Newht Ransomware is a latest emerged file encoding trojan which has infected number of PC. Similar to other ransomware threat, the one and only purpose of this threat is to make data inaccessible and demand ransom to decrypt them. Some malware expert suspect that this ransomware is also derived from the Hidden Tear project. The infection report suggest that the main target of this ransomware is the computer users of English speaking countries. But there is nothing which prevent the threat to infect computer located in other countries. This nasty threat is designed to encrypt number of file types which mostly include the commonly used file. To start its malicious mission, the ransomware silently sneak in its targeted computer and encrypt the files stored on it. To encrypt the targeted files it make use of AES encryption algorithm and the file remain inaccessible until you use decryption key.
Newht Ransomware : How It Carry Out Its Attack?
After invading its marked system, Newht Ransomware first created entries in the Windows registry. The main purpose behind creating entries is to get the persistence which allow it to execute with every system boot. During the encryption process, the PC run extremely slow but user ignore this thinking of common system behavior. In order to make the decryption more complex the ransomware delete the shadow volume copies from Windows. As stated above, it can encrypted large number of files, which may include documents, text files, photos, databases, Open-office, PDF, multimedia files and others files. Similar to other Hidden-tear ransomware it also append an unique extension to the encrypted file which read as .htrs. The encrypted files can be recognized with .htrs extension with a blank icon.
In addition, Newht Ransomware drop a ransom note on the victim desktop. This ransom note is to inform the victim about file encryption and demand ransom from them. As stated in the ransom note, if user’s want to get the decryption key then they have to pay 0,5 BTC which is equal to about 400$ USD. As you know the decryption key is necessary to decrypt the files but paying the ransom is not appreciated by expert. According to expert, the intension of ransomware developer is to generate income and once they got it then your request may be ignored. So the best thing is to look for a backup or some other alternative to restore your files. But don’t forget to remove Newht Ransomware because it invite other threat and again encrypt your files.
How Newht Ransomware Infect PC?
Similar to other file encrypting trojan, Newht Ransomware also attack its targeted system via spam email campaign. Criminals behind this ransomware send an email to the targeted user. The email also contain an attachment which look like a common document file. Most of the user even don’t verify such email and open its attachment. As a consequence the ransomware get activated in the system and it don’t take much time to start its process. So be careful of such crafted email and open email attachment only after verifying it well.
Removal Instructions Of Newht Ransomware
Ransomware not only encrypt files, they also invite other threat and make the system totally infected. Hence if it also exist on your system then remove it without wasting a minute. In order to remove it you can use the following manual steps :
Step 1 : Boot Your PC In Safe Mode With Networking
- From the start menu click Restart option.
- When system start booting, press F8 key contentiously.
- Advance boot menu appear on the screen.
- Select Safe Mode With Networking and press Enter.
Step 2 : Remove Newht Ransomware From Task Manager
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys at once.
- It will open Windows Task Manager.
- Under the Windows Task Manager click on Processes Tab.
- Search for malicious process.
- Finally click on the End Task button.
Step 3 : Remove Malicious Entries From Windows registry
- Press Windows + R key together.
- It will open the Run Box.
- Type “regedit” to start Windows registry.
- Search for ransomware related entries.
- Click on Disable option, to remove the entries.
You may face difficulties while using manual removal steps if you are not an expert. Therefore it is suggested to use Free-scanner which completely removes the ransomware in just few clicks.