What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that takes over the computer and encrypts or locks its contents, rendering them inaccessible. Each successive infection increases the ransom demanded the victim's files, spread as a warning that "you will be held to account for your actions."
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware spreads by sending e-mails that contain a link to an infected file or program. This might be in the form of a fake email from someone on your contact list. When clicked, this link downloads ransomware onto the computer of the unsuspecting victim.
How Does Nooa Ransomware Work?
Nooa Ransomware starts by encrypting your files using a strong encryption algorithm. The ransomware then displays a message on the screen demanding payment for the "Nooa Ransomware Activation Key." Nooa Ransomware demands 1 bitcoin be sent within 60 hours to unlock all the files.
Nooa Ransomware's latest innovation also deletes users' Shadow Volume Copies, which are backups that can be used to restore their data when infected with ransomware like Nooa Ransomware. Shadow Volume Copies are volumes created as part of Windows Backup Solution or created manually by following the instructions found on Microsoft’s support website.
How to Remove Nooa Ransomware
Nooa Ransomware can be removed by following the steps below:
- Back up important data and remove any sensitive files if Nooa Ransomware infects a system drive.
- Reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking (hold down the Windows key and press button S) or select Restart while holding down the SHIFT key for Advanced Boot Options menu and then selecting Safe Mode with Networking from the list of options).
- If Nooa encrypted your files, search online to see if there is a decryptor tool available from a legitimate source.
- Download a malware cleaner and run it to scan your computer for malware, including Nooa Ransomware.
- Delete Nooa Ransomware from Control Panel » Uninstall a program (Add/Remove Programs) from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and select Nooa Ransomware in the list of installed programs on Windows 10.
- Change all the passwords related to your online accounts, such as Facebook, Gmail, etc.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
- Ensure you update your software regularly for all installed software on your computer (including Windows) and disable any outdated or unused programs.
- Install a firewall that can protect the network from various intrusions such as malicious websites, spyware, and other malware attacks.
- Install an anti-virus program to help protect against viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, and other malware threats to your computer systems. This includes installing Anti-Malware applications that can help detect potential security threats like Nooa Ransomware before they have time to become a problem with potentially devastating consequences for you.
- Make sure you use safe passwords that are not tied to public information, such as phone numbers, dates, or other personally identifiable information, and that your passwords are of reasonable complexity. Change your passwords every 3-6 months and never use the same password for different accounts.
- Keep in mind that clicking on pop-ups can lead to malware infections and use unknown programs and browsers such as a public computer at an internet cafe or a library.
- The safest way to browse the web is via a Virtual Private Network (VPN), where data can only be accessed by yourself with an internet connection from within your own home or office network.