.Nuclear Virus File Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove .Nuclear Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Nuclear ransomware file can be recovered.

In the event that you have been infected by ransomware, we know what a shocking and unpleasant experience this can be. In fact, we have created this very article with the aim of assisting ransomware victims, and more specifically – .Nuclear victims. .Nuclear is your typical ransomware cryptovirus that encrypts a number of different files on the victims’ computers, after which it proceeds to blackmail them for ransom. Often hackers aren’t even above threats and deadlines, promising to delete all the encrypted data, should the infected user fail to pay within a given time frame. Well, luckily you haven’t panicked and you didn’t rush into transferring your money to the criminals. Here, we’re offering you an alternative way of dealing with this ransomware. Below is a removal guide that’s written in step by step form to help you remove .Nuclear from your system. We will also provide you with instructions that may prove helpful in recovering the files that you can no longer access thanks to this awful virus. But before you move on to that guide, we recommend you read the next few passages to gain some perspective as to the type of threat you’re facing.

.Nuclear Ransomware

.Nuclear Virus File

What does ransomware do and how?

Ransomware viruses are incredibly successful and, in fact, perhaps the most lucrative of any other malware type out there. Each year millions of new variants are developed and released onto the public, making even more millions of dollars of dirty money for their criminal developers. But how do these viruses manage to escape prosecution and why hasn’t anyone come up with a way to counter them? The answer to that question consists of 2 parts.

First of all, ransomware like .Nuclear uses encryption as a means to lock you out of your own files. Encryption is both a very complex process and also one that actually serves as a means of protecting data. So, apart from being ever evolving, it will also avoid detection from most antivirus software, because your antivirus simply won’t see it as a threat. And then there’s the second part of the answer, which refers to persecution. As you may have noticed, the ransom note on your screen said something about transferring the ransom in bitcoins (or some other cryptocurrency). This has become vital for the whole flourishing of this malicious blackmail scheme, because bitcoins are notoriously difficult to trace. With that in mind, once you’ve sent your money to the hackers, it’s unlikely that the authorities will ever be able to find out, who they were or where exactly your funds went.

.Nuclear Virus File Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt .Nuclear 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!

So, if complying with the ransom demands didn’t seem like a bad idea already, we can offer you another reason. There’s no guarantee that you will actually receive a decryption key, as the criminals promise. In addition, as pointed out, encryption is a very tricky and complex process, so there’s also no telling whether the key they do send you will actually work and free your files.

But what does that leave you with? What can you do about .Nuclear now that it has put you in this awful position? Well, first of all, it’s important that you get rid of the virus. Instructions for that are already provided below and that’s also where you will find the steps necessary to restore your files from system backups. As each case is different, we can unfortunately not promise that our solution will necessarily be successful. But it certainly won’t hurt if you gave it a try anyway. You can also refer to oru list of decyrptor tools, it’s regularly updated on our website. And if that doesn’t work, you can still contact a specialist dealing with ransomware specifically for further assistance.

What’s no less important after you’ve gotten this program out of the way is that you make sure you don’t land another infection like this in the future. You can do that by paying better attention to your browsing habits and simply being more cautious when you’re online. Try to avoid spam emails and any potential malicious transmitters, like fake ads, deceptive system update requests, etc. One more very useful thing you can start doing from now on is keeping backup copies of your most valuable data on a separate drive.

SUMMARY:

Name .Nuclear
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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