Godes ransomware removal instructions

Also Known As: Godes virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Godes ransomware removal instructions

What is Godes?

Belonging to Djvu ransomware family, Godes is a high-risk infection discovered by Michael Gillespie. After successful infiltration, Godes encrypts most of stored files and appends filenames with ".godes" extension. E.g., "sample.jpg" would be renamed to "sample.jpg.godes" and so on so forth. Following successful infiltration, Godes generates a text file ("_readme.txt") and drops a copy in every existing folder.

Most of ransomware from Djvu family delivers the exact same ransom-demanding message and Godes is no exception. It basically states that files are encrypted and that victims have to pay a ransom in order to receive a unique decryption key which is necessary to restore data. Now the price for the key is $980. However, victim's who's contact cyber criminals within 72 hours after the encryption will receive a 50% discount and the price will drop to $490. All payment/decryption instructions are provided via email or telegram. Nevertheless, every user should know that paying usually gives no positive result, because vast majority of ransomware developers ignore victims after payments are submitted. Therefore, we highly recommend to ignore all encouragements to submit payments and even contact these persons. Be aware that Godes encrypts data by using a so-called "offline key" whenever the infected machine has no Internet connection or the server (which is used to store all regular keys) is not responding. For this reason, we highly recommend to attempt restoring data with a decryption tool developed by Michael Gillespie. If that doesn't help, then the only possible solution is to restore everything from a backup.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

Godes decrypt instructions

There are dozens of ransomware-type infections that share similarities with Godes. The list of examples includes (but it is not limited to) Rodentia, YOUR_LAST_CHANCE, Basilisque Locker and Boooam. As with Godes, most of these infections also encrypt data so that developers could blackmail victims by offering a paid recovery. There typically are only two major differences: 1) size of ransom, and; 2) type of encryption algorithm used. Unluckily, encryptions are often performed using RSA, AES, or other similar cryptographies that generate unique decryption keys. Hence, if the malware is fully developed and has no bugs/flaws, restoring data manually (without developers interfering) is impossible. Ransomware infections present a strong case for maintaining regular data backups. However, keep in mind that locally stored backups will be encrypted alongside with regular data. For this reason, we highly recommend to store backups in a remote server or either unplugged storage device. It is also important to know that there's always a chance that used server/storage device will be damaged. For this reason, we highly recommend to have multiple backup copies and store them in different locations.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Ransomware infections are usually distributed using the following tools/methods: trojans, fake software updaters and cracks, third party software download sources, as well as email spam campaigns. Trojans are basically malicious applications designed to cause so-called "chain infections". They infiltrate computers and with the intention of injecting them with additional malware. Fake software updaters usually infect systems in two ways: 1) by exploiting bugs/flaws of outdated software, or; 2) by simply downloading and installing malware instead of the promised updates. Same goes for fake cracks which download/install malware instead of activating paid software for free. There are many unofficial download sources (e.g., freeware download websites, free file hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer [P2P] networks, etc.) which developers use to spread malware. Crooks present malicious executables as legitimate software, thereby luring users into manual download/installation of malware. Last but not least are email spam campaigns. Crooks use them to send emails to hundreds of thousands of people. These emails typically consist malicious attachments (links and/or files), as well as deceptive messages encouraging recipients to open. It is also likely for attachments to be presented as some important documents. By doing so, crooks increase the chance of tricking recipients into opening. In summary, the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior.

Threat Summary:
Name Godes virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Detection Names (E285.tmp.exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.41459469), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.GUOI), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Stop.bf), Full List (VirusTotal)
Encrypted Files Extension .godes
Ransom Demanding Message _readme.txt
Ransom Amount $980/$490
Cyber Criminal Contact gorentos@bitmessage.ch, verasto@firemail.cc, @datarestore (Telegram)
Symptoms Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Additional Information This malware is designed to show fake Windows Update window, modify Windows "hosts" file (to prevent users from accessing cyber security websites) and inject AZORult trojan into the system.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
Damage All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.
Removal

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Firstly, every user should know that the key to computer safety is caution. For this reason, it is extremely important to be very cautious during the download/installation/update processes, as well as when browsing the Internet in general. You should never use any third party downloaders/installers, because they often include rogue apps. Software should be downloaded only from official sources, preferably using direct download links. Same goes for software updates. Proper software maintenance is extremely important and you should always be sure to keep installed applications/operating system up-to-date. To achieve this, however, employ only implemented functions or either tools provided by the official developer. We should also note that software is a cyber crime and, if that wasn't enough, the risk of infections is extremely high, since most of cracking tools are fake. For this reason, you should never attempt to activate any apps using illegal/third party tools. Lastly, be sure to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running. Tools of this type will help you eliminate malware infections before the system is harmed. If your computer is already infected with Godes, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Godes ransomware's text file ("_readme.txt"):

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
hxxps://we.tl/t-WbgTMF1Jmw
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.


To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
gorentos@bitmessage.ch

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
varasto@firemail.cc

Our Telegram account:
@datarestore
Mark Data Restore

Your personal ID:
-

Screenshot of files encrypted by Godes (".godes" extension):

Files encrypted by Godes

Malware researcher Michael Gillespie has developed a decryption tool that might restore your data if it was encrypted using an "offline key". As we've already mentioned, each victim gets a unique decryption key and all of them are stored in remote servers controlled by cyber criminals. These are categorized as "online keys". However, there are cases when the infected machine has no Internet connection or the server is timing out/not responding. If that is the case, Godes will use an "offline encryption key", which is hard-coded. Now it is worth mentioning that cyber criminals change offline keys every now and again. This is being done to prevent multiple encryptions with the same key. Meanwhile, Michael Gillespie continually gathers offline keys and updates the decrypter. However, the chances of successful decryption are still very low, since only a very small portion of "offline keys" has been gathered. You can download the decrypter by clicking this link (note that the download link remains the same, despite the fact that decrypter is being continually updated). Your files will be restored only if the list of gathered keys will include the one that was used to encrypt your data.

Screenshot of STOP/Djvu decrypter by Michael Gillespie:

STOP/Djvu ransomware decrypter by Michael Gillespie

As with most of ransomware from Djvu family, Godes also displays a fake Windows update pop-up during the encryption:

Djvu ransomware family fake update

IMPORTANT NOTE! - Aside from encrypting data, ransomware-type infections from Djvu malware family also installs a trojan-type virus called AZORult, which is designed to steal various account credentials. Moreover, this malware family is designed to add a number of entries to the Windows hosts file. The entries contain URLs of various websites, most of which are related to malware removal. This is carried out with the intention of making users unable to access malware security websites and seek help. Our website (PCrisk.com) is also on the list. Removing these entries, however, is simple - you can find detailed instructions in this article (note that, although the steps are shown in the Windows 10 environment, the process is virtually identical on all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system).

Screenshot of websites added to Windows hosts file:

Tro Ransomware adding websites to Windows Hosts file

Godes ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Godes virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Godes ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Godes ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Godes are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by Godes, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Godes ransomware.

Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default this feature automatically protects files stored in Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.

Controll Folder Access

Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here's more information on how to get this update and add additional protection layer from ransomware infections.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

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Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

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  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove Godes ransomware:

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