Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware is?

Windows Genuine Advantage, else known as WGA, is a legitimate anti-piracy system by Microsoft. This system automatically accesses important Windows system services for updates, such enforcing online validation and securing the licensing. Unfortunately, sometimes cybercriminals make use of the legitimate software names to push unsuspecting users into spending their money for nothing. The name Windows Genuine Advantage is also used by ransomware program that infects computer users in Germany for Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware. In this case, one has to remove Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware immediately, in order to ensure that it does not cause a great damage to the system.

Since this ransomware application makes use of Windows Genuine Advantage’s name, we can say that it impersonates the legitimate surface to make itself look reliable. Needless to say, that there is nothing real about this malicious infection because the only reason it enters your computer is money. In that aspect, it is very similar to other ransomware programs such as FBI MoneyPak, Metropolitan Police Virus, FBI Virus and others. Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware infection gets distributed around by Trojans. It means that your computer becomes compromised prior to the ransomware entering the system. What is more, it points out the possibility that you may have more than just one malicious infection on the PC.

Technically, there is nothing too surprising about Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware. It behaves like your average ransomware application by blocking your desktop access and demanding payment. The message on your screen in German claims that your operating system license has expired. So now you have to renew it via Ukash alternative payment system, otherwise Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware will not allow you to access your files. Take note that Ukash alternative payment system has nothing to do with the malicious infection. Cyber criminals make use of it because it is very simple and practical to employ.

Needless to say, that you cannot spend your money on Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware. Even if you were to pay the ransom, Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware would not unlock your desktop. What is more, you need to consider the possibility that there is more than just one infection on your computer. Hence, please follow the instructions below on how to access your desktop via Safe Mode with Networking. When you have your desktop back, you will be able to acquire a powerful antimalware application that will delete Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware from you immediately.

Should you have any questions about Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware or malware removal in general, please feel free to contact us. Our team is always ready to help you. Also, do not forget to keep your computer secure at all times by investing in a legitimate malware detection and removal tool.

How to restore desktop access

Windows 8

  1. Press Windows button and metro Start menu will open.
  2. Click Internet Explorer tile and open your browser.
  3. Type into the address bar and press Enter.
  4. Click Run on the download dialog box.
  5. Install SpyHunter and run a full system scan.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Reboot the PC and press F8 once BIOS screen disappears.
  2. Select Safe Mode with Networking on Advanced Boot Options menu and press Enter.
  3. Access Spyware Techie website and download SpyHunter.
  4. Install the application and scan your computer.

Windows XP

  1. Restart your computer and tap F8 repeatedly when BIOS screen disappears.
  2. Use arrow keys to navigate and select Safe Mode with Networking.
  3. Press Enter and click Yes on confirmation box.
  4. Download SpyHunter.
  5. Open Start menu and launch Run.
  6. Enter msconfig and click OK.
  7. Open Startup tab on System Configuration Utility.
  8. Click Disable all and press OK to save changes.
  9. Restart the PC in Normal mode.
  10. Install SpyHunter and run a full system scan.

In non-techie terms:

Windows Genuine Advantage ransomware is a dangerous infection that blocks you from running any programs and demands a ransom fee. Please refer to the secondary set of instructions below to get rid of this infection and other potential threats ASAP.