.Nols is malware of the Ransomware subset. .Nols makes the files in the attacked computer inaccessible and demands a cryptocurrency ransom payment for their release.
The malicious .Nols virus will not let you open your files until you pay the ransom that its creators demand from you. This is how most Ransomware threats typically operate. Not all forms of Ransomware lock the user’s files – some block the screen of the computer by superimposing a big banner on it, while others steal the data of their targets, and threaten to release them on the Internet. In all cases, however, the goal remains the same – to force the victim to pay money, hence the name Ransomware.
The .Nols virus
The .Nols virus is damaging computer software categorized as Ransomware. The .Nols virus is able to make its victims’ data inaccessible, and then blackmail them for a ransom payment.
The cryptovirus subcategory of Ransomware is the worst of them all, and .Nols is one of its newest representatives. As we said, if .Nols is in your machine, you are probably unable to open most of your personal data files. What causes this is the encryption that this Ransomware places on them, and the worst part about it is that the encryption is bound to stay on the files even once you manage to get rid of the infection responsible for it. That being said, you must still make sure to remove this piece of malware. Otherwise, new files that you download or create in your system may get encrypted as well, worsening the situation. Therefore, it is highly important that you go to the guide below this article once you are finished reading here and follow its steps, as that should allow you to eradicate the Ransomware. After the threat is gone, you can focus on file recovery.
The .Nols file extension
The .Nols file extension replaces the original extensions of your files. The new extension added by .Nols prevents the affected files from being opened by any software.
Another very unpleasant trait of this type of computer infections is that there isn’t a universal data recovery solution that can help you set your data free in every case. Even a high quality anti-malware tool such as the one from the current page cannot help you with the actual recovery of the files – it can only remove the virus for you. This leaves you with a difficult choice – you can either pay the ransom if you have the requested money readily available to you, or you can try other methods that may or may not be effective depending on the specific case. What you should understand here, however, is that the ransom payment also doesn’t guarantee the recovery of the data. The hackers may simply refuse to keep the promise they’ve made about releasing your files from the encryption’s grasp once they have your money. That is why the payment isn’t really your best option.
Our suggestion for you is this: remove the Ransomware using our guidelines from below, and then visit the second section of the guide where you will find several potential solutions that are alternatives to the ransom payment. Though they might not work for all Ransomware victims, they are still worth the try as it won’t cost you anything to complete them, and they may potentially help you bring back some of the files. In case you need extra assistance, you can always contact us directly via the comments section.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Most Ransomware threats lack symptoms, and don’t get noticed until the ransom note gets displayed.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious ads, spam letters, and Trojan viruses are the most common distribution channels for Ransomware.|
Remove .Nols Ransomware
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to .Nols
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the .Nols.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and .Nols , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – .Nols
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Nols Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: .Nols Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Nols Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.