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Gingerbread Ransomware – Remove it And Restore Encrypted Files

filecoded-gingerbread-ransomware-sensorstechforumRussian ransomware viruses have begun to become more and more frequent, adding new file extension to their variants and becoming more sophisticated. One example of that is Gingerbread ransomware which interestingly enough mocks it’s victims by telling them the child’s story of gingerbread in it’s ransom note. Anyone who has been infected by this ransomware virus is advised by security researchers to immediately remove Gingerbread from the infected computers and attempt to restore the encrypted files using alternative methods, like the ones in this article.

Threat Summary



Short DescriptionThe malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.
SymptomsThe user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” linking to a web page and a decryptor. Files become no longer accessible.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

Gingerbread Ransomware – More Information

How Does Gingerbread Replicate

In order to be successfully spread, Gingerbread ransomware uses massive spam campaigns on e-mail platforms. The spammed e-mails are created primarily to replicate legitimate people or organizations, like banks and other institutions. In addition to this, the e-mails have convincing messages, for example a fake e-mail saying a bank account of the potential victim has been suspended and with a document or a malicious URL attached to them.

Once the URL or the malicious attachment has been opened, the virus immediately begins to download or extract the malicious payload of the files which may be located in:

  • %AppData%
  • %Common%
  • %Local%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Windows%

Gingerbread Ransomware – Post-Infection Analysis

After having infected a computer, Gingerbread may get straight to the file decryption part after modifying the settings for it’s files to run obfuscated. Amongst the encrypted files are various file extensions associated with often used objects on the computer, like:

  • Videos.
  • Audio files.
  • Adobe Reader documents.
  • Microsoft Office type of files.
  • Databases.
  • Files that are associated with often use programs.

After having encrypted the files on the compromised computer, the Gingerbread ransomware creates several other types of files to notify the user hi files are encrypted. One of them is a picture of a children’s animation character, having the following ransom note:

Translated from Russian:
“Gingerbread went away from grandma and grandpa and found out that he doesn’t have money even to pay for his home rent! He thought long, wanted to hang himself – but couldn’t. And after all he can rely on something – your help!
Help Gingerbread and he will give back you files to you! Write down the information for identification on the email below:
E-mail – [email protected]
Identifier – {ID}
For more information –”

After having encrypted the files on the compromised computer and having notified the user of what has happened, Gingerbread ransomware may self-delete and send the decryption key to the cyber-criminals, but leave some malicious files behind after that.

Remove Gingerbread Virus and Try To Restore Your Files

In order to fully erase Gingerbread ransomware, it is advisable to focus on doing so by following the instructions below. Since the virus may create multiple files and registry entries that may be left behind it is advisable to remove them using an advanced anti-malware tool for maximum effect.

After having remove Gingerbread fully from your computer, we recommend utilizing specific set of tools for this purpose that are alternative and may not be 100% working but are a good temporary solution. We have posted links to those tools below in step 2.Restore files encrypted by Gingerbread.

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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