Remove IGAMI

What is IGAMI

If you found your files locked with the strange .IGAMI suffix appended to their names, you are a victim of ransomware. .IGAMI is a new incarnation of GlobeImposter 2.0, a file-encrypting virus that itself was upgraded from GlobeImposter after a free universal decryptor was developed for it. So far, GlobeImposter 2.0 does not have a decryptor — and it’s unlikely that it ever will. Still, there are ways to try and restore the files lost to .IGAMI — you can take a look at the guide below this article. .IGAMI encrypts the files it finds and marks them with the “.IGAMI†extension. It also creates a file with a message from the developers of .IGAME, named how_to_back_files.html. Here’s what it says:

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Be ready for ransomware

It’s very important to maintain an up-to-date backup of your files and to store it somewhere separate from your computer. If the backup disk is connected to the PC while .IGAMI is performing the encryption, the backups will be encrypted, too. If you actually catch the encryption while it’s happening, it’s probably best to shut down your computer and not boot the OS up again, until you have dealt with IGAMI.

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Hacking a network or a computer through Remote Desktop can be very effective for online criminals. If your login credentials are simple or have been leaked, then IGAMI developers could access your computer easily, then install whatever malware they want to. Spam emails are also widely used in distributing ransomware, so it’s important to keep an updated antivirus program which would catch all the suspicious files, as well as just be aware of all the social engineering techniques used in malicious spam emails.

How dangerous is .IGAMI?

If .IGAMI is successful, files on your personal computer or your network storage will be locked by it — encrypted and unusable. The only way to decrypt them right now would be to get the decryption key from the crooks behind .IGAMI. Unsurprisingly, this is unlikely to work. Prices that the developers of .IGAMI give the people who want to have their files decoded varies, but if the extortionists suspect that you can afford it, they’ll charge you a lot. Thousands of dollars for one computer. And if you make the first payment, it’s very likely that even more money will be demanded. And, because the payments are made in Bitcoin, there is no way to get your money back, which is one reason why cryptocurrencies are so useful in online crime.

Most cryptoviruses use hybrid encryption, which is secure and fast. Each victim of .IGAMI would require a unique decryption key, so any one person getting the decryptor from .IGAMI developers does not help any of the other victims of this ransomware.

How to remove IGAMI and rescue the files

Unless something went wrong, IGAMI must have deleted Shadow Copies, but it might be worth checking if they’re really gone. File recovery applications that can look at the deleted files might help recover some of the lost files, too. Before that, though, scan your computer for malware. It’s likely that some trojans or other viruses were left on the system by IGAMI and they need to be removed before they can do harm. Anti-Malware Tool, Anti-Malware Tool or another antivirus program should be able to detect malicious intruders which you can then remove.

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Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to IGAMI. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove IGAMI Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for IGAMI or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall IGAMI Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for IGAMI or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete IGAMI Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for IGAMI or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If IGAMI.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove IGAMI Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for IGAMI or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that IGAMI is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the IGAMI program.
  7. Select IGAMI or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from IGAMI

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete IGAMI

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect IGAMI, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find IGAMI in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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