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Danger level 8
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Ntk Ransomware

Ntk Ransomware does not encrypt any personal files users have, but it has still been classified as ransomware due to its ability to block access to the computer. There is no doubt that it does that to obtain money from people who desperately need to access their systems. French-speaking users should be cautious the most because this ransomware-type threat targets them mainly. Of course, since it can enter computers illegally, users living on the other side of the world can encounter it too. Users tend to quickly find out about the entrance of Ntk Ransomware because it opens a full-screen window once it infiltrates computers. Even though this malicious application is quite sophisticated, it is possible to delete it manually and unlock Desktop at the same time. Since the computer can be unlocked for free and we are going to provide more information on this in the article, users do not need to purchase the unlock code from cyber criminals.

A screen-locking window is opened right after the successful infiltration of Ntk Ransomware, so if you see a suspicious window containing a mask of Guy Fawkes covering your Desktop and cannot remove it, it must be true that you have become a victim of ransomware. This window says “You got pOwned by NTK” and contains three steps explaining how to gain access to the computer. Users are told to click on a button Afficher coordonnees to get a cyber criminals’ email (ths1337@tutanota.com). Then, they should contact them. There is no doubt that users will receive an offer to purchase the unlock key from cyber criminals. Since we are going help you to unlock the screen for free, do not even bother writing an email to them and do not waste your money on a code which might not even reach you. Instead, focus on the Ntk Ransomware removal. A window locking the screen can be removed once and for all by restarting the computer. After doing that, a user needs to go to delete the ransomware infection. Alternatively, users can enter the unlock code 15s4e56dsjdhfy87 in the box at the bottom. If the code is accepted, a blue window with further instructions will be opened. These instructions are provided to help users to unlock the screen; however, according to our researchers, this might not work at all. In this case, a user will still have to go to delete Ntk Ransomware himself/herself, and nobody will return paid money back.

Researchers working at pcthreat.com have found out quickly that Ntk Ransomware is distributed just like other ransomware infections are. Specifically speaking, it is mainly spread through spam emails. It might even pretend to be an important document to convince users to open it. If you ever receive an email from an unknown sender again, try to find information about it on Google. In case you find only negative information or cannot find anything about the sender, delete such an email immediately. Keep in mind that spam emails sometimes bypass spam filters and appear next to decent emails, so be cautious!

After infiltration, Ntk Ransomware does not create new registry keys on the computer. It does not even drop any new files. Of course, it would not be truth if we said that it does not apply any changes. It has been found that it blocks the Task Manager the first thing it enters the computer. Most probably, it does that so that users could not kill its process and thus disable it. Actually, there are much more harmful ransomware infections encrypting not only the Task Manager and other system utilities, but also personal files. Therefore, our specialists are sure that automatic tools for protecting computers from malicious software have to be installed on every computer.

Users do not need to have an unlock code to unlock their computers. What they need to do first is to reboot their PCs to get rid of the screen-locking window opened by Ntk Ransomware. Do not worry, it will not be opened again because it is not enabled to start together with the Windows OS. After doing that, users should go to find the malicious file and delete it. You should look for Winban.exe, but keep in mind that a different name might be used too. If a malicious file is nowhere to be found, let an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter find and erase it for you. Do not forget to enable the Task Manager after deleting the ransomware infection (start with the 4th step of our instructions to do that).

Ntk Ransomware manual removal instructions

  1. Reboot your PC.
  2. Locate the malicious file downloaded recently, e.g. Winban.exe (it might have another name).
  3. Delete it.
  4. Launch Run (press Win+R).
  5. Type gpedit.msc in the field and click OK.
  6. Go to User Configuration.
  7. Select Administrative Templates.
  8. Click System.
  9. Under System, click Ctrl + Alt + Del Options.
  10. Double-click on Remove Task Manager.
  11. Mark Not Configured or Enabled on the window which has shown up.
  12. Click Apply.
  13. Click OK.
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