GoRansom Ransomware is yet another ransomware infection that we have to deal with. Considering the fact that ransomware programs have been around for quite a few years by now, it is still fascinating to see users getting infected with new ones. After all, aren’t we all familiar enough with ransomware to actually stop them from entering our systems? Apparently, not really. Dangerous programs still manage to slither into target systems, and then we have to scramble to remove GoRansom Ransomware and other similar intruders. However, the problem with ransomware is not the removal, it’s what they leave behind.
Although not everyone knows how to avoid a ransomware infection, people must have heard that ransomware encrypts files. It means that the infection randomizes the sequences of information within the file, and the system can no longer read those files. As a result, you cannot access your data if it gets encrypted by ransomware.
This is exactly what GoRansom Ransomware does. This infection is written in the GO programming language, and it’s not the first infection that uses the code in that programming language. Not to mention, it is definitely not the last.
Although the exact distribution method for this infection is not known, our research team suggests that GoRansom Ransomware probably spreads in traditional ways: spam email and unsafe RDP configurations. If it comes through a spam email, it means that users download and open the installer files themselves. The same goes for corrupted RDP connections. Users receive files from someone they MIGHT know, but the file is a ransomware installer, and users fail to notice the tell-tale signs of a ransomware distribution tactic.
So, in a sense, it would be quite easy to avoid GoRansom Ransomware if we just deleted the emails and didn’t respond to the social engineering messages. But curiosity killed the cat. Not to mention, everyone always thinks that “it won’t happen to me.” And then the next thing you know, you have the same user panicking because ransomware has entered their computer.
If GoRansom Ransomware enters your computer, there’s not much you can do about it. You’ll just have to sit back and watch it encrypt your files, adding the “.gore” extension to every single affected file, before you can even start doing something about it. Needless to say, GoRansom Ransomware displays a ransom note, as well. The note is not too long, and it is very straight to the point:
Files have been encrypted by The GoRansom POC Ransomware.
Decryption key is hardcoded in the binary.
Uses XOR encrypted with an 8bit (byte) key.
Only 255 possible keys.
Run the ransomware in the command line with one argument, decrypt.
Example: GoRansom.exe decrypt.
When we look at this, it seems that GoRansom Ransomware gives you instructions on how to decrypt your files. However, you should not do it unless you work with the CMD every single day. Please address a professional who could help you decrypt your files.
On the other hand, if you do not want to deal with the tedious decryption process, you can simply remove the encrypted files and transfer good copies into your computer. Don’t forget to do that after you have GoRansom Ransomware removed. Removing is not hard, as you need to delete the installer file. Nevertheless, again, if you do not feel confident about doing it on your own, be sure to address a professional or invest in a powerful antispyware tool. Finally, GoRansom Ransomware might not look much of a dangerous threat because it doesn’t employ a very sophisticated encryption algorithm, but take this as a wake-up call that should help you invest more in your cybersecurity.