Netwalker Ransomware


Netwalker is a malicious computer program that has been designed to prevent you from accessing your files and ask you to pay a ransom for them. Netwalker has features of a Ransomware cryptovirus and uses a data encryption algorithm to restrict your access to a variety of user files.

Netwalker Ransomware

The Netwalker Ransomware will encrypt your files with a random extension which will act as a personal ID.

The Ransomware category of malicious software has undergone a huge boom in both the number of viruses that are created and in terms of how advanced these viruses are. Netwalker, for instance, is an infection that can sneak in the system without the users’ knowledge and encrypt their files in no time. Next, the malware will leave a message in a text file and will ask the victims to transfer a certain amount of money for a decryption key.

In general, the concept of all Ransomware threats follows the same principle – the infection enters the system of an individual silently (usually this can happen with the help of a Trojan horse backdoor, a malicious file or a cracked software installer) and without visible symptoms restricts access to something in order to demand a ransom.

In case that your digital information is the target of the infection, none of your files will be accessible and their file extension may be changed to a different one that no program can recognize and read. This is enough for the hackers behind the virus to place their threatening message and ransom demands. The victim is typically immediately requested to pay a fixed amount of money in order to receive from the crooks a secret decryption key that can unlock the restricted files. Obviously, not everyone would be prepared to pay the ransom – some victims may see this as the only solution while others seek alternative solutions and professional help to remove the ransomware and recover their files.

The Netwalker Ransomware

The Netwalker ransomware is a malware component used to hack Windows computers and then lock the files on their hard drives. The way the Netwalker ransomware operates is very stealthy as the malware does not show any red flags that can give it away before it has been completed.

Many people come to realize that they have been infected only after the ransomware has encrypted their files and has placed the ransom message on their screen. Transferring the required money, however, should not be your initial action even if you value the files that the Netwalker virus has encrypted. The reason is, you may never save your files from the encryption even if you fulfill all the hackers’ demands. In many cases, the cyber criminals behind the ransomware don’t keep their promises and get the money without giving the users a working file decryption key.

The Netwalker file decryption

The Netwalker file decryption is a process that enables victims of the virus to liberate their files from the applied encryption. The Netwalker file decryption normally needs a special key to complete successfully, but you can always try some other options.

In the second part of this article, there is a free removal guide that you can use for an alternative recovery of your computer and your files. We strongly advise you to remove Netwalker with the help of its instructions and try the file-restoration suggestions in the data-recovery section.



Name Netwalker
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.
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Detection Tool

Netwalker Virus Removal

Netwalker Ransomware

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).

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

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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.

Netwalker Ransomware

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.

Netwalker Ransomware

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!

Netwalker Ransomware 

How to Decrypt Netwalker 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!


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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