Nozelesn Virus Removal Instructions (.nozelesn Extension)

An infection with the dangerous Nozelesn Virus leads to serious security issues. Victims can restore and protect their computers by following our complete removal guide.

Manual Removal Guide
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Note for Mac users!
In case that your Mac has been affected by Nozelesn or you suspect that other threats are running on it you can follow detailed instructions on how to detect and remove Mac viruses so you can keep the device clean and secure.

Distribution of Nozelesn Virus

Nozelesn virus is a new data locker ransomware that has been released in attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. The threat could be utilizing widely used tactics of distribution to infect computer systems.

One of the easiest ways for the criminals to spread the payload of Nozelesn ransomware is by attaching it to email messages that are later released in active attack campaigns. The method allows hackers to send the virus to large lists of potential victims. The attachments to malicious email spam messages usually have Word documents or other types of files which users open without hesitation. Once opened on a target host these compromised files trigger the ransomware payload and infect the device with Nozelesn crypto virus. Other infection tactic related to emails is hyperlink inserted in the content of the messages. The links are usually labeled as leading to a familiar website or a file of user interest.

Computer criminals behind this new ransomware can be using malicious sites or download portals to distribute malware of different kinds, including Nozelesn virus. A popular option is the use of infected documents which may be of different types ‒ spreadsheets, rich text documents, presentations and databases. They are modified to initiate the virus once the built-in scripts are run. Usually when the files are opened a notification will ask the users to run the macros (scripts). If this is done the infection follows.

The hacker-controlled sites are specialist portals that have been created either manually or automatically by the criminals behind Nozelesn virus. They can either directly distribute the threat by initiating various scripts or automated operations or link to such instances. Redirects are usually caused by email interaction, ad networks or other browsing activity. However one of the main sources is the availability of browser hijackers. They are malicious add-ons made for the most popular web browsers ‒ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Once installed they not only infect the users with the malware, but also redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled site. Depending on the configuration the browser hijackers can also steal sensitive information such as any stored passwords, account credentials, history, bookmarks, form data and settings.

Impact of Nozelesn Ransomware Virus

The Nozelesn virus is newly discovered threat that appears to be made by the criminals behind it. It appears to contain no code sources from other ransomware strains which shows that this is probably a custom threat targeting specific computer networks.

It follows a sophisticated behavior pattern that first scans the host system for any anti-virus programs, sandbox environments or virtual machine hosts that can interfere with it’s correct execution. This means that the engine can be customized to harvest sensitive information as well — data that can expose the victim’s identity. Examples are their name, address, phone number, location and passwords.

The next step in the infection process is the manipulation of the Windows Registry so that the Nozelesn virus is automatically started once the users boot in their computers. This module can also be programmed to disable the boot recovery options which makes it very difficult to remove the threat using the manual methods.

If other system manipulations are specified in the sequence then the virus can also modify the entries belonging to user-installed applications and the operating system itself. This can result in the inability to start certain functions or services, as well as an overall drop in performance.

If the Nozelesn virus is programmed to include a Trojan instance then it will contact a hacker-controlled server from where the operators will be able to spy on the victims in real time. Other possible actions include the ability to take over control of the machines and deploy additional threats to the hosts.

An additional measure taken by the hackers is the removal of all Shadow Volume Copies and System Restore Data from the infected machines. This makes file restore possible only with a professional-grade solution, refer to our instructions for more information.

Once all modules have been executed the ransomware engine will be started. Using a strong cipher it will target files based on a built-in list. An example list includes the following data:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Documents
  • Archives
  • Backups

All victim files are renamed with the .nozelesn extension and the ransomware note is created in a HOW_FIX_NOZELESN_FILES.htm that reads the following message:

All files including videos, photos and documents on your computer are encrypted by nozelesn ransomware.
File decryption costs money.
In order to decrypt the files, you need to perform the following steps:
1. You should download and install this browser http://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
2. After installation, run the browser and enter the address: lyasuvlsarvrlyxz.onion
3. Follow the instructions on the web-site. We remind you that the sooner you do, the more chances are left to recover the files.
Guaranteed recovery is provided within 10 days.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
You should enter the personal code on the tor site.
Your Personal CODE:
e09c5e1d187866ae38cdbcdd263d3db4-ff1fb0f01634f41f05222ca08933e4d7

Remove Nozelesn Virus and Restore PC

Please note that paying the requested ransom fee to cyber criminals does not really solve your problem with Nozelesn crypto virus. In fact, you only encourage hackers to continue spreading ransomware of this kind. Instead, you must remove the threat immediately, and only then look for optional ways to recover your data.

WARNING! Manual removal of Nozelesn ransomware virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removing important data accidentally can lead to permanent system damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual instructions, download a powerful anti-malware tool that will scan your system for malware and clean it safely for you.

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Nozelesn Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps

Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network

This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently. The steps below are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

2. A Run window will appear. In it, write msconfig and then press Enter

3. A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named Boot

4. Mark Safe Boot option and then go to Network under it to tick it too

5. Apply -> OK

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

1. Open My Computer/This PC

2. Windows 7

    – Click on Organize button
    – Select Folder and search options
    – Select the View tab
    – Go under Hidden files and folders and mark Show hidden files and folders option

3. Windows 8/ 10

    – Open View tab
    – Mark Hidden items option

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4. Click Apply and then OK button

Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

1. Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

2. Get over to Processes

3. When you find suspicious process right click on it and select Open File Location

4. Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose End Process

5. Next, you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit and hit Enter

3. Type the CTRL+ F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable

4. In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

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Recover Nozelesn- Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with Nozelesn ransomware virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

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3. Using System Restore Point

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

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4. Restore your personal files using File History

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Type restore your files in the search box
    – Select Restore your files with File History
    – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

  • Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
  • Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
  • Disable macros in Office documents.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
  • Backup regularly your data.
  • Author : Martin Beltov

    Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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