This is an article that provides specific details on .Nano files virus as well as a step-by-step guide that may be of help for the removal process of malicious files. The guide also suggests how you could potentially restore corrupted files without paying the ransom.
The crypto virus dubbed .Nano files virus has been recently spotted in the wild by security researchers. It is designed to modify predefined system settings and manipulate various functionalities in order to run a built-in encryption module and corrupt valuable files. Currently, its attack campaigns may target computer users worldwide. In case of infection with this ransomware hackers will attempt to trick you into paying them a ransom for their decryptor.
|Name||.Nano files virus|
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that corrupts valuable files with the help of sophisticated cihper algorithm. It is associated with the extension .Nano and a ransom message that extorts a ransom payment.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .Nano extension. They remain unusable until a ransom is paid.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .Nano files virus.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.Nano Files Virus – Update January 2019
.Nano Files Virus – Distribution
The infection process with this .Nano files virus is triggered by a payload that may land on the system with the help of various shady techniques. They all aim to trick you into downloading the payload and starting it on your PC.
One of the most preferred ways for ransomware distribution is malwspam. It enables bad actors to send email messages that resemble legitimate ones. These emails may pose as representatives of services you know and use like your internet provider, any logistic company, your bank or even any governmental institution. The text messages usually contain strong call-to-action that urges you to review the content of an attached file or a presented link as soon as possible. And in case that you fall victim to their scam, you could unnoticeably granted the ransomware infection access to your system.
For the sake of your security, whenever you run across a dubious file you could use a free online file extractor and malware scanner to check the security level of the file before you open it on your PC. As the scan results will help you to see whether the uploaded file contains malicious elements or not they could help you to refrain from opening malicious files on your PC.
.Nano Files Virus – Overview
Initially, .Nano files virus should establish all needed malicious files on the system. For the purpose, its payload may be either designed to create some files directly on the system or be set to contact a command and control server to download them. And there are several folders that are likely to store these files:
Beware, that cyber criminals may have designed their crypto virus to auto-delete all associated files from the system once it infects all target files. However, all modifications that were implemented during the attack are still impacting the regular system performance. And there is no doubt that you should remove all malicious traits before you can safely use your system again.
The Registry Editor is one of the system components that could be also plagued by the ransomware. Changes of registry keys could enable .Nano files virus to evade detection and ensure its persistent presence on the system. Fortunately, the damage is not permanent and with the help of specialized tools, registries could be fixed fast and easy.
For the ransom extortion, hackers use a specially crafted ransom note. This note is contained in a file called #RECOVERY_FILES#.txt. The main purpose of this message is to present you instructions made by hackers. It is likely to appear on the screen at the end of the attack and here is the text you could read:
All your files have been ENCRYPTED
Do you really want to restore your files?
Write to our email – Nano18@airmail.cc
and tell us your unique ID
[redacted 0x200 bytes in base64]
.Nano Files Virus – Encryption Process
As a data locker ransomware .Nano files virus primarily aims to find predefined types of files stored on the systems it compromises and then encrypts them with the help of a strong cipher algorithm. After modifications of the original code of target files occur the files become inaccessible. In addition, they are all marked with the extension .Nano.
At this point a list of all target file extensions is unavailable but the guesses are that .Nano crypto virus will corrupt all files that belong to one of the following types:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Even though that all your important files are encoded by the threat you should avoid paying hackers the demanded ransom before you attempt to restore them with existing alternative data recovery approaches. Furthermore, even a successfully transferred ransom payment does not guarantee that you will be able to recover .Nano files.
Remove .Nano Files Virus and Restore Data
Below you could find how a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this crypto virus. The manual removal approach demands a bit of technical experience and the ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system which in turn limits its regular and secure usage.
Make sure also to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .Nano files virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .Nano files virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .Nano files virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Nano files virus
Step 2: Uninstall .Nano files virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .Nano files virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .Nano files virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .Nano files virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Nano files virus.
Ransomware infections and .Nano files virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.
Get rid of .Nano files virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .Nano files virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove .Nano files virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Nano files virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .Nano files virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.
This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.Nano files virus FAQ
What is .Nano files virus ransomware and how does it work?
.Nano files virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does .Nano files virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways..Nano files virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.
This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of .Nano files virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open ..Nano files virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..Nano files virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..Nano files virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .Nano files virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore "..Nano files virus" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..Nano files virus files.
These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of .Nano files virus ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .Nano files virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..Nano files virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Nano files virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
- Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
- Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
- Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
- You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.