NoEscape Ransomware

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NoEscape

NoEscape is a malicious Ransomware threat that tries to extort money from its victims. The way NoEscape does that is by secretly encrypting files that the victims use the most and demanding a ransom for their decryption key. You have most likely landed on this page looking for help in having this ransomware removed. If that is the case, and you need assistance to deal with NoEscape, this article will offer you a professional removal tool, a manual removal guide and some free file-recovery suggestions that may help to retrieve some of your most needed data. Normally, the victims of NoEscape will have their files encrypted with complex code and will be asked to make a money transfer to a given cryptocurrency account in the form of a ransom for a special decryption key. Paying the ransom, however, is the least advisable course of action and before considering it, we would like to point out some of the possible alternatives and roundabouts that may be worth your attention.

NoEscape Ransomware
NoEscape Ransomware

The NoEscape virus

The NoEscape virus is a ransomware infection, similar to Mallox Ransomware, that applies encryption to user files with the intention of demanding a ransom for their decryption. The NoEscape virus encrypts files one by one and then places a ransom message on the screen of the victims once all the target files are duly secured with the encryption code. You should know that this is one of the worst threats on the web. Unlike other web threats such as viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, worms, etc. that can steal data, harm the software or hack the OS, ransomware does not damage or corrupt your files or computer in any way. Instead, it just encrypts your most valuable data in order to blackmail you to pay a ransom for it. NoEscape, in particular, uses a very strong and complex algorithm to transform all digital files on your computer into unreadable bits of information.

Once the encryption is applied, the files cannot be opened or used without applying a special decryption key. That key, however, is held by the hackers who control the infection and there is no guarantee that they will give it to you even if you fulfill all of their demands. Furthermore, the encrypted files can be secured by substituting their file extension with a new one that no software can read. The Ransomware creators usually ask the victims for some money to send them the special decryption key. If the victims want their files to be decrypted and re-accessed, they are required to pay to a specific crypto-currency wallet.

The NoEscape file encryption

The NoEscape file encryption is a complex symbol combination that no software can read. You would need a special decryption key to decrypt the NoEscape file encryption and make the encrypted files readable again. Most security experts advise the victims of Ransomware to always look for alternative ways to recover their files and discourage them from the ransom payment. The explanation is that the more victims agree to pay, the more Ransomware infections will be created in order to extort more web users. That’s why we suggest that you first check out some options that can help avoid giving your hard-earned money to hackers. For example, you can look at our list of free decrypters or figure out how to get some of your records from system backups. Such instructions can be found in the second part of the removal guide below.

However, if you opt for these instructions, please make sure you first remove NoEscape before starting with your file-recovery attempts. This is important if you are to maintain control of your computer and prevent hackers from encrypting more information that you store on it.

SUMMARY:

NameNoEscape
TypeRansomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Detection Tool

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Remove NoEscape Ransomware


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!

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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.

    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:

    msconfig_opt

    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

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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 NoEscape 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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    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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