Ggyu ransomware is one of the more recent versions of the file-encrypting malware Djvu/STOP. The cybercriminals operating this ransomware release new ransomware versions on a regular basis, typically at least two every week. Although they are all essentially the same, you can tell them apart by the extensions they add to encrypted files. This malware is dubbed Ggyu ransomware because it adds .ggyu. Files with this extension have been encrypted, so you will not be able to open them. They need to be decrypted using a special decryptor that only cybercriminals have. The decryptor will be offered to you for $980 but purchasing it is risky.
All other Djvu/STOP versions that have been released share many similarities with Ggyu ransomware. However, they may all be distinguished by the extensions they add to encrypted files. As an example, this one appends .ggyu, so an encrypted image.jpg file would become image.jpg.ggyu. Fils with this extension cannot be opened because they are encrypted. Ransomware typically targets personal files such as photos, videos, images, and documents. Using a special decryptor on the files is the only way to recover them. The decryptor, however, is not easily accessible. Only the malware operators currently have it.
The ransomware will drop a ransom note in every folder containing encrypted files once it has finished encrypting everything. The victims can purchase a decryptor from the ransomware developers for $980, according to the _readme.txt ransom note. The note states that victims who get in touch with them within the first 72 hours will receive a 50% discount. Whether that is true or not is not certain, but we do not advise putting your trust in cybercriminals to help you. Paying the ransom is highly risky because there is no way to know if you will truly receive the decryptor. Remember that you are negotiating with cybercriminals and that there is no guarantee they will uphold their half of the deal.
Getting your files back should be simple if you have a backup. However, you must first completely remove Ggyu ransomware from your computer. If you don’t use anti-malware software to remove Ggyu ransomware, you risk causing more harm. You can connect to your backup to begin file recovery once the ransomware has been completely removed.
Without a backup, there is no guarantee that files can be recovered. There isn’t a free Ggyu ransomware decryptor available right now, however that may change in the future. Until you have access to a free Ggyu ransomware decryptor, back up your encrypted files and keep them safe. However, you should be very cautious when looking for free decryptors because there are a lot of bogus ones. Downloading the wrong one could lead to more malware infections. If a free Ggyu ransomware decryptor is ever made available, NoMoreRansom will have it.
Ransomware distribution methods
Copyrighted content shouldn’t be pirated, especially when using torrents, for a variety of reasons. The fact that it’s illegal and effectively content theft is one of the key reasons. But it can also be harmful to computers. It is well known that torrent websites are not very well monitored. Due to this, malicious actors are able to upload torrents with malware to those websites. Torrents for movies, TV series, software, and video games frequently contain malware. As a result, using torrents to pirate puts your computer in danger of becoming infected with various malware.
Additionally, cybercriminals frequently use emails to spread malware. Cybercriminals send emails with malware attachments to email addresses they have obtained from various hacker forums. Fortunately, most of the time those emails are fairly obvious. Malicious senders frequently pose as representatives of trustworthy companies whose services users use. But for whatever reason, these malicious emails frequently have spelling and grammar mistakes. This immediately exposes the email because no official emails from legitimate companies will ever include obvious grammar/spelling errors. The way an email addresses you is something else to pay attention to. You will be addressed by name if an email is actually sent by a company whose services you use. However, fraudulent senders frequently use generic words like “User”, “Member”, or “Customer” because they do not know the names of their targets. It’s also important to note that malicious spam attempts may be significantly more sophisticated when cybercriminals have specific knowledge about potential victims. Therefore, it’s a good idea to always check email attachments for viruses using VirusTotal or anti-virus software.
How to remove Ggyu ransomware
In general, unless you know exactly what to do, it is not recommended to attempt manual Ggyu ransomware removal. If you don’t take caution, you can accidentally cause more harm. Additionally, it’s easy to overlook some components of the ransomware, which could allow it to recover later on. If you were to connect to your backup while the ransomware was still active on the computer, your backed-up files would become encrypted as well. If you want to delete Ggyu ransomware, we strongly advise using anti-malware software. As soon as the ransomware has been eliminated, if you have a backup, you can access it to begin file recovery.