Remove NSMF File Virus and Restore .nsmf Files

Our removal guide shows how victims can remove NSMF file virus infections and restore their computers and .nsmf encrypted files.
Manual Removal Guide
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How Does NSMF File Virus Infiltrate the System?

The NSMF file virus can be acquired by falling victim to one of the many techniques used by the hackers to spread the infections.

Social engineering spam messages are a popular tool, they utilize templates that pose as legitimate companies. The NSMF file virus is attached as an attachment or is linked in the body contents. Infected software installers or documents are also used as payload carriers. The infection is done via scripts that are activated upon user interaction.

Browser hijackers and other related redirects (malicious ad networks and web scripts) can also be used to deliver the NSMF ransomware infection. The hackers can create counterfeit download sites or spread the NSMF file virus in P2P networks. Direct hacker attacks are also possible.

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Infection Flow of NSMF File Virus

The NSMF file virus is a new malware threat that uses a strong encryption engine to process target system and user data. It is a ransomware computer virus that originates from the popular Hidden Tear family of threats. The hacker or hacker group behind it have taken the original code and modified it to create the current MSF file virus. This means that it follows the usual behavior traits associated with the core virus. The captured samples associated with the NSMF file virus showcase that only a basic encryption engine is included.

Upon infection with the ransomware the file encryption process is started. Like other similar ransomware the NSMF file virus uses a built-in list of target file type extensions. The hackers behind the NSMF file virus are probably going to use to popular strategy of encrypting as many of the most commonly used data as possible including: videos, photos, music, documents, archives, backups, configuration files, databases and etc. The ransomware extension .nsmsf is used to mark all affected data.

NSMF file virus generates a criminal note in a readme.txt file that reads the following message:

Files has been encrypted with NSMF (Nigga Stone My Files)
Send me 5 bitcoins or pizza
And I also hate night clubs, desserts, being drunk.
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NSMF file virus ransomware note image

The displayed message is typical for basic viruses. It only warns the victims that their data has been compromised and specifies the ransomware sum and the address. The hackers behind the NSMF file virus request 5 Bitcoins which is the equivalent of about 13000 US Dollars, a very large sum even for ransomware. We expect to see an updated version of the NSMF file virus that may include a better ransomware note, along with a dedicated payment gateway with graphic instructions and support contacts. Hidden Tear variants are modular in nature and additional functionality can be included, such as Trojan modules, persistence installations and stealth protection mechanisms.

The samples associated with the NSMF file virus have been found to affect files located on the users desktop folder. This is the reason why the ransomware is categorized as a low-risk threat.

Remove NSMF File Virus and Restore Data

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NSMF File 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 bellow 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 NSMF File Virus Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with NSMF File 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

2. Use professional data recovery software

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery – a specialist tool that can restore partitions, data, documents, photos, and 300 more file types lost during various types of incidents and corruption.

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.
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    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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