A ransomware virus, uploaded as an open source malware in GitHub in the end of march 2016 has begun to show activity in the end of March 2017, reports indicate. The virus is oriented on victims who are not experienced and may spread on a global scale. The ransomware aims to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it via the AES and RSA encryption algorithms. After this, the virus begins to drop information on how to contact the cyber-criminals and pay a hefty ransom fee to restore encrypted files. In case your computer has been infected by the Nx ransomware infection, recommendations are to read the following article thoroughly.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a AES and RSA, ciphers, generating a public and private key files.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness that the files are no longer openable, plus instructions on how to pay a hefty ransom fee to the criminals to decrypt the files.|
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Nx Ransomware – How Does It Infect
The infection process of Nx Ransomware is conducted via a malicious file, pretending to be Google Update Service. The false name on the description of the file is Google Software Update and it is called GoogleUpdate.exe. There is even data in it’s description to deceive that the creators of these file are Google themselves.
The infection file related to the GoogleUpdate.exe file, however is different than it. It is named ransomware1.exe and has the following signature and detection rate:
In addition to being spread as a false Google Service update, the Nx virus may also be replicated via the assistance of massive spam services that spread suspicious e-mail messages that seem legitimate only at first glance. However, many of those e-mails only aim to convince the victim into opening the suspicious e-mail attachment attached to them:
Nx Ransomware – Infection Activity
After causing the infection, the Nx Ransomware virus may begin to drop it’s malicious files on the compromised computers. The files that are being dropped are the following:
- GoogleUpdate.exe (SHA256: 2a3da7eaae24d815a246beb194c72eacf10383e6ac3f46ef23298fb65ca10407)
Along those main files of the virus, there may be other support files (.dll, .tmp, .vbs, .bat, .exe, .js, .wsf, .bin) that may be dropped alongside them. They are usually located in the following Windows directories:
After all the malicious files are dropped on the compromised computer, the Nx ransomware infection may begin to perform multiple other activities, such as delete the shadow volume copies of it, for example. This is achievable by executing versions of the following vssadmin command in the background:
In addition to deleting system backups, the Nx virus may also begin to modify the Windows Registry Editor. Among the attacked Windows Registry sub-keys may usually be the ones that change the wallpaper and run files on Windows boot:
→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
Other interference the Nx virus may perform is modify the following files within the %WINDIR% directory of Windows, again related to the registry:
Nx Ransomware’s Encryption Process
For the encryption of files, the Nx virus is believed to use a combination of two of the strongest known ciphers for public use.
Rivest-Shamir-Adleman or RSA encryption.
Advanced Encryption Standard also known as AES.
The AES cipher may be used to scramble the following important files, if detected on the compromised computer:
→ .AVI, .C, .CLASS, .CONFIG, .CPP, .CS, .CSC, .DBX, .DOC, .DOCX, .EML, .GIF, .GZ, .H, .JAVA, .JPG, .JS, .JSON, .JSP, .MBX, .MP3, .MP4, .MPEG, .MSG, .NEF, .PDF, .PHP, .PNG, .PPT, .PPTX, .PST, .PY, .R, .RAR, .TAR, .TXT, .VB, .VBS, .WAB, .XAML, .XLS, .XLSX, .ZIP Source: id-ransomware.blogspot.bg
After these files have already been encoded by this ransomware virus, the infection may use the RSA cipher to further insert private and public keys within the files themselves, making them increasingly difficult to decrypt, primarily because different key may be assigned to each of the files.
When the encryption process has completed, the files encoded by it can no longer be opened and the user may be presented a ransom note with instructions on how to decrypt them by making a payoff.
Remove Nx Ransomware and Restore Encoded Files
Before beginning the removal process of Nx Ransomware infection, users are advised to perform multiple backups of the encrypted files, just in case.
For the removal of this virus to be successful, we advise following the instruction steps down below, which will help isolate the threat and then locate the malicious files belonging to this virus and delete them. In case you cannot manually locate the files or feel unsure that manual removal would do the job, experts always advise downloading an advanced anti-malware tool to scan for and remove those malicious objects automatically and protect your computer against future threats as well.
For the file restoration, there is no free decryption scenario at the moment. However, we will track the situation and post decryption instructions with web links as soon as there are such available. In the meantime, we advise following the alternative methods for restoring your files at your own risk, even though they are not 100% guaranteed to get all the files back. They are located down in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Nx Ransomware”.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Nx Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Nx Ransomware on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Nx Ransomware in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Nx Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Nx Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Nx Ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Nx Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Nx Ransomware Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
About the Nx Ransomware Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Nx Ransomware how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on Nx Ransomware?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the Nx Ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates
How to Remove Nx Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Nx Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall Nx Ransomware 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 Nx Ransomware 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 Nx Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Step 4: Scan for Nx Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.
2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.
3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.
4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.
Video Removal Guide for Nx Ransomware (Windows).
Get rid of Nx Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Nx Ransomware 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:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Nx Ransomware:
4.Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
5.In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Nx Ransomware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.
6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.
Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Nx Ransomware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:
- 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 Nx Ransomware 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:
1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:
2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:
3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Nx Ransomware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
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 Nx Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Nx Ransomware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Video Removal Guide for Nx Ransomware (Mac)
Remove Nx Ransomware from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2:Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Nx Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Nx Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Nx Ransomware from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Nx Ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate Nx Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Nx Ransomware from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".
Nx Ransomware FAQ
What is Nx Ransomware?
The Nx Ransomware threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What are the symptoms of Nx Ransomware?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.
What types of Unwanted Programs are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to do if I have a "virus" like Nx Ransomware?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Nx Ransomware?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.