GANDCRAB v5.2 – How to Decrypt Encrypted Files (Free)

GANDCRAB v5.2 – How to Decrypt Encrypted Files (Free)

What is GandCrab v5.2 ransomware? How to remove GandCrab v5.2? How to decrypt files, encrypted by GandCrab v5.2 ransomware virus from your computer effectively?

GANDCRAB v5.2 is an extremely dangerous family of malware infections, whose malware family has been infecting people’s computers for almost 2 years now. The virus has officially been shut down by it’s creators and thanks to that, researchers have now devised a free decryption software, that can help you get your files back for free, if you have backed them up somewhere. The virus’s main goal was to infect the computer and then scramble all of the files in it that are important – documents, videos, images and other files and then extort the victims to pay ransom to get the files to work again. Read this article to learn how to remove GandCrab ransomware and how to try and decrypt your files for free without paying ransom.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe 5.2 version of a very dangerous cryptovirs, that encrypts your files and holds them hostage until you pay ransom to get the files back.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and no longer have the same name or extension. They cannot be opened. The wallpaper is changed into GandCrab v5.2 one.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Decryption StepsDecryption Instructions for GandCrab v 5.2 ransomware.

How to Remove GandCrab v5.2 and Decrypt Files

This part contains step-by-step guide on removing and decrypting files, encrypted by GandCrab v5.2 ransomware virus.

GandCrab Ransomware Decryption Instructions

The encryption process of the first versions of GandCrab (v1, v2 and v3) used AES-256 encryption with a Cipher Block Chaining. The newer versions (v4 and v5, including v5.2) now use Salsa20 algorithm. The virus used to encrypt a larger portion of the files, risking to damage them, but now it encrypts only a small portion of the files via Salsa20, enough to render them no longer able to be opened. This is how the researchers have managed to reach a breakthrough and the result of that is the BitDefender GandCrab Decryptor. Below, you can find instructions on how you can restore files, encrypted by this version of GandCrab (v5.2) for free.

Important! Before decrypting your encrypted files by GandCrab 5.2, you will need to have at least one ransom note from your infection, which is required to recover the decryption key. So, before removing the virus files, make a copy of the ransom note on a flash drive or other external drive. Make sure to do this before scanning your PC.

Before decrypting GandCrab v5.2, it is important to neutralize the threat first. The most preferred way to remove GandCrab v5.2 ransomware is by downloading an anti-malware program and running a scan. Such a program is designed to remove malware automatically and to further protect the system.

SpyHunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

Decryption Steps

Preparation Phase

Important! Before beginning decryption, make sure that you are connected to the internet as the BitDefender GandCrab V1, V4, V5 Decryptor works with BitDefneder’s servers to find the decryption keys and recover your files.

Be advised, that before decryption, you will also need to do the following:

  • Make copies of the encrypted files, because tinkering with copies is safer and even if they get damaged, you will still have the original files.
  • Make sure to secure your computer.
  • Make sure to have at least one GandCrab v5.2 ransom note. For this variant it is called “{YOUR EXTENSION}-DECRYPT.txt”
  • Be prepared to wait for the decrypter and do not interupt the decryption process.

Step 1: Download the BitDefender GandCrab Decryptor by clicking on the download button underneath:

Step 2: Save the file where you can find it and Run it:

Step 3: Agree with the Software License Agreement by clicking “I Agree”.

Step 4: If you want specific encrypted files by GandCrab v5.2 in a single folder to be decrypted, select them by clicking on “Browse”. If you want all files on your computer to be decrypted, tick “Scan Entire System”.

Step 5: Do not forget to tick “Backup Files” before begging, in case something goes wrong. If you see the “Ready to scan” indicator, click on the “Scan” button to begin the decryption process.

Step 6: The software will begin looking for the decryption keys for files, encoded by GandCrab v5.2. Be advised that this will definitely take some significant time so arm yourself with patience.

Step 7: When the software has finished decrypting your files, you should find them in the folder:

Be advised to check if all of your files are DECRYPTED successfully before removing the encrypted ones. To remove the encrypted files, you can search them by using Windows search. This can happen by opening “This PC” (My Computer) in Windows and then in the search bar on it’s top-right type the follow and search for it:

→ fileextension:{the extension of your files}

The files should start appearing and when the search is done, press CTRL+A to select all and then press Shift+Del to delete all of the files simultaneously:

Video, containing decryption instructions for GandCrab v5.2 ransomware:

Conclusion and Important Tips

Keep in mind that this decryption tool will first try to decrypt 5 files and if this test does not pass, it will not continue, although the probability for that is very low. Also note that BitDefender researchers find it important to receive any feedback, so if you fail to decrypt your files, you should contact them on and send them the log file of the decryption process, which is usually located in %Temp%\BDRemovalTool directory.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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  1. Avatarroby munandar

    thank you so muchhhh for decryptor v5.2
    ilove so much save my life

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Roby,

      We’re glad you recovered your files! Cheers!

  2. AvatarJoe

    i TRIED THE TOOL BUT HAD NO Luck. I cannot find a file called DECRYPT but I had one called VGDPNJOF-MANUAL.txt in every directory so I renamed it but it still did not work. The file seems to have the decrypt keys in them


    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov

      Hey Joe.
      Renaming the files will not work, the encryption is deeper than just the name and extension of files. You should not rename the files or change text inside them.
      The keys you posted are NOT decryption data, but rather the PUBLIC keys with which the ransomware uses to infect data. In this encryption both a Public and a Private key is used, where the Private key is different for every person, and you don’t know it. Contact Kaspersky, as they are the makers of the decryptor. With the help of the FBI, master decryption keys were released for the ransomware, so they should be able to find that specific key you need to decrypt your files.

  3. Avatarlolti

    Thank You so much :) :) It really works.
    I have recovered all files.

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov

      Glad it worked for you!

  4. AvatarTobby

    i need help ,, i cant decrypt all the infected files

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Tobby,

      What exactly is your issue? Can you describe your problem?

  5. AvatarSamuel Gadisa

    how can I decrypt .masodas virus?? I need help…it’s urgent!!

  6. AvatarAltaf

    I am running windows 10. when install/run the software. nothing happens. it is not installing. please guide me.

  7. AvatarAsif Ali

    Hello there

    My all files have been encrypted with .moka virus. All files extension has been changed and .moka has been added with all files. I am not able to decrypt my data. Could please help me?

  8. AvatarAsif Ali

    Hello Everyone

    My computer has been affected with .moka virus which has changed the extension of my all files. It is a ransomware virus which demands ransom money to decrypt my all data. It is a new kinda virus just came in the market in August 2019. Can anyone please me decrypt my all data with any Decryption tool?

    Below is the text note which was dropped automatically in every folder, its a note by the virus maker i guess…


    Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
    All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
    The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
    This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
    What guarantees you have?
    You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
    But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
    You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
    Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
    Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
    Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
    Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.

    To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

    Reserve e-mail address to contact us:

    Your personal ID:

  9. AvatarGerardo

    My laptop was infected with the Gandcrab virus, and so where my external and so was an external hard drive that was connected to it, the laptop I just ended up formatting it and started clean, but my external hard drive I just tossed aside, is there a way to decrypt an external hard drive that was infected

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Gerardo,

      Yes, it is possible to decrypt an encrypted external drive. First of all, here’s a link to the official decrypter of GandCrab:
      You can try connecting the external drive to a computer, or copying its contents to a computer.

  10. AvatarVipul Chakranarayan

    My External Hard Drive has been affected by Gandcrab v5.2. I lost all the memories which i store from almost 6 years. I have received the following note. Please guys can you help me recovering my files back.
    —= GANDCRAB V5.2 =—




    All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted and have the extension: .VUYZFMCJK

    The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key. Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.

    The server with your key is in a closed network TOR. You can get there by the following ways:


    | 0. Download Tor browser –

    | 1. Install Tor browser
    | 2. Open Tor Browser
    | 3. Open link in TOR browser: http://gandcrabmfe6mnef.onion/2e10a1c9cc2f1b7a
    | 4. Follow the instructions on this page


    On our page you will see instructions on payment and get the opportunity to decrypt 1 file for free.







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