Ransomware

Npsk Virus

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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Npsk

Npsk is referred to as a ransomware virus, and it is one of the latest variants of this malware category. Npsk encrypts the files on the computers it infects, thus robbing its victims of their access to said files.

Npsk

Once the Npsk Virus has finished encrypting your files it will leave behind _readme.txt

Victims are typically notified about this process through a ransom note that the virus publishes in the folders containing encrypted data, as well as on the computer desktop – where you won’t be able to miss it. This happens immediately as soon as the ransomware has completed its dirty business. And usually aside from the informative part, the note will also include some form of an ultimatum from the hackers behind Npsk.

The ultimatum, revolves around the decryption key that the hackers are in possession of and claim to be the only way you’d be able to access your files again. However, that doesn’t necessarily have to be true. In reality, there are other possible ways at your disposal that could get you your data back. And for your convenience, we have included a list of them in the second part of the removal guide below. So, after you have removed Npsk from your PC, you will be able to give those a try. But we should warn you that neither the ransom payment, nor the alternatives offer a 100% guarantee for the recovery of your files. This is in part why ransomware viruses are considered among the most devastating types of malware out there.

The Npsk virus

The Npsk virus belongs to the file-encrypting subcategory of ransomware. As such, the Npsk virus uses a strong encryption algorithm to lock victim users out of their own data.

After the virus has encrypted the files in question, they become unreadable to any type of software. And, as a result, you can end up losing critical data. What’s more, this very instance of encryption is what also ensures that this malware type isn’t bothered by even some of the most powerful antivirus programs on the market.

As encryption isn’t in and of itself some kind of harmful or malicious process, it simply won’t trigger your antivirus software in the vast majority of cases. That’s in addition to the fact that encryption is so commonplace, that we’d be nowhere if our antivirus would constantly be trying to block it every time we try to use it. For instance, we wouldn’t be able to check our emails, transfer money, shop online, etc.

The Npsk file encryption

The Npsk file encryption process is tedious and can often take up to several hours to complete. Nevertheless, usually the Npsk file encryption runs without any symptoms and therefore most users remain oblivious to it until it’s already too late.

What you can do to protect yourself from ransomware attacks like this in the future is to regularly create backups of your most important data and store copies of it on a different drive. Make sure also that this drive is not always connected to a computer or to any network.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Npsk
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.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Npsk Ransomware 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!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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 Npsk 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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