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Remove NTK ransomware / virus (Removal Instructions) - Virus Removal Guide

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Ransomware

A ransomware dubbed NTK is not as dangerous as it seems to be

Questions about NTK ransomware virus

NTK virus is a screen-locking Trojan horse[1], which earns the name of ransomware[2] due to its ability to block access to the computer and demand a ransom from the computer owner or user. Just like any other ransomware virus, it is a vicious software that functions as an extortion[3] tool. NTK Screenlocker virus displays a full-screen message for the victim, and at the moment NTK ransomware supports French language only. Upon installation, it runs itself as a Winban.exe file, also adds shady entries into Windows Registry[4] and ensures that it stays on the computer system for a long time. However, despite efforts that the developer of NTK malware put into it, the ransomware can be removed with anti-malware tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes easily. The screen-locking window contains a message, which says:

You got pOwned by NTK

Ton PC est bloque 🙂 Si tu veux pouvoir le reutiliser, suis les instructions ci-dessous.

  1. Appuyez sur Afficher coordonnees
  2. Envoyez un mail et mettre en objet : Code UTK
  3. le vous enverrai code contre une rancon

Afficher coordonnees

NTK ransomware virusResearcher shows the text that NTK ransomware displays for the victim.

In short, virus’ author who names itself as NTK, says that the victim has to click on “Afficher coordonnees” button (display coordinates), which reveals cyber criminals’ email address. They will then ask you to pay a ransom to get access to your own PC, but obviously, you shouldn’t pay it. If you enter this code – 15s4e56dsjdhfy87 into the provided field, you would be redirected to another panel that explains how to remove the virus and unlock access to the computer. However, since we are going to provide you these instructions for free, you do not need to waste your time contacting cyber criminals, or, even worse, spending your hard-earned money by paying ransoms[5]. You can find the guide on how to remove NTK malware below this article. Do not forget to use professional anti-malware tools after NTK removal to scan your system and find any additional threats that you may have installed in the past.

How does this ransomware disseminate?

You do not want to be deceived by cyber criminals again, don’t you? If so, please read this paragraph attentively. Please try to avoid opening emails that come from unsolicited and unknown individuals or companies. Here are some tips how you can identify malicious emails:

  1. Look at sender’s email address. Check it on Google if you doubt that it comes from a trustworthy person/company.
  2. If you have any doubts about an individual email message, do not open files attached to it, nor links included in the letter.
  3. Check what kind of link appears in your browser’s bottom left corner as you hover over the message or underlined text including hyperlinks. If these URLs appear to be very long and suspicious, do not click on anything!
  4. Ransomware can also be delivered to you via exploit kits or compromised websites, so to prevent such attacks, we suggest keeping your programs up-to-date and installing an anti-malware program on the system.

Remove NTK virus by yourself

Ransomware is a complicated program, and NTK removal needs to be completed with extreme caution. You do not want to leave those ransomware files on your system, especially because most of them are assigned as default startup programs, which means they are going to be run immediately after booting the computer system. To remove NTK virus, follow instructions provided below.

 

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To remove NTK virus, follow these steps:

Remove NTK using Safe Mode with Networking

  1. Click Control + Alt + Delete buttons on your keyboard. This will open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Run a task explorer.exe.
  3. Click on Windows button on your keyboard.
  4. Click on Startup folder. Here, delete the winban.exe file.
  5. Reboot your PC in a Safe Mode with Networking as explained below and scan the system for malware remains using the anti-malware program.

  • 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 NTK

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

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

Remove NTK 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 NTK. 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that NTK removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from NTK and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Linas Kiguolis
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  1. Danielle Saldwin says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I recovered my files!! Thanks!!

  2. zenday says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I cannot thank you enough, I was going crazy, i thought that my files were encrypted! Thank you, thank you so so much!

  3. Matt says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Honestly, a very useful post! I managed to remove the virus and restore access to the computer (my mother installed this ransomware yesterday)

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