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GANDCRAB 5.0.7 Ransomware – How To Remove It

This article has been created in order to show what is GandCrab 5.0.7 ransomware and how to remove it from your PC and try to restore files, encrypted by it.

A transition version of the notorious GandCrab ransomware virus, called GandCrab 5.0.7 has been reported to have become active and einfect users. Malware researcher Marcelo Rivero who found the strain claims the virus has a different ransom message than conventional GandCrab v5.0 variants. The virus belongs to the ransomware type, meaning GandCrab aims to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it and then leave a ransom note with the extension of the encrypted files and the suffix “-DECRYPT.TXT”. The end goal of this malware is to get victims to pay ransom in order to get the cyber-criminals behind the malware to pay ransom in order to be able to use their files again. If your computer has been infected by this instance of GandCrab ransomware, we suggest that you read the following article as it explains more about GandCrab 5.0.7 and aims to show how to remove it and how you can attempt to recover encrypted files by yourself.

Threat Summary

Name GANDCRAB 5.0.7
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The GandCrab 5.0.7 ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to decode them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files adding a 7-letter random file suffix and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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GandCrab Ransomware – Update February 2019

Update! February 2019 brings good news as malware researchers from BitDefender have released a new version for their GandCrab Decryption tool, which is available from the link leading to the BitDefender GandCrab 5.1 Decryptor.

GANDCRAB 5.0.7 -Distribution Methods

There is more than one method used for the distribution of GANDCRAB 5.0.7 ransomware. Since the virus is a variant of the GandCrab ransomware family, onee of the infection methods detected so far is by compromised game cracks for games that are downloaded from torrent sites, like fake versions of Pirate Bay and many other sites that are risky to visit. In addition to this, the virus may also imitate other often downloaded types of programs, like:

  • Portable versions of programs.
  • Activation software.
  • Key generators.
  • Setups of programs.

These seemingly legitimate files are usually uploaded on websites that may either be compromised or supported by the malware authors of GANDCRAB 5.0.7 virus.

In addition to this, another method of replication that is used by this variant of GANDCRAB ransomware may be the more aggressive spam e-mails tactic. These e-mails aim to convince users that the files attached to them are completely legitimate and can be opened and used and more so, important. They often pose as Invoices or Receipts coming from big companies, like PayPal, DHL, FedEx, eBay, Amazon and other big names, to increase the credibility.

GANDCRAB 5.0.7 Ransomware – Activity

Once the payload of GANDCRAB 5.0.7 is dropped on the victims’ computers, the ransomware may conduct series of malicious activites that end up with file encryption. For starters, GANDCRAB 5.0.7 drops it’s primary payload:

→ MD5: cd374fa30f9e9dc2adbc06aa08a8a89a
Name: 9.exe
Size: 139.28 KB

Besides the payload of the virus, other forms of unwanted files and modules may also be created in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

Among the files dropped on the compromised computer, the ransomware may also drop It’s main note file, which has the following ransom message:

—= GANDCRAB V5.0.7 =—

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT DELETE THIS FILE, UNTIL ALL YOUR DATA IS RECOVERED
FAILING TO DO SO WIL RESULT IN YOUR SYSTEM CORRUPTION, IF THERE ARE DECRYPTION ERRORS

Attention!

All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted and have the extension:

The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key. Only we can give you this key and only 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 – https://www.torproject.org/

| 1. Install Tor Browser
| 2. Open Tor Browser
| 3. Open link in TOR browser https://gandcrabmfe6mnef.onion/371525fbc2a9ddd2
| 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.

ATTENTION!
IN ORDER TO PREVENT DATA DAMAGE:
* DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES
* DO NOT CHANGE DATA BELOW

The ransom note of this virus aims to take users to the main TOR web page of GANDCRAB ransomware which looks like the following:

In addition to this, GANDCRAB 5.0.7 ransomware also changes the wallpaper of the infected computer to the following image:

The virus may also perform other malicious activities on the infected computers, such as:

  • Log the victim’s keystrokes.
  • Create mutexes.
  • Take screenshots.
  • Modifies application directory.
  • Adds file to open the next time Word is launched
  • Touch system files of Windows.
  • Creates process with hidden window .
  • Writes an unusually large amount of data to the registry .
  • Tries to detect virtual machine.
  • Reads data related to browser cookies
  • Steal files and information on the victim PC.

GANDCRAB 5.0.7 Ransomware – Encryption Process

The main encryption algorithm used by GandCrab ransomware is called Salsa20 and it is one of the fastest algorithms out there. The virus may encrypt files by creating copies of them and encrypting the copies while deleting the original unencrypted versions of the files or directly encrypting the files. Either way, the files appear with a 7 letter file extension that is random after encryption is complete:

GandCrab ransomware may scan only for files that are used in a very regular basis, such as:

  • Videos.
  • Documents.
  • Images.
  • Databases.
  • Archives.
  • Shadow Copies.

Remove GANDCRAB 5.0.7 and Try to Restore Your Data

If you are a victim of GANDCRAB v5.0.7 ransomware, you should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it replicates on other devices and infects them. You should remove the ransomware virus, preferrablu by following the manual or automatic removal steps underneath. They have been made with the main goal to help you detect and delete the virus files of GandCrab either manually or automatically. For best results, it is highly advisable to download and run a scan with a reputable anti-malware program. Such software aims to detect and remove all GandCrab 5.0.7-related files and objects automatically and also aims to ensure future threat protection.

If you want to recover files, encrypted by this GandCrab 5.0.7 variant, we would advise you to follow the file recvery methods below. We have created them to help users to try and restore as many files as possible, although the methods come with no 100% guarantee to work.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove GANDCRAB 5.0.7 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GANDCRAB 5.0.7

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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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 5.0.7 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.

IMPORTANT!
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: Scan for GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.0.7.

Ransomware infections and GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7:

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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7. 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7. 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7. 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7.

Ransomware infections and GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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.


GANDCRAB 5.0.7 FAQ

What is GANDCRAB 5.0.7 ransomware and how does it work?

GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 5.0.7 files?

You can't. At this point the .GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 .GANDCRAB 5.0.7 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 ".GANDCRAB 5.0.7" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .GANDCRAB 5.0.7 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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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