How to Remove Nakw Ransomware (.nakw Files Virus)

Nakw virus or .nakw files extension is another variant of popular ransomware called STOP. This computer infection attempt to extract money by encrypting files and asking the victim to pay for the decrypt tool and unique key in exchange for decoding infected files.

Nakw is a hazardous computer virus that came from STOP family. It encrypts files using a strong encryption algorithm and renames each infected data by appending .nakw extension. Images, videos, databases, documents and other precious files are the prime targets of this virus infection.

Once the encryption process is done, victims can no longer access all infected files. Then Nakw placed a ransom note stating what happened to your files.

This is the message drop on Windows desktop to encourage victims paying the ransom.

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Nakw virus is a definite scam. The sole intention of this ransomware is to extort money from its victim. Thus, never trust or believe in any offer promised by cybercriminals. Purchasing a decrypt tool and the unique key has no assurance to recover your files. In the meantime, the best alternative to recover your files is through your backup.

Nakw virus is often distributed via freeware and shareware programs. Paying enough attention during the installation process is very important. Do not install an application in default settings, as Nakw serves as an additional program to free downloads. In other cases, Nakw ransomware is delivered through spam email attachments. Some computer users choose to open an email from an unknown sender due to curiosity. Thus, this infection successfully enters into the computer.

To stop Nakw virus from contaminating the system, you have to remove it right away.

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Nakw

Nakw Removal Procedures

Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.

Step 1 : Reboot Windows Into Safe Mode With Networking.

First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Nakw from loading at start-up.

NOTE: You will need to PRINT or BOOKMARK this procedure, as we have to restart the computer during the removal process.

1 Remove all media such as Memory Card, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer.

2 Boot Windows computer into SafeMode with Networking.

Instructions for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a) Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b) It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode with Networking.

Procedures for Windows 8 and Windows 10
a) Before Windows begins to load, press Shift and F8 on your keyboard.
b) On Recovery interface, click on 'See advanced repair options'.
c) Next, click on Troubleshoot option.
d) Then, select Advanced options from the list.
e) Lastly, please choose Windows Startup Settings and click on Restart. When Windows restarts, you will be send to a familiar Advanced Boot Options screen.
f) Select Safe Mode with Networking from the selections menu.

SafeMode

Step 2 : Detect and Remove Nakw with Anti-malware Tool

3 Once the computer boots into Safe Mode with Networking, download the Removal Tool and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.

Download Tool

4 When finished downloading, locate and double-click on the file to install the application. Windows' User Account Control will prompt at this point, please click Yes to continue installing the program.

5 Follow the prompts and install with default configuration.

6 Before the installation completes, check prompts that software will run and update on itself.

7 Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompted to update the program before doing a scan. Please download needed update.

8 When finished updating, the tool will run. Select Perform full scan on main screen to check your computer thoroughly.

9 Scanning may take a while. When done, click on Show Results.

10 Make sure that all detected threats are checked, click on Remove Selected. This will delete all files and registry entries that belongs to Nakw.

11 Finally, restart your computer.

Note: If Nakw prevents mbam-setup.exe from downloading. Download the software from another computer. Renaming it to something like 'anything.exe' can help elude the malware.

Step 3 : Additional Anti-virus and Anti-rootkit Scans

Ensure that no more files of Nakw are left inside the computer

12 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. Save it to your desktop or any location of your choice.

NPE Download

13 Once the file is downloaded, navigate its location and double-click on the icon (NPE.exe) to launch the antivirus program.

14 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept.

15 On NPE main window, click on Advanced. We will attempt to remove Nakw components without restarting the computer.

Advance Scan

16 On next window, select System Scan and click on Scan now to perform standard scan on your computer.

Scan the System

17 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Nakw. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.

18 When scan is complete. All detected risks are listed. Remove them and restart Windows if necessary.

Alternative Removal Procedure for Nakw

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, Nakw drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.

To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.

Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

a) Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files' field, type rstrui.
b) Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.

rstrui-win7

Open System Restore on Windows 8 and Windows 10

a) Hover your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and wait for the Start icon to appear.
b) Right-click on the icon and select Run from the list. This will open a Run dialog box.
c) Type rstrui on the 'Open' field and click on OK to initiate the command.

rstrui-win8

If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore. Click here to see the full procedure.

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