Yet another new version of GANDCRAB ransomware has been detected, this time calling itself 5.1.6, making malware researchers curious whether or not the ransomware authors are mocking them or they have released the virus to be sold in the deep web marketplaces as a service (RaaS). GandCrab 5.1.6 is a ransomware virus which aims to encrypt the files on the computers that are compromised by it and then leave behind a ransom note extorting victims to pay ransom in cryptocurrencies in order to retrieve access to their files. In case your computer has been affected by the 5.1.6 instance of GANDCRAB ransomware, we advise reading the following article.
|Short Description||A variant of the [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-gandcrab/”]GANDCRAB ransomware family. Encrypts files and holds them hostage for ransom payment.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted with random 10 letters file extension added after their original name and may also be renamed.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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GANDCRAB 5.1.6 –Infection
One of the methods of infection which are used by GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware is believed to be done by uploading a file online and making it seem that the file is some sort of a legitimate program. One recent case of a user who complained on our forum was regarding a game crack, concerning Battlefield 5 and other games. Besides cracks, other types of files containing GANDCRAB 5.1.6 could also be encountered out there, for example:
- Portable programs.
- Activators for licenses.
- Software installers.
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Virus – Main Activity Report
Upon infection, GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware may either download it’s payload from a command and control (C2C) server or extract it on the infected computer. The malware uses obfuscation techniques to avoid most conventional antivirus programs and infect silently. The main infection file of GANDCRAB 5.1.6 is reported to be the following:
Size: 139.34 KB
Furthermore, GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware may also drop other malicious files that support the main payload. These files are often .tmp, .dll or .bat files and they often have random names and reside in the following Windows directories:
Among the files dropped by GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware is the virus’s ransom note, which is also set as a main wallpaper on the infected computer:
Besides the wallpaper of GANDCRAB Ransomware, the virus also drops it’s ransom note file in almost every folder, where encrypted files reside. The ransom note begins with the random file extension that is also added to the encrypted files and ends with “-DECRYPT.TXT”. It likely contains the following message:
—= GANDCRAB V5.1.6 =—
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 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.
IN ORDER TO PREVENT DATA DAMAGE:
* DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES
* DO NOT CHANGE DATA BELOW
The ransom note of the virus aims to convince victims to visit the main TOR web page of GANDCRAB 5.1.6, which like it’s other versions has further guides and steps on how to purchase BitCoin or Zcash to pay the ransom. The crooks even go as far as to offer Customer Support by answering questions in a “Contact Us” form and they also have multi-language support – anything in the name of the ransom being paid. The TOR page is well made and looks like the following:
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware may also add registry entries that result in it’s malicious file being automatically ran after Windows is force reset. The registry sub-keys that may be attacked are likely the following:
→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International
In additiion to this, GANDCRAB 5.1.6 may also connect to the following remote locations:
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 may also perform other activities on the computers compromised by it:
- Create mutexes.
- Touch system files of Windows.
- Log the victim’s keystrokes.
- Steal files and information on the victim PC.
- Take screenshots.
- Modifies application directory.
- 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
- Adds file to open the next time Word is launched
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 – How Does It Encrypt
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware aims to encrypt the following types of files on the compromised computer:
- Shadow Copies.
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 targets files for encryption based on their file extensions. The virus may scan for the file extensions associated with the often used files by users, which almost always are among the following:
→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”
The virus encrypts the files by encoding blocks of original data from the file which is enough to make it appear as if the file is corrupt. Then, GANDCRAB 5.1.6 adds a random 10-letter file extension, making the files begin to appear like the following:
Remove GANDCRAB 5.1.6 and Restore Encrypted Files
If you want to remove this instance of GandCrab ransomware, we suggest that you backup your files before that, even if they are encrypted. For the removal process of GandCrab ransomware, we strongly suggest that you follow te removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been created with the primary purpose to assist you into removing GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware according to the way you prefer. If you cannot seem to manually remove the virus, be advised that most security professionals recommend taking advantage of an advanced anti-malware program. Such software’s main goal is to thoroughly scan your computer for malware and remove all of the viruses that are related to it.
If you want to try and restore files, encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware, we would recommend that you give the alternative recovery methods shown underneath a try. They may not be 100% effective, but with their aid, you might be able to restore at least some of your encrypted files.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GANDCRAB 5.1.6
Step 2: Uninstall GANDCRAB 5.1.6 and related malware 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 5.1.6 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 5.1.6 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for GANDCRAB 5.1.6 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Ransomware Automatic Removal - Video Guide
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.1.6.
Ransomware infections and GANDCRAB 5.1.6 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 the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 FAQ
What is GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Ransomware?
GANDCRAB 5.1.6 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 algorithms 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.
Can GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Ransomware Damage My Computer?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid. It can encrypt your files and make them inaccessible, preventing you from using your computer or accessing your data. Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Ransomware, like GANDCRAB 5.1.6?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. Ransomware can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom. Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered. The best way to protect yourself is to invest in robust cyber security measures, such as backup solutions and anti-malware software.
How Does GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Ransomware Infect My Computer?
Via several ways.GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 5.1.6 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 5.1.6 files?
You can't. At this point, the .GANDCRAB 5.1.6 files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
What to Do If Ransomware Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .GANDCRAB 5.1.6 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, be 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.
Can I Restore ".GANDCRAB 5.1.6" 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 5.1.6 files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed 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 5.1.6 Ransomware Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program. It will scan for and locate GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .GANDCRAB 5.1.6 files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with 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 I Cannot Recover Ransomware Encrypted Files?
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.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Prevent GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files. In addition, it is also important to keep your passwords secure and to avoid visiting websites or downloading applications from untrusted sources. Finally, ensure you have adequate backup and recovery procedures in place to restore your system to its pre-attack state, should a ransomware attack occur.
Can GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it. In many cases, the malware authors or attackers will threaten to delete the data or publish it online unless the ransom is paid. This means that if a user is infected with ransomware, their data can be stolen and held for ransom. It is important to be aware of this threat and take precautions to protect yourself and your data.
Can Ransomware Affect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can affect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even to use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine. It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
About the GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this GANDCRAB 5.1.6 how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.
How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?
Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.
To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware
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