Gand Crab Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) May 2018 Update

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove Gand Crab Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Gand Crab file can be recovered.

Out of all different forms of malware, Ransomware viruses are currently among the most feared and problematic software threats that you can come across if you aren’t careful with what you do online. As the name would suggest, this particular type of PC viruses is used to extort money from their victims by blackmailing them. In order to have leverage upon which the hackers could carry out their blackmailing scheme, they typically use Ransomware infections to either encrypt the user’s data files or block the access to their whole computer interface. After that, the malware victim is harassed into paying a set amount of money if they are to regain the access to whatever has been locked by the virus. In the next lines, we will offer you a more in-depth look into one particular Ransomware version – a malicious program called Gand Crab  which has been recently released and many users have already reported having their data files locked by this insidious piece of programming. If you, too, have had the misfortune of becoming victim to Gand Crab Ransomware, we might be able to offer you some potential solutions that might help you eliminate the malware and recover the locked-up data. We can’t guarantee that even I you use the guide provided below your files are going to be restored yet it is a good idea ti still give our instructions a try and see if they have any effect in your case.

Of course, you might instead decide to pay the ransom and be over with it but remember that even if you agree to the payment, nothing can guarantee you that you will actually restore your files. After all, the hackers are criminals that do not care whether or not you will get your files back at the end – all those online crooks care about is getting your money. This is why we, as well a many other software security researchers advise that users seek alternative methods for restoring their data. The ransom-payment alternative should really only be seen as a last resort variant and should only be considered if the locked data is truly essential and valuable to the user. In all other cases, you should avoid making the payment.

Gand Crab Ransomware Removal



Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt Gand Crab files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

More about Ransomware . What is a cryptovirus?

A cryptovirus is a type of Ransomware that uses encryption to lock-up the user’s data files and keep them that way until the requested ransom is paid to the hackers. Gand Crab is one example of a cryptovirus. Unfortunately, this particular sub-category of Ransomware is known to be the most advanced and difficult to deal with form of Ransomware precisely due to the use of an encryption process. The important thing about encryption that you must know is that isn’t something that’s innately damaging or malicious. Encryption doesn’t harm the data it is used on, quite the opposite. Most of the time, such processes are used to protect important data from getting accessed by unauthorized users. The issue is that when a Ransomware utilizes the encryption method, your own data gets protected from getting accessed from you and only a special key that is held by the hackers can enable you to regain your access to the files. This is actually what the object of the ransom is – the decryption key.

The reason we said that encryption processes aren’t really damaging to the locked data has to do with the fact that, due to that “harmlessness”, oftentimes antivirus programs fail to detect a Ransomware infection as there’s no suspicious software behavior being present inside the PC. This is what makes Ransomware infections like Gand Crab so highly-successful. Most users do not realize that their computer has been compromised right up until all their personal files have been rendered inaccessible and a ransom-demanding note has been generated on their screen, where all the details regarding how the money is to be transferred have been provided.

One other thing to note with regards to why Ransomware is so difficult to detect is the fact that there are typically no visible symptoms. Sometimes the infected machine might experience slow-downs due to RAM and CPU use surges but noticing this is oftentimes unlikely.

Protecting your PC from future infections

Ransomware viruses can get distributed in all sorts of ways – spam email attachments and links, fake web requests, shady online ads, pirated programs and applications, other viruses that can be used as backdoor for Ransomware (Trojan Horses for example), various illegal websites, etc. Generally, the best way to stay protected is to be mindful of your actions and activities online, especially when it comes down to what Internet content you tend to interact with. Stay away from anything questionable and suspicious while browsing the web if you want to have a safe and secure PC. Also, it’s a good idea to get a reliable antivirus program and to make a backup of your valuable data files – those are two very important security tips that we strongly advise you to implement.


Name Gand Crab
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms There are pretty much no visible symptoms during a Ransomware infection aside from a potential PC slow-down.
Distribution Method Shady sites that distribute pirated software, fake adverts and web offers, compromised program installers, backdoor Trojan malware, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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