version and click Copy
  4. Click Restore

Written by Rami Duafi

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