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Remove NCrypt Ransomware and Restore .NCRYPT Encrypted Files

ncrypt-ransomware-sensorstechforumThe virus that has been reported to use an .NCRYPT extension and leave a threatening ransom note may have already begun to infect users from different places all over the world. The crypto virus demands infected users to pay the hefty sum of 0.2 BTC which is approximate to $120 at the moment of writing this. After the encryption process by Ncrypt ransomware is finished, the files that have.NCRYPT file extension can no longer be opened by any software. The ransomware also drops a .html type of file with ransom instructions, named “_FILE_RETRIEVAL_INSTRUCTIONS.html” to notify users and “motivate” them to pay the ransom fee. In contrast to that, malware researchers strongly advise against having to pay any ransom to cyber-criminals, whether it is 0.2 or 2 BTC because it is no guarantee that the files will be decrypted and more to it, you support the cyber-criminals to spread Ncrypt ransomware further. Instead, it is advisable to follow the instructions in this article and make sure Ncrypt ransomware is removed from your computer after which learn more information about how to restore your files.

Threat Summary

Name

NCrypt

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.
SymptomsThe user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” in an .html file. Added file extension – .ncrypt.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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NCrypt Ransomware – How It Infects

For the infection by NCrypt ransomware to become successful the cyber-criminals who behind use a set of tools that turn the infection into a whole operation with the following phases:

Phase 1: Distributing the malware.
Phase 2: Obfuscated infection.
Phase 3: File encryption and ransom payment.
Phase 4: File decryption services.
Phase 5: Concealing the BitCoin wallet and transferring funds.
Phase 6: Laundering operation.

Different software and tools may be used for each of the phases of the operation, such as online BitCoin services, malware obfuscators, file joiners, an updated exploit kit or a JavaScript malicious code as well as ghosting services or Tor networking for the IP addresses of the command and control servers that handle the management of payment and decryption.

To begin with, the spreading of the ransomware may commence in two forms – a malicious URL that causes a direct infection via a malicious script or a file uploaded online. These URLs or files may be existent as attachments or in the bodies of spam e-mails that resemble legitimate messages, like the below demonstrated fake LinkedIn friend request spam:

spam-email-fake-linked-in-spam-sensorstechforum

In addition to this, malicious files or web links may be uploaded on shady websites that advertise them as legitimate links or software download. Another common method of spreading is known as malvertising, and it takes into consideration different PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) to display different forms of advertisements to users – pop-ups, banners, highlighted text and even redirects to the malicious web links.

NCrypt Ransomware After Infection

As soon as this virus slithers into your computer, having passed all the defenses in it, it may drop files in key Windows folders. The files dropped by Ncrypt ransomware may be more than just an encryption module. Contents of such support files may be primarily oriented towards different modifications of Windows’ settings, like the adding of registry entries in different registry keys to make the ransomware run automatically and undetected with privileged mode:

→HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

When the encryptor begins to encipher files, it looks for a set of specific file types that are often used and important. Such files may be:

  • Videos.
  • Important images.
  • Microsoft Office documents.
  • Adobe documents.

After this has been done the virus appends it’s distinctive .NCRYPT file extension on the enciphered files. Files, encrypted by the NCrypt ransomware may appear like the following:

encrypted-file-sensorstechforum-ransomware-ncrypt

The encryption algorithm may be a very strong cipher generating a unique key that is sent to the cyber-criminals’ command and control servers. The Ncrypt ransomware also drops a ransom note under a file, named “_FILE_RETRIEVAL_INSTRUCTIONS.html” that states the following information:

→ “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 encryption key.
To purchase the key, send 0.2 Bitcoin (Approx $120.00 USD ) to this Bitcoin address: 1BpLvMvHmGdWN6zJzDxLdNyCwX6Pgeq7VY
For information on how to send Bitcoin, see one of these links: QuickBT – easy way to send Bitcoin, CoinJar, Getting Started With BitCoin
Once you have sent payment, send and EMAIL to rw1contact@onionmail.info with the 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 10/14/2016 3:30:37 PM WILL RESULT IN THE DELETION OF THE ENCRYPTION KEY, MAKING YOUR FILES COMPLETELY UNRECOVERABLE.”

Remove NCrypt Ransomware and Restore .NCRYPT Files

To remove this instance of NCrypt ransomware, you should follow the instructions bellow. They will help you isolate this threat to remove it securely. A very decent practice for ransomware removal according to malware researchers is to use an advanced anti-malware program that will automatically scan for and remove NCrypt from the affected device faster and easier than manual removal.

For the current moment, there is no suitable decryption solution for NCrypt. However, it is strongly advisable to see the alternative methods to restore your files in step “2. Restore files encrypted by NCrypt” below. Bear in mind that you should backup your files before attempting those methods and if so to try at your risk. They have no 100% guarantee of success, but they may be successful in some situations.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove NCrypt from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove NCrypt

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall NCrypt 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by NCrypt on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by NCrypt there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for NCrypt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by NCrypt.

Ransomware infections and NCrypt 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of NCrypt from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall NCrypt and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to NCrypt:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to NCrypt. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to NCrypt. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 NCrypt 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as NCrypt. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by NCrypt.

Ransomware infections and NCrypt 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


NCrypt FAQ

What is NCrypt ransomware and how does it work?

NCrypt 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 NCrypt ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.NCrypt 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 NCrypt 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 .NCrypt files?

You can't. At this point the .NCrypt files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .NCrypt files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by NCrypt 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 ".NCrypt" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .NCrypt 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 NCrypt 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 NCrypt ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .NCrypt files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like NCrypt 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?

There is still a lot you can do. 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.

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