Ransomware | 07/22/2019

How to remove Godes ransomware from your system?

About: Godes ransomware has emerged as a newbie threat for computer users. Once, it infiltrates your system, it makes the files unusable and asks for hefty ransom.

| Ransomware | How to remove Godes ransomware from your system?

Understanding .Godes file virus

With the tremendous increase in ransomware attacks, DJVU family is up with another dangerous strain. Developers call it – Godes Ransomware! With the sole motive to extort hefty amount of ransom, hackers deploy Godes to various computers. Once in the system, it attacks the targeted files and makes them unreadable. To successfully look the files, it appends .Godes extension to the filenames.

Godes Ransomware

Once Godes is done with the encryption procedure, it creates a ransom-demanding message. This message will pop-up every time, you try to open a locked file. It states that the locked files and asks you to pay large ransom, in the form of bitcoins. Nevertheless, paying ransom is not the way out! In most of the cases, cyber criminals give no positive result to the victims after payment is received.

Hence, we recommend you to completely remove Godes ransomware from your system. Scroll down to take insights of the menace caused by the malicious Godes ransomware.


Threat Summary

Name Godes Virus
Type Ransomware
Category Malware
Targeted OS Windows
Symptoms Encrypts the files and makes them unreadable.

Demands large amount of ransom for locked files recovery.


Distribution Technique

Not just one, the developer of Godes ransomware uses variety of tactics to proliferate it. However, spam campaigns are the most common & trusted method used to deploy .Godes file virus to your system. Via this method, hundreds or thousands of users can be attacked with only a few clicks! With little cost and high success rate, spam campaign is a popular method.

To make the e-mail looks legitimate, hackers trick the users into believing that the e-mail is from a trustworthy source. It may include name of any bank, financial platform or some well-known shipping companies. The content of the e-mail may notify you about an unauthorized order or shipment you made. In addition, they are sent with an attachment, which contains the malicious macros of Godes extension.

As soon as you open the attachment, your system will be exposed to the risk of Godes crypto virus. It is not the end! There are certain other ways, Godes gains access to your system. .Godes files virus may attack by hacking open Remote Desktop Services (RDP) ports.


Threat Behavior

If this crypto virus gains access of your system, it may not immediately reveals its presence. However, it will execute the malicious activities in your system!

It features all the properties that any other file-encrypting malware possesses. Once it sneaks in your system, it will search for targeted files and makes them inaccessible. To corrupt the files, either RSA or AES encryption algorithm is used. Unfortunately, they generate a unique decryption key to recover .Godes files. Keep in mind, getting the key is not an easy task! This Godes decryption tool is stored on the hackers’ server and is exchanged only for large ransom.

The ransom demanding message is dropped in ‘_readme.txt’ file, alike other versions. Hence the asked ransom amount is also equal to $980 (in bitcoins). However, cyber criminals offer an opportunity to avail the discount of 50%, the only condition is that you have to contact the hackers within first 72 hours of Godes attack.

Ransom Note

Cyber crooks, encourage the victims to pay the amount by threatening them for the permanent data lose. Hence, the victims have a limited time to act! They tell the victim users that, once the payment is done, the decryption key will be enabled. However, there is no guarantee of it! At times, cyber crooks ignore the victims once the payment is received.

Hence, instead of funding these criminals focus on how to remove Godes ransomware?

Removal guidelines for .Godes file virus


STEP A: Reboot your system to Safe Mode

Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

  1. Click on Windows icon present in the lower left corner of the computer screen.
  2. Select and click  Restart.
  3. When the screen goes blank, Keep tapping  F8  Key until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. With the help of arrow keys on keyboard, Select Safe Mode with Networking  option from the list and press the Enter Key. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.

5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  1. Press and hold the Shift Key and simultaneously click on the windows icon present in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. While the Shift key is still pressed click on the Power button and then click on Restart.
  3. Now select Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings.
  4. When the Startup Settings screen appears which is the first screen to appear after restart, select and click on Enable Safe Mode with Networking. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.
  5. Click on the username and enter the password.

STEP B: Delete the suspicious file from Configuration Settings

  1. Type “Msconfig” in search box / Run Box, select it and press Enter.
  2. Click on “Services” Tab and click on “Hide all Microsoft services”.
  3. Select Godes Ransomware from the list of remaining services and disable it by removing the tick mark from the checkbox and click on Apply button.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Godes Ransomware mentioned and remove the check mark.
  3. Click on Apply button and then click on OK.

Windows 10

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Take the mouse cursor to ‘Open task Manager‘ link and click on it.  This opens the Task Manager window.
  3. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Godes Ransomware mentioned and click on it.
  4. Then click on Disable button.

STEP C: Remove malicious file from Command Prompt

Once the system starts, ensure to use an account with administrative privilege to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:

  1. Type the command “sc delete Godes Ransomware” in the command prompt and press Enter.
  2. Type “exit” to exit the command prompt and restart the system in safe mode with command prompt.


STEP D: Restore the system files & folders

Method 1 using Control Panel

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ button on the taskbar. This will open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the ‘Control Panel’ button in the Start menu. This will open the control panel window.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click on the ‘View by:’ button on the top right. Select the Large Icon option
  4. In the control Panel window click on the ‘Recovery Icon’. This will open a window that will ask ‘Restore the computer to an earlier point in time’.
  5. Click on the ‘Open system restore’ button. This will open the ‘system restore ’window where you need to click on the Next Button.
  6.  Select the restore point that is prior the infiltration of Godes Ransomware. After doing that, click Next.
  7. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Godes Ransomware.


Method 2 using Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search box and click on the command prompt to open the Command Prompt window. box and clicking on it.
  2. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter.(Ensure that you in the system32 directory of Windows folder in C Drive)
  3. Now type rstrui and press Enter again.
  4. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Godes Ransomware. After doing that, click Next.
  5. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Godes Ransomware.



Method 3 : Directly type 'rstrui' in the search box

  1. Type ‘Rstrui’ in the search box present on the task bar. This will open the System restore dialog box.

Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.

Tips to prevent your system from .Godes file virus  

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Vipre and Kaspersky so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.


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