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Danger level 6
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

GandCrab 5 LOADER

GandCrab 5 LOADER is a malicious file that might load GandCrab 5 Ransomware if it manages to enter your computer. According to our researchers, the mentioned threat is a RaaS (Ransomware-as-a-Service), which means there might be a lot of slightly different versions of it. However, no matter which variant you receive, the ransomware would encrypt your files and most likely display a ransom note asking to pay for decryption. Therefore, encountering GandCrab 5 LOADER could make all of the files located on the computer useless. Naturally, to avoid coming across such malicious data, we will tell you where it might come from and other vital details you should know further in the article. Also, if you noticed some suspicious data you suspect could be the malware’s launcher we encourage you to get rid of it as fast as possible. The instructions below might help with this task, but if the process looks too complicated, it might be safer to use a reliable antimalware tool of your choice.

To begin with, even though we call it GandCrab 5 LOADER, in reality, the malicious file that could drop GandCrab 5 Ransomware could have various files. In fact, there might be many different loaders as well. For example, one of the loaders encountered by our researchers is called Trojan.Ascentor Loader. It could be spread through malicious email attachments, game cracks/keygens, and other untrustworthy files downloaded from the Internet. The problem is, these loaders have limited functionality like downloading, deleting, executing, or updating specific data, which is why they might be undetectable. In other words, even after scanning such a file with an antivirus tool, there is a possibility the software would not detect anything dangerous about it. Thus, our researchers say in such cases the best hope is to stay away from unreliable websites, Spam emails, pop-ups, or other data that could offer potentially harmful content.

As you realize, GandCrab 5 LOADER, could be a Trojan, so users should not confuse these files with malicious text documents or other files alike that can execute the malicious application. Our researchers say such files should be called malware droppers instead as they usually launch a specific threat only. The loaders we are talking about in this article may carry even more dangerous software. As you see people creating such data might receive money for distributing infections through it. Another thing you should be aware of is the infections distributed by a specific loader may change from time to time. For instance, the Trojan.Ascentor Loader we mentioned earlier no longer distributes GandCrab 5 Ransomware at the moment of writing. Nevertheless, we have no doubt; there is a possibility the file-encrypting infection could continue to spread with the help of different GandCrab 5 LOADERS.

Since we were able to test only a specific GandCrab 5 LOADER and cannot know how precisely other loaders work, we can provide deletion instructions for just the Trojan we have encouraged and were able to test ourselves. This is why the instructions available below the article explain how to remove Trojan.Ascentor Loader only. If you suspect it might be on your system, you could follow our given step to eliminate it manually. Still, if the task looks challenging even with instructions, you should not hesitate to employ a reliable antimalware tool.

On the other hand, if you think you have received a different GandCrab 5 LOADER, keep it in mind there is a possibility your antivirus tool might be unable to detect it, so you may have to get rid of it by checking location where you download new files and erasing any data raising suspicion or by trying a different antimalware tool. Users who have more questions about the malware’s loader could also leave us comments at the end of this article.

Eliminate a possible GandCrab 5 LOADER called Trojan.Ascentor Loader

  1. Tap Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Launch Task Manager.
  3. Look for a suspicious process that might be associated with the malware.
  4. Select his process and press End Task.
  5. Leave the Task Manager.
  6. Click Win+E.
  8. Search for a randomly named executable file; the title might be from five random characters.
  9. Right-click this file and choose Delete.
  10. Exit File Explorer.
  11. Press Win+R.
  12. Type Regedit and click Enter.
  13. Go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  14. Search for a specific key that might belong to the threat.
  15. Right-click this key and press Delete.
  16. Close Registry Editor.
  17. Empty Recycle bin.
  18. Restart the system.
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