Complete .godra Virus Removal Guide (Full Instructions)

An infection with the dangerous .godra Virus leads to serious security issues. Victims can restore and protect their computers by following our complete removal guide.

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Distribution of .godra Virus

The .godra Virus is a new virus which has been sighted in a limited attack campaign. At the moment the security researchers cannot determine the primary infection strategy. We presume that the most widely used tactics are going to be employed.

Among them are the email messages created in an automated way and sent to large lists of potential victims. The .godra Virus can be directly attached to the messages. This is one of the easiest way for the criminals to attempt the infection. However a lot of email hosting providers usually capture the signatures of the virus and as such discard such messages or label them as dangerous or spam. Other infection methods related to this one is the option of inserting hyperlinks in the body content of the messages. The links are usually labelled as leading to a familiar website or a file of user interest. Redirects can redirect to hacker-controlled sites, infected payloads or other instances that can lead to an .godra Virus infection.

The computer criminals behind the malware can create malicious sites or download portals which distribute malware of different kinds, including the .godra Virus. A popular option is the use of infected documents which may be of different types ‒ spreadsheets, rich text documents, presentations and databases. They are modified to initiate the virus once the built-in scripts are run. Usually when the files are opened a notification will ask the users to run the macros (scripts). If this is done the infection follows.

The hacker-controlled sites are specialist portals that have been created either manually or automatically by the criminals behind the .godra Virus. They can either directly distribute the threat by initiating various scripts or automated operations or link to such instances. Redirects are usually caused by email interaction, ad networks or other browsing activity. However one of the main sources is the availability of browser hijackers. They are malicious addons made for the most popular web browsers ‒ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Once installed they not only infect the users with the malware, but also redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled site. Depending on the configuration the browser hijackers can also steal sensitive information such as any stored passwords, account credentials, history, bookmarks, form data and settings.

Impact of .godra Virus

A new malware threat has been identified by the security community called the .godra virus. The initial code analysis shows that it does not originate from any of the known malware familes. At the moment the identity of the hacker or criminal collective is not known.

At the moment the attack campaigns carrying it are being distributed primarily at users located in Croatia and the Balkans. The collected samples appear to be based on a modular framework which can be further extended with components in newer versions of the .godra virus.

The malware engine starts to extract sensitive information about the compromised host. Usually this data includes the following: installed hardware components, available software and the user configuration. Having the exact profile of the machines allow the hackers to gather statistical information about the success of their campaigns. This also gives the hackers the ability to retrieve personal information from web browsers for example. Malware samples like this one are usually made compatible with the most popular ones: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsfot Edge, Safari and Opera. Once accessed the operators can retrieve all stored contents including the cookies, bookmarks, history, passwords and account credentials.

The .godra virus continues further by reporting the obtained data to the operators using a network connection the command control servers defined by the operators. All of the collected values are used by the infection engine to generate the host’s unique infectio ID that is used to identify each target.

During these phase various system services and applications are also profiled. The security analysts detected that the reason for this is the search for stored terminal service keys. They are used to allow the Windows computers to be remotely controlled over the Internet. If such account credentials are found and then transmitted to the operators then they would be able to take over control of the machines without resorting into the use of Trojans.

Once this first stage has completed the infection engine follows with the next step. It installs itself as a persistent threat which makes it hard for the victims to remvoe the .godra virus manually. The malware module starts to edit and create registry values as well as add new files and copy its components into the Windows system folders to facilitate a deeper infection.

The security analysts note that the .godra virus also has the ability to hook up to running processes and crate its own by inducing different privileges as it sees fit. To facilitate a deep infection the hackers behind it have bundled the ability to access the system certificates settings.

One of the dangerous aspects that are related to the .godra virus infections is the fact that it can be used as a primary malware distribution app. Throughout the years we have observed complex infection patterns that deliver threats using this manner. It also extracts the regional settings and several other variables that are used to determine the users location. This is information as it gives the .godra virus the ability to automatically select the best language version of the ransomware note.

The .godra virus starts the encryption phase once all preliminary steps have complete. It uses a strong cipher to target the most widely used data such as the following: archives, documents, photos, videos, music, databases and configuration files. As a result all processed data is renamed with the .godra extension.

We have obtained the Croatian sample which creates a ransomware note in a file called KAKO OTKLJUČATI VAŠE DATOTEKE which translates to “How to decrypt your data”. An machine-translated version of it reads the following:

YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS KRIPTIRANE !!!
WARNING!
DO NOT MAKE CIRCUMSTANCES YOUR DATA SAMPLE. EVERY MODIFICATION OF THE DESCRIPTED DATOTES MUST BE UNIQTED! ONE WAY TO SEND YOUR DATA YOUR DOCUMENT IS SUSPENDED!
What happened to my computer?
All your essential files are encrypted.
All your documents, photos, video materials, databases, and other files are no longer available because they are encrypted. Do not be tricked and waste time on decrypting or retrieving your files because no one can decrypt your files without our decryption service.
Can I restore my files?
Of course. WE WARRANT to return your files after payment:
2.000,00 EUR (two thousand dollars) in BTC (BitCoin) countervalue
You have 48 hours to send a payment, otherwise the price doubles. Also, if you do not make a payment after 72 hours, your files will be irrevocably lost. After the payment has been made, please send us the “User ID” and the wallet number from which payment was made to [email protected]
User ID: 1513422729
After that, we will send you decryption software that will return your files. Please note that * YOU DO NOT MODE * do not modify your encrypted files because the return will NOT be possible.
You can send us a file at [email protected] (up to 100kB) to prove that decryption is possible.
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Send us an e-mail with your “User ID” and wallet from which payment was made!
WARNING!
DO NOT MAKE CIRCUMSTANCES YOUR DATA SAMPLE. EVERY MODIFICATION OF THE DESCRIPTED DATOTES MUST BE UNIQTED! ONE WAY TO SEND YOUR DATA YOUR DOCUMENT IS SUSPENDED!

Remove .godra Virus and Restore PC

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.godra Virus – Manual Removal Steps

Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network

This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently. The steps bellow are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

2. A Run window will appear. In it, write msconfig and then press Enter

3. A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named Boot

4. Mark Safe Boot option and then go to Network under it to tick it too

5. Apply -> OK

Remove .godra from Windows

Here’s a way to remove the program. This method will work regardless if you’re on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP. Simply selecting the program and pressing delete won’t work, as it’ll leave a lot of small files. That’s bad because these leftovers can linger on and cause all sorts of problems. The best way to delete a program is to uninstall it. Here’s how you can do that:

1. Hold the “Windows” button (It’s between CTRL and Alt on most keyboards) and press “R”. You’ll see a pop-up window.

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2. In the textbox, type “appwiz.cpl”, then press“ Enter ”.

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3. The “Programs and features” menu should now appear. It’s a list of all the programs installed on the PC. Here you can find the program, select it, and press “Uninstall“.

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Remove .godra Virus From Your Browser

Before resetting your browser’s settings, you should know that this action will wipe out all your recorded usernames, passwords, and other types of data. Make sure to save them in some way.

Removal guide for Mozilla Firefox Removal guide for Google Chrome Removal guide for Internet Explorer

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox. In the upper right corner, click on the Open menu icon and select “Add-ons“.
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    2. Inside the Add-ons Manager select “Extensions“. Search the list of extensions for suspicious entries. If you find any, select them and click “Remove“.
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    3. Click again on the Open menu icon, then click “Options“.
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    4. In the Options window, under “General” tab, click “Restore to Default“.
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    5. Select “Search” in the left menu, mark the unknown search engine and press “Remove”.
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    1. Start Google Chrome. On the upper-right corner, there a “Customize and Control” menu icon. Click on it, then click on “Settings“.

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    2. Click “Extensions” in the left menu. Then click on the trash bin icon to remove the suspicious extension.
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    3. Again in the left menu, under Chrome, Click on “Settings“. Go under “On Startup” and set a new page.
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    4. Afterward, scroll down to “Search“, click on “Manage search engines“.
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    5. In the default search settings list, find the unknown search engine and click on “X“. Then select your search engine of choice and click “Make default“. When you are ready click “Done” button in the right bottom corner.

1. Start Internet Explorer. Go to the “Tools” menu and click on “Manage add-ons“.
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2. In the “Manage add-ons” window, bellow “Add-on Types“, select “Toolbars and Extensions“. If you see a suspicious toolbar, select it and click “Remove“.
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3. Then again in the “Manage Add-ons” window, in “Add-on Types“, Select “Search Providers“. Chose a search engine and click “Set as default“. Select the unknown search engine and click “Remove and Close”.
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4. Open the Tools menu, select “Internet Options”.
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5. In the “General” tab, in “Home page”, enter your preferred page. Click “Apply” and “OK”.
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Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit and hit Enter

3. Type the CTRL+ F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable

4. In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Click for more information about Windows Registry and further repair help

Preventive Security Measures

  • Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
  • Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
  • Disable macros in Office documents.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
  • Backup regularly your data.
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    Author : Martin Beltov

    Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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