I wrote this article to help you remove Nm4 Ransomware. This Nm4 Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Nm4 is yet another member of the already huge ransomware family. It doesn’t stand out with anything in particular. It is just as dangerous and destructive as any other pest of this type. It follows a standard pattern of three steps: Get in, Encrypt your data, and Blackmail you. The reason ransomware infections get created in the first place is money. Unlike other parasites, however, they don’t steal your credit card number, etc. They make you give them money voluntarily by taking something of yours and then extorting you.
Unfortunately, this scheme has proven itself quite effective and hackers are developing newer and more advanced ransomware infections every single day. Nm4 is one of them. It sneaks on board undetected and locks all of your private data. This includes pictures, music, videos, databases, MS Office documents, etc. Do you have backup copies of your most important files? You should as once the ransomware encrypts them, they become inaccessible to you. They receive a brand new file extension which your machine is unable to read. Nothing you do changes that. You can try to change back the names of the files or move them to another folder but it doesn’t help. Neither does rebooting your system. Your files are locked!
After the file-encrypting process is complete, Nm4 drops a message for you with detailed instructions. According to the note, if you want your files back you have to pay up a certain amount of money. The hackers claim that if you do, they will send you a decryptor. The question is can you trust them. No, no you can`t. These people are not famous for being reliable. They will take your money and not send you anything in return. Or, they may send you a tool which doesn’t work properly. What are you going to do then? What is your best case scenario here? To pay up, receive a working tool and free your data. If only.
The truth is that even if you do manage to recover your files, you still lose because Nm4 remains on your machine ready to strike again anytime it wants. Your freshly decrypted files can get re-encrypted minutes, hours, days, or weeks later. The only way to prevent that from happening is to remove the infection from your machine and then get your data back. To do so you can use our removal guide below which is completely free of charge. You can follow the instructions and clean your PC. Then, continue following the guide to free your files.
As we said, paying is not an option. It will lead to nothing but you being double-crossed. Moreover, if you pay, you will practically be sponsoring hackers and encouraging them to created more infections and blackmail more innocent users. Don’t do that. Do what`s right and don’t give them a cent of your money.
How did you get stuck with the Nm4 ransomware? These pests use several techniques to enter victims` machines. For example, spam email messages that are disguised to look legitimate, fake program updates, freeware/shareware bundles, the help of Trojan horses, exploit kits, compromised pages and links, unverified download sources, malicious third-party ads, etc. Any of these methods will work if you are careless and none of them will work if you pay enough attention.
All of these tactics are attempts to trick you into giving the pest green light. It is trying to go around you. Don’t let it. Be more vigilant and doubting. By being negligent you are making crooks` job much easier. Why would you do that? Carelessness leads to infections. Caution keeps them away.
Nm4 Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Nm4 Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Nm4 Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: