Nlah is a DJVU family of ransomware-type infections1. The infection encrypts important personal files (video, photos, documents). The infected files can be tracked by specific “.nlah” extension. So, you can’t use them at all.
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In this guide I will try to help you remove Nlah ransomware for free. Also, I will assist you in decoding your encrypted files.
What is “Nlah”?
Nlah can be correctly identify as a ransomware-type infection.
Ransomware is a specific kind of virus that encrypted your documents and then forces you to pay to restore them. Note that DJVU (aka STOP) family was first revealed and discovered by virus analyst Michael Gillespie2.
Nlah is similar to other ransomware like: Zipe, Pezi, Covm. Nlah encrypted all common file types. Hence, users cannot use the own documents . Nlah adds its particular “.nlah” extension into all files. For instance, the file “video.avi”, will be amended into “video.avi.nlah”. As soon as the encryption is accomplished, Nlah generates a special file “_readme.txt” and drop it into all folders that contain the modified files.
Here is a info for the Nlah virus:
|Ransomware family3||DJVU/STOP4 ransomware|
|Ransom||From $490 to $980 (in Bitcoins)|
|Detection||Ransom:Win32/WannaCrypt, MSIL/GameHack.ADY potentially unsafe, Adware.VrBrothers|
|Symptoms||Your files (photos, videos, documents) have a .nlah extension and you can’t open it|
|Distribution methods||Torrents, Cracks, Activation tools, Keygens. An example: Crackithub[.]com, kmspico10[.]com, crackhomes[.]com, piratepc[.]net are some of the NLAH Ransomware distribution sites. Any program downloaded from there may be infected by this ransomware.|
|Fix Tool||See If Your System Has Been Affected by .nlah file virus|
This text asking payment is for get files back via decryption key:
The cryptography algorithm used by Nlah is AES-256. So, if your documents got encrypted with a specific decryption key, which is totally and there are no other copies. The sad reality is that it is impossible to recover the information without the unique key available.
In case if Nlah worked in online mode, it is impossible for you to gain access to the AES-256 key. It is stored on a remote server owned by the criminals who promote the Nlah virus.
For receiving decryption key the payment should be $980. To obtain the payment details, the victims are encouraged by the message to contact the frauds by email (email@example.com), or via Telegram.
Do not pay for Nlah!
Please, try to use the available backups, or Decrypter tool
_readme.txt file also indicates that the computer owners must get in touch with the Nlah representatives during 72 hours starting from the moment of files where encrypted. On the condition of getting in touch within 72 hours, users will be granted a 50% rebate. Thus the ransom amount will be minimized down to $490). However, stay away from paying the ransom!
I certainly recommend that you do not contact these crooks and do not pay. The one of the most real working solution to recover the lost data – just using the available backups, or use Decrypter tool.
The peculiarity of all such viruses apply a similar set of actions for generating the unique decryption key to recover the ciphered data.
Thus, unless the ransomware is still under the stage of development or possesses some hard-to-track flaws, manually recovering the ciphered data is a thing you can’t perform. The only solution to prevent the loss of your valuable data is to regularly make backups of your crucial files.
Note that even if you do maintain such backups regularly, they ought to be put into a specific location without loitering, not being connected to your main workstation.
For instance, the backup may be kept on the USB flash drive or some alternative external hard drive storage. Optionally, you may refer to the help of online (cloud) information storage.
Needless to mention, when you maintain your backup data on your common device, it may be similarly ciphered as well as other data.
For this reason, locating the backup on your main computer is surely not a wise idea.
How I was infected?
Nlah has a various methods to built into your system. But it doesn’t really matter what concrete way was used in your case.
Crackithub[.]com, kmspico10[.]com, crackhomes[.]com, piratepc[.]net — sites that distribute MPAL Ransomware. This virus can infect any PC downloaded from its sites.
Other similar sites:
xxxxs://crackithub[.]com/adobe-acrobat-pro/ xxxxs://crackithub[.]com/easyworship-7-crack/ xxxxs://kmspico10[.]com/ xxxxs://kmspico10[.]com/office-2019-activator-kmspico/ xxxxs://piratepc[.]net/category/activators/ xxxxs://piratepc[.]net/startisback-full-cracked/
Nlah ransomware attack following a successful phishing attempt.
Nevertheless, these are the common leaks through which it may be injected into your PC:
- hidden installation along with other apps, especially the utilities that work as freeware or shareware;
- dubious link in spam emails leading to the Nlah installer
- online free hosting resources;
- using illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) resources for downloading pirated software.
There were cases when the Nlah virus was disguised as some legitimate tool, for example, in the messages demanding to initiate some unwanted software or browser updates. This is typically the way how some online frauds aim to force you into installing the Nlah ransomware manually, by actually making you directly participate in this process.
Surely, the bogus update alert will not indicate that you are going to actually inject the Nlah ransomware. This installation will be concealed under some alert mentioning that allegedly you should update Adobe Flash Player or some other dubious program whatsoever.
Of course, the cracked apps represent the damage too. Using P2P is both illegal and may result in the injection of serious malware, including the Nlah ransomware.
To sum up, what can you do to avoid the injection of the Nlah ransomware into your device? Even though there is no 100% guarantee to prevent your PC from getting damaged, there are certain tips I want to give you to prevent the Nlah penetration. You must be cautious while installing free software today.
Make sure you always read what the installers offer in addition to the main free program. Stay away from opening dubious email attachments. Do not open files from the unknown addressees. Of course, your current security program must always be updated.
The malware does not speak openly about itself. It will not be mentioned in the list of your available programs. However, it will be masked under some malicious process running regularly in the background, starting from the moment when you launch your computer.
The message by the Nlah ransomware states the following frustrating information:
ATTENTION! Don't worry, you can return all your files! All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key. The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you. This software will decrypt all your encrypted files. What guarantees you have? You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free. But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information. You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-WJa63R98Ku Price of private key and decrypt software is $980. Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490. Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment. Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours. To get this software you need write on our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Reserve e-mail address to contact us: email@example.com Your personal ID: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
The image below gives a clear vision of how the files with “.nlah” extension look like:
How to remove Nlah virus?
In addition to encode a victim’s files, the Nlah virus has also started to install the Azorult Spyware on computer to steal account credentials, cryptocurrency wallets, desktop files, and more.
Reasons why I would recommend GridinSoft5
The is an excellent way to deal with recognizing and removing threats – using Gridinsoft Anti-Malware. This program will scan your PC, find and neutralize all suspicious processes6.
Download Removal Tool.
You can download GridinSoft Anti-Malware by clicking the button below:
Run the setup file.
When setup file has finished downloading, double-click on the setup-antimalware-fix.exe file to install GridinSoft Anti-Malware on your computer.
An User Account Control asking you about to allow GridinSoft Anti-Malware to make changes to your device. So, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
Press “Install” button.
Once installed, Anti-Malware will automatically run.
Wait for the Anti-Malware scan to complete.
GridinSoft Anti-Malware will automatically start scanning your PC for Nlah infections and other malicious programs. This process can take a 20-30 minutes, so I suggest you periodically check on the status of the scan process.
Click on “Clean Now”.
When the scan has completed, you will see the list of infections that GridinSoft Anti-Malware has detected. To remove them click on the “Clean Now” button in right corner.
How to decrypt .nlah files?
Restore solution for big “.nlah files“
Try removing .nlah extension on a few BIG files and opening them. Either the Nlah ransomware read and did not encrypt the file, or it bugged and did not add the filemarker. If your files are very large (2GB+), the latter is most likely. Please, let me know in comments if that will work for you.
The newest extensions released around the end of August 2019 after the criminals made changes. This includes Koti, Mzlq, Sqpc, etc.
As a result of the changes made by the criminals, STOPDecrypter is no longer supported. It has been removed and replaced with the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu Ransomware developed by Emsisoft and Michael Gillespie.
You can download free decryption tool here: Decryptor for STOP Djvu.
Download and run decryption tool.
Start downloading the decryption tool.
Make sure to launch the decryption utility as an administrator. You need to agree with the license terms that will come up. For this purpose, click on the “Yes” button:
As soon as you accept the license terms, the main decryptor user interface comes up:
Select folders for decryption.
Based on the default settings, the decryptor will automatically populate the available locations in order to decrypt the currently available drives (the connected ones), including the network drives. Extra (optional) locations can be selected with the help of the “Add” button.
Decryptors normally suggest several options considering the specific malware family. The current possible options are presented in the Options tab and can be activated or deactivated there. You may locate a detailed list of the currently active Options below.
Click on the “Decrypt” button.
As soon as yo add all the desired locations for decryption into the list, click on the “Decrypt” button in order to initiate the decryption procedure.
Note that the main screen may turn you to a status view, letting you know of the active process and the decryption statistics of your data:
The decryptor will notify you as soon as the decryption procedure is completed. If you need the report for your personal papers, you can save it by choosing the “Save log” button. Note that it is also possible to copy it directly to your clipboard and to paste it into emails or forum messages if you need to do so.
Frequently Asked Questions
🛠 How can I open “.nlah” files?
No way. These files are encrypted by Nlah ransomware. The contents of .nlah files are not available until they are decrypted.
🙏 Nlah files contain important information. How can I decrypt them urgently?
If your data remained in the .nlah files are very valuable, then most likely you made a backup copy.
If not, then you can try to restore them through the system function – Restore Point.
All other methods will require patience.
⭐ You have advised using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to remove Nlah. Does this mean that the program will delete my encrypted files?
Of course not. Your encrypted files do not pose a threat to the computer. What happened has already happened.
You need GridinSoft Anti-Malware to remove active system infections (viruses, trojans, spyware, rootkits). The virus that encrypted your files is most likely still active and periodically runs a test for the ability to encrypt even more files. Also, these viruses install keyloggers and backdoors for further malicious actions (for example, theft of passwords, credit cards) often.
❓ Decryptor did not decrypt all my files, or not all of them were decrypted. What should I do?
Have patience. You are infected with the new version of Nlah ransomware, and decryption keys have not yet been released. Follow the news on our website.
We will keep you posted on when new Nlah keys or new decryption programs appear.
🚩 What can I do right now?
The Nlah ransomware encrypts only the first 150KB of files. So MP3 files are rather large, some media players (Winamp for example) may be able to play the files, but – the first 3-5 seconds (the encrypted portion) will be missing.
You can try to find a copy of an original file that was encrypted:
- Files you downloaded from the Internet that were encrypted and you can download again to get the original.
- Pictures that you shared with family and friends that they can just send back to you.
- Photos that you uploaded on social media or cloud services like Carbonite, OneDrive, iDrive, Google Drive, etc)
- Attachments in emails you sent or received and saved.
- Files on an older computer, flash drive, external drive, camera memory card, or iPhone where you transferred data to the infected computer.
Also,You can contact the following government fraud and scam sites to report this attack:
- In the United States: On Guard Online;
- In Canada: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre;
- In the United Kingdom: Action Fraud;
- In Australia: SCAMwatch;
- In New Zealand: Consumer Affairs Scams;
- In France: Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information;
- In Germany: Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik;
- In Ireland: An Garda Síochána;
It’s my favorite video tutorial: How to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Decryptor for fix ransomware infections.
If the guide doesn’t help you to remove Nlah virus, please download the GridinSoft Anti-Malware that I recommended. Also, you can always ask me in the comments for getting help. Good luck!
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Name: NLAH Virus
Description: NLAH Virus is a DJVU family of ransomware-type infections. This infection encrypts important personal files (video, photos, documents). The encrypted files can be tracked by a specific .nlah extension. So, you can't use them at all.
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Ransomware
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Unfortunately, my system has also been hijacked. Still looking for solution. Kindly assist me please
I just infected by .nlah virus, i have tried the Emsisoft Decryptor but its not working, it says:
No key for New Variant online ID: A6F3XBbGPRc6IZbZ7rqe9l0oBlXzZqTLg3yOkZar
Notice: this ID appears to be an online ID, decryption is impossible
Please help sir, i really need the Data, my data size total that have been infected is 1.5 TB, hope u read it, Thank you!
.nlah is offline or online key based encrypted file virus family Djvu there no solution without key. It is new virus come in last few days…injoy it 😊
The whole files on my pc infected by .nlah ransomware.. is it safe to copy the encrypted files and move it into an external drive…hopefully decryptor could be found in the future.. i want to reformat my pc
need help nlah virus ransomware
Hi, I got same virus.
I have some files backed, but some not and i really need decrypt those .nlah files.
Deleting .nlah extension is not helping. It’s helping mp3 files but not mp4. And I need my mp4 video files.
Also EMSIsoft decrypter is not helping.
I have newer online key and i really need my data.
Do you have any update for solution?
Hi everyone what did you made after got hijacked by the Nlah virus?
I got hijacked by the nlah with an online key. Emsisoft program could not help me. What can I do? Is there any hope left? =(