Welcome to our Gryphon Ransomware removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC for free.
Ransomware is not a nice thing. In fact, it is not nice at all. This is a type of malware that cyber criminals use to take users’ files hostage and blackmail them for their liberation. On this page, we will discuss one particular threat of this type, called Gryphon Ransomware, and if your files have been encrypted by this Ransomware, we will do our best to help you recover from its malicious consequences. As one of its numerous victims, you have probably discovered a ransom message somewhere on your screen or in the folders of your most frequently used files, which states that you need to follow certain instructions (usually to perform a Bitcoin payment) in order to release your data from the special encryption that keeps them locked. This is a typical criminal scheme that relies on your fear and frustration in order to extort money out of you. Most cyber security specialists, including our team, however, would advise you not to fall for that scheme. There are a few methods, which may help you deal with the Ransomware without paying any ransom for your files and in the next lines, we are going to tell you more about them. Make sure you read the information that follows and then check out our removal guide below.
What is Gryphon Ransomware?
Gryphon Ransomware is another new Ransomware threat, which has the ability to apply a very complex encryption algorithm to the files found on the infected computer. By doing this, it makes them impossible to open and sometimes even changes their file extension with an unfamiliar one, in order to make them unrecognizable by any program. This malicious process usually happens in stealth while the user has absolutely no clue about the danger that is taking over its data. The contamination normally happens thanks to a Trojan horse infection or some exploit kits, smartly camouflaged as spam messages, malicious emails, and attachments, misleading links or ads, fake update notifications or other social intelligence techniques.
When the encryption is applied to the last targeted file, Gryphon Ransomware normally leaves a ransom notification somewhere on the victim’s computer. This notification carries a short message from the hackers, who own the Ransomware. In it, they are asking you to basically pay ransom if you want to have your files released from the malicious encryption. In most of the cases, they promise to send you a special decryption key if you fulfill their demands according to the requirements. But they also may threaten you to delete the key or double the ransom if you don’t submit within a given deadline.
What is the smartest thing to do?
If Gryphon Ransomware has attacked your computer, it is basically not a good idea to keep it there and most of the reputed security experts would highly advise you to remove it as soon as possible. The reason is that the longer it stays there, the more issues it may cause. For instance, if you attach some other device, a USB or external drive, and the Ransomware is inside your PC, it may encrypt even the data found on the connected device. The same may happen if you attempt to access your cloud storage or Google drive. What is more, everything else that you download or try to keep on the infected machine may also get encrypted and your PC may become useless in storing and accessing any data. Not to mention that it is very likely that you may have not only Gryphon Ransomware but also some other nasty viruses like Trojans or other infections that might have been delivered to your system along with the Ransomware. That’s why removing the infection and cleaning your machine is really important if you want to use it further. We have placed some really helpful instructions on that in the guide that follows.
How to remove Gryphon Ransomware from the compromised computer?
Getting rid of Gryphon Ransomware is not very difficult, but it has its specifics. The instructions below are published for users who have a general understanding of computing, but if you are not that confident in following manual instructions, using the suggested Gryphon Ransomware removal tool is also an option. To remove the Ransomware virus properly, you first need to run your computer in Safe Mode. In the next lines, you will find instructions on how to do this.
After successfully removing the infection, only then should youd start thinking about file recovery solutions. Usually, we recommend using your backup copies, but many users do not have such copies and end up with no source from where they can recover their data. In this case, you can try some basic recovery methods that we have described below. Bear in mind, though, that we cannot guarantee you a complete restoration of your encrypted files with them. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, the Ransomware encrypts the files in a very secure way, and reversing its encryption is next to impossible without a proper decryption solution. Still, that does not mean that you have to pay a ransom because the cyber criminals can steal your money without providing you with a decryption tool and fade away like typical crooks.
Gryphon Ransomware Removal
Here is what you need to do in order to remove a Ransomware virus from you computer.
I – Reveal Hidden files and folders and utilize the task manager
- Use the Folder Options in order to reveal the hidden files and folders on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, follow this link.
- Open the Start Menu and in the search field type Task Manager.
- Open the first result and in the Processes tab, carefully look through the list of Processes.
- If you notice with the virus name or any other suspicious-looking or that seems to consume large amounts of memory, right-click on it and open its file location. Delete everything in there.
- Make sure that the hidden files and folders on your PC are visible, else you might not be able to see everything.
- Go back to the Task Manager and end the shady process.
II – Boot to Safe Mode
- Boot your PC into Safe Mode. If you do not know how to do it, use this guide/linked/.
III – Identify the threat
- Go to the ID Ransomware website. Here is a direct link.
- Follow there in order to identify the specific virus you are dealing with.
IV – Decrypt your files
- Once you have identified the virus that has encrypted your files, you must acquire the respective tool to unlock your data.
- Open your browser and search for how to decrypt ransomware, look for the name of the one that has infected your system.
- With any luck, you’d be able to find a decryptor tool for your ransomware. If that doesn’t happen try Step V as a last ditch effort to save your files.
V – Use Recuva to restore files deleted by the virus
- Download the Recuva tool. This will help you restore your original files so that you won’t need to actually decrypt the locked ones.
- Once you’ve downloaded the program, open it and select Next.
- Now choose the type of files you are seeking to restore and continue to the next page.
- When asked where your files were, before they got deleted, either use the option In a specific location and provide that location or choose the opt for the I am not sure alternative – this will make the program look everywhere on your PC.
- Click on Next and for best results, enable the Deep Scan option (note that this might take some time).
- Wait for the search to finish and then select which of the listed files you want to restore.