A new ransomware virus, going by the name GG Ransomware has been detected in the wild. The malware aims to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it, using the AES-256 encryption algorithm. Then, victims are requested to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to get their files restored back to their original variants. If your computer has been attacked by GG Ransomware, it is strongly advisable to remove the virus and attempt to restore the files encrypted by it on your computer system. For more information, read this article.
|Encrypts the files on your infected computer and then asks for a ransom payoff to be made in order to decrypt them.
|Files are AES encrypted with an added .GG file extension. No ransom note added, only an image.
|Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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BRansomware – How Does It Spread
In order to be distributed throughout the web, GG Ransomware is a virus that may exist in different infection forms. One of those is to be widespread via malicious e-mail spam. Such messages aim to trick victims by posing as a well-known company or institution, such as:
- A bank.
The e-mails pretend to have a seemingly legitimate e-mail attachment which poses as a reciept, invoice or other file, but is actually the infection file of GG Ransomware which drops the malicious payload of the ransomware virus on your computer.
Other methods by which you can become infected by this virus is to open a fake setup, an e-mail attachment or any other types of files uploaded on torrent sites or suspicious software providing websites.
GG Ransomware – More Information
The ransomware virus, known as GG Ransomware is from the type of malware that attacks the files to render them no longer openable. To achieve it’s end goal, GG Ransomware may perform multiple different actions on your computer systems, starting with dropping it’s payload on the computer of the user. The payload may be located in multiple different folders on the user PC:
The main executable file of this virus is reported in Virus Total to be the following:
After having dropped the payload, the GG Ransomware threat may delete the backed up files on your computer by executing the vssadmin and bcedit commands, for example:
After this has been done, the ransomware virus may also create multiple different Windows Registry entries in the registry editor of the infected machine. The following sub-keys may be targeted, which are responsible for running the malicious files of BRansomware automatically on the computer of the victim:
After having modified the Windows Registry Editor, the virus may begin the enciphering process without you noticing it.
GG Ransomware- Encryption Process
In order to encrypt your files, GG Ransomware applies the CBC encryption mode with the AES(Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm. The mode aims to chain the different blocks of data encrypted by the virus and connect them with the assistance of encryption blocks of data. This allows for the decryption key to be applied on those blocks to decrypt the files. Without going into much detail, this encryption is so far one of the most successful ciphers which were detected so far. If properly implemented (without mistakes), it may be very difficult to directly crack. For the encryption process, GG Ransomware targets the following file types:
.xls, .doc, .xlsx, .docx, .rtf, .odt, .pdf, .psd, .dwg, .cdr, .cd, .mdb, .1cd, .dbf, .sqlite, .accdb, .jpg, .jpeg, .tiff, .zip, .rar, .7z, .backup
After it has finished encrypting the files, the GG Ransomware virus does not drop any type of ransom note, it just ads it’s strange picture and adds the .GG file extension to the files encrypted by it, making them appear like the following:
Remove GG Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files
For the removal process of GG Ransomware to be effective, it is advisable to backup your encrypted files first after which to remove this malware by following the removal instructions below. They are specifically designed to help you isolate BRansomware and remove it either manually or automatically. For maximum effectiveness, it is strongly advisable to remove this malware automatically with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software.
If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this malware on your computer, do not panic. Even though you cannot restore them by paying the ransom, we have suggested alternative methods that go around the direct decryption to help restore as many files as possible. The methods, located in step “2. Restore files encrypted by GG Ransomware below” may not be 100% effective, but are definitely designed to help restore as many files as possible.
What is GG Ransomware Ransomware?
GG Ransomware 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.
What Does GG Ransomware Ransomware Do?
Ransomware in general is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware viruses can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
How Does GG Ransomware Infect?
Via several ways.GG Ransomware 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.
Another way you may become a victim of GG Ransomware 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 .GG Ransomware files?
You can't without a decryptor. At this point, the .GG Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryption key for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .GG Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".GG Ransomware" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .GG Ransomware 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 To Get Rid of GG 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 GG Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .GG Ransomware files.
Can I 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 Stop 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.
Can GG Ransomware 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.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect 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 use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Can a Ransomware Attack 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, Interpol and others 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 GG Ransomware Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this GG Ransomware 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.
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