These days the Web is not a safe place at all. It is full of serious threats and such annoying programs that could really make your cyber experience a nightmare. In this article we are going to discuss one of the most dangerous threats known to users around the world – a Ransomware-based virus called Gryphon Ransomware. The most risky aspects of Gryphon Ransomware’s presence on your PC are the possible encryption of all your importaqnt files and the blackmail for money that follows the encryption process. We have reviewed this matter in details below.
Why is Gryphon Ransomware so hazardous?
Here is an example of how file-encrypting Ransomware operates. The viruses based on this malware subtype are particularly dangerous. Their nature is smart and subtle. The mechanism of working they normally follow resembles the one described below:
- Firstly, a virus like this, which includes Gryphon Ransomware, must sneak into your system. For that purpose lots of distribution sources are exploited. The possible sources could include emails from unknown senders, suspicious file attachments; fake update notifications; malicious online ads leading to contagious web addresses; torrents; shareware; contaminated websites. If you visit/ open/ use some of the aforementioned potential sources once, the virus simply sneaks into your computer right away (as a drive-by download) and you will have no idea that the contamination process has already begun.
- Right after your computer has been contaminated with a threat like this, the virus starts to act accordingly to its plan. At first, it detects all the storage places, all the disks and drives where you keep essential files. After that, Gryphon Ransomware determines which data exactly you are particularly keen on using, modifying or accessing. Then the virus assembles a list with all of the predetermined files.
- As soon as Gryphon Ransomware has a list of all the to-be-encrypted files, it begins the process of encrypting them. That happens one by one. At times this process could use up a great amount of system resources and the victim user may be able to notice it. If this happens, you will need to turn off all your computer’s connections and shut it down. After the recommendation that you should not boot your computer again before you have figured out a way to get the malware removed. Nevertheless, the general case does not include spotting the virus. Normally the victim user has no idea about the ongoing encryption process.
- After the encoding process is all done, the victim user receives a notification with every detail about the infection and a ransom demand. All the payment details, deadlines, the locations, and sometimes the names of the encrypted files, are mentioned inside such an alert message. It may also comprise some warnings and threats to convince you to pay the required ransom ASAP.
Are all Ransomware viruses the same?
In the past there were certain kinds of Ransomware and now new ones are being developed. Among the most widely-spread versions are the mobile Ransomware (blocking no files, but only the display of the contaminated device); the screen-blocking type (locking up the desktop of your computer, but no data); as well as some Ransomware versions exploited by authorized agencies to punish hackers and cyber criminals.
In case you have been unlucky enough to catch Gryphon Ransomware, how should you behave after getting infected?
After receiving a threatening screen notification like this, you might be a little shaken and concerned for your future system as a whole and your encoded data, especially if you have to access it on a regular basis. Sadly, venturing into paying off the hackers behind Gryphon Ransomware immediately after you get the message is NOT wise at all. You have to know a few very important details about Ransomware-inflicted contaminations:
- It’s really hard to remove them. Your files are likely to remain unavailable in case you do something wrong or in case the hackers are not in a good mood.
- Paying the ransom could encourage the criminals who are harassing you to recover your data. To your disappointment, this might NOT be your case. The people who are blackmailing you only want your money and may have NO intention to give you back your files.The choice is yours to risk both your money and your data and to pay; or to risk only your data and to seek another way.
- The different solutions from paying off the hackers include asking a specialist in the Ransomware field for advice and help; purchasing special programs to do that or simply saying bye to your files and reinstalling your OS.
- There is a possible solution we can offer you, but we can’t promise that your files and your system are going to be saved. It is worth to just give it a try. Scroll down and check out the Removal Guide there. We are hoping that it will eliminate the infection and help you restore the files of yours.
Gryphon Ransomware Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.