Gog Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

GOG Ransomware is a new EDA2 offspring which features an AES encryption module that targets sensitive user data and extorts a payment from the victims. To find out more about the threat continue reading our removal guide.


Name
Gog

File Extensions
.L0CKED

Ransom
0.3 Bitcoins

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove Gog with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
Gog ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

GOG Ransomware Description

The GOG ransomware is a new malware threat that uses the AES cipher to target sensitive user files and extort the users for the release of their files. The security analysis shows that this is a derivative of the infamous EDA2 open-source ransomware project.

Like other EDA2 variants it follows the usual behavior patterns by affecting the most widely used file types – various multimedia (audio, video, photos), documents, Office files, databases and etc. The affected files receive the .locked extension .

The crafted ransomware note reads the following message:

WARNING!!!
@ NOT YOUR LANGUAGE? USE https://translate.google.com
@ What happened to your files?
@ All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RZA4096
@ More information about the encryption keys using RZA4096 can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)
@ How did this happen?
@ Specially for your PC was generated personal RZA4096 Key, both publik and private.
@ ALL YOUR FILES were en-Crypted with the publik key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet.
@ Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the privatt key and de-crypt program, which is on our Secret Server
@ What do I do?
@ So, there are two ways you can choose: wait for a miracle and get your price doubled, or start obtaining BITCOIN NOW!, and restore
your data easy way
@ If You have really valuable data, you better not waste your time, because there is no other way to get your files, except make a payment
@ Your personal ID: Open DecryptFile.txt
@ For more specific instructions, please visit your personal home page, there are a few different addresses pointing to your page below:
xxxx://y6wb5h3ksb6hppeh.omon/service.html
xxxx://y6wb5h3ksb6hppeh.onion.to/service.html
@ If for some reasons the addresses are not available, follow these steps:
1 – Download and install tor-browser: http://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
2 – After a successful installation, run the browser
3 – Type in the address bar – xxxx://y6wb5h3ksb6hppeh.omon/service.html
4 – Follow the instructions on the site
Be sure to copy your personal ID and the instruction link to your notepad not to lose them.

GOG Ransomware Distribution

The first samples of the GOG ransomware were identified in December 2016. The virus targets mainly English-speaking users however GOG ransomware has been spotted around the world.

Infection is done mainly through email spam messages and malicious software installers and updates that feature bundled malware.

Gog Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Gog completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: 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.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    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

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Gog Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Gog requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Gog ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) 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

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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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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