Ransomware

Remove Novasof Virus Ransomware (+ .Novasof File Recovery)


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

What is the Novasof Virus?

Novasof virus

The Novasof virus will leave a _readme.txt file with instructions inside.

If you do not keep many important files in your computer or if you have an extensive backup of all your important data, then a Ransomware attack from a cryptovirus such as the Novasof Virus on your computer may not be a particularly serious issue because all you’d need to do is remove the virus which, in and of itself, isn’t so difficult. However, the truth is that most people do gave sensitive an important files in their machines but do not have them properly backed up. And, this is exactly when a Ransomware cryptovirus attack can be particularly devastating – here’s why: When a Ransomware file-locking virus (also known as a cryptovirus) infiltrates a given computer system, it makes sure to place its advanced encryption on every user file that it finds in the hard-drive. Once the process is finished and all user data – rendered inaccessible, the victim gets harassed by the malicious program – they are told that the only way to bring the inaccessible files back is through the payment of a ransom. Needless to say, there are usually strict detailed instructions on what the user needs to do in order to make sure that the ransom money ends up exactly where the hackers want them to. If all instructions are followed and the Ransomware victim sends the money to their blackmailers, they’ supposedly receive a unique key that can unseal the data. However, sadly, there are more than enough instances where this hasn’t exactly gone as planned or expected. Many users who have gone for the ransom-payment option have eventually realized that no decryption key would get sent to them. Of course, even if the key isn’t received, the money is still gone and cannot be refunded. Also, the fact that most hackers demand that the payment is made in BitCoin makes it very difficult, nearly impossible, for anyone to trace the transaction and find out who the receiver really is. This further contributes to the effectiveness of the Ransomware cryptovirus scheme and makes these infections so problematic.

What to do with your .novasof files?

.novasof files

The Novasof Virus will encrypt your files with .novasof extension.

We won’t lie to you, if your files have already gotten encrypted by a Ransomware virus (Todar, Lapoi), then there isn’t all that much you can do in order to restore them. The Novasof Virus, for example, is a new addition to this malicious virus family and liberating one’s files from its encryption can be a particularly difficult task. Because of the advanced encryption algorithm of this virus, most conventional data-recovery methods may prove to be ineffective. However, this doesn’t mean that going for the payment is a good idea – we already mentioned why this isn’t really something you’d like to opt for. Instead, we advise you to try the suggested Ransomware removal steps from below. Those should allow you to remove the Novasof Virus and then you can attempt to recover some of your files through alternative means. We have included some data-restoration methods in our guide that may help some of you so we advise you to start from there.

SUMMARY:

Name Novasof
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms The Ransomware encryption temporarily needs free HDD space that it occupies and if you notice this symptom, you may be able to stop the infection before the encryption process gets completed.
Distribution Method Unreliable sites with a lot of ads in them or ones that spread pirated content are the usual distributors of Ransomware.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Novasof Virus 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:

hosts_opt (1)

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

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 Novasof 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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