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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Gansta Ransomware

Gansta Ransomware is probably the only "free" ransomware out there on the web. This means that the cyber criminals behind this threat does not actually want to extort money from you for the decryption key after the supposed encryption of your important files. In fact, we have found that this ransomware infection does not even encrypt any files right now, which can mean two things: either the Command and Control server is down, or this is just an unfinished version that has emerged. In either of these cases there is still a chance that in the near future this ransomware will become a dangerous threat by being able to take your files hostage even if these attackers claim free decryption. There are mainly two ways you can avoid losing your files. First, you need to start saving regular backups somewhere safe (e.g., using a removable hard disk). Second, you can always protect your computer with a reliable anti-malware program if you want to feel secure anytime you switch on your PC. No matter how innocent this current version may look to you, we recommend that you remove Gansta Ransomware immediately to be on the safe side.

Our research indicates that this annoying ransomware can be spread in three main ways. First, probably the most usual way is via spamming campaigns. This threat can be disguised as a document or image that is attached to a spam mail. If the victim opens this attached file, the infection starts up and normally, it would encrypt your files right away. This clearly means that you need to be extra careful around your mails because you can never know when such a mail shows up in your spam folder or even in your inbox. You need to be more alert and doubtful of your spam filter. You must have seen already that there are legitimate and even important e-mails ending up in your spam folder probably every single day. So you may have got used to it that you check your spam folder for such mails. However, this spam may actually strike you as an urgent one to reply or to check out. This is exactly why you will feel inclined to open it. Please note that normally, it could be a fatal move as your files would be damaged in no time without the possibility of recovery in most cases. Luckily for you, this time you can delete Gansta Ransomware right away as your files should be untouched.

The second usual method is spreading this ransomware via shady file-sharing websites. You should know that torrent and freeware pages mostly promote software bundles instead of standalone files or applications. The problem is that these bundles can pack a number of potentially unwanted programs as well as malicious software installers just like this malware infection. Therefore, we advise you to stay away from such sites and use official or reputable websites for downloading anything. It is also possible that you click on unsafe third-party ads or links and get redirected to malicious pages. Such pages may be set up by cyber criminals with the help of Exploit Kits. This means that if your browsers or drivers are not up-to-date, there is a good chance that a malicious page can drop this infection or any other ransomware threats. You can easily avoid such attacks if you keep your browsers and drivers always updated. But right now, the most important first step for you is to delete Gansta Ransomware from your system.

This ransomware could either be an unfinished program or its server may be shut down temporarily because it does not seem to encrypt at all. This infection is written in Visual Basic as the application window's title bar also suggests: "Yes its made with VB. SO FUCKIN WOT!" These criminals do seem to like to use slang and swear words. It seems that there is no screen lock applied and your main system processes are also not disabled by this threat, which makes it easier to remove. The ransom note comes up on your screen and you can see two tabs: "What the hell?" and "Decrypt." The first tab simply informs you that you have been infected with this ransomware and you can get the decryption key for free as long as you send an e-mail. For the details, you are asked to click on the "Decrypt" tab. This next tab provides you with an e-mail address ("unhappymalware@protonmail.com") you are supposed to contact for the key. You have to write "Happy christmas ya filfy animal! And a happy new year!" in this mail as demanded by your attackers. Below the ransom note you can find a field for the decryption key that is labeled "Enter a fekin key." It is hard to take such a ransomware seriously, although we have seen similarly obscene ones that actually encrypted files and caused a lot of damage. In any case, this time you will not lose any money and if you are lucky enough to have this version, you will not lose any of your files either. So it is really time to remove Gansta Ransomware from your computer.

The first step you need to take is to close this ransom note application window. You can either press Alt+F4 to do so or kill the malicious process via Task Manager. Then, you can identify the malicious executable and delete it from your system. Please follow our guide below this article if you need assistance with these steps. The only difficulty you may have with these instructions is to be able to identify the malicious file you downloaded. If you are in doubt, you can always use a professional anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter to automatically detect and eliminate all known malware threats and more.

How to remove Gansta Ransomware from Windows

  1. Open your Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc simultaneously.
  2. Find the malicious process, click on it, and then, press End task.
  3. Close the Task Manager.
  4. Press Win+E to open your File Explorer.
  5. Open the location where you possibly saved the malicious .exe file.
  6. Delete this file.
  7. Check all main default download directories for any suspicious files and delete them. (%TEMP%, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %USERPROFILE%\Desktop)
  8. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  9. Reboot your PC.
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