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GANDCRAB 5.1.6 Ransom Virus – How to Remove It

This article has been made to explain what is GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware virus, how to remove it from your computer and how you can try and recover files that are encrypted by it.

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.

Threat Summary

Name GANDCRAB 5.1.6
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
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.
  • Keygens.
  • 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:

→ SHA256:1a8226571d4e22d3383e2c163da39f22e1c4fed5f79b0dbefb7defbc7d359d11
Name: 1.exe
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:

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

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 =—



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.


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
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Preload
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Wbem\CIMOM\Logging Directory
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\productName

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:

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


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.

Ventsislav Krastev

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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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove GANDCRAB 5.1.6 from Windows.

Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GANDCRAB 5.1.6


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
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Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 5.1.6 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 5.1.6 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 5.1.6 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.

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 5.1.6 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.


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


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.


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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.1.6.

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.

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 5.1.6 from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall GANDCRAB 5.1.6 and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 5.1.6:

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 5.1.6. 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 5.1.6. 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 5.1.6 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 5.1.6. 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

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for GANDCRAB 5.1.6:


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Step 3 (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.

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.


What is GANDCRAB 5.1.6 ransomware and how does it work?

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 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 5.1.6 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.GANDCRAB 5.1.6 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 5.1.6 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.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .GANDCRAB 5.1.6 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, 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 5.1.6" 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% 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 5.1.6 ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. 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 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.

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:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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