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GANDCRAB 5.1.5 Ransomware – How to Remove It

This blog post is made to help you understand what exactly is GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware virus and how you can remove this threat from your PC and try to recover your files.

A new variant of GANDCRAB ransomware has been detected, using the 5.1.5 version as a name. GANDCRAB 5.1.5 belongs to the GandCrab ransomware family of viruses. It aims to lock your access to your personal documents, videos, images and other files and then set a random file extension. The end goal is for you to pay the criminals behind this virus ransom payment in BitCoin or ZCash in order for them to grant access back to your own files. If your computer has been affected by GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware, we suggest that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

NameGANDCRAB 5.1.5
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionVersion 5.1.5 of GANDCRAB ransomware. Encrypts your data and holds it hostage for ransom payment.
SymptomsYour files become encrypted with an added 7 random letters as a file extension after their original one. A ransom note is dropped with the file extension and then “-DECRYPT.txt”, containing the ransom message of GANDCRAB.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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GANDCRAB 5.1.5 –How Does It Infect

When it comes to infection, GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware may use several different tactics to infect it’s victims’ PCs. One of them is to pretend that a file which is uploaded online is legitimate and trick users into downloading and executing the file in question. The main files which are used for those sort of infection procedures often end up to be the following:

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

These types of files can usually be encountered In multiple different websites, like torrent sites and compromised web pages of legitimate sites.

Another method of infection that is used by GandCrab 5.1.5 ransomware is to spread it’s payload as a form of a document that only seems legitimate, but is not. These methods of infection are usually conducted via e-mail and the infection process imitates invoices, receipts and other forms of files that appear legitimate, but may have malicious macros embedded in them:

GANDCRAB 5.1.5 Virus – What Does It Do

When you have become infected by the 5.1.5 version of

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GandCrab, you will know it. This is because the virus firstly drops and executes it’s primary payload file, which has the following identification:

→ SHA256: b36c91065db430ce667ffc2d64149ccc45e6abf0df1cc11265f657b2a34f5677
Name: 5.exe
Size: 139.36 KB

In addition to the main malicious files of this virus, other modules (.dll, .tmp, .bat, etc.) may also be dropped in the following system directories of Windows:

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

Among these files that are dropped is also the DECRYPT.txt ransom note of GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware which includes the name of the file extension used by this virus for it’s own name. The note has the following message to victims:

—= GANDCRAB V5.1.5 =—

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 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.

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:

Furthermore, GANDCRAB Ransomware does not stop there as the virus also changes your wallpaper with a shortened version of the virus’s ransom note:

In addition to this, GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware may also perform the following actions on the compromised computers:

  • Delete Shadow copies.
  • Touch or modify Windows System files.
  • Change registry entries.
  • Create tasks.
  • Delete the Volume shadow copies.
  • Disable backup and recovery services.

GANDCRAB 5.1.5 – Encryption

For encryption, GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware uses the Salsa20 encryption algorithm, but it may combine it with the RSA encryption cipher to encode the encryption key. The virus encrypts blocks of data of the files which is enough to make them unreadable, but it does not encrypt the whole file, since the process is made to be fast.

GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware targets the following files for encryption:

  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Databases.
  • Documents.
  • Archives.

After the files are encrypted, GANDCRAB 5.1.5 adds a 7 random letter extension to the end of each file, which is also used to name the ransom note. The files begin to appear like the following:

Furthermore, GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware may also delete the shadow copies of the infected computer and disable system backup with he main goal of restricting the possibility of the user recovering his or her files this way. GANDCRAB ransomware does this by allegedly running the following commands as administrator on the victim PC:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Remove GANDCRAB 5.1.5 and Restore Encrypted Files

Before starting the removal process of GANDCRAB 5.1.5, please backup your files, despite the fact that they may all be encrypted, just in case.

If you want to remove GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware, you can do so either by yourself or automatically and information and steps for both are available in the removal accordion underneath. If manual removal does not seem to have any effect, we strongly suggest as what most security experts would use – to download and run a scan with an advanced anti-malware program, the main idea of which is to scan your computer for malicious files and objects and remove them thoroughly.

If you want to restore files, encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.1.5, we suggest that you give the steps underneath a try, since they aim to help you recover as many files as possible, even though they come with no 100% guarantee.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove GANDCRAB 5.1.5 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GANDCRAB 5.1.5

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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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5.

Ransomware infections and GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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 5.1.5:

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 5.1.5. 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 5.1.5. 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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5. 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 5.1.5.

Ransomware infections and GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 FAQ

What is GANDCRAB 5.1.5 ransomware and how does it work?

GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 files?

You can't. At this point the .GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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 5.1.5" 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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 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 5.1.5 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .GANDCRAB 5.1.5 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like GANDCRAB 5.1.5 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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