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. 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 \u2013 where you won\u2019t 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\u2019d be able to access your files again. However, that doesn\u2019t 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\u2019s more, this very instance of encryption is what also ensures that this malware type isn\u2019t bothered by even some of the most powerful antivirus programs on the market. As encryption isn\u2019t in and of itself some kind of harmful or malicious process, it simply won\u2019t trigger your antivirus software in the vast majority of cases. That\u2019s in addition to the fact that encryption is so commonplace, that we\u2019d be nowhere if our antivirus would constantly be trying to block it every time we try to use it. For instance, we wouldn\u2019t 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\u2019s 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\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by 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 Detection Tool Npsk Ransomware Removal Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease 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.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!