.Npph is a harmful PC virus that can infect computers with the Windows OS and lock up the user files located on them. The goal of .Npph is to keep the targeted files inaccessible until the computer’s owner issues a ransom payment.
This type of online money extortion is very common nowadays and every day thousands of users fall victim to such viruses like .Ogdo, .Kasp, .Geno. This malware category as a whole is known as Ransomware due to the ransom demanded by the hackers at the final stage of the infection. After the virus attacks the computer of its potential victim and locks up the most important data saved on the machine, it places a ransom note somewhere on the computer. Normally, the note would be generated on the Desktop or within the folders where there are locked files. In either case, the end goal of the infection is the same – to get its victims to pay a set amount of money for the release of their most important files. According to the hackers responsible for the creation of this virus, only the correct payment of the ransom could release the inaccessible files that the virus has targeted.
The .Npph virus
The .Npph virus is a new malware variant of the Ransomware family that uses encryption to take the files of its victims hostage. The .Npph virus creates a unique decryption key during the encryption process and saves it on the servers of its creators.
Supposedly, the correct decryption key would be provided to the victim if the latter completes the payment. However, trusting the statements and promises made in the ransom note might not always be in your best interest. The problem with the ransom payment as a potential option, aside from the sheer size of the sum that needs to be paid, is that you don’t really know what would happen if you transfer the demanded money. Of course, you may indeed get the key and release your files with its help but the opposite scenario is also possible. For all you know, the criminals might send you the wrong key or no key at all, in which case you wouldn’t be able to do anything and your money would still be gone for good. Because of this risk that shouldn’t be ignored, our advice is to first try some of the other suggested solutions in such situations. There is no guarantee that another method would yield better results but at least you won’t be sending a big portion of your money to a group of anonymous online criminals.
The .Npph file encryption
The .Npph file encryption is the process that this virus uses in order to prevent you from accessing your personal data. The .Npph file decryption can be decrypted using its matching decryption key, however, this key is initially only available to the hackers.
As established above, paying for the key is risky business, so it’s much better to first opt for the free alternatives. Some potential recovery suggestions that do not involve paying the ransom will be shown to you in our guide, but you will first need to remove the Ransomware itself by following our removal steps in order to ensure that the files you potentially manage to restore don’t get encrypted all over again.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Typical symptoms caused by Ransomware are increased RAM and CPU use and a decrease in the free hard drive space (during the encryption).|
|Distribution Method||Nowadays, one of the most common methods for spreading Ransomware is the use of Trojan horse viruses.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Not Available|
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Remove .Npph Ransomware
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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:
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 .Npph 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!