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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

Name GANDCRAB v5.2
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The 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.
Symptoms Files 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 Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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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 forensics@bitdefender.com and send them the log file of the decryption process, which is usually located in %Temp%\BDRemovalTool directory.

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Step 1: Scan for GANDCRAB v5.2 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.

2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Ransomware Automatic Removal - Video Guide

Step 2: Uninstall GANDCRAB v5.2 and related malware from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.
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2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.
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3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
delete ransomware from windows step 3Follow the instructions above and you will successfully delete most unwanted and malicious programs.

Step 3: Clean any registries, created by GANDCRAB v5.2 on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by GANDCRAB v5.2 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
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2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
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3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
delete ransomware virus registries step 3 Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GANDCRAB v5.2


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows Key + R.
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2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.
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3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
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Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.

4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.
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5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.
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Step 5: Try to Restore Files Encrypted by GANDCRAB v5.2.

Method 1: Use STOP Decrypter by Emsisoft.

Not all variants of this ransomware can be decrypted for free, but we have added the decryptor used by researchers that is often updated with the variants which become eventually decrypted. You can try and decrypt your files using the instructions below, but if they do not work, then unfortunately your variant of the ransomware virus is not decryptable.

Follow the instructions below to use the Emsisoft decrypter and decrypt your files for free. You can download the Emsisoft decryption tool linked here and then follow the steps provided below:

1 Right-click on the decrypter and click on Run as Administrator as shown below:

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2. Agree with the license terms:

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3. Click on "Add Folder" and then add the folders where you want files decrypted as shown underneath:

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4. Click on "Decrypt" and wait for your files to be decoded.

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Note: Credit for the decryptor goes to Emsisoft researchers who have made the breakthrough with this virus.

Method 2: Use data recovery software

Ransomware infections and GANDCRAB v5.2 aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


What is GANDCRAB v5.2 Ransomware?

GANDCRAB v5.2 is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. 

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithms to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

What Does GANDCRAB v5.2 Ransomware Do?

Ransomware in general is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware viruses can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.

How Does GANDCRAB v5.2 Infect?

Via several ways.GANDCRAB v5.2 Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

Another way you may become a victim of GANDCRAB v5.2 is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to Open .GANDCRAB v5.2 files?

You can't without a decryptor. At this point, the .GANDCRAB v5.2 files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryption key for the particular algorithm.

What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?

Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .GANDCRAB v5.2 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

Can I Restore ".GANDCRAB v5.2" Files?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .GANDCRAB v5.2 files. 

These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How To Get Rid of GANDCRAB v5.2 Virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.

It will scan for and locate GANDCRAB v5.2 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .GANDCRAB v5.2 files.

Can I Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.

Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei

United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre

United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police

France - Ministère de l'Intérieur

Italy - Polizia Di Stato

Spain - Policía Nacional

Netherlands - Politie

Poland - Policja

Portugal - Polícia Judiciária

Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)

India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell

Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?

Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.

Can GANDCRAB v5.2 Ransomware Steal Your Data?

Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.

In many cases, the malware authors or attackers will threaten to delete the data or publish it online unless the ransom is paid.

Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?

Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.

Should I Pay Ransomware?

No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.

What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?

If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.

Can a Ransomware Attack Be Detected?

Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.

It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.

Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?

Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.

About the GANDCRAB v5.2 Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this GANDCRAB v5.2 how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the GANDCRAB v5.2 ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
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  1. roby munandar

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

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi Roby,

      We’re glad you recovered your files! Cheers!

  2. Joe

    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 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. lolti

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

    1. Tsetso Mihailov

      Glad it worked for you!

  4. Tobby

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

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi Tobby,

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

  5. Samuel Gadisa

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

  6. Altaf

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

  7. Asif 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. Asif 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. Gerardo

    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. Milena 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: sensorstechforum.com/decrypt-gandcrab-5-2-ransomware/
      You can try connecting the external drive to a computer, or copying its contents to a computer.

  10. Vipul 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:
    | 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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