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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Nuke Ransomware

Nuke Ransomware is a dangerous computer infection you definitely do not expect to find on your system, but here it is. It enters target systems when users expect it the least, and then it encrypts your files and requires you to pay a ransom fee. Supposedly, after you pay, you should be able to restore your files, but that is very unlikely. We believe there is a bigger chance the people behind this infection would run away with your money, leaving your computer crippled. Therefore, you should not hesitate any longer. Remove Nuke Ransomware from your system and then get yourself a licensed antispyware tool that would protect your PC from harm.

Of course, like most of the programs from the same group, Nuke Ransomware employs spam email messages to attack target computers. When you receive a spam email from an unfamiliar party, you need to check whether that message comes with an attachment. If it does, it is very likely that this attachment will be the installer file for Nuke Ransomware or any other similar infection. Perhaps you may think that the attachment in that mail is important, but the moment you open it, you install the program on your PC, subsequently unleashing its payload. Unfortunately, once that happens, there is nothing you can do to stop the encryption process.

Usually, the encryption starts with a full system scan. Ransomware infections do not encrypt all system files. They only look for particular extensions that are compatible with their encryption mechanism. Our researchers point out that Nuke Ransomware stays away from system files and your web browsers. That is logical because if it were to lock you out of your system, the criminals would not be able to collect their payments. They need your computer to be fully functional, so the infection steers clear from the system file folders. However, all of your most commonly used files will be encrypted with the AES 256-bit encryption key, and you will not be able to open them again.

Aside from encrypting your files, the program also drops a few files of its own. As you can obviously tell, Nuke Ransomware needs to inform you about the situation at hand, and it does that by changing your desktop’s wallpaper. The wallpaper is changed with the desktop_wallpaper.bmp file. This new wallpaper tells you that “your photos, documents, and videos on this computer have been encrypted using AES with a 256-bit encryption key,” and that “to recover your files you will need to purchase the unique encryption key for your computer which will decrypt your encrypted files.”

If we were to believe these claims, you need to contact the criminals via the given email address, and you only have ninety-six hours to do that. If you fail to send out an email message within the given time limit, your decryption key will “automatically destroy itself after a 96 hour period. After that, nobody will ever be able to recover your files.” On the other hand, there is no guarantee you will restore your files even if you pay, too. So it would be wise to choose the third option in this situation. That is, to remove Nuke Ransomware manually.

It might seem a little bit too much at first, especially if you have never dealt with a similar infection before. However, if you follow our instructions, you will be able to terminate it without much difficulty. Just follow the given instructions below, and if something is not clear, feel free to leave us a comment. Our team will respond as soon as possible to answer your query.

Now, what about your files? Unless a public decryption key becomes available, you may have to delete your encrypted files and then restore them from an external drive or some backup cloud storage. Also, do not forget that you should transfer your healthy files only when the malware is already removed from your computer. Otherwise, it is possible that the healthy files will be affected again, and you will need to repeat the entire process once more.

Finally, be sure to protect your system from similar infections in the future. It is not just about the security program you employ; you also have to be careful about the attachments you open and the websites you visit.

How to Remove Nuke Ransomware

  1. Remove the malicious .exe file from your Desktop.
  2. Go to the Downloads folder and remove the same file (if present).
  3. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open. Type %APPDATA% and click OK.
  4. Delete the following files:
  5. Delete the Nuclear255 folder from the same directory.
  6. Reboot your PC and run a full system scan with SpyHunter.
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