How to Remove the Blackmail Virus

By Thomas King

The Blackmail virus is a term used to refer to the Gpcode.AK Trojan Virus. The Gpcode.AK Trojan Virus encrypts (scrambles) your files and then demands that you pay to have the files returned to normal. The specific message used by the trojan virus states: “Your files are encrypted with RSA-1024 algorithm. To recover your files you need to buy our decryptor.” You are then directed to a web site where you can buy the "decryptor. The best way to remove the Blackmail virus is to run your antivirus program. However, you can also remove the virus manually.

End Infected Processes

Step 1

Press "Ctrl + Alt + Delete."

Step 2

Click on the "Task Manager," then click on the "Processes" tab.

Step 3

End all of the processes associated with the Gpcode.AK virus. To end a process, right-click on it and select "End Process." If you are unsure whether a process is associated with the Gpcode.AK virus, type the name of the process into the Process Library search box (see Resources).

Delete Infected Files

Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu.

Step 2

Click on the "Search Programs and Files" box.

Step 3

Search for and delete all of the files associated with the Gpcode.AK virus. To delete a file, right-click on it and select "Delete." Generally, the files associated with the Gpcode.AK virus will include the name "Gpcode.AK" followed or preceded by a series of random letters or numbers, such as Gpcode.AK2167976.exe. If you are unsure of whether a file is associated with the Gpcode.AK virus, type the name of the file into the Filename search box (see Resources).

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have an antivirus program, consider downloading Windows Defender or AVG (see Resources). Windows Defender and AVG are free antivirus programs.