How to Remove Gorgon Ransomware
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How to Remove Gorgon Ransomware

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Gorgon ransomware is an infection that encrypts valuable files by utilizing one or more sophisticated cipher algorithms. Once started on a PC, it initiates a sequence of malicious operations that plague essential system settings. By doing this, Gorgon becomes able to corrupt target files and mark them with the extension .[buy-decryptor@pm.me] . Unfortunately, corrupted files cannot be opened until their code is reverted back to its original state.

In this article, you will find out how to remove Gorgon ransomware and how to attempt to restore encoded files.

Threat Summary

NameGorgon
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts valuable files stored on infected computers. Appends them the extension .[buy-decryptor@pm.me] and extorts a ransom fee for thier decryption.
SymptomsYou cannot open files renamed with .[buy-decryptor@pm.me] extension. Your desktop wallpaper is changed with a ransom image.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Infected Installers
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Gorgon Ransomware – Distribution

For the spread of Gorgon ransomware, hackers are likely to use some of the most popular techniques. Such are malspam, software installers, links to infected web pages, forums, social media channels, fake software update notifications and other.

Among all these techniques malspam is likely to be the main one. Like the majority of ransomware infections that are spread in massive email spam campaigns, Gorgon is also believed to be spread this way. The technique enables hackers to include ransomware’s payload in deceptive emails that pose as legitimate organizations and businesses. Components like URL addresses, in-text links, buttons, images, and file attachments are often presented in such emails as they could be all misused for the delivery of the ransomware payload.

In order to make you more prone to interact with such a component and as a result enable the ransomware to access your system, the text messages in these emails try to provoke a sense of urgency.

Gorgon Ransomware – Overview

Gorgon ransomware contaminates computer systems in order to encode valuable files and extort ransom payment from its victims. Infection with this threat could be recognized by its associated extension .[buy-decryptor@pm.me]

To start the infection process, Gorgon needs to execute its payload file on the machine. As revealed by analyses published by security researchers, this file is called Gorgon.exe. Further analyses of the threat indicate that once executed on a target system, this file initiates a long sequence of malicious activities. Among these activities is believed to be the creation of additional malicious files and objects.

Here are the names of the folders that may be used for the storage of files associated with Gorgon ransomware:

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

When established, these files are executed in a predefined order written in ransomware’s code. Successful execution of malicious files enables the ransomware to evade detection and eventually complete the attack to its very end. There is no doubt that the purpose of these files is the corruption of essential system components. And since the Registry Editor is among targeted components, you should know that Gorgon ransomware will be able to load its infection files each time you start the infected system until you clear malicious entries added under Run registry key. The manipulation of another registry key’s functionalities (RunOnce), on the other hand, could replace the preferred desktop wallpaper with the following image:

gorgon ransomware lock screen ransom note

This image depicts the following message:

GORGON RANSOMWARE
All your important files have been encrypted!
If you want to decrypt your files
Please read the “#DECRYPT MY FILES#.HTML” for help

The purpose of this image is to inform you about the presence of Gorgon ransomware on your computer and guide you to another file called #DECRYPT MY FILES#.HTML where more details left by hackers could be revealed. When you find and open this file you are likely to see the this window:

DECRYPT MY FILES HTML Gorgon ransomware ransom note sensorstechforum guide

What it informs is:

All your important files are encrypted!
#What happened?
All your important files(database,documents,images,videos,music,etc.)have been encrypted!and onlywe can decrypt!
To decrypt your files, you need to buy Gorgon Decryptor from us,we are the only one who can decrypt the file for you
#Attention!
Trying to reinstall the system and decrypting the file with a third-party tool will result in file corruption,which means no one can decrypt your file(including us)!
If you still try to decrypt the file yourself,you do so at your own risk!
#Test decryption!
As a proof,you can email us 3 files to decrypt,and we will send you the decrypted files to prove that we can decrypt your files
#How to decrypt?
1.Buy 0.3 Bitcoin at https://localbitcoins.com
Email [buy-decryptor@pm.me] Your ID

Apparently, the demanded ransom is 0.3 Bitcoin which at the moment of writing this article equals to 1,023.75 United States Dollars. For the sake of your security, we recommend you to avoid contacting hackers. Even a successful ransom payment does not guarantee the recovery of your .[buy-decryptor@pm.me] files. Cyber criminals could always decide to neglect your messages and send you no reply. Furthermore, since their decryptor may be broken, it may not be able to restore files.

Gorgon Ransomware – Encryption Process

For the encryption of target types of files, Gorgon ransomware activated a built-in cipher module. This module is designed to scan the infected system for files which usually store important data so it can transform parts of their code by means of sophisticated cipher algorithm. Unfortunately, encrypted could be all your:

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

The end of the encryption phase could be recognized by the appearance of the extension .[buy-decryptor@pm.me] in the names of all corrupted files. Information stored by corrupted files remains out of reach until their code is reverted back to its original state.

Remove Gorgon Ransomware and Restore Data

Gorgon ransomware is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, we prepared a removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by Gorgon ransomware. We need to remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Gorgon from Windows.


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

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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 Gorgon 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 Gorgon 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 Gorgon 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.

IMPORTANT!
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 Gorgon 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.

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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

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

Ransomware infections and Gorgon 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Gorgon from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Gorgon and remove related files and objects

OFFER
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 Gorgon:

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 Gorgon. 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 Gorgon. 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 Gorgon 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 Gorgon. 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
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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


Step 2: Scan for and remove Gorgon files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Gorgon, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Gorgon on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Gorgon aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. 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 recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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