GASH Ransomware. How to decrypt .gash files?

Written by William Reddy

If you can’t open your pics, documents, or other files and also see the .gash extension on them, your system is definitely infected with Gash ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group

Gash ransomware ciphers personal documents identified on the victim’s PC with the extension “.gash” and then creates the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s desktop in the “readme.txt” file. Its task is pretty much similar to other examples of the same family: Qore, Qopz, Saba.

What is Gash Ransomware?

NameGash Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980,
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.gash” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Gash is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents regular access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and images by encrypting them. It marks the encrypted files with the “.gash” extension. Then Gash ransomware adds a money ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In it, you can see the guidance to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a certain BTC wallet. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it uses to cipher the documents is not decryptable with contemporary computers. Even quantum computers that currently exist will likely spend hundreds of years to find the decryption key.

How dangerous is the Gash ransomware?

When Gash ransomware appears on your PC, it will run through your computer for images, videos, and important documents. It encrypt] all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these documents are found, the ransomware will cipher them and change their extension to “.gash” to ensure that you understand what happened.

After the Gash ransomware encrypted the data on your computer, it will drop the last “readme.txt” file on the desktop. In addition to the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the email addresses to contact the crooks – and

Here is the ransom note that the Gash ransomware shows to its victims:


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How did the Gash ransomware get on my computer?

The Gash ransomware spreads by placing websites to get hacked programs or games. They try to keep their eye on all buzz themes which can be chosen to spread ransomware. New games releases, new popular movies – Gash creators make everything to get their money on that. One of the most common techniques these burglars apply is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. However, pursuing the modern-day trends is not the single manner these criminals utilize. Options that have already become standard, such as email spamming, are also standard for STOP/Djvu ransomware spreading.

Malicious email spam

The example of email spamming that may lead to Gash ransomware injection

Avoiding this ransomware does not require a lot of initiative. Considering the ordinary rules of computer hygiene will substantially decrease all dangers. Bear in mind that launching all documents you receive on e-mail is not a great tactic. Even worse scenario is to enable macros in Microsoft Office files. But it is much better to avoid the malware intrusion at the moment when you have just opened the e-mail message. Checking the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can anticipate, and when you see the thing like “”– it is likely a genuine e-mail. On the other hand, stuff that tries to appear like Amazon or FedEx shipping notification, but uses the e-mail address of “”– need to make you get on the alarm. Above, you can see the example of such a message.

Illegal sources of different digital things need some extra explanation. Breaking copyright regulation surely throws you to the danger of being fined. Nevertheless, using torrent trackers or third-party websites to download “free” programs likewise exposes you to a wide range of malware. Nobody can oversee unnamed people that launch the torrent seeding or release the hacked program version on the website with pirated software.

Gash virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Gash virus detection and removal:

  • STEP 1. Download and install Trojan Killer.

  • STEP 2. Click on "Finish".

  • STEP 3. Wait until necessary updates are downloaded and installed.

  • STEP 4. Select computer scan type.

  • STEP 5. The software will begin scanning your computer.

  • STEP 6. Click on "Cure PC".

Restore the files encrypted by the Gash ransomware

In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Gash ransomware because the private key needed to unlock the encrypted files is only available through cybercriminals. However, we’ve listed one option you can use to recover your files below.

Warning! Make sure you remove the ransomware from your system first, otherwise, it will repeatedly encrypt your files.

If your files were encrypted with an offline key, there is a chance you can recover them by using Emsisoft Decryptor for the STOP/Djvu decryption tool. Follow the below guide to recover your files using the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu.

  1. You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
  2. When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
  3. Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Gash files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
  4. The decryptor will inform you once the decryption process will be finished. If you require the report for your records, you can save it by clicking the “Save log” button.

If the Emsisoft Decryptor can’t decrypt your .gash files and you do not plan on paying the ransom, it is advised that you make an image of the encrypted drives so that you can decrypt them in the future.

Your computer should now be free of the Gash ransomware infection. However, suppose your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Trojan Killer to protect against these types of threats in the future.

Remove GASH Ransomware Virus (DECRYPT .gash FILES)

Name: GASH Virus

Description: GASH Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific gash extension. GASH ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.

Offer price: 480

Currency: $

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Virus

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William Reddy

I am from Ireland. My parents bought me a computer when I was 11, and several months after I have got a virus on this PC. I decided to enter the INSA Centre Val de Loire university after being graduated from the school. This French educational institution was offering a brand-new cybersecurity course. After getting the master's degree in cybersecurity, I've started working as a virus analyst in a little anti-malware vendor.

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