In the following paragraphs we are going to give you access to some important details about Nemesis Ransomware. Furthermore, we are going to talk about the malware category this program belongs to – Ransomware. In brief, we can state that these viruses are used for the encryption of files and making you unable to access them. Another very typical feature is the display of a horrid ransom-demanding message, which could really scare you by informing you that your data will be lost forever unless you pay a required amount of money.
What is Ransomware capable of?
In general, what could be expected from all Ransomware versions is to block a certain component of your system. And by blocking it we mean – making it totally inaccessible to you. After the encryption process has been fully implemented, you get notified about that with the generation of a ransom notification. In the next paragraphs we are discussing the components of your system, which could become victims of Ransomware, as well as all the types of this malware and its most popular sources. Furthermore, we have pointed out some useful prevention tips and possibly helpful removal instructions to help you resolve this issue.
How many subcategories does this malware have?
This malware family is huge and comprises several subtypes that could have various functions. Nonetheless, all of them represent great dangers and should be removed as soon as possible.
- Ransomware-based viruses which encrypt data – This subgroup consists of all the Ransomware versions, programmed to invade your PC and research all your disks and drives. Later on, these viruses create lists with all the files, which they consider valuable to you and worth encoding. Following that, the real process of encryption begins, and all of the enlisted data gets locked up. The following stage of this process is the popping up of a frightening ransom-demanding alert, which serves to inform you about what has just happened and provide the necessary payment details for the ransom.
- Desktop–encoding Ransomware programs – This subcategory contains the Ransomware viruses, which are exploited for making you incapable of accessing the desktop of your computer or laptop. To be more precise, in such a case your files are not endangered as nothing blocks them. However, you will probably be rendered unable to access them again because the ransom notification will prevent you from accessing their icons. Still, you will be supposed to pay a ransom, but this time – in exchange for the access to your desktop, and no data will be affected.
- Ransomware focused on mobile devices – These viruses are pretty much the same as the desktop-blocking ones. Only the target devices are different – your smartphones, tablets, phablets, etc.
Nemesis Ransomware belongs to the file-encrypting Ransomware category – the first one discussed in the list above. As you already know, the viruses from this malware subgroup are fully capable of reaching and exploring your disks and drives; defining which files you regularly access and encrypt them all. To be honest, this is the worst of the worst. Not only is Ransomware the most malicious virus type in the world, but Nemesis Ransomware also falls into its most dangerous and harassing subcategory.
Sources of Nemesis Ransomware:
Honestly, everything on the Internet may be contaminated by Ransomware and carry the virus. Nonetheless, there are some sources, which are more common than others. We have prepared a list of them for you below:
- Emails and email attachments:
Any email that is sent to you might contain programs like Nemesis Ransomware (Ransomware). We suggest that you avoid opening those you hadn’t expected or which have come from unknown senders. What’s more, remember to ignore all suspiciously looking email attachments (such as .exe files, documents and images).
- Fake malicious advertisements:
Malvertising is another major source – it is the distribution of pop-up and other ads, which may redirect to potentially infected websites. That’s the reason why you absolutely have to avoid clicking on any ad, which comes from the web.
- Torrents/ illegal web pages/ illegal software:
Other very common sources are the software, movie and torrent-sharing websites, which are illegal and violate copyright policies. Please, use only films, software and shareware from trusted web pages.
What is the solution then?
Sadly, there is no guaranteed solution against Ransomware and Nemesis Ransomware. You may try purchasing special programs or consulting a specialist. The ultimate advice is to just avoid paying the ransom until you have run out of other options. One such option are the instructions inside our Removal Guide.
Nemesis Ransomware Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.