The article will aid you to remove GANDCRAB v5.0.9 ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom of this article.
GANDCRAB v5.0.9 is the latest iteration of the infamous 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 6-letter extension, for example .spsjhw. The ransom note’s name is formed by using this extension and adding -DECRYPT.txt or -DECRYPT.html afterward. Slight variations in the ransom notes might exist with different variants of the GandCrab cryptovirus. Continue to read the article to see how to remove the virus and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your encrypted files.
|Short Description||The GandCrab ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files with an 6-random-letter extension and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
GandCrab Ransomware – Update February 2019
GANDCRAB v5.0.9 Virus – Distribution Tactics
The GANDCRAB v5.0.9 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 v5.0.9 Virus – In-Depth Analysis
GANDCRAB v5.0.9 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.
GANDCRAB v5.0.9 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 v5.0.9 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 SPSJHW-DECRYPT.txt.
The ransom message has the following contents:
It states the following:
—= GANDCRAB V5.0.9 =—
All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted and have the extension: .SPSJHW
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
—BEGIN GANDCRAB KEY—
IAQAADcGuK20868jo rVSSQNHeCNCzn LVthNchP1cchrZ+ZK64yengprthG 1oan 1 BmSjZWIVyseGGDBKUiOnX4NfUDgoNh rthhDaVWAetprp+ystBhHoerAGVbtaprwIXUeKItyFQJUkFlmE+J9/91W3ngfXUDpB13408PijhAwijqUnWNZBMXD4TQrv… [REDACTED] —END GANDCRAB KEY—
—BEGIN PC DATA—
—END PC DATA—
Inside the ransom note it is described to visit a payment page hosted on the TOR network that looks like the following:
The text on that page is 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
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 v5.0.9 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 notification will also show up, stating:
We will become back very soon! ;)
Except this notification the Desktop Wallpaper will change with the following picture:
It states the following:
ENCRYPTED BY GANDCRAB 5.0.9
YOOUR FILES ARE UNDER STRONG PROTECTION BY OUR SOFTWARE. IN ORDER TO RESTORE IT YOU MUST BUY DECRYPTOR
For further steps read SPSJHW-DECRYPT.txt that is located in every encrypted folder
The name in the greeting and extension, plus ransom note name will vary from user to user.
GANDCRAB v5.0.9 Ransomware – Encryption Process
The encryption process of the GANDCRAB v5.0.9 ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files will get an extension composed of six 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 v5.0.9 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 v5.0.9 Virus and Restore Data
If your computer system got infected with the GANDCRAB v5.0.9 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.