The 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.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” in an .html file. Added file extension – .ncrypt.|
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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.
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:
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:
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:
- 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.