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NinjaLoc ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Ransomware

NinjaLoc ransomware – a virus that was created for the purpose of extorting money from victims

NinjaLoc ransomware
NinjaLoc ransomware is a virus that allegedly locks up files using AES. However, researchers discovered that malware does not encrypt data

NinjaLoc ransomware is a virus that was first discovered by cybersecurity experts in the middle of August 2018. The malware usually infiltrates users' computers when they open a disguised attachment or click on the malicious link. According to developers, the virus uses an AES[1] encryption algorithm to prevent users from accessing their files. However, researchers concluded that NinjaLoc ransomware does not have the capability to function as intended, and data is left unharmed after the infection. Nevertheless, bad actors claim otherwise and hope that unsuspecting users pay the $100 ransom in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. 

SUMMARY
Name NinjaLoc
Type Ransomware
Infection means Spam emails, malicious websites, unprotected RDP, etc.
Ransom size $100 in Bitcoin
Main dangers Loss of money and data
Elimination Use reputable security solutions like Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner

NinjaLoc ransomware uses typical propagation techniques, including spam emails, malicious or hacked websites, weak RDP[2] protection, fake updates, and similar. To prevent malware from entering, users should be cautious when browsing the internet and opening emails from unknown sources.

While the malicious program does not encrypt any files, the presence of the infection can be noticed straight away. NinjaLoc virus displays a ransom message on a General Window Interface (GUI) window that covers the taskbar. Hackers inform users about what happened as follows:

Opps All of your files have been encrypted!
JUST ENCRYPTED YOUR FILES!
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON INTERNET SEARCHING OR SOLUTION NIGGA!
NOTE:IF YOU TRY TO REMOVE THIS RANSOMWARE YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR FILES INSTANTLY!

In addition to the GUI window, users can also see a similar message on the HowtoDecryptYourfiles.txt which is dropped on the desktop and the Documents folder. While hackers do everything for victims to pay the ransom, they should never contact cybercriminals, as NinjaLoc ransomware is a scam. 

While data is not encrypted, the infection is very real; thus, NinjaLoc ransomware removal should still be performed ASAP. The virus might be upgraded at any time, and actually encrypt personal files (such as photos, image files, videos, databases, etc.) in the future. Additionally, it might be used as a backdoor for other malware to enter.

To make sure you remove NinjaLoc virus completely, you should boot your computer in Safe Mode with Networking and run a reputable security tool, such as Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner. You can also pick any other program of your liking, although some anti-virus software might not detect the infection.

Avoid ransomware viruses by being careful online

Most ransomware viruses do encrypt data, and getting the files back without a backup is almost impossible. Therefore, avoiding the infection is a better choice, rather than dealing with the malware after it is already established on the device. While no method of protection is 100% safe, there are several things you could do to diminish the possibility of the infiltration:

  • Employ a reputable anti-virus software with real-time function. Security tools is a vital step in computer protection against malware. Those who refuse to obtain the program are in much higher risk of ransomware infiltration.
  • Beware of spam emails. Hackers often employ bots to send out thousands of phishing emails to various users. While some might look clunky and fake, others might be created with great precision and look legitimate. Thus, never open attachments carelessly or click on hyperlinks included in the spam email.
  • Protect your RDP. Malware authors often use so-called brute force attacks where they scan the internet for the RDP-enabled systems. The preset password list is then used to check every single account. Once accessed, the virus can be installed by hackers remotely.
  • Avoid suspicious websites. Infected domains can run malicious JavaScript to detect vulnerable systems and inject malware automatically without the user noticing. Thus, always update your software on time and refrain from clicking on suspicious links or downloading executables from file-sharing sites.

Finally, back up your files!

Eliminate NinjaLoc ransomware using anti-virus software

NinjaLoc ransomware removal should not be that complicated. All you have to do is enter Safe Mode with Networking and perform a full system scan. As we already mentioned, not all security software can detect the malware, as not all databases are renewed immediately. For that reason security experts[3] recommend using Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner.

Because malware does not encrypt files, there is no need to perform the data recovery. Nevertheless, ransomware authors usually work hard to improve the functionality of the code, and it is probably just a matter of time until they convert the malware into fully-functional ransomware. If that happens, make sure you remove NinjaLoc ransomware first and only then use backups or third-party software to recover your data.

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To remove NinjaLoc virus, follow these steps:

Remove NinjaLoc using Safe Mode with Networking

To eliminate the NinjaLoc virus, enter Safe Mode with Networking the following way:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove NinjaLoc

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete NinjaLoc removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove NinjaLoc using System Restore

You can also disable the virus by using System Restore:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of NinjaLoc. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that NinjaLoc removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove NinjaLoc from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

Currently, NinjaLoc does not encrypt data, although malware authors claim it does. In case the functionality of the virus is improved in the future and you did not backup your files, you can always try third-party software that could help you.

If your files are encrypted by NinjaLoc, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro might be helpful to recover your files

Data Recovery Pro is a professional tool created to retrieve files that were accidentally deleted or damaged in other ways. However, it does help ransomware victims in some cases as well.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by NinjaLoc ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Make use of Windows Previous Versions Feature

This method will only work if you had System Restore enabled before the ransomware infected your device.

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer could get all your data back

ShadowExplorer is a perfect tool if Shadow Volume Copies failed to be deleted.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from NinjaLoc and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Jake Doevan
Jake Doevan - Computer technology expert

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