.Norvas File Virus in depth
A new terrible computer infection that is used to extort money from its victims via blackmailing is on the loose and security experts are making warnings about it. The threat of this type ( .NamPoHyu, .Etols and .Tabufa) goes under the name of .Norvas and belongs to the Ransomware cryptovirus category. As such, this new piece of malware can encrypt various types of files on your computer and secretly render them inaccessible until a ransom is paid to the cyber criminals who are behind the blackmailing scheme.
According to the crooks, if you want to regain your access, you will have to pay a certain amount of money (typically requested in BitCoins) to a given cryptocurrency account and wait for them to send you a special decryption key for the liberation of your data. A special ransom-demanding notification will be displayed on your screen the moment .Norvas completes its secret encryption process and you will be prompted to release the payment immediately. You may be a subject of various threatening messages which may state that the only way to recover your files is through paying for the decryption key that the hackers hold in their servers and that if you don’t do it within a given deadline, your files will be gone for good.
If you’ve landed on our “How to remove guide” site, then you are most probably one of the numerous users who have already experienced the harmful consequences of getting their machines attacked by this specific piece of malware. What is more, you are most probably here to learn how to remove .Norvas, what methods you could use to save your personal files from its secret encryption and, most importantly, how you can bypass the ransom payment while still retrieving your data. That’s why, in the lines below this short post, we have prepared a detailed removal guide, packed with instructions on how to detect and carefully delete the nasty cryptovirus from your system as well as with a trusted .Norvas removal tool for professional assistance and some suggestions on file-recovery which do not involve paying a ransom to anyone.
Risks of .Norvas File Virus
As much as we would like to help you, we must say that there is no universal recovery solution when it comes to Ransomware attacks. Therefore, before you decide what to do, you should know that there can be no guarantees regarding the recovery from the consequences that an attack by a threat like .Norvas may lead to because such infections use very advanced and complex encryption algorithms and even the cyber criminals who have created them may be unable to restore the locked data in some of the cases. For this reason, we can’t promise you that all of your files will be restored if you use our instructions. The same, however, can be said for the ransom-payment option because you can never be sure that the encrypted data will be effectively recovered with the key the crooks send you (that is, if they send you such a key).
Nonetheless, giving a try to our guide won’t cost you anything and is something that might be worth the try before you consider the ransom payment as a possible way out of this situation. Moreover, with the removal guide’s help, you may be able to safely remove the nasty Ransomware code from your system which is very important if you want to continue to use your computer without fear of getting any new files that you create or download encrypted by the malware.
|Danger Level||High (.Norvas Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Norvas Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove .Norvas File Virus Ransomware
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2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to .Norvas
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the .Norvas.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and .Norvas , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – .Norvas
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Norvas Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: .Norvas Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Norvas Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.