How to Terminate CryptoGod Ransomware (Crypto-Malware/Ransomware)

Jul 6th 2018 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog PC Protection News Virus Removal | 0 Comment

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What is CryptoGod ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?

CryptoGod ransomware is a file-encrypting virus which is created based on the HiddenTear ransomware – an open source platform that was developed initially for educational purposes but was exploited by cybercriminals. At the time of writing, it seems that the current samples released from this crypto-malware are test versions but it could be updated any time soon.

According to security experts, CryptoGod ransomware was created by a hacker named “Patrizio Napoli” as his signature was found in the ransomware’s code. Since this ransomware is still under development, it does not feature any modules on its attack yet. However, this ransomware must still not be taken lightly as it could be updated by its creator. Once it encrypts a targeted machine, it will start to encrypt targeted files using the AES encryption algorithm. It may target user-generated files like archives, images, music, documents, videos, database and many more. The compromised files are then appended with the .locked extension. After it marks its encrypted files, it opens a lock screen instance which contains the following message:

“I TUOI FILE PERSONALI STANNO PER ESSERE

CANCELLATI. LE TUE FOTO, VIDEO, DOCUMENTI

ETC…

MA NON PREOCCUPARTI! SUCCEDERA SOLO SE

NON SEGUL LE REGOLE.

HO GIA CRIPTATO I TUOI FILE, IN MODO CHE TU

NON POSSA ACCEDRVI. OGNI ORA SELEZIONERO

UNO DI LORO E LO CANCELLERO IN MODO

PERMANENTE, DOPO 24 ORE LI CANCELLERO

TUTTI, QUENDI NEMMENO IO SARO PIU IN GRADO

DI RECUPERARLI.

SONO L’UNICO IN GRADO DI DECRIPTARE I TUOI

DATI…

ORA, GUARDA I TUOI FILE, NON POTRAL

DECRTIPTARLI SENZA PAGARE.

LA CIFRA DA PAGARE PER RIAVERE I FILE E DID

300€ IN CODICI PAYSAFECARD.

PUOI INSERIRE DIRETTAMENTE QUI SOTTO I TUOI

CODICI PAYSAFECARD, IL NOME DEL TUO PC ED

UNA TUA E-MAIL PER INVIARLE IL CODICE DI

DECRIPTAZIONE DEI FILE.”

Here’s an English translation of the ransom note via Google Translate:

“YOUR PERSONAL FILES ARE TO BE

DELETED. YOUR PHOTOS, VIDEOS, DOCUMENTS

ETC…

BUT DO NOT WORRY! SUCCEDERA ONLY IF

DO NOT SIDE THE RULES.

I HAVE CRYPTED YOUR FILES, SO THAT YOU

CAN NOT ACCEPT. EVERY HOUR SELECTED

ONE OF THEM AND CANCEL IT IN A WAY

PERMANENT, AFTER 24 HOURS CLEARLY

EVERYONE, IM NOT EVEN MORE ABLE

TO RECOVER THEM.

I AM THE ONLY ABLE TO DECREASE YOURS

DATA…

NOW, WATCH YOUR FILES, DO NOT MAKE IT

DECREASE WITHOUT PAYING.

THE NUMBERS TO BE PAID TO REACH THE FILES AND DID

€ 300 IN PAYSAFECARD CODES.

YOU CAN INSERT DIRECTLY HERE UNDER YOURS

CODES PAYSAFECARD, THE NAME OF YOUR PC ED

YOUR E-MAIL TO SEND THE CODE OF

DECREASING FILES.”

How does CryptoGod ransomware spread online?

Although CryptoGod ransomware is not being actively distributed yet, if its developer decide to update it and spread it online, it might be via malicious spam email campaigns so you need to be careful in opening emails from your inbox as crooks tend to disguise their malware-laden emails to lure users into opening them and downloading the attached file.

Terminating CryptoGod ransomware from your computer wouldn’t be easy so you need to carefully follow each one of the removal steps given below.

Step 1: Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Task Manager.

Step 2: Go to Processes and look for the malicious process of CryptoGod ransomware named CryptoGod.exe and then right click on it and select End Process or End Task.

Step 3: Close the Task Manager and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.

Step 4: Look for dubious programs that might be related to CryptoGod ransomware and then Uninstall it/them.

Step 5: Tap Win + E to launch File Explorer.

Step 6: After opening File Explorer, navigate to the following directories below and look for CryptoGod ransomware’s malicious components such as [random].exe, CryptoGod.exe, and LEGGIMI.txt and other suspicious-looking files and then remove them all.

  • %TEMP%
  • %APPDATA%
  • %DESKTOP%
  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • C:\ProgramData\local\

Step 7: Close the File Explorer.

Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use Advanced System Repair, this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then, by all means, go on to the next steps.

Step 8: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.

Step 9: Navigate to the listed paths below and look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by CryptoGod ransomware.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
  • HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
  • 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

Step 10: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by CryptoGod ransomware.

Step 11: Close the Registry Editor.

Step 12: Empty your Recycle Bin.

Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies

Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if CryptoGod ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.

To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.

Once you’re done executing the steps given above, you need to continue the removal process of CryptoGod ransomware using a reliable program like Advanced System Repair. How? Follow the advanced removal steps below.

Perform a full system scan using asr. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
  2. After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

  1. To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
  2. Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
  3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

  1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
  2. Type in the URL address, https://www.fixmypcfree.com/download.php?asr in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
  3. After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
  4. Once the installation process is completed, run asr to perform a full system scan.

  1. After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Nowbutton.

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