Name888 ransomware has just been detected in the wild. It is a cryptovirus that is associated with a malicious extension of the same name. Ransomware infections are developed to compromise computer operating systems in order that they can reach personal files and lock them with a strong cipher algorithm. Name888 ransomware is not an exception as its main goal is to invade PCs and encrypt important data. Since the infection process can hardly be noticed, victims tend to notice the presence of this nasty software when they see valuable files locked with the .name888 extension. Locked files remain inaccessible until a successful decryption process. Another trait of this ransomware is a specially crafted ransom note. The purpose of this note is to convince victims to pay a ransom fee to hackers behind the Name888 ransomware infection. Victims should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum.
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware designed to corrupt computer operating systems, encrypt valuable personal fles and extort a ransom fee.|
|Symptoms||All important files are locked and renamed with a string of extensions that ends with the extension .name888
Ransom message popups on screen to request a ransom payment.
|Ransom Notes||A text file, a pop-up window or both.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Websites|
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Name888 Virus Files
Name888 virus files are related to a ransomware infection which has not been identified to belong to a familiar ransomware family yet. It is a cryptovirus that has been created to append the suffix .name888 to all files it encrypts. Strains of this ransomware virus are likely to be spread via fake software installers, spam emails with malicious elements (file attachments, URLs, clickable buttons), phishing websites, malicious advertisements, scam pop-ups, etc.
For the infection with Name888 virus to begin, the ransomware’s payload should run on a computer system. Then this payload can initiate activities to bypass active protection measures and download additional malicious components. Generally, ransomware viruses like Name888 initiate lots of malicious operations that corrupt the settings of specific system components like the Registry Editor. Then, the infections become persistent.
As a result of malicious modifications, the ransomware may start loading automatically every time you start the operating system. So don’t forget to clean your registries when removing the threat from your infected PC.
Name888 virus has one primary goal and it is to encrypt target personal files. This process happens after a cipher module is launched. This module scans predefined folders for files that are likely to store valuable personal information. Then it utilizes a strong cipher algorithm to transform the code of target files. To complete the encryption process, the ransomware appends the malicious extension .name888 to the names of corrupted files.
These files may be of the following types:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
A ransom note will be dropped by Name888 virus as well. It is likely to contain information about the infection, the damage it has just caused over system and data as well as an email address for further communication with hackers. We know that you need to restore encrypted .name888 files but we recommend that you refrain from transferring money to cybercriminals. Otherwise, you risk losing both your valuable files and money.
For the sake of your security, it is advisable to clean your infected computer from present malicious files and consider the help of alternative data recovery methods.
Remove Name888 Ransomware Virus
The so-called Name888 virus is a threat with highly complex code that causes damage to both essential system settings and valuable data. Hence, the only way to use your infected computer in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you can follow our step-by-step removal guide.
In the event that you want to attempt to restore Name888 files with the help of alternative data recovery methods, do check step five – Try to Restore files encrypted by ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Name888 from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Name888 from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Name888 from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Name888 from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Name888 from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Name888 from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Name888 from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Name888 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Name888
Step 2: Uninstall Name888 and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Name888 on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Name888 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Name888 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Name888 and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Name888 via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Name888 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Name888, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Name888 from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Name888 from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Name888 from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Name888 from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Name888 will be removed.
Eliminate Name888 from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.