NEMTY PROJECT ransomware removal instructions
What is NEMTY PROJECT?
NEMTY PROJECT is a high-risk ransomware-type infection discovered by malware researcher S!Ri. The purpose of this ransomware is to encrypt most of stored files so that developers could make ransom demands by offering a paid recover. NEMTY PROJECT also appends each filename with ".nemty" extension (e.g., it would rename "sample.jpg" to "sample.jpg.nemty" and so on so forth). Additionally, NEMTY PROJECT drops a text file named "NEMTY-DECRYPT.txt" in almost all existing folders. Updated variant of NEMTY Project ransomware appends filenames with "._NEMTY_[random_characters]_" extension (e.g., "1.jpg" -> "1.jpg._NEMTY_huWhN62_") and creates "_NEMTY_[random_characters]_-DECRYPT.txt" (e.g., "_NEMTY_huWhN62_-DECRYPT.txt") text file which contains the exact same message as the previous one.
The created text file delivers a message stating that data is encrypted and that victims have to visit NEMTY PROJECT's website (located in Tor network) to find decryption instructions. NEMTY PROJECT encrypts data by using AES-256 encryption algorithm that generates a unique decryption key individually for each victim. If that wasn't enough, NEMTY PROJECT uses few additional encryption layers (RSA-2048 and RSA-8192) in order to protect the generated key. In other words, it uses 3-layer encryption. Now the problem is that all decryption keys are stored in a remote server controlled by NEMTY PROJECT's developers. Therefore, after visiting the site victims will be presented with a ransom-demanding message. In other words, they'll have to pay for the decryption . The price is $1000 and the payment must be submitted using Bitcoin cryptocurrency. However, even if you can afford paying, you should never do so. Cyber criminals are notorious for ignoring victims once payments are submitted. For this reason, encouragements to submit payments should be ignored. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of cracking NEMTY PROJECT's encryption and restoring data for free. This means that the only thing victims can do is restore everything from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
There are dozens of ransomware-type infections virtually identical to NEMTY PROJECT. The list of examples includes Vesrato, Dragon, Grethen, Nacro, and many others. Notice that even though the developers are different, all of these infections are virtually identical. They encrypt data and make ransom demands. In most cases, the only major differences are size of ransom and type of encryption algorithm used. Unfortunately, encryptions are usually performed using high-end algorithms like RSA, AES, and other that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, if data was encrypted by a flawlessly developed ransomware, restoring data manually (without developers interference) is impossible. You should always maintain regular data backups. However, keep in mind that backups should be stored in a remote server (e.g., Cloud) or either unplugged storage device, because locally stored backups will be encrypted alongside with regular data. In fact, we recommend to have multiple backup copies stored in different locations, due to the fact that there's always a chance that used server/storage device will be damaged.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
The way developers proliferate NEMTY PROJECT is currently unknown. Yet we should still mention that vast majority of ransomware infections are proliferated using spam emails, third party software download sources, fake software updaters/cracks, and trojans. Spam campaigns are used to send hundreds of thousands of deceptive emails that contain malicious attachments (links and/or files), as well as messages encouraging recipients to open them. In order to create the impression of legitimacy and increase the chance of tricking users, crooks present attachments as invoices, bills, receipts, or other important documents. Freeware download websites, free file hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks (e.g., torrents, eMule, etc.) present malicious executables as legitimate software. By doing so, crooks trick users into manual download/installation of malware. Next go fake updaters and cracks which inject malware rather than serving their actual purpose, which is updating software or providing users with free access to its paid features. Last but not least are trojans, which are essentially malicious lightweight applications designed to infiltrate systems with the intention of injecting additional malware.
|Name||NEMTY PROJECT virus|
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.nemty|
|Ransom Demanding Message||NEMTY-DECRYPT.txt, Tor website|
|Ransom Amount||$1000 (in Bitcoins)|
|Cyber Criminal Contact||Chat in the Tor website.|
|Detection Names||Acronis (Suspicious), Qihoo-360 (HEUR/QVM20.1.58E9.Malware.Gen), Rising (Trojan.Generic@ML.92 (RDML:gFGPZmPws6vy1JTMN/MWww)), Symantec (ML.Attribute.HighConfidence), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.|
|Damage||All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.|
To eliminate NEMTY PROJECT virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
Every user should know that the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. The key to its safety is caution. For this reason, paying attention when browsing the Internet, as well as downloading, installing, and updating software is paramount. It is very important to handle all email attachments with care. Files/links received from suspicious/unrecognizable email addresses should never be opened. Same goes for attachments that are irrelevant and do not concern you. Desired software should be downloaded only from official sources, preferably using direct download links. Keeping installed applications up-to-date is also a must. To achieve this, however, use only implemented functions or tools provided by the official developer. Be aware that third party downloaders, installers and updaters often include rogue application, which is why such tools should never be used. Cracking installed applications should also not be considered, because not only software piracy is a cyber crime, but also the risk of infections is extremely high, due to the fact that vast majority of cracks are fake. Ultimately, be sure to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running at all times - it will help you to detect and eliminate malware before it does any harm. If your computer is already infected with NEMTY PROJECT, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in NEMTY PROJECT ransomware's text file ("NEMTY-DECRYPT.txt"):
---=== NEMTY PROJECT ===---
[+] Whats Happen? [+]
Your files are encrypted, and currently unavailable. You can check it: all files on you computer has extension .nemty
By the way, everything is possible to restore, but you need to follow our instructions. Otherwise, you cant return your data (NEVER).
[+] What guarantees? [+]
It's just a business. We absolutely do not care about you and your deals, except getting benefits.
If we do not do our work and liabilities - nobody will not cooperate with us.
It's not in our interests.
If you will not cooperate with our service - for us, its does not matter. But you will lose your time and data, cause just we have the private key.
In practise - time is much more valuable than money.
[+] How to get access on website? [+]
1) Download and install TOR browser from this site: hxxps://torproject.org/
2) Open our website: -
When you open our website, follow the instructions and you will get your files back.
Configuration file path: -
Screenshot of NEMTY PROJECT's website's homepage:
Screenshot of NEMTY PROJECT's website offering a free decryption of one file:
Screenshot of NEMTY PROJECT's website delivering a ransom-demanding message (English variant):
Text presented within this page:
What do you need to do?
In order to get the decryptor you need to send btc to our wallet. The amount and wallet are specified below. Hurry up! After timer will end, your ransom price will be doubled. If you want more information on how to buy Bitcoin, you can read it here
Amount 0.09817 BTC (1000$)
Time left: 11:58:22
Screenshot of NEMTY PROJECT's website delivering a ransom-demanding message (Russian variant):
Text presented within this page:
Что тебе надо сделать?
Чтобы получить декриптор, тебе необходимо заплатить определденную сумму в биткоинах. Сумма и кошелек указаны внизу. Поторопись! Как таймер закончится, сумма удвоится! Узнать, как купить биткоин ты можешь тут
Сумма 0.09817 BTC (1000$)
Адресс биткоин кошелька 388crtat7DXKc5rWhvBqEVpWM5k9BDtEWo
Осталось времени : 11:58:00
Screenshot of files encrypted by NEMTY PROJECT (".nemty" extension):
Updated NEMTY PROJECT ransomware's process in Windows Task Manager:
Files encrypted by updated NEMTY PROJECT ransomware ("._NEMTY_[random_characters]_" extension):
Update September 4th, 2019 - Cyber criminals have recently started spreading NEMTY PROJECT ransomware via Rig Exploit Kit (RigEK).
Update September 9th, 2019 - Cyber criminals have started proliferating NEMTY PROJECT ransomware by using a fake PayPal website - pp-back[.]info. The site claims that users will receive a 3-5% cashback if they'll use this payment application. In order to start using it, users have to download an executable named "cashback.exe". However, this is a mere disguise - in reality the downloaded executable is NEMTY PROJECT ransomware and it, once opened, instantly starts encrypting data.
Screenshot of the fake PayPal website (pp-back[.]info) used to spread NEMTY PROJECT ransomware:
Update September 16, 2019 - Cyber criminals are continually updating this ransomware and this time it was implemented with a feature allowing it to terminate various running processes and services. NEMTY PROJECT does this so that it could encrypt files that are currently being used by various applications or system processes/services. Another implemented (or rather updated) feature is a location check. NEMTY PROJECT gathers data and determines the location of infiltrated machine. If the machine is located in one of the countries (full list below) that are in NEMTY PROJECT's whitelist, then data will not be encrypted.
List of processes/services targeted by NEMTY PROJECT ransomware:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird Email Clients
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft WordPad
List of countries in NEMTY PROJECT ransomware's whitelist:
NEMTY PROJECT ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of NEMTY PROJECT virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of NEMTY PROJECT virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is NEMTY PROJECT?
- STEP 1. NEMTY PROJECT virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. NEMTY PROJECT ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the NEMTY PROJECT virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the NEMTY PROJECT ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining NEMTY PROJECT ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of NEMTY PROJECT are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as NEMTY PROJECT ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default this feature automatically protects files stored in Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here's more information on how to get this update and add additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove NEMTY PROJECT ransomware: