Ransomware

.Nakw Virus


This page aims to help you remove .Nakw for free. Our instructions also cover how any .nakw file can be recovered.

.Nakw

.Nakw is a cryptovirus designed to extort money from its victims. To do that, .Nakw encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them.

.Nakw

Once the .Nakw Virus has infected your computer it will stealthily encrypt your files.

In case your computer has been infected with .Nakw, .Derp or .Coot and your most needed files have been encrypted, we have prepared a special removal guide to help you remove this infection and deal with its consequences. We have also included a few steps through which we will try to help you get the encrypted files back. Please note that some of the files may not be restored, but it will certainly be worth trying out some alternative methods before resorting to the ransom payment that .Nakw requires. That’s why we suggest that you first read through the following article where you will find the most important information about the threat you are facing. This will help you defend your computer from similar Ransomware viruses in the future and will also provide you with a clear understanding of the malware that took your data hostage.

The .Nakw virus

The .Nakw virus is a ransomware infection that  encrypts user files and generates a decryption key for them. The attackers behind the .Nakw virus keep the corresponding decryption key in secret and demand a ransom for it.

.Nakw is a Ransomware program that infiltrates one’s device and encrypts certain files stored on it, making them unreadable for any existing program. This ensures that the victims cannot view or open the encrypted documents without purchasing the special decryption key from the hackers behind the infection. The reason Ransomware is so common and feared is that it is almost impossible to break the encryption it applies without the corresponding decryption key. Besides, the cryptovirus itself is notoriously stealthy and the encryption process it initiates in most cases runs without any detectable symptoms.
The techniques used by hackers to spread Ransomware are many. Therefore, there are many ways in which you may get infected with .Nakw. The so-called malvertisements are probably the most popular method of distribution since these are advertisements that have either been created by cyber criminals who have injected them with malware or have been hacked and loaded with the malicious payload secretly. When you click on one such malvertisement, it will either redirect you to a dangerous website or install a virus directly onto your system. With this in mind, it is a good idea to ignore any pop-ups, banners, or other forms of aggressive online advertising materials because, if they have been compromised, you won’t have any way to tell the difference before it’s too late.
Other popular methods of Ransomware distribution may involve the use of spam emails, malicious attachments, cracked software installers, or Trojan Horse infections. The purpose of the latter is to weaken the security of your system and secretly inject the malicious file-encrypting code.

The .Nakw file encryption

The .Nakw file encryption is the final phase of the Ransomware’s attack. Once the .Nakw file encryption has been applied to your files, a ransom-demanding message will appear on the screen.

The file encryption is a method used by the creators of the Ransomware to block the access to your data. In general, the file encryption process is not malicious and does not corrupt your information. It simply locks it up and makes it accessible only through the use of a special decryption key. Precisely that key is in the center of the blackmailing scheme. The hackers require a ransom in order to give it to you and threaten that if you don’t pay, you will never be able to unlock your files again. The removal guide below, however, contains alternative file-recovery methods, which may help you avoid the ransom payment. In order to give them a try, though, you first need to remove .Nakw from your system. This will ensure that the files you manage to recover will not get encrypted again and your system will be safe for normal use.

SUMMARY:

Name .Nakw
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

.Nakw Ransomware Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt .Nakw files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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