CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware might sound like a vicious threat, but in reality, it is not particularly dangerous. The note it shows, after enciphering data on the infected computer, says the program was developed by students, which means it is an education project. Further, in the article, we will talk more about this malware as well as explain if encountering it could put your files at risk. Despite the fact we do not believe the malicious application might be spread, we will still place removal instructions showing how to get rid of CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware manually at the end of this article just in case. Users who have more questions about the malware could also leave us comments below the text.
Threats similar to CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware are usually spread through malicious Spam emails or unsecured RDP connections, so they might enter systems if users open suspicious files carrying such threats or by exploiting the devices’ weaknesses. This is why to protect your computer from harmful software you should be more careful when opening data received from doubtful sources, for example, emails asking to open attached files or links immediately without explaining the situation accurately or making you panic. Besides, it is crucial not to keep weak or old passwords and update outdated software so it would not have any vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. A robust and regularly updated security tool could also help you guard the system against various threats, so if you have not picked such a tool yet, we would highly recommend considering it.
The students who programmed CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware made it encrypt files placed in the %USERPROFILE%\desktop\test location alone. Obviously, the “test” folder exists on the device they created or tested the malicious application, so theoretically speaking, if you would receive this malware it should not encipher any data located on the computer unless you create a folder titled “test” on your Desktop. In such case, files located in it would become enciphered and should have a second extension called .locked, for example, a document named text.docx should become text.docx.locked. Once files become encrypted, they cannot be opened unless the user has a decryption tool and a unique decryption key generated during the encryption process. Most ransomware applications that are not educational project display ransom notes asking to pay for decryption. However, CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware shows merely a warning saying your files were encrypted by a student.
We always recommend removing ransomware applications because there is always a risk the hackers could scam users and take their money without holding on to their promises. In this situation, eliminating the malware would be easy since it does not do any harm and you do not need to consider your options, so if you somehow managed to receive it, you should not waste any time with it and delete it at once. To find out how to deal with CryptoGod 2018 Ransomware manually you should take a look at the instructions placed below, although we always advise not to take any chances and use a reliable antimalware tool; if the instructions appear to be too complicated.