What is GrandCrab2 Ransomware?
The GrandCrab 2 is a notorious ransomware infection which has been recently discovered by malware researchers. The GrandCrab 2 is the new version of the most aggressive forms of ransomware i.e. the GrandCrab Ransomware. This ransomware uses the .CRAB file extension which is added as a suffix to its encrypted user files. After decrypting the user files, this ransomware leaves a ransom note which is named as CRAB-DECRYPt.txt which looks like this
- Name – GrandCrab 2
- Targeted Operating System – Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
- Category – Ransomware
- Symptoms – The user files will be encrypted, .CRAB suffix will be added to the files and the ransomware will drop a ransom note with the file named as CRAB-DECRYPT.txt
Why should I worry about GrandCrab 2 Ransomware?
The GrandCrab 2 ransomware is a malicious infection which belongs to the family of Crypto-ransomware. This ransomware encrypts the user’s document files as soon as it infects the system. After infiltrating the system, it adds a .CRAB file extension to each of the locked files and generates a CRAB-DECRYPT.txt ransom note.
In order to decrypt the user data it asks the user to pay a ransom in the form of DASH cryptocurrency. We highly recommend not to pay for the decryption key because the cyber criminals may not release the decryption key even when you pay the ransom. So it is highly advisable not to fall for their demands. Rather start investing your money in effective backup software and internet security suit which can save you from data loss in such a hazardous situation.
How did GrandCrab 2 infect your PC?
The cyber criminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
- Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
- Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
- Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
- Malicious Websites or Malovalent Advertisments: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.
How to remove GrandCrab Ransomware?
There are many online platforms which will offer you an extensive guide to remove the GrandCrab 2 ransomware. We advise you not to fall for such GrandCrab 2 ransomware removal guides because the files encrypted by this ransomware will not be decrypted until you use the decryption key.
Restore the encrypted data via Windows previous version
If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover your personal data through Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow the instructions given below –
- Open My Computer and search for the folder you want to restore.
- As soon as you find it, right click on it and choose the restore previous version option from the new window.
- This option will display all the previous copies of the folder.
- Now select restore data and through the options i.e. Open – Copy – Restore
Tips to prevent such malware from infecting your computer system –
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Sophos and Bullguard so that it remains safe.
- 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.