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Remove CryptoGod Virus Infections – Restore .locked Files

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The CryptoGod virus is a new strain of the Hidden Tear ransomware family. The currently released samples of it are probably test versions that may be updated in further iterations. Refer to our in-depth article for a technical analysis and full removal instructions.

Threat Summary

Name CryptoGod
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .locked extensions and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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CryptoGod virus – Distribution Ways

The CryptoGod virus is being distributed using the most common delivery tactics. The ongoing attacks are relatively limited in size and scope. It is possible that the hacker behind it may use various techniques to spread the infection.

One of the primary ones is the use of email SPAM messages containing social engineering tactics. The CryptoGod virus is delivered using messages that pose as being sent by well-known companies or Internet services. The files can be either attached directly or hyperlinked in the body contents.

The criminals behind the virus can create fake download sites that mimic legitimate Internet portals by hijacking their design templates and web elements. Along with file sharing networks (for example BitTorrent) they areu used to deploy infected payloads to the target machines. There are two main types that are generally regarded as the most popular ones:

  • Documents — The malicious code can be embedded in files of different types: text documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. When they are opened by the victims a messge will pop-up asking them to enable the built-in scripts (macros). When this is done the CryptoGod virus infection will begin.
  • Application Installers — In a similar way the criminals can embed the malicious code into application installers. This is done by downloading the legitimate files from the vendors and manipulating them with the CryptoGod code. Computer hackers typically target popular software: system utilities, creativity suites and productivith applications.

Some CryptoGod strains can also be integrated in browser hijackers. They are dangerous browser plugins that are usually spread on the relevant extension repositories using fake developer credentials and user reviews.

CryptoGod virus – In-Depth Analysis

The CryptoGod virus is a new strain of the Hidden Tear ransomware family. The analysis reveals that it has been created by a hacker named Patrizio Napoli as his signature was found in the code. It is very possible that it has been created as a test version or a proof-of-concept virus. By all means its current iteration will probably not be used in large live attacks. The purpose of the ransomware seems to be testing the effectivity of the code. It is possible that this virus is connected to the .payforunlock ransomware strain which also features the “CryptoGod” string.

As such the CryptoGod virus does not feature modules apart from it’s basic ransomware engine. It is based on the Hidden Tear code base which means that it might include other additions. Having a detailed overview over most other similar threats we can construct a possible behaviour pattern that might be used in fuutre versions of it.

The attacks may begin with a data harvesting component that can be used to extract certain strings from the stored files and user input. The information can be classified into two main types:

  • Attack Optimization Metrics — The engine can be programmed to harvest strings that can reveal information such as the installed hardware components and certain operating system values.
  • Personal Data — The same mechanism can be used to instruct the harvesting engine into retrieving data that can be used to directly expose the victim user’s identity. The collected information includes their name, address, phone number, interests, location and passwords.

Once the collection of information has completed it can be forwarded to the stealth protection plugin. It is used to scan for signatures of applications and services that might interfere with the proper virus execution. This is done by bypassing the real-time scanners of anti-virus software and other similar applications — virtual machine hosts and debug environments.

The CryptoGod virus can then modify the infected computers in various ways. A list of the possible changes includes the following actions:

  • Windows Registry Modification — The main malicious engine can disrupt the normal operations of the machines by modifying the Windows registry entries belonging both to the operating system and the user-installed applications.
  • Persistent Installation — The CryptoGod virus can be installed as a persistent threat which hinders manual user removal. It is also capable of disabling access to the boot recovery menu.
  • File Recovery Issues — The malicious engine is able to delete the Shadow Volume Copies and system restore information. This means that the affected data cannot be recovered easily without the use of a professional solution. Refer to our instructions below for more information on this.
  • Trojan Module — The CryptoGod virus can connect to a hacker-controlled server that can invoke a Trojan-like behavior. This means that the hacker operators will be able to spy on the victims in real time, as well as overtake control of their machines.

The code analysis also reveals that it some of the code may be connected to the MoWare H.F.D ransomware.

CryptoGod virus — Encryption

Once all components have executed correctly the ransomware engine will be started. Practically all Hidden Tear ransomware variants, including the CryptoGod virus, utilize a built-in list of file type extensions that are encrypted with a strong cipher. The criminals usually define sensitive information that has a critical impact upon the victims, an example list might contain the following data:

  • Music
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Documents
  • Archives
  • Databases
  • Backups

The compromised files are encrypted and renamed with the .locked extension which is one of the generic Hidden Tear markers. Like other similar threats it creates a ransomware message. In this particular case a lockscreen instance is spawned which reads the following message:

I TUOI FILE PERSONALI STANNO PER ESSERE
CANCELLATI. LE TUE FOTO, VIDEO, DOCUMENTI
ETC..
MA NON PREOCCUPARTI! SUCCEDERA SOLO SE
NON SEGUL LE REGOLE.
HO GIA CRIPTATO I TUOI FILE, IN MODO CHE TU
NON POSSA ACCEDRVI. OGNI ORA SELEZIONERO
UNO DI LORO E LO CANCELLERO IN MODO
PERMANENTE, DOPO 24 ORE LI CANCELLERO
TUTTI, QUENDI NEMMENO IO SARO PIU IN GRADO
DI RECUPERARLI.
SONO L’UNICO IN GRADO DI DECRIPTARE I TUOI
DATI…
ORA, GUARDA I TUOI FILE, NON POTRAL
DECRTIPTARLI SENZA PAGARE.
LA CIFRA DA PAGARE PER RIAVERE I FILE E DID
300€ IN CODICI PAYSAFECARD.
PUOI INSERIRE DIRETTAMENTE QUI SOTTO I TUOI
CODICI PAYSAFECARD, IL NOME DEL TUO PC ED
UNA TUA E-MAIL PER INVIARLE IL CODICE DI
DECRIPTAZIONE DEI FILE.

An automated machine translation (via the Google Translate service) shows the following message:

YOUR PERSONAL FILES ARE TO BE
DELETED. YOUR PHOTOS, VIDEOS, DOCUMENTS
ETC ..
BUT DO NOT WORRY! SUCCEDERA ONLY IF
DO NOT SIDE THE RULES.
I HAVE CRYPTED YOUR FILES, SO THAT YOU
CAN NOT ACCEPT. EVERY HOUR SELECTED
ONE OF THEM AND CANCEL IT IN A WAY
PERMANENT, AFTER 24 HOURS CLEARLY
EVERYONE, I’M NOT EVEN MORE ABLE
TO RECOVER THEM.
I AM THE ONLY ABLE TO DECREASE YOURS
DATA…
NOW, WATCH YOUR FILES, DO NOT MAKE IT
DECREASE WITHOUT PAYING.
THE NUMBERS TO BE PAID TO REACH THE FILES AND DID
€ 300 IN PAYSAFECARD CODES.
YOU CAN INSERT DIRECTLY HERE UNDER YOURS
CODES PAYSAFECARD, THE NAME OF YOUR PC ED
YOUR E-MAIL TO SEND THE CODE OF
DECREASING FILES.

The lockscreen instance blocks the user interaction with the computer until the threat has been removed completely.

Remove CryptoGod Ransomware Virus and Restore .locked Files

If your computer got infected with the CryptoGod 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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove CryptoGod from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CryptoGod

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
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.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall CryptoGod 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


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"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by CryptoGod 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 CryptoGod there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
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.

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Step 4: Scan for CryptoGod 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.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CryptoGod.

Ransomware infections and CryptoGod 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 reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of CryptoGod from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall CryptoGod and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to CryptoGod:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to CryptoGod. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to CryptoGod. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 CryptoGod 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as CryptoGod. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CryptoGod.

Ransomware infections and CryptoGod 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 reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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


CryptoGod FAQ

What is CryptoGod ransomware and how does it work?

CryptoGod 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 algorithm how 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.

How does CryptoGod ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.CryptoGod Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, 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.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of CryptoGod 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 .CryptoGod files?

You can't. At this point the .CryptoGod files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by CryptoGod ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".CryptoGod" files (Other Methods)?

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

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

How do I get rid of CryptoGod ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate CryptoGod ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .CryptoGod files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like CryptoGod ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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