NcsiUwpApp Malware

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What is NcsiUwpApp?

NcsiUwpApp refers to the Network Connectivity Status Indicator Universal Windows Platform App. It is a system application that operates in the background and monitors the status of your network connection. Its primary function is to exhibit the network icon in the taskbar, indicating whether you have an active internet connection or not.

NcsiUwpApp conducts regular checks to ensure the proper functioning of your network connection.

Is NcsiUwpApp malicious?

NcsiUwpApp is not considered a virus or malware. It is a legitimate component of the Windows operating system and does not pose any risks to your device or data. It is not advisable to remove or disable NcsiUwpApp, as doing so may impact the functionality of your network connection and other applications reliant on it.

NcsiUwpApp does not consume excessive system resources or bandwidth, so it should not cause device slowdowns or interfere with your online activities.

However, if you observe unusually high CPU, memory, or network data usage from NcsiUwpApp, or encounter any network connection issues, it may be worth troubleshooting. You can attempt the following steps:

  1. Restart your device and check if the problem persists.
  2. Update your network drivers and ensure Windows 10 is up to date.
  3. Utilize the Network Troubleshooter by navigating to Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network troubleshooter.
  4. Reset your network settings through Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network reset.
  5. Perform a thorough scan of your device using reputable antivirus software like SpyHunter Anti-Malware.
  6. In the event your antivirus identifies NcsiUwpApp as malware, submit the affected file to VirusTotal to conduct scans with multiple antivirus engines.

If you suspect NcsiUwpApp is infected with malware, you can refer to a free malware removal guide to clean your device.

Trojan horses are incredibly common computer dangers and while not everyone knows what they can do, they can seriously damage any particular machine. Unfortunately, most of the users have no clue that there is a Trojan horse in their system because it is incredibly difficult to identify these forms of malware. The detection normally requires qualified security software but if not located and removed on time, the victims come to know about the infection after a serious damage has been done to their device. The moment the malware has been detected, however, multiple concerns occur. For example, users who have NcsiUwpApp on their device frequently ask us if all traces of the infection can be removed without destroying their computer. That is why we have created a removal guide to enable you to handle the NcsiUwpApp virus in the safest way possible.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove NcsiUwpApp!

How to remove NcsiUwpApp

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find NcsiUwpApp in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select NcsiUwpApp from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to NcsiUwpApp.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to NcsiUwpApp.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove NcsiUwpApp from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the NcsiUwpApp extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to NcsiUwpApp and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of NcsiUwpApp on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the NcsiUwpApp extension
  4. Get rid of NcsiUwpApp by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “NcsiUwpApp” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete NcsiUwpApp

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the NcsiUwpApp process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete NcsiUwpApp
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “NcsiUwpApp” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall NcsiUwpApp

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for NcsiUwpApp in there
    4. Uninstall NcsiUwpApp from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any NcsiUwpApp-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to NcsiUwpApp in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    Is the NcsiUwpApp malware dangerous?

    An advanced Trojan like the NcsiUwpApp, Altruistics and Appyrinceaskeda can damage your OS in a number of ways and make it literally useless, apart from stealing your personal details and handing them over to people with criminal intentions. However, in some situations, the computer’s resources may be the most valuable thing for hackers. They can exploit them to mine cryptocurrencies with the aid of NcsiUwpApp , send spam and carry out remote processes without the consent of the victims.
    All of us believe that Trojans are extremely malicious threats. But what exactly does that mean? Let’s begin by saying that these malicious software components are responsible for almost 70% of all malware infections on the Internet. This isn’t accidental because the Trojans are extremely resilient and can quickly infect the web users by camouflaging like irresistible deals, colorful web advertisements, intriguing links, even emails from friends. Just one careless click is enough  to invite the malware into the device and allow it to unleash it malicious capacity.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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