Remove GandCrab v5.2 Ransomware Virus (+File Recovery)

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 GandCrab v5.2 Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any GandCrab v5.2 file can be recovered.

Of all the malicious programs out there, the representatives of the Ransomware category are some of the most widespread malware programs right now and you could encounter them everywhere on the Internet if you are not careful with the sites you go to, the software and files that you download and the things that you click on. And if one such virus enters your PC, what would follow is all your files will get locked by the advanced encryption code of the Ransomware without you having any time to counteract it. If that’s what has happened to you and if this is why you have come to the current page, we may have some advice here that may help you handle this situation in the best way possible. We cannot promise you full recovery for all your data but we can still provide you with suggestions that may allow you to minimize the negative consequences of the Ransomware attack.

The threat that has likely entered your computer and put its encryption on all your files is GandCrab v5.2. This is a scary newly developed piece of malware that, similarly to most other Ransomware cryptoviruses, uses its unique encryption algorithm to restrict the access of its victims to their own personal data. Upon completing the whole process of rendering your personal data inaccessible, GandCrab v5.2 gives you an ultimatum in the form of a note that it generates on the computer screen. The text in the note basically states that you need to pay a ransom and in return be given a special key for unlocking your files. The alternative to that is never again being able to use, open or edit the encrypted files. However, seeing that you are reading this post, we assume that you are willing to try some potential alternative that may allow you to get out of this without actually submitting the ransom money to the hackers. If that is the case, we advise you to take a look at the GandCrab v5.2 removal guide down below.

Weighing the pros and cons

Sometimes, paying the ransom would indeed put an end to the whole situation and you would have your files returned to you. However, what’s the guarantee that instead of this happening the hackers won’t simply keep the money you send them and not give you anything in return that could allow you to regain the access to your data. Also, what if the sum requested is too high and you cannot pay it at the moment. For instances like this, we have prepared our guide and posted it on this page. The instructions in it will allow you to liberate your PC from the presence of GandCrab v5.2 and the added data recovery section will present you with some file restoration solutions that may be of help. The problem is that, as we said earlier, we can’t promise you anything when it comes to how much of your data you’d be able to restore. Still, it’s important to try all options that do not include paying the ransom since it’s never a good idea to send your money to cyber criminals.


Name GandCrab v5.2
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most infections of this type lack symptoms other than increased CPU and RAM use while the files are being encrypted.
Distribution Method Malicious spam letters, random fake update requests and ads, pirated programs coming from illegal sites and so on.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove GandCrab v5.2 Ransomware Virus


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 GandCrab v5.2 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!

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