What is God Crypt v1.0 ransomware? And how does it carry out its attack?
God Crypt v1.0 ransomware, also known as Godsomware, is a file-encrypting virus designed to encrypt important data in an infected computer. It seems like it’s trying to imitate the infamous WannaCry ransomware based on its GUI. According to security experts, it does not really encrypt files. However, you must not take it lightly as its developers could update this threat anytime.
Once it infiltrates a computer, God Crypt v1.0 ransomware will drop its malicious payload in the system, downloads and creates malicious components in order to carry out its attack. It also modifies some registry keys and entries in the Windows Registry to allow it to run on every startup. After that it displays a program window which is quite identical to WannaCry ransomware and changes the desktop wallpaper of the infected computer. Here’s the ransom note displayed in the program window:
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How does God Crypt v1.0 ransomware proliferate?
Like other crypto-malware God Crypt v1.0 ransomware proliferate using spam emails. Cyber crooks usually attach malware-laden attachments to emails and send them to users using spam bots. The attachment could be a PDF file, ZIP file or a document with macro scripts used to launch God Crypt v1.0 ransomware in the system. And so whenever a suspicious-looking email finds its way into your inbox, you must double check its content before you download its attachment and whatnot.
To wipe out God Crypt v1.0 ransomware from your computer, you need to use the following removal guide.
Step 1: Type 29b579fb811f05c3c334a2bd2646a27a in the program window to close it and have it disabled.
Step 2: Next, tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager and then go to the Processes and look for the malicious process of God Crypt v1.0 ransomware named “Godsomware.exe” 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 by related to God Crypt v1.0 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 malicious components of God Crypt v1.0 ransomware such as Godsomware.exe and remove them all.
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 [product-name], 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 God Crypt v1.0 ransomware.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 10: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by God Crypt v1.0 ransomware.
Step 11: Close the Registry Editor.
Step 12: Empty your Recycle Bin.
Restore the previous state of your files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if God Crypt v1.0 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.
To ensure the removal of God Crypt v1.0 ransomware from your system including the malicious components it has created on your system, follow the advanced steps below.
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- 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.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.