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.
|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
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
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:
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
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 http://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.
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:
- 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.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
- Guide 1: How to Remove GANDCRAB 5.0.7 from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of GANDCRAB 5.0.7 from 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
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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 GANDCRAB 5.0.7 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for GANDCRAB 5.0.7 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
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.
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.
Get rid of GANDCRAB 5.0.7 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall GANDCRAB 5.0.7 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 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:
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.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.0.7 on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac GANDCRAB 5.0.7 aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.
This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
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.