Remove NOBAD Ransomware (+File Recovery) Oct. 2018 Update

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

Web users, organizations and institutions all over the globe fear NOBAD. This is a new Ransomware cryptovirus which sneaks in the computer silently and quickly takes hostage all the data stored on the hard drives. NOBAD uses a complex file-encryption code to render the data inaccessible and then generates a ransom-demanding message, which asks the victims to pay money in order to be able to decrypt the affected data. As you can see, this is a typical blackmailing scheme, behind which is a whole group of anonymous cyber criminals. The moment the Ransomware gets inside the system, it first tries to detect the users’ personal files. Then, it silently converts them, one by one, into a complex string of symbols and at the end usually replaces their file extension with another one, unrecognizable for the OS. The attack is completed with the generation of a scary ransom message which is usually the one that reveals the harmful consequences inflicted by the virus. The hackers usually make the following offer to their victims: they promise to send their victims a unique secret decryption key which can bring the affected files back to normal if they pay a certain amount of money (typically in Bitcoins or another untraceable cryptocurrency) within a given deadline. If the ransom is not paid on time, the crooks usually threaten to double the amount or destroy the decryption key and leave the encrypted data locked forever.

In some cases, in order to convince their victims and appear more trustworthy, the criminals play generous and offer a test decryption of a file or two so that the victims can be sure that the decryption key they pay for works. However, this is a common tactic, the sole purpose of which is to persuade the user into issuing the payment as soon as possible. Sadly, even such test decryption cannot guarantee that when the crooks receive the money, they won’t disappear and “forget” to send the key for the rest of the files or that they won’t decide to ask for more money.

Remove NOBAD Ransomware


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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


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.


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:


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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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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!


How to Decrypt NOBAD files

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

One thing is for sure – the longer the Ransomware remains on the computer, the greater the danger because a malware like NOBAD might make the system totally useless by encrypting every new file or infect every device that gets connected to the machine. For this reason, one of the first steps towards dealing with the infection is to remove the virus either with the help of a removal guide or with the help of professional software tool. This will make the computer safe for further use and will enable you to give a try to some file-restoration steps that do not include making payments to anonymous hackers. Unfortunately, even if NOBAD gets removed, you can’t expect that everything will be back to normal. Your files are very likely to remain encrypted and you may need to use either your own file backups or some other alternatives such as decryptor tools or the assistance of a professional in order to recover them.

Watch out for the sneaky transmitters of Ransomware!

Ransomware is a very profitable type of malware and the criminals behind it try to infect as many computers as possible in order to make more money from blackmailing. That’s why they rely on some extremely sneaky transmitters and distribution methods. Oftentimes, they sneak the Ransomware in the system with the help of a Trojan horse or an exploit kit. Many contaminations also happen when users click on misleading links, fake ads, malvertising materials, infected emails and attachments or spam. Those who don’t upgrade their system and neglect the importance of having reliable antivirus software are also exposed to a great risk because the malware can exploit system vulnerabilities.

Recommendations on how to safely remove NOBAD Ransomware from your system?

The victims of NOBAD should pay close attention and use reliable malware removal instructions or tools when they try to remove it. This is because the Ransomware files are usually hidden deep within the system and, if not detected correctly, may remain on the system and encrypt new files or other devices that might get connected. Also, do not try to recover any file or connect any backup sources until you are sure that the malware has been completely removed. The easiest way to scan your computer for hidden malicious code is to use the professional NOBAD removal tool on this page or another reliable program of your choice. When the PC is clean, we suggest you give a try to the file-restoration instructions, which our team has included in the Removal Guide. Or, better yet, use your own external backups in order to recover the affected data.


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

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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