What is .novasof files virus .novasof files virus is also known as .novasof ransomware and encrypts users’ files while asking for a ransom.
The .novasof files virus is a new STOP/DJVU ransomware version. The hackers use different methods in order to infect as many users as possible. Following the typical behavior that has been observed in previous versions many system changes can take place. The end goal of the threat is to encrypt user data and rename it with the .novasof extension.
|Name||.novasof files virus|
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .novasof files virus |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.novasof Files Virus – Detailed Description
The .novasof Files Virus is proven to be a variant of the.STOP Virus as malware researchers have found a lot of similarities in their code. . Commonly hackers will coordinate phishing campaigns that are may take the form of emails or hacker-controlled sites. They seek to manipulate the users into believing that they have accessed a legitimate domain. The virus installation code can also be embedded in dangerous file carriers. Two are the most popular types — macro-infected documents (spreadsheets, presentations, text files and databases) and malware setup packages of commonly used software. All of the virus-related files and data may be uploaded to file-sharing networks like BitTorrent. There both pirate and legitimate files are freely shared among the users.
Like other STOP ransomware variants the .novasof files virus will execute a variety of dangerous malware actions. Most of the virus variants of this family will begin the infection with a data harvesting process. This is done in to retrieve information that can identify the victims — the data can be used for crimes like financial abuse and identity theft. All hijacked hardware information will be used further to generate an unique ID string for each infected host. If programmed to do so the harvested information may be used for a security bypass operation. This means that the engine will look for installed and active security applications that will be bypassed or removed. The list of common ones includes the following: anti-virus programs, sandbox environments, virtual machine hosts and firewalls.
Other malware activities that can launched by the .novasof files virus include the following:
- Persistent Installation — The .novasof ransomware infections can be installed in a way which will automatically start the virus code when the computer is powered on. In some cases it can block access to the recovery boot options making manual user removal very difficult.
- Windows Registry Values — The virus may create new entries for itself or edit existing ones. This can result in system issues such as stability problems, data loss and unexpected errors.
- Additional Malware Delivery — In some cases the hackers can make the .novasof files virus install other threats to the compromised machines.
- Data Modification — The virus engine can identify and remove select system data such as backups, shadow volume copies and restore points.
As soon as all modules have completed running the relevant encryption phase will be started. As typical for this ransomware family a built-in list will guide the virus into processing the following data: archives, backups, databases, multimedia files and etc. All encrypted files will be renamed with the .novasof extension and a ransomware note will be crafted to blackmail the victims into paying the hackers.
.novasof Files Virus – What Does It Do?
The .novasof Files Virus is a crypto virus programmed to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .novasof Files Virus cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .novasof Files Virus
If your computer system got infected with the .novasof Files ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .novasof files virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .novasof files virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .novasof files virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .novasof files virus
Step 2: Uninstall .novasof files virus 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 .novasof files virus 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 .novasof files virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .novasof files virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .novasof files virus.
Ransomware infections and .novasof files virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .novasof files virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .novasof files virus 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 .novasof files virus 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 .novasof files virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .novasof files virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .novasof files virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .novasof files virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.novasof files virus FAQ
What is .novasof files virus ransomware and how does it work?
.novasof files virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does .novasof files virus ransomware infect my computer?
.novasof files virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users. After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of .novasof files virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open ..novasof files virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..novasof files virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..novasof files virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .novasof files virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore "..novasof files virus" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..novasof files virus files. These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of .novasof files virus ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .novasof files virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..novasof files virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .novasof files virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
Try to contact your friends relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re downloaded from the web.
Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.