Nobody likes computer viruses (except maybe for the hackers who create them) – such malicious program scan get inside your computer system and really mes sit up. There are all kinds of harm that a piece of malware could cause to your machine and to your virtual security and privacy. However, with most types of malicious PC programs, there are certain effective or semi-effective methods for dealing with the infection. However, if your computer has gotten attacked by a Ransomware virus like Nozelesn Virus Ransomware, then, unfortunately, there isn’t much that you can do in order to fully recover from the infection. Nozelesn and other similar Ransomware viruses use a process known as file-encryption on the user’s personal data files. The encryption locks the targeted data and makes it inaccessible to the virus’ victim. The idea is that the user would pay a certain amount of money as a ransom to get their files back or, alternatively, would not be able to access them ever again. Now, though we said that there aren’t many ways for dealing with a Ransomware attack, there are still couple of things that one can try in order to recover their data files.
What are your options?
Naturally, many would think that paying the ransom is a logical way out of such a mess. In some cases, that might indeed be the case, yet we need to warn you that this course of action might not always yield the expected results. Sure, some users who have been faced with a Ransomware attack and who have made the demanded payment have been send the decryption key that can unlock their files and have been able to regain access to the locked-up data. However, there are also instances of the opposite – many who have paid the money have had the misfortune of not getting send the decryption key meaning that their money have gotten wasted for nothing. Due to this uncertainty, we’ve made sure to offer our readers with a possible alternative in case their data files have gotten encrypted by the noxious Nozelesn. Below, you will find a guide that contains instructions on how to manually remove the Ransomware from your computer and on how to potentially recover the locked-up files. However, no guarantees regarding the restoration of your data can be given here either – as we said earlier, Ransomware infections are trickier and more difficult to deal with when compared to most other malware categories. Also, we cannot tell you which the best solution is in every single instance yet trying our guide first will cost you nothing whereas if you go directly for the ransom payment, you risk losing your money in vain.
Ransomware and encryption
The problem with Ransomware viruses like Nozelesn is that the encryption process that they run is very difficult to detect. Your antivirus might fail to spot it because it doesn’t really harm anything on your PC and when it comes to possible symptoms, aside from potential increase in the RAM and CPU use on your PC which might lead to a productivity slowdown, there’s little else that could indicate the infection. Another important thing that needs to be pointed out about the infection is that once your files get locked by the virus’ encryption, the removal of the actual malware will likely not release the sealed files. This is part of the reason why it’s so difficult to handle a Ransomware infection – the encryption code that such viruses use is typically really advanced and its decryption poses a significant challenge to even the most experienced cyber-security specialists. Still, though, if you choose to manually try to deal with a Ransomware infection, always make sure to first remove the virus from your computer in order to prevent further encryption of any of the data you may manage to recover.
Defending your computer from future infections
Ransomware infections such as Nozelesn can get distributed throughout the World Wide Web in a variety of ways, using different sources. Spam messages to the users’ e-mails and Facebook accounts, malicious and fake online ads, misleading web requests for software updates or for suggested program downloads, online offers, backdoor Trojan Horse viruses, pirated downloadable content as well as many more are the possible sources of such malicious programs. That is why using your common sense and being very vigilant and alert when browsing the Internet is essential if you are to keep your machine safe and clean in future. A great tip for keeping your files secure even in case your machine gets infected is to always have backup copies of them on a separate location. Although this is a very simple piece of advice, it can really make the difference between getting blackmailed into paying a ransom for the access to your files and only needing to remove the virus from your PC.
Nozelesn Virus 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.