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Godsomware ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Godsomware ransomware — a fake ransomware virus that is trying to troll computer users

Godsomware ransomware
Godsomware ransomware is a cyber threat that mimics crypto-extortionists and scares people with the ransom demand.

Godsomware is a bogus ransomware virus that demands $100 ransom in Bitcoin. Immediately after infiltration, malware changes desktop background, replacing it with a fake ransom note that claims that all personal files have been locked. Additionally, users are greeted with various internet memes, like Nyan cat or Trollface. It is not surprising that this infection is rather a joke than a real threat, as it does not encrypt any data, despite all the claims. Godsomware ransomware also displays ransom message under the name of God Crypt v1.0, and it visually reminds of WannaCry ransomware note. In there, users can enter 29b579fb811f05c3c334a2bd2646a27a code to disable the malicious program. Nevertheless, according to VirusTotal,[1] 25 AV engines already recognize the file, so its removal should not be delayed, even after the code is entered.

Name Godsomware ransomware
Type Cryptovirus
Also named God Crypt/ God Crypt v1.0 
Ransom amount $100  in BTC
Distribution  Insecure file attachments from email
Elimination Use Reimage for Godsomware ransomware removal and clean your system 

Godsomware ransomware virus is not the threat that locks personal files or marks your data with the added file extension. Displaying memes, demanding ransom and scaring people with the error messages are the only features of this mimicking threat.

Besides intrusive internet memes, pictures, and troll faces Godsomware virus displays a ransom note similar or even identical to other more dangerous cyber threats like WannaCry ransomware. Ransom note reads the following:

Ooops, your important files are encrypted.

If you see this text, but don’t see the “Wanna Decrypt0r” window,
then your antivirus removed the decrypt software or you deleted
it from your computer.
If you need your files you have to run the decrypt software.
Please find an application file named “@WannaDecryptor@.exe” in
any folder or restore from the antivirus quarantine.

Run and follow the instructions!

Once Godsomware ransomware gets on the system, it starts changing the performance of the computer by spawning additional background processes. Pop-up windows and added files overload the system and users can encounter errors as:

  • System32.dll error;
  • taskmgr.dll no found;
  • regedit.dll error;
  • microsoft.dll not found;
  • dll.dll error.

You need to remove Godsomware ransomware no matter how much of joke of a virus it seems like. Various error messages indicate that the virus is not developed completely, so commands are not launching properly. Get rid of malware and do not leave a chance for other malware to get on your device.

If you need to perform a Godsomware ransomware removal, employ anti-malware tools like Reimage or other security software. Manual elimination is a very complicated procedure, and should not be practiced by regular users.

While Godsomware ransomware does not encrypt any files, remember, that the infection is very real, and needs to be eliminated. Additionally, do not pay the ransom, as there is no reason to do so. Even if the virus would lock up files, paying ransom is a bad idea, according to researchers.[2]

Malicious files loaded with macros distribute ransomware via spam email attachments

Be aware that even .docx files can be malicious and spread malware. The most common method of ransomware distribution is spam email attachments filled with malicious macros[3]. MS Word or Excel documents often look safe and legitimate based on the sender or subject line.

Unfortunately, malicious actors misuse names of well-known companies and call the email attachment “Invoice” on purpose. All this activity is to make you more trustful and to increase the chance that you would open the file on the device and launch the threat. Clean your email box more frequently and do not download suspicious attachments.

Remove Godsomware ransomware from the system

Performing Godsomware ransomware removal by using anti-malware tools is recommended by our team. The process might be time-consuming, but there is no other way to get rid of the cyber threat completely alongside the additional files. 

When you remove Godsomware ransomware prom the device, make sure you double-check before using the computer as normal. Furthermore, take all precautionary measures to avoid ransomware infections in the future. Another piece of advice would be to store all important data on an external device or cloud service.  

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To remove Godsomware virus, follow these steps:

Remove Godsomware using Safe Mode with Networking

The first method you can try is rebooting your device in Safe Mode with Networking so your antivirus program could scan the device thoroughly and remove Godsomware ransomware:

  • 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 Godsomware

    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 Godsomware removal.

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

Remove Godsomware using System Restore

Try System Restore feature and get rid of this cyber threat:

  • 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 Godsomware. 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 Godsomware removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Godsomware 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 Godsomware, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro can help with encrypted files

If ransomware virus infected the system or you deleted your files accidentally, Data Recovery Pro restores your files

  • 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 Godsomware ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature could restore your data after Godsomware ransomware infection

Windows Previous Versions feature could be used for data recovery if System Restore was enabled before

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer restores deleted files

If Shadow Volume Copies remains untouched, ShadowExplorer can recover your data

  • 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.

Decryption tool doesn't exist

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

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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