Goliath and The Hall Of Ransom
Malware researchers have identified a malware writing group, named Hall of Ransom in the deep web which was reported to sell Goliath and Locky ransomware to beginner users. This strategy is also known as RaaS(Ransomware as a service). This is a very sinister project, and researchers expect soon to see infections by Goliath ransomware to be on the rise.
The worse thing about the Goliath ransomware is that once it infects your computer, according to Hall of Ransom “staff”, the cyber-criminals behind it, has the following advantages:
- Steal files from the compromised computer.
- Lock and unlock a PC with a click of a button.
- Make an infected file easily.
- The ransomware is not yet famous. Hence it may be more effective.
However, Hall of Ransom also notify the user of the downside or cons of using Goliath:
- Cyber-criminals must use a VPN connection.
- The ransomware has only Windows version.
- The cyber-crooks need to have a powerful computer.
The Goliath ransomware is being sold for the price of 2100$, and it may have started infecting users already.
Not only this, but the malware writers at Hall Of Ransom also offer what appears to be a universal decrypter for the extremely devastating Locky Ransomware Infection. From what is said on the “sales page” of the decrypter, the only condition is for users to have not removed Locky from their computer:
Alos, the cyber-crooks have created a contact page where “customers” can write to them and discuss the payment:
Besides that, the BitCoin address of the crook(s) has been posted at the bottom of the Onion web page:
Conclusion, Protection, and Removal for Goliath and Locky Ransomware
The bottom line is that these clever individuals make a risk free profit selling the ransomware to other users who want to become cyber-criminals. Goliath’s price is 2100$, Locky itself costs 3000$ to use, and its decryptor is at the price of 1200$. Even though it seems tempting to make a quick buck out of ransomware, we strongly advise you not to mess with it, because this may lead to serious negative consequences including lengthy confinement by law.
To remove these viruses and try and restore your encrypted files using alternative free methods if you have already been infected, you are welcome to try our general instructions to remove Goliath and Locky. However, if you want to decrypt your files, unfortunately besides the decryptor sold by cyber-crooks, at this present moment there is currently no relevant solution, this is why you may want t try following the instructions from step “3.Restore Files Encrypted by Goliath and Locky”. They are not 100% effective and there is no guarantee of success, but there is also a chance you may recover even a small portion of the data.
In addition to all of those, we have also provided a Video Tutorial on Locky:
- Guide 1: How to Remove Goliath and Locky from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Goliath and Locky from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Goliath and Locky from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Goliath and Locky from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Goliath and Locky from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Goliath and Locky from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Goliath and Locky from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Goliath and Locky from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Goliath and Locky
Step 2: Uninstall Goliath and Locky and related software 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Goliath and Locky on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Goliath and Locky there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Goliath and Locky from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Goliath and Locky and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Goliath and Locky via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Goliath and Locky from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Goliath and Locky from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Goliath and Locky from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Goliath and Locky from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Goliath and Locky will be removed.
Eliminate Goliath and Locky from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.