Recent reports of a new ransomware that appends the NCrypt extension have made possible the discovery of the Ncrypt Ransomware. This threat is delivered the same way as the Nuke Ransomware.
|Ncrypt can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.|
|Ncrypt Ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.|
|NCrypt ransomware is delivered via spam emails that contain Microsoft Word Documents (.DOCX extension) with malicious macro.|
NCrypt Ransomware Description
The Ncrypt ransomware was discovered after a series of investigations by security researchers to various breaches. The Ncrypt threat uses a standard encryption mechanism that appends the .ncrypt extension to the target victim files.
The malware scans the local computer for any connected drives that can be compromised. However the malware does not work with password-protected devices and network shares. The encryption mechanism uses both the AES and RSA ciphers to lock the target victims and defend the encryption key.
The following file extensions are targets of the ransomware:
.3GP, .7Z, .APK, .AVI, .BMP, .CDR, .CER, .CHM, CONF, .CSS, .CSV, .DAT, .DB, .DBF, .DJVU, .DBX, .DOCM, ,DOC, .EPUB, .DOCX .FB2, .FLV, .GIF, .GZ, .ISO .IBOOKS,.JPEG, .JPG, .KEY, .MDB .MD2, .MDF, .MHT, .MOBI .MHTM, .MKV, .MOV, .MP3, .MP4, .MPG .MPEG, .PICT, .PDF, .PPS, .PKG, .PNG, .PPT .PPTX, .PPSX, .PSD, .RAR, .RTF, .SCR, .SWF, .SAV, .TIFF, .TIF, .TBL, .TORRENT, .TXT, .VSD,.WMV, .XLS, .XLSX, .XPS, .XML, .CKP, ZIP, .JAVA, .PY, .ASM, .C, .CPP, .CS, .JS, .PHP, .DACPAC, .RBW, .RB, .MRG, .DCX, .DB3, .SQL, .SQLITE3, .SQLITE, .SQLITEDB, .PSD, .PSP, .PDB, .DXF, .DWG, .DRW, .CASB, .CCP, .CAL, .CMX, .CR2.
An interesting fact about NCrypt is that it is designed to run with low resource consumption. The victims may not notice any changes to file structures until they attempt to run them. The ransom note that is generated by the ransomware is located in a “_FILE_RETRIEVAL_INSTRUCTIONS.htm” file placed on the desktop. It contains the following text:
Your Data Has Been Encrypted!
Your important files (photos, videos, documents,etc) have been encrypted with a secure key and are no longer usable.
The only way to restore your files is to purchase the unique decryption key, To purchase the key, send 0.2 Bitcoin (Approx- $120.00 USD) to this Bitcoin address:
[the Bitcoin wallet address] For information on how to send Bitcoin, see one of these links:
[links to resources on Wikipedia and YouTube on how to manage Bitcoin] Once you have sent payment, send and EMAIL to [email protected] with the [36 random characters] as the SUBJECT and the BitCoin transaction id as the BODY. Do not include other information, this email will not be read but will be processed by an automated system.
Once payment is confirmed, the Decryption Application, Decryption Key, and Decryption Instructions will be sent in an email (to the address that was used to send the Bitcoin Transaction ID). -the decryption application/key will restore your files.
There is no other way to recover your files, the encryption key is unique to your files and uncrackable.
WARNING! FAILURE TO PAY BY [date]. WILL RESULT IN THE DELETION OF THE ENCRYTPTION KEY, MAKING YOUR FILES COMPLETELY UNRECOVERABLE.’
NCrypt Ransomware Distribution
NCrypt ransomware is delivered via spam emails that contain Microsoft Word Documents (.DOCX extension) with malicious macro. Upon execution the payload is dropped to the TEMP location and runs as a binary file with a random note. The main process of the ransomware may sometimes appear as an opened PDF file in the Windows Task Manager.
NCrypt Ransomware Removal
For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete NCrypt completely with a few mouse clicks.
STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.
- 1) Hit WIN Key + R
- 2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot”
4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
5) Apply -> OK
Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking”
STEP II: Show Hidden Files
- 1) Open My Computer/This PC
2) Windows 7
- – Click on “Organize” button
– Select “Folder and search options”
– Select the “View” tab
– Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option
3) Windows 8/ 10
- – Open “View” tab
– Mark “Hidden items” option
4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button
STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes
- 1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
2) Get over to “Processes”
3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location”
4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process”
5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it
STEP IV: Remove Completely NCrypt Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter
STEP V: Repair Windows Registry
- 1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys
STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files
- 1) Use present backups
2) Restore your personal files using File History
- – Hit WIN Key
– Type “restore your files” in the search box
– Select “Restore your files with File History”
– Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
- – Hit the “Restore” button
3) Using System Restore Point
- – Hit WIN Key
– Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps
STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures
- 1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
3) Secure your web browser.
4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
5) Disable macros in Office documents.
6) Use strong passwords.
7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
8) Backup regularly your data.