This page aims to help you remove GandCrab 5.1 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any GandCrab 5.1 file can be recovered.
If your computer has gotten attached by a malware program like GandCrab 5.1, then you probably do not currently have access to most, if not all, of your files. This is to be expected since GandCrab 5.1 is actually a Ransomware cryptovirus meaning that it employs a method known as data-encryption as means of locking up the files of its victim. The purpose of this is to allow the hackers who control GandCrab 5.1 to harass and blackmail their victims and ask them to make a money payment to get their files unlocked. This is pretty much why malware programs such as this one are referred to as Ransomware. After your files get locked by such an infection, you will probably see a message on your screen that states you are supposed to make a payment of a certain sum in order to have your encrypted files unlocked. The hackers behind this nefarious scheme would typically promise in their ransom-demanding message that as soon as you conduct the payment a special unique key will be send to you which key will allow you to regain your access to the locked-up data. Of course, trusting such claims and following the demands of the hackers behind them is risky business – you just can’t know if they are really being honest and if they do actually intend to send you the key that you need to access your data. It’s also possible that they send you a key that doesn’t work and that can’t really unlock anything. Needless to say, regardless of whether you get your files recovered or not, if you have send the money, that’s the end of it – there are no refunds! Considering all this, many of you may prefer to try a different approach and that is exactly why we have posted the following removal guide for GandCrab 5.1.
What can it be done?
Obviously, if your data is currently being held hostage by the encryption of the malicious GandCrab 5.1, your main options are two: pay the money and hope for the best or try some potential alternative solutions that may or may not work. We already mentioned why paying isn’t exactly the most sensible course of action but what about the alternatives? Well, as we already said, the guide from this page should help you rid your computer of the nasty GandCrab 5.1 infection. This, however, will probably not be enough to liberate your files from the malicious encryption. You will also need to try some additional methods on order to get some of the files back. Suggestion regarding file recovery can also be found in a separate section of the removal guide but we can’t give any promises as to how effective they would be mainly because GandCrab 5.1 is a rather new cryptovirus and what may work against other threats of its type may not do that well against this particular Ransomware. Still, it won’t cost you anything to try out the suggestions that we have for you and, in the end, you may actually be able to restore some of the locked files without paying a ransom to the nefarious cyber criminals.
|Danger Level||High (GandCrab 5.1 Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||GandCrab 5.1 Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove GandCrab 5.1 Ransomware
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2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to GandCrab 5.1 Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the GandCrab 5.1 Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.