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Drakos ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Ransomware

Drakos ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts files with AES algorithm and imitates the relation to GandCrab ransomware 

Drakos ransomware
Drakos ransomware is the virus that was discovered in January 2019 as developers call it GandCrab Raas. However, this is not related to GandCrab ransomware at all.
 

Drakos ransomware is a file-locking virus that demands 1,200$ worth of Bitcoin to return encrypted files. This information is revealed in the ransom note that gets placed on the screen when your encoded data receive .drakos file extension, and the encryption is done. The ransom message and other alerts get displayed in separate browser windows that show GrandCrab ransomware icon on the screen but the relation with this ransomware family is rather imitated, and there are no similarities besides the displayed icon. In messages, virus developers reveal more details about the attack and demands to pay the ransom in DASH or Bitcoin if the victim wants to get their files back. Cryptocurrency is the primary goal of ransomware-type virus developers.[1]

Name Drakos ransomware
Type  Cryptovirus
File extension  .drakos
Ransom amount 1200$
Encryption method AES algorithm
Ransom message Displayed in various browser and program windows
Imitates GrandCrab ransomware
Distribution Spam email attachments with infected files
Elimination Use antivirus to remove Drakos ransomware and then clean virus damage using Reimage

Drakos ransomware virus developers call their product “GandCrab as a service ransomware” but the relationship is non-existent, and you should never trust the word cybercriminals say. The clear association with another ransomware family is not proven

Once Drakos ransomware infiltrates the targeted system, it starts searching for data that can be encrypted. For this process, virus employs AES encryption algorithm and changes the original code of your photos, videos, documents or even archives. When your files get encoded, you can find .drakos appendix added at the end of each file. 

This file-locking is the main process Drakos ransomware is designed to perform because encoded data is the reason developers demand victims to pay up. You cannot notice the process but when it is done your screen starts showing various messages from virus developers. 

One of the messages delivered by Drakos ransomware reads the following:

Drakos ransomware 
[Have you's got advice?] [*** Any For Attempts to the get back you files is with the THIRD, CAN-party tools the BE fatal for your encrypted files is ***] of The will most part of the the tried-party This is a list of cases of damage to the files.
Finally it will be impossible to decrypt your files. It will make it that you can’t make it a matter of course. The third-party software for restore files is encrypted with the “Drakos Ransomware” software. If you look for your files, please contact your antivirus support. 

Additionally to these messages, the main ransom note is delivered to your screen and then Drakos ransomware states about your possibilities. To get your files back, you need to pay for Drakos decryptor that might not even exist, and the price is 1200$ in DASH or Bitcoin. However, paying shouldn't be an option because criminals tend to disappear after the payment.[2]

Drakos ransomware ransom note also delivers pictures with Mr. Krab from the popular cartoon, and all messages contain the name GandCrab to fake the association that is not proven what so ever. Although there is a suggestion of free decryption and other promises, you should ignore that and move on to virus removal. 

Many researchers[3] understand that data recovery is the most important issue when it comes to ransomware attacks, but you should focus on Drakos ransomware removal first and then worry about your files. Remember that any data recovery on the infected system may lead to permanent data loss.

Remove Drakos ransomware by scanning the system with anti-malware program. After that, you need to make sure that your device is working correctly, so employ PC repair tool like Reimage and scan the system yet again. This way you can double-check and clean the machine entirely.

Malicious spam emails contain more than suspicious advertisements or redirects

While nowadays online is not the safest place, you should pay more attention while browsing on the internet. Especially when it comes to emails, private messages or social networks. When you are not expecting the email, and you still receive the notification from a company or service that include file attachments, you should be more cautious while opening those emails.

The email might have a few red flags that you should notice right away:

  • grammar mistakes on the email itself;
  • subject lines about order information, financial details;
  • the sender is stated to be a legitimate company, institution or service;
  • Word, Excel, ZIP or PDF file attachments;
  • shortened hyperlinks in the email message directly.

Unfortunately, when you open the email and download the file attachment to your device directly, you receive the message about content enabling that triggers malicious macros and the automatic installation of the malware script that infiltrates the system with ransomware distributing malware or direct payload of the intruder.

Remove Drakos ransomware as soon as possible and recover your files when the system is cleared

Don't forget about the Drakos ransomware virus and the possible changes on your system that include alteration in the Windows Registry or even system folders and files. These changes make a virus more persistent, so we recommend entering the Safe Mode before scanning the device.

However, you need to employ professional tools for best Drakos ransomware removal results. Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner or Malwarebytes Malwarebytes can work this job because these programs can indicate possible threats, remove them and detect other issues with your machine. 

When you remove Drakos ransomware, make sure to double-check and scan the system again. If you are not sure that the PC is malware-free, you risk getting your files permanently damaged. 

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To remove Drakos virus, follow these steps:

Remove Drakos using Safe Mode with Networking

You should reboot the device in Safe Mode with Networking, so Drakos ransomware removal works better when the virus is not affecting your antivirus program

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Drakos

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Drakos removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Drakos using System Restore

System Restore feature also can improve the malware removal process when you restore the device to a previous state

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Drakos. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Drakos removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Drakos from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by Drakos, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro helps with encrypted or accidentally deleted files

You can remove Drakos ransomware and then use Data Recovery Pro if you have no data backups to use for file restoring

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by Drakos ransomware;
  • Restore them.

ShadowExplorer is another method that can be used to restore files on the PC

However, you need to make sure that Shadow Volume Copies remain untouched

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

There is no possible decryption tool for Drakos ransomware

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Drakos and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner or Malwarebytes Malwarebytes

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