Gank Ransomware Removal - Restore .GankLocked Files
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This article will help you remove Gank ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom of this article.

Gank is the name of a newly-found ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is coded to place the extension .gankLocked after encryption to all files which get locked. The Gank virus displays a ransom note in a text file with a demanded ransom to be paid in Bitcoin. Keep reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameGank
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .gankLocked to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Gank Ransomware – Spread

Gank ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your PC will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

Gank ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.

Gank Ransomware – Details

Gank is a virus that could encrypt your files and extort you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project and it might be still in a developmental phase.

Gank ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

See the ransom note that is placed in your computer system after the completion of the encryption:

That ransom note reads the following:

GANK RANSOM: YOU HAVE BEEN GANKED!
All your important files have been encrypted with GANK RANSOM.
You must send one million bitcoins to retrieve the key.
Do not try to hack this program, we use secure cryptographic algorithms: this program is unbreakable.

The note of the Gank ransomware states that your files are encrypted. A ransom is demanded as payment for potentially unlocking your files which is in the amount of a million Bitcoins. That sum being a joke or not could change in the future. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or do other criminal activity.

Gank Ransomware – Encryption

As Gank ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .gankLocked. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a HiddenTear variant.

The Gank cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your files.

Remove Gank Ransomware and Restore .gankLocked Files

If your computer got infected with the Gank ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Gank and other threats.
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To remove Gank follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Gank files and objects
2. Find files created by Gank on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Gank

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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