GANDCRAB 5.0.3 Ransomware – How to Remove It (+ Restore Files)
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GANDCRAB 5.0.3 Ransomware – How to Remove It (+ Restore Files)

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This post has been written to explain how you can remove the GANDCRAB 5.0.3 infection and how you can try and restore files encrypted by it, without directly paying ransom.

How to remove GANDCRAB V5.0 ransomware and restore data? What is GANDCRAB V5.0 ransomware? A crypto virus that corrupts valuable files and demands a ransom
GANDCRAB v5 ransomware has again resurfaced in a new sub-variant, called GANDCRAB 5.0.3. The malware is from the ransomware type, which means that it enters your PC unnoticed and encrypts your files after which leaves behind a ransom note, called {5 random symbols}-DECRYPT.txt. The ransom note aims to extort victims to pay ransom to get their files decrypted. Paying the ransom for decryption is not advisable and if your PC has been infected by the latest version of GANDCRAB ransomware, we recommend that you read the article underneath to learn more about GANDCRAB 5.0.3, how you can remove it, and alternative methods via which you can try and restore your data, if it has been scrambled by this virus.

Threat Summary

NameGANDCRAB 5.0.3
TypeFile Encryption Ransomware
Short DescriptionA new iteration of the GANDCRAB virus family. Encrypts file and then asks victims to pay DASH or BitCoin to get them to work again.
SymptomsEncrypts documents, images, videos and other important files and adds a random file suffix and it’s ransom note in the following name format – {5-letter extension}-DECRYPT.txt.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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GANDCRAB 5.0.3 – Information Database:

GANDCRAB 5.0.3 – Update November 2018

Some of the GandCrab 5.0.3 ransomware strains have been found to include an exempted regions list which blocks the virus infection in certain countries. A post-infection security analysis has revealed the following regional settings which are on this list:

419 (LANG_RUSSIAN RUSSIAN), 422 (LANG_UKRAINIAN UKRAINE), 423 (LANG_BELARUSIAN BELARUS), 428 (LANG_TAJIK TAJIKISTAN),
42B (LANG_ARMENIAN ARMENIA), 42C (AZERBAIJAN, LATIN AMERICA (AZ)), 437 (LANG_GEORGIAN GEORGIAN), 43F (LANG_KAZAK KAZAKH),
440 (LANG_KYRGYZ KYRGYZ), 442 (LANG_TURKMEN TURKMENISTAN), 443 (UZBEKISTAN, LATIN (UZ)), 44 (LANG_TATAR RUSSIA (RU)),
818 (UNKNOWN), 819 (UNKNOWN), 82C (LANG_AZERI AZERBAIJAN, CYRIL (ARIZONA)), 84 (LANG_UZBEK UZBEK)

GANDCRAB 5.0.3 – Update October 2018 – Free Decryption is Now Available

Furthermore, according to the latest information, the decryption keys of all of the victims of GandCrab ransomware who have IP address that are located in Syria have been released. The news have broken out with a tweet by a victim of the virus from Syria. He asked for help to recover his files and among it attached images of his deceased children who were victims of the civil war. Soon after this happened, the cyber-criminals behind the virus have responded with a forum post stating that they have released all decryption keys for free for the Syrian victims. For more information on the release, see the following related article:

Related:
The authors behind GandCrab ransomware have released decryption keys for Syrian citizens. The release of the decryption keys is due to a tweet from a Syrian
GandCrab Authors Release Decryption Keys for Syrian Citizens

Keep track of this article as we will update with new information on the GandCrab situation.

GANDCRAB 5.0.3 Virus - How Does It Infect
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GANDCRAB 5.0.3 Ransomware - Encryption Information

Remove GANDCRAB 5.0.3 and Try Restoring Encrypted Files

Ransomware viruses, like GANDCRAB are not to be underestimated as they are very dangerous and may wipeout your whole system if you do the wrong thing. This is why, before starting any removal, we recommend that you safely store your files on another drive or in the cloud before starting the removal.

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Safely Store Your Important Files and Protect Them from Malware

To remove GANDCRAB 5.0.3, you should either follow the manual instructions below and use the information we provided in this article to delete all of the malicious objects, belonging to GANDCRAB 5.0.3 or you should do the removal automatically by running a system scan with an advanced anti-malware program. Such anti-malware software is often recommended by security experts as it will scan your PC automatically and remove all of the malicious files, ransom notes and registry objects, created by GANDCRAB 5.0.3 and also ensure that your PC is protected in the future too.

If you want to restore files, that have been encrypted by this variant of GANDCRAB ransomware, we advise that you check step “4. Try to Restore files, encrypted by GANDCRAB 5.0.3” in the accordion underneath. It features some alternative file recovery methods that may not be a 100% solution to your problems, but might help restoring at least some of the encrypted files. In the meantime, you can check us often as we closely track the GANDCRAB 5.0.3 situation and will update if malware researches come up with a decryptor of the virus on our decryptors page.

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To remove GANDCRAB 5.0.3 follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GANDCRAB 5.0.3 files and objects
2. Find files created by GANDCRAB 5.0.3 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 5.0.3

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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6 Comments

  1. Bharath

    MY SYSTEM INFECTED WITH GRANDCRAB 3.0.1 NEED HELP TO DECRYPTION

    Reply
  2. SHAHRUKH NAEEM

    MY SYSTEM INFECTED WITH GRANDCRAB 5.0.3 NEED HELP TO DECRYPTION

    Reply
    1. Mohamed Niswan

      Here is the good news!! Decrypt your all files without paying a cents.. Download and Run Bitdefender decrypter for Gancrab V1,V4&V5?(5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.0.3)
      https://labs.bitdefender.com/2018/10/gandcrab-ransomware-decryption-tool-available-for-free/

      Reply
  3. TT

    Hello , did you find a solution ?

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    1. Ventsislav Krastev (Post author)

      Hello, for the moment, there is solution only for Syrian victims:

      https://sensorstechforum.com/gandcrab-authors-release-decryption-keys-syrian-citizens/

      Reply
  4. Senthilnathan

    GandCrab 5.0.3 infected on our machine (India), Do we have Decryptor?

    Reply

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