Ncov is among the latest additions the category of malicious code known as ransomware. And more specifically, Ncov falls into the most dangerous subtype of file-encrypting ransomware.
This means that viruses of this type encode the files on their victims’ computers using a strong encryption algorithm. And as a result, these files becomes inaccessible to anyone, as no software or program can read or recognize them. Then, after all is said and done, the virus will usually reveal itself using a ransom note that is placed quite obtrusively either on the desktop of the computer and/or in the folders containing encrypted data. And the text in it will normally inform the victims of what has come to take place and how they will no longer have access to their own personal files. And if they are to ever regain access to said files, the victims are asked to pay a certain amount as ransom in exchange for which they are to receive a decryption key, which will undo the encryption. Hence, where the name ransomware comes from.
This is an all-too-common blackmail tactic that’s been used for over three decades now. But it wasn’t until the last decade that ransomware like Ncov really came to explode and become the type of massive threat that it is today.
With all that being said, however, you’re probably way more eager to know what you can do to solve this predicament, preferably without spending heaps of money. And there are actually potential solutions that don’t involve negotiations or dealings with cybercriminals. In fact, we strongly encourage users to explore alternative means of file recovery, and we have listed several such options in the second part of the removal guide below. Just be sure to complete the steps in the first part of the guide, as the removal of Ncov is essential to the safety of any files you manage to restore or any new such ones that you create later on.
The Ncov Virus
The Ncov virus is a sophisticated piece of malicious code that denies you access to the data stored on your computer. The file formats targeted by the Ncov virus are pretty much all the most popular and commonly found ones.
Hence, as a result of such attacks, users typically lose music, videos, pictures, all forms of text files, etc. And in some cases some may be able to cut their losses and just deal with the removal of the virus itself. But very often the loss of such data can result in quite substantial financial losses as well, especially when companies and organizations are targeted. Even so, recovering your files using alternative methods is still the advisable course of action, as it is the only way to discourage hackers from continuing with their criminal scheme.
The .Ncov Decryption
The Ncov file extension is the suffix added to the end of each file name of the data that’s been encrypted by this ransomware. The Ncov file extension pretty much blocks other software from being able to recognize the file format and would require a special decryption tool to return the files to their original state.
|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|
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Ncov Ransomware Removal
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).
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.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt Ncov 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!