A rather obnoxious string of ransomware has been discovered, dubbed nRansom by malware researchers. The virus not only pretends to be FBI, but also asks victims to kill 10 people and record it on video, as well as send 20 nudes. This type of mocking ransomware is most likely oriented towards malware researchers, but it may as well be a test before an actual mass spam campaign of the virus is released. This is why we have created the following article which aims to help you remove the nRansom virus, in the event that your computer has been infected with it.
|Short Description||Aims to encrypt the files on your compuer and then drops behind a ransom note.|
|Symptoms||A ransom note and a wallpaper is dropped on the computer of the victim, asking the victim to do insane things to get the files back.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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How Does nRansom Infect Computers
To infect computer system, the nRansom virus may exist in different forms online. For starters, the virus may be sent to victims as fake e-mail attachment in spam messages. The messages may pretend that the virus file is:
- Letter of confirmation.
- Banking statement.
- Other important document.
In addition to this, the nRansom virus may also exist in the form of fake setups, fraudulent game patches, software license activators and other types of fake of programs.
The malicious executable of nRansom has been uploaded at VirusTotal with the following information:
More About nRansom Ransomware
When we first take a look at the nRansom virus, it immediately comes to mind that the virus is of a trolling essence. The first indicator for that is the wallpaper it uses, which is the following:
In addition to the wallpaper itself, the nRansom virus mimicks multiple different police-like ransomware viruses. But the virus completely goes out of logic when the victims read it’s ransom note, which is the following:
“Your computer has been locked and your files will be encrypted if\r\nyou do not follow the instructions to get the code to unlock the\r\nmachine. There is only one way to
recieve the unlock code. you\r\nmust go to www.mail.india.com and and create an account. send\r\nan email to firstname.lastname@example.org. we will not reply \r\ninlnediatly. when we reply. send AT LEAST 20
nude pictures of\r\nyou. – send that to me to. once we verify you, we will give you\r\nyour numerical unlock code. IF YOU DO
NOT UNLOCK THE MACHINE IN 5 HOURS\r\nWE NILL ENCRYPT YOUR FILES AM) THEY WILL BE LNLOCKABLE FOREVER.\P\nTHE VERIFICATION NILL ONLY WORK IF YOU OPEN BOBS AND VAGENE !”
So far, it has not been established whether or not the ransomware creators are serious about what they want or are just joking, however, it is more likely just be a cruel joke to victims
nRansom – Encryption Process
The encryption of nRansom may be conducted In several different stages. First, the virus may scan your computer for widely used type of files, while skipping important Windows file types. The types of file extensions nRansom may scan for may be the following:
- Audio files.
- Virtual drives.
- Other files.
Then, the virus may append strong encryption on enough data of the files to render them no longer able to be opened.
Remove nRansom Virus and Restore Files
In order for you to remove this ransom infection from your computer system, it is recommended to follow the removal instructions down below. They are specifically created to help you isolate and remove the malicious files dropped by this virus on your computer. For fastest and most effective removal, it is natural to use a specific anti-malware software which will take care of the removal for you and protect your computer against future infections as well.
In addition to this, the nRansom ransomware is also a threat that may encrypt your files. If that is so, there is an alternative to meeting the insane demands the cyber-criminals want from you and it is to try with the methods we suggest in step “2. Restore files encrypted by nRansom” bellow. They may not be 100% effective for the recovery, but may restore some of your encrypted files as well.
What is nRansom Ransomware?
nRansom 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 algorithms 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.
Can nRansom Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like nRansom?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does nRansom Infect?
Via several ways.nRansom Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 nRansom 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 .nRansom files?
You can't. At this point, the .nRansom files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .nRansom files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".nRansom" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .nRansom files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of nRansom Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate nRansom ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .nRansom files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like nRansom ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
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 can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way 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.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can nRansom Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
About the nRansom Research
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Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.
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