What is NEMTY ransomware? And how does it execute its attack?
NEMTY ransomware is a newly discovered file-encrypting virus that carries references to the Russian president, as well as antivirus software. It is referred to as “NEMTY” since it uses a “.NEMTY” extension in marking the files it encrypt. According to security experts, it uses a mutex or a mutually exclusive object – a flag that allows programs to control resources by granting them to one execution threat at a time. Aside from that, NEMTY ransomware also verifies a computer to see if it’s from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine. The purpose of this verification is not to exempt the hosts from getting files encrypted – it simply marks the system as being in one of the five countries and then sends the data to the attacker which includes the operating system, computer name, computer ID and username.
During the encryption, NEMTY ransomware excludes certain folders that are needed in booting the OS, as well as file extensions like binaries, shortcuts and log data in the system. It uses the AES encryption algorithm in locking its targeted files. Once it’s done encrypting them, it adds the “.NEMTY” extension to every affected file and releases a file named “NEMTY-DECRYPT.txt” which contains the following message:
“—=== NEMTY PROJECT ===—
[+] Whats Happen? [+]
Your files are encrypted, and currently unavailable. You can check it: all files on you computer has extension .nemty
By the way, everything is possible to restore, but you need to follow our instructions. Otherwise, you cant return your data (NEVER).
[+] What guarantees? [+]
It’s just a business. We absolutely do not care about you and your deals, except getting benefits.
If we do not do our work and liabilities – nobody will not cooperate with us.
It’s not in our interests.
If you will not cooperate with our service – for us, its does not matter. But you will lose your time and data, cause just we have the private key.
In practise – time is much more valuable than money.
[+] How to get access on website? [+]
1) Download and install TOR browser from this site: hxxps://torproject.org/
2) Open our website: – zjoxyw5mkacojk5ptn2iprkivg5clow72mjkyk5t***zxprjjnwapkad.onion
When you open our website, follow the instructions and you will get your files back.
Configuration file path: –”
How does NEMTY ransomware spread over the web?
At the time of writing, it isn’t clear yet how exactly NEMTY ransomware proliferates but according to security researchers, it could be deployed via compromised Remote Desktop connections. Aside from that, it could also spread using malicious spam emails, as well as fraudulent downloads, exploit kits, fake software and fake software updates. This is why you need to keep both your system and antivirus programs updated in order to keep your computer safe from this kind of cyber threat.
You can obliterate NEMTY ransomware from your computer by following the removal steps provided below and the advanced steps that follow.
Step 1: First, you have to stop the malicious process of NEMTY ransomware by opening the Task Manager. To do that, simply tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.
Step 2: Under the Task Manager, switch to the Processes tab and find suspicious-looking process that takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to NEMTY ransomware.
Step 3: After that, close the Task Manager.
Step 4: Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Programs and Features under Control Panel.
Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for NEMTY ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step 6: Next, close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for NEMTY ransomware’s malicious components such as NEMTY-DECRYPT.txt, [random].exe and other suspicious files, then delete all of them.
Step 8: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name], this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then by all means go on to the next steps.
Step 9: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 10: Navigate to the following path:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by NEMTY ransomware.
Step 12: Close the Registry Editor and empty the Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if NEMTY ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
Complete the removal process of NEMTY ransomware by using a trusted and reliable program like [product-name]. Refer to the following guidelines on how to use it.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.