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Remove NinjaLoc Virus — Delete Active Infections and Restore Data

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NinjaLoc virus is a test ransomware that appears to be made by its creators. The current attack campaign uses infected software installers to spread itself. Our article provides an overview of the virus operations and it also may be helpful in attempting to remove the virus.

Threat Summary

Name NinjaLoc virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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NinjaLoc Virus – Distribution Ways

The NinjaLoc virus is a new ransomware threat which is being actively spread using a variety of different tactics. The captured samples are low in quantity which shows that ongoing campaign is a test release.

One of the reports indicate that the NinjaLoc virus is spread as a fixitup.exe file leading us to believe that the main method is the payload creation. The hackers are embedding the virus code into application installers of system utilities which are being spread using various tactics.

A main method is the use of phishing SPAM messages that appear as being sent by a legitimate company or service. They use familiar design elements and are disguised as password reset prompts, software updates or other messages that the user might regularly receive.

The criminals can also construct malicious download sites which are fake portals and vendor sites. They use the same design and elements as the legitimate ones, advanced versions can push various pop-ups and redirects to further coerce the victims into interacting with the malicious elements.

The other type of malicious payload that may be used for spreading the NinjaLoc virus is the use of infected documents: spreadsheets, rich text documents, presentations and databases. Once they are opened by the victim users a notification prompt will ask the users to enable the built-in macros. Once this is done the infection will follow.

Dangerous scripts can also be used to spread the ransomware — all types of banners, pop-ups, redirects and hyperlinks that can be found both on hacker-controlled pages and legitimate sites such as community forums.

Advanced infections may utilize browser hijackers to spread the NinjaLoc virus. They are malicious plugins made for the most popular web browsers and can be typically acquired from the associated extension repository. They are uploaded with fake user reviews, developer credentials and promises of adding new functionality that is not available standard on them. Once they are installed the users will be redirected to a hacker-controlled site by manipulating the built-in settings (default home page, new tabs page and search engine). The next step is the deployment of the threat.

NinjaLoc Virus – In-Depth Analysis

The security analysis of the NinjaLoc virus shows that this is a newly created ransomware threat that does not feature code from any of the famous malware families. There are several possible theories about its origins:

  • Custom Creation — The most likely source of the ransomware is its creation by the hackers who are distributing it. They have programmed it by themselves to follow a set execution pattern.
  • Custom Order — Most hacker underground markets offer custom solutions for a certain fee. The operators that are distributing it are not the same collective behind its creation.

Depending on the set instructions of the captured virus samples different actions can be executed. A typical ransomware infection will begin with a data harvesting module. It is used to gather information about victims allowing the criminals to expose their identity. The malicious engine is configured to automatically retrieve private information including the following: names, address, phone number, interests, location and any stored account credentials. Other data that can be collected includes campaign metrics which are useful for the hackers in planning their next attacks. Such information includes installed hardware components, user-set settings and certain operating system values.

The collected data can be processed by another component called stealth protection. It scans the local system for applications or services that can interfere with the proper virus execution — anti-virus products, sandbox environments or virtual machine hosts. Their respective real-time engines can be disabled or completely removed.

The main module can then proceed with system modifications that can include different actions. A popular technique is the manipulation of the Windows Registry. When entries belonging to the operating system are modified the users will experience significant performance issues. Modifications to user-installed apps or services will result in the inability to start certain functions.

If the NinjaLoc virus is installed as a persistent infection. This means that the malware will be started automatically once the the computer is powered on, furthermore it will stop certain services from starting properly. In many cases this also leads to the inability to enter into the boot recovery menu.

The hackers can also instruct the ransomware to delete the backup data — both System Restore information and Shadow Volume Copies of identified user data. To effectively restore the affected files the victims will need to use a professional-grade backup solution.

Other dangerous changes to the infected machines include the start of a Trojan module. It establishes a connection with a hacker-controlled server which is used to spy on the victims in real time. Other actions includes the ability to remote control the machines, steal user files and deploy other threats.

NinjaLoc Virus — Encryption

Once all prior components have completed the ransomware module will be started. Like previous infections it uses a built-in list of target file type extensions. An example list can target the following data:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Documents
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Databases

The captured samples of the NinjaLoc Virus inhibit both a lockscreen and a ransomware note (in a file called “HowtoDecryptYourfiles.txt”). The lockscreen dislays the following message:

Opps All of your files have been encrypted!
JUST ENCRYPTED YOUR FILES!
[What Happened to my files!] My Bitcoin Address
[1MxjjTN6hVJGJtVkLzPat1FCzb1YKdgaup] [Copy Address!] DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME ON INTERNET SEARCHING FOR SOLUTION NIGGA!
NOTE: IF YOU TRY TO REMOVE THIS RANSOMWARE YOU WILL LOSE YOUR ALL FILES INSTANTLY!
Enter Key To Decrypt!
[…] Start Decrypting!

Remove NinjaLoc Ransomware Virus and Restore Encrypted Files

If your computer got infected with the NinjaLoc 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.

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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:

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  • 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 NinjaLoc virus from Windows.


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

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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 NinjaLoc 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. 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 NinjaLoc virus 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 NinjaLoc virus 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.

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Step 4: Scan for NinjaLoc virus 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.

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

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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.

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

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

Ransomware infections and NinjaLoc 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.

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 NinjaLoc virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall NinjaLoc virus 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 NinjaLoc virus:

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 NinjaLoc virus. 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 NinjaLoc virus. 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 NinjaLoc 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:

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 NinjaLoc virus. 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 NinjaLoc virus.

Ransomware infections and NinjaLoc 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.

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.


NinjaLoc virus FAQ

What is NinjaLoc virus ransomware and how does it work?

NinjaLoc 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 NinjaLoc virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.NinjaLoc 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 NinjaLoc 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 .NinjaLoc virus files?

You can't. At this point the .NinjaLoc virus 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 .NinjaLoc virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like NinjaLoc 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?

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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