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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware

CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware is a newly-discovered threat, but it does not seem to be a serious infection. It is more likely that it is a school project because the window it opens contains the author’s name and class. Of course, it does not mean that it cannot evolve into something bigger in the future. It is not very likely that you will encounter it, but if you do, it will encrypt only one folder named “test” located in %USERPROFILE%\Desktop. Well, at least the version our specialists analyzed did that. Theoretically, if cyber criminals take this infection over from its author, they might update it a little bit so that it would lock all personal files on victims’ computers. In this case, it will demand money from you. No matter what kind of version of CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware you have encountered, it must be erased from the system right away. The thorough research conducted by malware analysts at has clearly shown that it is not sophisticated malware, so its removal should not be an impossible task.

At the time of research, CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware encrypted the only folder named test in %USERPROFILE%\Desktop. Since the majority of users do not have this folder on their computers, this infection should not cause them any problems even if they encounter it. That is, it should not lock any personal files on their computers. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, there is a slight possibility that it will be updated. If you encounter an updated version of CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware that locks files located in other directories too, your pictures, documents, videos, and many other files will get the .locked extension appended to them, i.e. they will be encrypted. You will also find a window opened on your Desktop and a new .txt file dropped on your computer. The version of CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware analyzed by our researchers opened a window with a message in Italian. It does not demand money from users. It only informs that files have been encrypted, which proves again that CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware has not been developed for money extortion. Never send money to malicious software developers no matter what kind of threat you encounter. The chances are high that cyber criminals will forget all their promises once they receive your money, so you might get nothing from them. Malware will not be removed from your computer automatically too.

Users should not encounter CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware because cyber criminals do not distribute it. As mentioned, it could have been developed for educational purposes only. Of course, if it ever happens that you discover it on your computer, it must be removed ASAP. It is not very likely that CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware will become prevalent, but you still need to know how these threats are distributed to prevent them from entering the system. According to our researchers, all ransomware infections are distributed similarly. They say that the majority of crypto-threats travel inside spam emails. If a gullible user receives such an email and opens its attachment, the ransomware infection enters the system and starts performing malicious activities right away. Usually, the first symptom indicating the successful entrance of the ransomware infection is the inability to open the most important files. Of course, it is not very likely that you will protect your system against all malicious applications that will try to get onto your computer unnoticed. Because of this, it would be best that you install reliable security software on your system as well. It will not allow you to download malware from the web.

CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware might be updated one day and then encrypt your files, so if you have already detected it on your computer, it would be best that you get rid of it as soon as possible. You will find instructions below this article, so it is not a problem if you have not erased malicious software before. All threats that manage to enter the system can also be erased automatically, so choose the removal method that suits your needs best. We usually recommend deleting malware automatically for less experienced users because it is very important not to leave a single malicious component active on the system.

How to delete CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware

  1. Tap Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager.
  2. Access Processes.
  3. Kill the process with the CryptoGod description.
  4. Remove LEGGIMI.txt.
  5. Locate and delete the malicious file you have opened.
  6. Right-click on your Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.
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