NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 ransomware removal instructions
What is NEMTY REVENUE 3.1?
NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 is a piece of malicious software, it is a new variant of the Nemty 2.6 ransomware. Systems infected with this malware experience data encryption and receive ransom demands for the decryption tools/software. During the encryption process, all affected files are retitled according to this pattern - original filename followed by an extension consisting of "NEMTY", underscore symbol and a random character string (e.g. "NEMTY_[random_string]"). For example, a file like "1.jpg" would appear as something similar to "1.jpg.NEMTY_4FA50B7" - following encryption. Once this process is finished, a ransom note - "NEMTY_[random_string]-DECRYPT.txt" is created.
The ransom-demanding message informs victims that their data has been encrypted with the AES-128 and RSA-2048 cryptographic algorithms. The note states that the only way of recovering the compromised files is to purchase the decryption key from the cyber criminals, behind NEMTY REVENUE 3.1. Users are also warned that attempting recovery with third party decryption tools - will damage the data beyond repair. To get more information on how to pay the ransom, the message instructs victims to visit the listed websites. In many cases of ransomware infections, without the involvement of the criminals responsible - decryption is impossible. It might be, if the malicious program is still in development and/or has significant bugs (flaws). Whatever the case, it is strongly advised against communicating with and/or paying cyber criminals. Since often, despite meeting the ransom demands - users do not receive the necessary keys/tools to decrypt their data. Therefore, the files remain encrypted and worthless, and victims experience financial loss. To prevent NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 from further encryptions, it must be eliminated from the operating system. Unfortunately, removal will not restore already encrypted data. The sole solution is recovering it from a backup. Provided, if one was created prior to the infection and was stored in a separate location (so as not to have been affected by NEMTY REVENUE 3.1).
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
Protect (Hydra), Wanna Decrypt0r 4.0 and Sekhmet are a few examples of other ransomware. Malicious programs within this category are designed to encrypt files and demand payment for the decryption. Crucial differences between them are: the cryptographic algorithm they use (symmetric or asymmetric) and the ransom size. These payments tend to range from three to four digits (in USD). Digital currencies (e.g. cryptocurrencies, pre-paid vouchers, etc.) are usually used for the payments, due to transactions of such being difficult/impossible to trace. To protect data integrity, it is recommended to store backups in remote servers and/or unplugged storage devices (ideally, in multiple different locations).
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Name||NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 virus|
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||NEMTY_[random_string]|
|Ransom Demanding Message||NEMTY_[random_string]-DECRYPT.txt|
|Cyber Criminal Contact||Website in Tor browser|
|Detection Names||BitDefenderTheta (Gen:NN.ZexaF.34104.mqW@a8@DYrde), CrowdStrike Falcon (Win/malicious_confidence_70% (D)), MaxSecure (Trojan.Malware.300983.susgen), Kaspersky (UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
Dubious and/or irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially any attachments or links present in such - as that can result in a high-risk system infection. It is recommended to only use official and verified download channels. It is just as important to activate and update products with functions/tools, provided by legitimate developers. Illegal activation tools ("cracks") and third party updaters are deemed to be highly unreliable and are advised against use. To ensure device and user safety, it is paramount to have a dependable anti-virus/anti-spyware installed and kept up-to-date. This software is to be used for regular system scans and to remove detected threats/issues. If your computer is already infected with NEMTY REVENUE 3.1, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 ransomware's text file ("NEMTY_[random_string]-DECRYPT.txt"):
NEMTY REVENUE 3.1
Your important files were crippled with with military grade algorithms (AES-128 & RSA-2048).
The only way to restore your documents and other files - buy private key.
We ensure that we will provide full-decryption after obtaining key.
Don't try to restore your files using 3rd party services, they will only corrupt your files.
Use following URLs:
TOR (better): zjoxyw5mkacojk5ptn2iprkivg5clow72mjkyk5ttubzxprjjnwapkad.onion/public/pay.php
WWW (mirror): nemty.top/public/pay.php
Screenshot of files encrypted by NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 ("NEMTY_[random_string]" extension):
Screenshot of NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 ransomware's website:
Screenshot of NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 ransomware's process on Windows Task Manager (process name may vary):
NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 ransomware removal:
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- What is NEMTY REVENUE 3.1?
- STEP 1. NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. NEMTY REVENUE 3.1 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 REVENUE 3.1 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 REVENUE 3.1 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 REVENUE 3.1 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 REVENUE 3.1 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 REVENUE 3.1 ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites, and Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an 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 REVENUE 3.1 ransomware: