Nlah Virus


Nlah is a kind of malware that security analysts categorize as ransomware due to its ability to encrypt digital files. The attack of Nlah is very dangerous and can lead to irreversible loss of data for the victims.

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Once the Nlah Virus is finished with the encryption of your files it will display this message.

The viruses in the ransomware category like Nlah, Pezi and Mzlq are generally considered to be some of the most destructive and stealthy pieces of malware that can be found on the Internet. This is mainly because sometimes there may be no solution that can undo the encryption that these viruses apply to the files of their victims. You may be permanently restricted from accessing your digital documents, text files, images, videos, audios, personal collections, archives, databases and other types of files and not even sending the ransom amount that the hackers require will be able to guarantee that you can access them again. For one, the crooks may never send you the decryption key they promise and for another, since file encryption is a tricky process, there is a high chance that it may not be decryptable due to mixups in the code itself.

Still, this should not discourage you from seeking alternative solutions. Moreover, there are some methods that may potentially help you minimize the loss of valuable data and, on this page, we will tell you more about them. We also have a detailed guide that explains how to remove Nlah from your computer. However, whatever course of action you choose to go for, one thing is sure: before trying any data recovery method, make sure you have completely removed the ransomware virus from your device. This will ensure that no encryption will be applied to the files that you manage to recover or the new files that you will create.

The Nlah virus

The Nlah virus is a stealthy ransomware infection that is quite successful in remaining hidden from most antivirus programs. The Nlah virus can operate without triggering a response from the security software which helps catch its victims by surprise.

Nlah VirusThe Nlah Virus will start encrypting your files as soon as it has infected your system.

The stealthiness of ransomware infections like this one roots in the fact that the file encryption they use does not corrupt or destroy the files to which it is applied. Encryption, in general, is just a method for data protection that is used to limit the access of people who don’t have the corresponding file decryption key. It finds its wide implementation in many sectors where digital information should be shielded from unwanted eyes. Unfortunately, cybercriminals have found a clever way to exploit file encryption for their blackmail purposes by creating ransomware programs like Nlah.

Still, there is a simple and reliable way to protect your files and that is the good old file backup. By keeping copies of your most valuable data on an external drive, cloud storage or another device that is not connected to the Internet, you can always have access to your information. Even if ransomware encrypts the originals, the only thing that you will have to worry about is how to remove the infection so that you can copy your files back to the computer.

The Nlah file extension

The Nlah file extension is an odd combination of symbols and letters that is attached to the end of every encrypted file. The Nlah file extension replaces the regular file extension and effectively prohibits the identification of the file format by other applications.


Name Nlah
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 Nlah 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 Nlah 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!


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    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.

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