Nuke ransomware virus is here and it aims to nuke any chance it’s victims have of seeing their files again, by encrypting them with a strong AES-256 bit cipher. The ransomware demands from affected users to contact the criminals at email@example.com to get more instructions on how to get their files back. What Is interesting about Nuke is that this variant uses a .pdb file to encrypt data which is rarely seen in ransomware viruses. In case you have become a victim of the Nuke virus, we strongly urge you to back up the encrypted files and use the instructions below to attempt and decrypt them after removing Nuke from your computer.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files with the AES-256 encryption algorithm.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows as a wallpaper.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join our forum to Discuss Nuke Ransomware.|
|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.|
How Does Nuke Ransomware Infect
Typically to ransomware infections, like the latest Locky, Nuke may spread via different spam campaigns of malicious files or URLs. Such campaigns are mostly conducted via phishing e-mail messages, but they may also spread spam on social media websites as well as other online locations.
What Does Nuke Do After Infection
After it contaminates a targeted computer, the virus may drop it’s malicious payload, named Nuke.pdb in the following Windows directory:
The file format of the file is very interesting (.PDB) and according to Fileinfo (http://fileinfo.com/extension/pdb) this type of file is associated with the following programs:
- Microsoft Visual Studio.
- Palm Pilot.
It is not yet clear whether this file is the Program Database file format. It may simply carry the .pdb file extension, but it most likely is and could be used to probably exploit one of the programs above and encrypt user files.
To encrypt files of a compromised computer, the virus uses several different methods and strategies. Some of those methods are primarily oriented with scanning and comparing file extensions from a pre-configured list of such to encrypt. Nuke ransomware may target file extensions of widely used file types, such as:
- Audio files.
- Adobe Reader files.
- Microsoft Office documents.
- Adobe Photoshop files.
After encryption, the Nuke ransomware virus adds the following ransom note as a wallpaper:
In addition to this another file is also added with detailed instructions on paying the ransom as well:
Nuke Ransomware – Conclusion, Removal, and File Restoration
As a bottom line, Nuke Ransomware is a malware threat resembling most Shade XTBL variants. However, do not be fooled by it and do not take it lightly. We will keep researching and post a decrypter if it is available for this virus as soon as it is.
In the meantime, it is higly advisable to follow the instructions below and remove Nuke ransomware and also attempt to restore your files using the alternatives in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Nuke” below. Make sure to backup the files before attempting any type of file decryption.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Nuke Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Nuke Ransomware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Nuke Ransomware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Nuke Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Nuke Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Nuke Ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Nuke Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Nuke Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Nuke Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall Nuke 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 Nuke 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 Nuke Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Nuke Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Nuke 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:
- 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 Nuke 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:
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.
Remove Nuke 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 Nuke 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 Nuke 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 Nuke 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 Nuke Ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate Nuke 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.