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Is this a serious infection

NOVASOF ransomware file-encrypting malicious program, often known as ransomware, will encrypt your data. It is not a light threat since it may leave you with no way to get your data back. What’s worse is that it’s fairly easy to obtain the threat. Spam email attachments, malicious advertisements and fake downloads are the most typical reasons why ransomware may be able to infect. After data is successfully encrypted, it will request that you pay a specific amount of money for a for a method to decode data. $50 or $1000 may be requested of you, it all depends on which ransomware you have. Consider everything carefully before agreeing to pay, even if it asks for a small amount. Consider whether you will actually get your data back after payment, considering you can’t stop criminals from simply taking your money. If your data still remains locked after paying, you would definitely not be the first one. Instead of giving into the requests, it would be wiser to buy backup with requested money. We are certain you will find an option that suits your needs as there are many to pick from. And if by chance you had made copies of your data before the contamination took place, just erase NOVASOF ransomware before you recover files. It is critical to prepare for these kinds of situations because you’ll probably get infected again. If you wish to remain safe, you have to familiarize yourself with likely contaminations and how to shield yourself.

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How does file encrypting malicious software spread

Normally, ransomware is acquired when you open an infected email, tap on a malicious advert or use questionable platforms as a source for downloads. Occasionally, however, users get infected using more elaborate methods.

Since you could have obtained the data encoding malware via email attachments, try to recall if you have recently downloaded a weird file from an email. You open the email, download and open the attachment and the ransomware is now able to start the encryption process. Cyber crooks could make those emails very convincing, often using sensitive topics like money and taxes, which is why it’s not that surprising that those attachments are opened. In addition to errors in grammar, if the sender, who certainly knows your name, uses Dear User/Customer/Member and strongly encourages you to open the attachment, you have to be careful. To explain, if someone important sends you a file, they would would know your name and wouldn’t use common greetings, and you wouldn’t have to look for the email in spam. Cyber crooks also tend to use big names like Amazon, PayPal, etc so that users are less distrustful. Pressing on ads hosted on questionable sites and getting files from questionable sources may also result in an infection. If you regularly engage with ads while visiting weird pages, it is no wonder your device is infected. You may have also downloaded the file encoding malicious program accidentally when it was hidden as some kind of software/file on an untrustworthy download platform, which is why you’re better off using valid sources. Sources such as adverts and pop-ups are infamous for being dangerous sources, so avoid downloading anything from them. If a program had to update itself, it wouldn’t alert you via browser, it would either update without your intervention, or alert you via the program itself.

What happened to your files?

Ransomware might result in permanent file loss, which is why it’s considered to be such a dangerous infection. And it’ll take minutes, if not seconds, for all your important files to become encrypted. You will notice a weird extension attached to your files, which will help you identify the data encoding malicious software and see which files have been encoded. A file encrypting malware tends to use strong encryption algorithms to encode files. In case you are confused about what is going on, a ransom note should explain everything. The creators/spreaders of the data encoding malware will request that you use their decryption tool, which you obviously have to pay for, and that’s not the recommended option. The crooks won’t feel obligation to help you, so what is stopping them from simply taking your money. Moreover, your money would support their future activity. When victims pay the ransom, they are making ransomware a progressively more successful business, which already earned $1 billion in 2016, and that will attract many people to it. Like we said before, investing into backup would be better, which would ensure that your data is secure. And if a similar infection hijack your device, you wouldn’t be risking losing your files as you could just access them from backup. If you aren’t planning on complying with the demands, proceed to terminate NOVASOF ransomware if it is still on your device. If you become familiar with the spread ways of this infection, you should learn to avoid them in the future.

NOVASOF ransomware elimination

In order to make sure the infection is gotten rid of fully, you’ll need to acquire malicious program removal software. You may have chosen to delete NOVASOF ransomware manually but you might end up bringing about more harm, which it is not recommended. It would be a better idea to use anti-malware software because you would not be jeopardizing your computer. Those tools are designed to detect and terminate NOVASOF ransomware, as well as all other possible threats. We’ll provide guidelines below this report, in case the elimination process is not as simple. The program is not, however, capable of restoring your files, it will only remove the infection for you. It should be mentioned, however, that in certain cases, malware specialists develop free decryptors, if the ransomware can be decrypted.

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Learn how to remove NOVASOF ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove NOVASOF ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Remove NOVASOF ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Remove NOVASOF ransomware

b) Step 2. Remove NOVASOF ransomware.

You will now need to open your browser and download some kind of anti-malware software. Choose a trustworthy one, install it and have it scan your computer for malicious threats. When the ransomware is found, remove it. If, for some reason, you can't access Safe Mode with Networking, go with another option.

Step 2. Remove NOVASOF ransomware using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Remove NOVASOF ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Remove NOVASOF ransomware

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. You will need to type in cd restore in the window that appears. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and again, press Enter. command-promt-restore Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  4. Press Yes.
While this should have taken care of the ransomware, you might want to download anti-malware just to be sure no other threats are lurking.  

Step 3. Recover your data

While backup is essential, there is still quite a few users who do not have it. If you are one of them, you can try the below provided methods and you just might be able to recover files.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro, preferably from a trustworthy website.
  2. Scan your device for recoverable files. data-recovery-pro Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  3. Recover them.

b) Restore files through Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files through Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find a file you want to recover.
  2. Right-click on it.
  3. Select Properties and then Previous versions. windows-previous-version Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  4. Pick the version of the file you want to recover and press Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete your shadow copies. They are made by your system automatically for when system crashes.
  1. Go to the official website (shadowexplorer.com) and acquire the Shadow Explorer application.
  2. Set up and open it.
  3. Press on the drop down menu and pick the disk you want. shadow-explorer Remove NOVASOF ransomware
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

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