Nile Virus


.Nile is a ransomware-based program that is used in a blackmail scheme. The criminal creators of .Nile have set it to secretly encrypt digital files so that later they can blackmail the victims to pay a ransom for the decryption key.

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The .Nile Virus will leave a .txt file with instructions for the ransom

If you store valuable data on your computer, .Nile represents a great danger to you because it can encrypt literally any type of digital information. Once the computer is infected, the virus starts to search it for files that are used most commonly by the user. These could be text documents, archives, databases, images, audio files, videos and other files. After being located, all these files get encrypted with advanced code that cannot be reversed without its matching decryption key.

Basically, the effect of the ransomware’s attack is that you are left with a bunch of totally unusable files that are present on the drive but cannot be opened. An additional suffix that is odd and unreadable by any program can be placed as the new file extension of the encrypted files. What is common for the Ransomware viruses is that they only work in stealth during the file encoding process. After that, they typically display a notification that serves to inform the victims about the attack and the steps that they need to take to decrypt their files. The hackers behind the infection normally request a ransom payment in exchange for providing the victims with a uniquely generated decryption key for their encrypted information.

Yet we have to warn you that things don’t always work this way. In fact, sending money to the criminals behind an infection like .Nile, .Kook or .Erif is very risky because you never know whether you will get a decryption key from them or not. The crooks may just disappear when they receive your money and you won’t be able to do anything about it. That’s why it is not the wisest course of action to fulfill the  ransom demands. Instead, our suggestion is to explore some of the options to remove the virus and save some of your data free of charge. For this reason we have come up with a removal guide that contains instructions on how to remove .Nile and suggestions on how to recover your information.

The .Nile virus

The .Nile virus is an online infection that does not corrupt or destroy digital data but only limits access to it for an indefinite period of time. What the .Nile virus does is it applies encryption to a number of commonly used files and then displays a ransom-demanding message on the desktop.

The fact that the ransomware does not cause harm to the files it encrypts and does not actually damage anything in the system helps it to remain invisible for the majority of traditional antivirus programs and allows it to complete its agenda in secret. That’s why, aside from investing in reliable security software, one of the best ways to prevent data loss due to file encryption is to create regular backup copies of your digital files on external drives, cloud storage or another device.

The .Nile file distribution

The .Nile file distribution is an arsenal of malware delivery techniques that the creators of the ransomware use to infect as many online users as possible. The .Nile file can easily be distributed via spam messages, malicious email attachments, torrents and cracked software.

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The .Nile Virus will encrypt your files

No matter exactly how you’ve been infected, the ransomware should be removed from the device so that further file encryption can be avoided.


Name .Nile
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove .Nile Ransomware

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

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Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.

Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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How to Decrypt .Nile files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.


  • Hello to you
    I got a virus that changed the typing of my files to nile file and the extension of infected .nile files.
    Fortunately, I was able to remove the virus successfully, but I could not decrypt the encrypted files. Please help me solve my problem. I am a student. Please help me.
    The message of the readme file of the virus wrote this text:

    Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
    All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
    The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
    This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
    What guarantees do you have?
    You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
    But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
    You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
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    Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $ 490.
    Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
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    • Hi Hossein, the encrypted files and ransom note text files do not contain malicious code so they are safe.The best thing to do is back those files up onto another drive for safe keeping until a decrypter becomes available.

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