Remove GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Cryptovirus - Restore Files

Remove GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Cryptovirus – Restore Files


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The article will aid you to remove GANDCRAB v5.0.4 ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom of this article.

GANDCRAB v5.0.4 is the latest version of the nefarious GandCrab cryptovirus. The virus will encrypt your files and the criminals behind it will try to extort money from you to allegedly recover your files back to normal and return your computer to its original operation state before it was struck with GandCrab. After files become encrypted, they will receive a random 8-letter extension. The ransom note’s name is formed by using this extension in capital letters and adding -DECRYPT.txt or -DECRYPT.html afterward. Slight variations in the ransom notes might exist with different versions of GandCrab cryptovirus. Continue to read the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your encrypted files and data.

Threat Summary

NameGANDCRAB v5.0.4
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe GandCrab ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with an 8-random-letter extension and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Virus – Update December 2018

GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Virus keeps going like hot cakes in December 2018, just as it was when it initially came out. Over two dozen new samples have been reported by malware researchers and even more have been spotted in the wild. You can see one of them being dissected inside VirusTotal’s service, from the screenshot provided here:

In addition to all of those attack vectors,

Remove GANDCRAB v5.0.9 ransomware effectively. Follow the GANDCRAB v5.0.9 ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom of this article.
GANDCRAB v5.0.9 Cryptovirus is already out and new victims already have their computer systems compromised.

GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Virus – Distribution Tactics

The GANDCRAB v5.0.4 ransomware might distribute itself via different tactics. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer device will become infected.

Below, you can see the payload file of the cryptovirus being detected by the VirusTotal service:

Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware located at the corresponding forum thread.

GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Virus – Technical Information

GANDCRAB v5.0.4 is a virus that encrypts your files and leaves a ransom note, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer device. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files. Previous GANDCRAB 5.0 versions are said to use the

The ransomware was just updated in two new versions - GANDCRAB v5.0.1 and GANDCRAB v5.0.2. CVE-2018-0896 is used in these latest campaigns.
CVE-2018-0896 vulnerability. That could be exploited with this new version as well. Other vulnerabilities and exploit tactics are not excluded from being used in addition to the one mentioned above.

Version 5.0.4 of GandCrab was spotted by malware researcher Ben Hunter (with Twitter handle @B_H101) earlier today (02.10.2018).

GANDCRAB v5.0.4 ransomware makes various entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to start the virus automatically with each boot of the Windows Operating System. Below you will see the list with registries that are tampered with:

After encryption the GANDCRAB v5.0.4 virus will save a ransom note. The ransom note’s name is formed by using this extension in capital letters and adding -DECRYPT.txt or -DECRYPT.html, so as an example the note with instructions would be called YKWKCUGI-DECRYPT.txt.

The ransom note is displayed below:

That ransom message has the following contents:

—= GANDCRAB V5.0.4 =—


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

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 –

| 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.




IAQAADcGuK20868jo rVSSQNHeCNCzn LVthNchP1cchrZ+ZK64yengprthG 1oan 1 BmSjZWIVyseGGDBKUiOnX4NfUDgoNh rthhDaVWAetprp+ystBhHoerAGVbtaprwIXUeKItyFQJUkFlmE+J9/91W3ngfXUDpB13408PijhAwijqUnWNZBMXD4TQrv… [REDACTED] —END GANDCRAB KEY—


Inside the ransom note it is described to visit a payment page hosted on the TOR network that looks like the following:

We are sorry, but your files have been encrypted!
Don’t worry, we can help you to return all of your files!
Files decryptor’s price is 2400 USD
If payment isn’t made until 2018-07-20 02:32:41 UTC the cost of decrypting files will be doubled
Amount was doubled!
Time left to double price:
What the matter? Buy GandCrab Decryptor Support is 24/7 Test decrypt
Please turn on javascript!!
What the matter?
Your computer has been infected with GandCrab Ransomware. Your files have been encrypted and you can’t decrypt it by yourself.
In the network, you can probably find decryptors and third-party software, but it won’t help you and it only can make your files undecryptable
What can I do to get my files back?
You should buy GandCrab Decryptor. This software will help you to decrypt all of your encrypted files and remove GandCrab Ransomware from your PC.
Current price: $2,400.00. As payment, you need cryptocurrency DASH or Bitcoin
What guarantees can you give to me?
You can use test decryption and decrypt 1 file for free
What is cryptocurrency and how can I purchase GandCrab Decryptor?
You can read more details about cryptocurrency at Google or here.
As payment, you have to buy DASH or Bitcoin using a credit card, and send coins to our address.
How can I pay to you?
You have to buy Bitcoin or DASH using a credit card. Links to services where you can do it: Dash exchanges list, Bitcoin exchanges list
After it, go to our payment page Buy GandCrab Decryptor, choose your payment method and follow the instructions

The message above, displayed by the GANDCRAB v5.0.4 ransomware virus indicates that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay a ransom sum in either Bitcoin or DASH cryptocurrency to allegedly restore your files. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted all over again after payment.

In addition, a picture of Valery Sinyaev will be dropped by the ransomware with the following accusations:

Valery Sinyaev destroy families, people, fire people, he is a asshole that believe he is god. Deserve it and more…stay tuned company if you don’t take actions against him!

We see more and more people being the face of ransomware viruses, but they are mostly political figures or ex-politicians.

GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the GANDCRAB v5.0.4 ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files will get an extension composed of eight random letters. The newly added extension will be added as a secondary one, without changing the original extension.

A list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is believed to be the same as for the original 5.0 version, as shown below:

→.1st, .602, .7z, .7-zip, .abw, .act, .adoc, .aim, .ans, .apkg, .apt, .arj, .asc, .asc, .ascii, .ase, .aty, .awp, .awt, .aww, .cab, .doc, .docb, .docx, .dotm, .gzip, .iso, .lzh, .lzma, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .rar, .sldm, .sldx, .tar, .vbo, .vdi, .vmdk, .vmem, .vmx, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xps, .z, .zip

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The GANDCRAB v5.0.4 cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove GANDCRAB v5.0.4 Virus and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the GANDCRAB v5.0.4 ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by GANDCRAB v5.0.4 and other threats.
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To remove GANDCRAB v5.0.4 follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GANDCRAB v5.0.4 files and objects
2. Find files created by GANDCRAB v5.0.4 on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by GANDCRAB v5.0.4
Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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  1. panda842

    GANDCRAB V5.0.4 *.tncmnygcon

  2. Awais Khan

    Data is encrypted with “GANDCRAB V5.0.4 having extension of .EUPXEH.

    Please help.


    Hola buenos días me tocó el GANDCRAB V5.0.4 con la extensión ( odokubbgw )
    he conseguido eliminar el bicho, pero necesito ayuda para la recuperación de los

  4. Asim Javed

    Data is encrypted with “GANDCRAB V5.0.4 having extension of .FKVVQQCE

    Please help.

  5. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

    Hello panda842, Awais Khan, TENTENIGUADA and Asim Javed.

    As said in the article encrypted files will receive a random 8-letter extension. You can try the decryption tool available for previous GandCrab versions and hope it to work –

    1. Asim Javed

      I have tried but it says “Intionalization failed”

      1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

        Have you tried more than once?

  6. Awais Khan

    I have already tried this tool but didn’t worked out. It does not identify this type of encryption and display message ” No Encrypted files found”.

    This tools work on GANDCRAB v 5.0.3 while new encryption is of GANDCRAB v 5.0.4.I have searched on different forum and found that decryption tol for this ransomware is not yet developed.

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      That is very unfortunate, Awais Khan. However, if there is a decryption method for the previous versions, maybe the newer variants could get decrypted as well…

  7. Nate Kerley

    What if I said “to hell” with all my files and did a system restore? I didn’t have much on my laptop and know how to find whatever was lost.. But will it be gone for good this ransomness?

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      If you do a system restore, you might restore the ransomware’s files as well. I wouldn’t advise that, but if you don’t care about losing files, use an anti-malware tool and then re-install your computer system. But know that if you do a reinstall, you won’t be able to use a data recovery program later, if you change your mind. Good luck!

      Best Regards

  8. Georgios Michalopoulos


    But the key is important, the extension is random

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      True – the extension is indeed random, but thanks for reporting. Very unfortunate how this version proves to be so tough to decrypt. All of you will be notified if there is a decryptor found or another method to recover files.

  9. Sven Käufer

    bin neu hier und leider bin ich auch betroffen. Meine ganzen Bilder ca.45GB sind verschlüsselt mit Gancrab v5.0.4 es wäre echt super wenn es eine Lösung gibt.

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      You can try the decryption tool available for previous GandCrab versions and hope it to work –

      However, users report that they get errors, so you can be unlucky.

  10. Bud

    I find it interesting that an entire industry has evolved professing they have the cure to this Gabdcrab Ransomware. If only you purchase my malware removal tool, you will be saved.

    After so very many charlatans have created so much malware and caused so much grief why would we simply believe that a Saviour can cure your computer if only we provide them with money, rather than the GandCrab Cabal?

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      Hey Bud,
      there are charlatans, but we don’t make malware,
      and we don’t lie. A malware removal tool will remove the malware, but it won’t decrypt the files.

      Plus, users have a choice on whether they want the malware to stay on their machines, or to remove it, either manually or using an anti-malware program (regardless of which program they choose, as long as it is legitimate). Nobody is telling you what to do. And there is a GandCrab decryption tool made by BitDefender, but it doesn’t work for all versions (yet).

  11. kish

    NLJKZMQMNF v5.0.4 malware bytes stopped it a little late i got infected i don’t mind i just switch to another computer and carry on what i was doing

    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

      The threat keeps on spreading it seems. Sad to hear that you are also a victim of it. You will be notified of the decrypter gets updated to properly work with v 5.0.4. For now you can try it, but people report they even have problems with v 5.0.3.

      Anyway, thanks for the update and I wish you luck in the future to not get hit by any malware. Make backups of your important files on another device, so you can recover them if you get hit by ransomware again.

  12. Man

    Just infected today.The malware has encrypted all my files in one drive folder linked to the pc,not much can I do except formatting the pc and let all files gone .

  13. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

    Hey Man,
    formatting is an option, but you will lose your files that way.
    Before doing that, you could also make a backup of the encrypted files and ransom note in case a decrypter program is released. In case you would like to have some files back, that is.

  14. Amr Helmy

    Hi, Mr Ventsislav Krastev

    On November 2018, I discovered that my PC was affected by GANDCRAB V5.0.4 by referring to HRMGI. It seems to be everywhere in my computer. I have downloaded Bitdefender GandCrab V1, V4, V5 .
    I have also followed the steps properly. Each time I try to scan using Bitdefender GandCrab V1, V4, V5 Decryptor – system looking for encryption key. After a while, it is shown that initialization failed.

  15. Triet Tran

    My PC has infected by GANDCRAB V5.0.4 – extension: MLKOL. They ask me for $450 to provide the decrypt tools, and start count down from 7 days.

    Any work around to get back some files?

  16. Todd Wantz

    I got the GandCrab v5.0.4 on Nov 27. with the Encryption extension of .pkwxuuzxut. Hopefully a decryptor will become available soon. As of right now, I am transferring all my files 2+TBs to and external for saving until I can decrypt them. I hope I will be notified when a decryptor comes available for this version


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