What is Nuke Ransomware?
The devious Nuke Ransomware strikes at the most vulnerable spot within your operating system: Your personal files. This threat does not encrypt some files sparing others. Instead, it encrypts every single file that it was programmed to encrypt. Though it ignores Windows system files and, it seems, executable files, it can easily corrupt your archives, media content, videos, pictures, documents, and other sensitive files. Why are they considered sensitive? That is because they cannot be replaced, unless you have them backed up on online storage systems or external drives. Although many users choose to back up their files, there are still plenty of users who do not, and these are the users who are most vulnerable. If you are one of these users, you are not in luck. Please continue reading to learn more about the encryption of your personal files and the removal of Nuke Ransomware. Keep in mind that deleting this ransomware is very important, and you should get to it as soon as possible.
How does Nuke Ransomware work?
When Nuke Ransomware encrypts your files, it not only changes the file data but also modifies the name and attaches a unique extension, “.0x5bm”. Obviously, because the original names are replaced with random characters, it might be hard for you to identify the files that were corrupted. Overall, the original files are not deleted, and the strange, seemingly unfamiliar files are the ones that you need to decrypt. Unfortunately, the decryption process is very complicated. AES stands for “Advanced Encryption Standard,” and it is used for the encryption of the data. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team did not find a tool that could decipher the encryption employed by Nuke Ransomware, and it is unlikely that such a tool will be created in the future. The thing is that cracking file encryptors is usually impossible, and that is what the creator of the ransomware bets on. If you cannot get a decryption key in a different manner, you will follow the demands of cyber criminals. Whether or not they actually have the key and can help you decrypt your files is unknown. Unfortunately, it is possible that you would get scammed if you followed the demands represented to you via the Desktop background image, as well as HTML and TXT files.
As soon as Nuke Ransomware completes the encryption of the files, it replaces your regular Desktop wallpaper with a new image (%AppData%\Nuclear55\desktop_wallpaper.bmp) that displays a ransom note. This ransom note is supplemented by two additional files, “!!_RECOVERY_instructions_!!.html” and “!!_RECOVERY_instructions_!!.txt”. All three of these files inform that you need to retrieve a decryption key within 96 hours by contacting email@example.com. In reality, when you email this address, you will receive instructions on how to pay a ransom for the decryption key. This is the kind of trick that we have seen Masterlock@india.com Ransomware, Siddhiup2@india.com Ransomware, and other devious threats using. As mentioned already, paying the ransom is risky business because there are no guarantees that the decryption tool would be made available after paying the ransom. Well, even if you pay the ransom, you should not forget to delete the ransomware. Did you decrypt the files? The malicious files of the infection are present regardless of that, and you must take appropriate actions to remove them.
How to delete Nuke Ransomware
There is no doubt that you need to delete Nuke Ransomware from your operating system, and the only question is how will you do it? Will you employ an anti-malware tool to eliminate it automatically? Or will you get into it yourself? An anti-malware tool is useful not just because it can erase the malicious files of the ransomware. It can also detect and erase all other threats that might be present on the PC. Moreover, it can shield your operating system to ensure that ransomware and others kinds of malware could not slither in again. Needless to say, it is crucial that you implement software capable of protecting your operating system. Obviously, it would make no sense to waste your time with manual removal and then install anti-malware software. If you face any issues with the removal operation, you can always use the comments section below to contact us and start solving these issues.
- Tap Win+E on the keyboard to access Explorer.
- Enter %AppData% into the address bar to access the directory.
- Open the Microsoft folder.
- Delete the !!_RECOVERY_instructions_!!.html and !!_RECOVERY_instructions_!!.txt files.
- Go back and then open the Nuclear55 folder.
- Delete the desktop_wallpaper.bmp file (you should also delete the Nuclear55 folder).
- Finally, Delete the malicious .exe file from the Desktop, Downloads, or another location that it might exist.
- Install a malware scanner to inspect your PC to check for leftovers.
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